2024 Acura RDX is another model dropping front-wheel drive

After Acura made small changes to the RDX for the 2022 and 2023 model years, Honda’s premium arm is carrying the 2023 version nearly unchanged into 2024. There’s a familiar drivetrain tweak that we’ve covered across the automaker spectrum, though, with Acura dropping the front-wheel-drive option that had been available on the base, Technology, and A-Spec trims. For now, every RDX comes fitted with Acura’s Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD). The effect is also familiar: Compared to 2023 RDX pricing at launch, the minimum price for the entry-level base and the Technology trims is up $2,300, the A-Spec price climbs $2,000.

MSRPs for the RDX lineup including the $1,195 destination charge, and their changes from 2023 launch pricing, are:

  • RDX Base: $45,245 ($2,300)
  • Technology: $47,895 ($2,300)
  • A-Spec: $50,895 ($2,000)
  • Advance: $53,045 ($500)
  • A-Spec Advance: $55,045 ($500)

Now for the small print. We specified launch pricing because the 2023 RDX has already gone up in price by all but $100 of the increases noted above. Meaning, if you wanted to configure a 2023 RDX on Acura’s website instead of a 2024, you’d only save $100. Also, the automaker didn’t put out a press release for the coming model year, but it did publish a fact sheet. The first footnote of the fact sheet explains, “Destination & Handling charge for sedans (excluding PMC Edition) and SUVs (excluding PMC Edition) is $1,400.” At the time of writing this post, destination charges are still shown as $1,195 on the 2024 Acura RDX Build & Price page. Take this as warning that the brand’s cars could get at least $205 more expensive soon.

Every RDX is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder making 272 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, shifting through a 10-speed automatic and sending power to both axles. We’ve had nothing bad to say about the RDX, praising its gutsy engine, responsive chassis, quality interior, sharp styling, spacious interior and plentiful standard features. And even with the price bumps, the RDX remains either much less expensive or notably more powerful than the luxury competitors Acura wants to challenge with the RDX. 

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