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Five Reasons To Consider The Acura MDX


The 2018 Acura MDX is a compelling alternative to the luxury European SUVs. The MDX is no ordinary three-row crossover. Its a high-tech, super-handling vehicle with lots of useful capacity. The vehicle even has an available hybrid powertrain based on the system in Acura’s NSX supercar that offers excellent performance and drivability. The standard version of the 2018 Acura MDX comes with a 3.5-liter, V-6, 290 horsepower engine, with optional torque-vectoring all-wheel drive. Plus, it has a wealth of standard features that make it one of its class’ most compelling options.

One of the things that sets the 2018 Acura MDX apart is all the standard active-safety technology it has. They include multiple-spot child-seat installation, automated emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control and backup camera. Opt for the Technology package and you add blind-spot monitoring featuring rear cross-traffic alert. Customers that choose the optional Advance package get parking sensors in the front and rear. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2019 Acura MDX a five-star rating and the IIHS named it a Top Safety Pick.

What’s inside the 2018 Acura MDX is another reason to love this SUV. Aside from comfortable seats and enough head and legroom for tall occupants, the MDX offers an array of excellent standard features. They include a front sunroof, a tilting and telescoping steering wheel with a power adjustable steering column, a memory driver’s seat and heated leather power driver and front passenger seats. There’s also a new push-button electronic shifter located on the center console. Some of the options include heated steering wheel and rear seats, cooled front seats and a rear seat entertainment system. To see it all in action, come down to Chapman Acura. Here, you can take a 2018 Acura MDX for a spin.

The technology inside the 2018 MDX has also been upgraded. The infotainment system now offers Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and navigation as standard equipment. It also comes with the Acura Link, a dual-screen display touchscreen interface, countless power points as well as an available wide-screen entertainment system. Add the optional Entertainment package and you get five USB ports, 12-volt and auxiliary inputs, a 110-volt power outlet, along with ports for connecting media players to the rear-seat wide-screen video display. Plus, you can show two different videos on the screen simultaneously.

The new pentagonal diamond-pattern air intake, prominent LED headlights, tastefully-creased sheetmetal styling, new exhaust outlets and the availability of two new exterior colors, San Marino Red and Basque Red Pearl II, on the 2018 Acura MDX might grab your attention. But its the excellent performance and handling that will keep you enthralled. Even if you don’t choose the fast, powerful, super-efficient MDX Sport Hybrid with the Technology package as standard equipment, the gasoline-powered MDX featuring the optional Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system, is sure to please.

The powertrain of the 2018 Acura MDX with its strong 290-hp V-6 engine and smooth nine-speed automatic transmission makes this 7-seater fast. But it’s the Acura all-wheel-drive system that puts the MDX among it’s class’ best-handling vehicles. Plus, Acura’s optional supercar-derived hybrid powertrain makes this three-row crossover athletic and impressive.

The 2019 Acura RDX Has Personality


The Acura RDX is Honda’s luxury brands leaders in sales volume. Now, the 2019 Acura RDX has taken it up a notch with its more dynamic style, very efficient 10-speed gearbox, more engaging ride and a new A-Spec version. Plus, this third generation of the Aura RDX has more personality as well. The vehicle hasn’t simply evolved, it underwent a drastic makeover that’s made it lighter, more rigid, added a new platform, developed a lower center of gravity and improved its handling. There’s even the first-ever RDX A-Spec SUV. Plus, the 2019 RDX has Acura’s new signature look. The first vehicle from the Japanese automaker with it.
The SUVs tail end is fairly generic, but up front the 2019 RDX has Acura’s new ‘Diamond Pentagon’ grille that adds character and showcases the oversized Acura logo in the middle. Acura will use a similar configuration on its other new products. For buyers looking for truly unique style, the A-Spec version of the RDX has several visual elements which enhance the vehicle’s look, like monochromatic elegance as well as low-profile tires on 20-inch grey rims. For additional power, opt for the as-yet-unconfirmed Type-S featuring a turbocharged six-cylinder engine that rivals the BMW M and Mercedes-AMG.

The 2019 Acura RDX has a starting price of $43,990 and comes in five different versions distinguished primarily by the levels of equipment they offer. All versions of the new RDX have the same engine and gearbox. The impressive turbocharged four-cylinder, 2.0-liter, 272 horsepower engine with direct injection delivers 280 pound-feet of torque. It’s mated with a brand new ten-speed automatic gearbox that’s ultra-efficient and together they help the vehicle get much improved gas mileage. You can find exactly what style of Acura RDX you want by checking one out at Chapman Acura.

The interior of the 2019 Acura RDX has been completely redesigned. There are buttons to the steering wheel’s left and on the thoroughly modern-looking floating center console. The commands are logically arranged and for the layout of the selector buttons for forward, reverse and park, Acura employed the NSX integration. There’s also a touchpad-controlled high-sitting screen for its infotainment system. The new platform increased the length and wheelbase of the RDX and creates a noticeably roomier interior for passengers in the front and rear and more cargo volume. Its 16-way adjustable seats provide superior comfort and support.

Step on the gas and the powerful, spunky, surprisingly efficient turbocharged four-cylinder instantly springs into action with help from the ten-speed automatic gearbox that always maintains the perfect gear range. Pressing the Sport button modifies the vehicle’s handling, lets the engine rev a little higher and ignore the higher gears. Everything can be combined to four driving modes which adjust the accelerator’s responsiveness and the firmness of the suspension. The 2019 RDX’s most radical mode is Sport + with the acceleration amplified by the sound system in the cabin.

When it comes to handling, the engineers at Acura have done a remarkable job with the 2019 RDX. The vehicle is engaging and stimulating to drive and the third-generation SH-AWD all-wheel drive is incredibly efficient.

2019 Acura RDX Pricing Announced


The new 2019 Acura RDX is about to begin arriving at dealerships all across the country. To help consumers see just how affordable this stylish, powerful, new generation of the RDX is and just how far it can go on a tank full of gas, the Japanese automaker recently released details about the pricing of the vehicle as well as its fuel economy. Both of these number should have people in the market for an excellent, affordable, dependable, high performance vehicle very excited about the latest release from Honda’s iconic luxury brand.

People have long come to expect more for less when they purchase Honda and Acura products, and the 2019 Acura RDX continues in that tradition. This latest iteration of Acura’s compact luxury sports utility vehicle offers one of the best values in its segment with its starting price of $38,295. And that includes the $995 in delivery fees. For those looking for something a little bit sportier, there’s the A-Spec version of the 2019 Acura RDX that goes for around $44,495. If you want to add some of the most popular options, then you can get the range-topping Advanced Package added to your RDX for $46,395. No matter what style of RDX you want, you should check one out at Chapman Acura. Once available, you are sure to find a 2019 Acura RDX of your dreams.

For just a little bit more, you can add a number of other excellent options and upgrades to your 2019 Acura RDX. For example, for an additional $2,000 you can get the Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive system that improves the on the already excellent performance of this incredible automobile. That’s a reasonable sum to pay for the enhanced traction as well as the torque-vectoring capability you get when you add this package.

No matter which version of the 2019 Acura RDX you buy, you get the same excellent powertrain. It comes with a smooth, responsive, four-cylinder, turbocharged 2.0 liter engine that has 272 horsepower and delivers a healthy 280 pound-feet of torque. The engine on the 2019 RDX works in tandem with a game-changing 10-speed automatic transmission. That combination makes this a very special automobile. One that is powerful enough to take the entire family and all their staff anywhere they need to go for business, pleasure or adventure.

The 2019 Acura RDX has some very impressive performance figures. However, the luxury utility vehicle still is economical to operate. The SUV gets 22 miles per gallon driving in city and an impressive 28 miles per gallon in highway driving. That gives an overall average in mixed motoring of 24 mpg. It truly is an efficient automobile. The higher-end versions of the 2019 Acura RDX burn a tad more fuel. When it comes to fuel economy, the A-Spec models equipped with all-wheel drive get the worst gas mileage of the RDX models. Even them still get 21 mpg in the city and 26 mpg driving on the highway. That’s an overall average of 23 mpg.

The 2019 Acura RDX is scheduled to begin arriving at dealerships around the country beginning on June 1. It’s an amazing compact luxury utility vehicle and a great value.

The Acura MDX Is Agile, Yet Luxurious


The nimble, agile, luxurious 2018 Acura MDX is an excellent midsize SUV. Available with both all-wheel or front-wheel drive, its three rows of seats means it can accommodate up to seven passengers. Plus, with its additional technology features and styling revisions, its among the most attractive values when it comes to midsize luxury SUVs with its $45,195 base price. Whether you choose the Standard trim or add the Technology or Advance package, you will get a technologically advanced automobile that’s safe, comfortable, handles well and is fun to drive.

One of the upgrades to the MDX for 2018 is the infotainment system. It now has a new touchscreen that offers a faster response time and can support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Opt for either the Advance or Technology trim and you can get Acura’s 12-speaker ELS premium audio system along with a rear-seat entertainment system that features wireless headsets. Plus, there are a wide array of additional large and small upgrades from which you can choose that will make the time you spend in this new MDX even more enjoyable. To see how enjoyable one can be for you, head on down to Chapman Acura to take one for a spin.

No matter which version of the 2018 Acura MDX you choose, you will get an incredible 290 horsepower V6 engine that produces 267 lb-ft of torque. It is combined with a sweet nine-speed automatic transmission to create an able-bodied powertrain that not only gives the MDX ample energy, but also delivers excellent fuel efficiency. The vehicle is designed to run on only four cylinders when you’re cruising down the highway or any other time you don’t need V6 power. As a result, the Standard trim front-drive model gets 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway and the All-wheel-drive MDX get 18 mpg in city driving and 26 mpg when it hits the highway.

The Advance model with Idle Stop technology boosts fuel economy and gets even better mileage in city driving. You can get fuel economy that tops even that if you opt for the MDX Sport Hybrid model. This all-wheel drive vehicle delivers a combined fuel rating of 27 miles per gallon while allowing you to go ‘green’ and still enjoy top-of-the-line performance and all the creature comforts for a $52,100 base price plus destination charge.

The 2018 Acura MDX delivers a supreme level of comfort. It has a very quiet cabin, excellent seats and provides a smooth ride that make this the perfect SUV for long distances travel. The midsized MDX provides the level of comfort and luxury you’d expect from a full-size luxury SUV while offering the agility that lets you have fun on winding roads or easily maneuver into tight parking spaces.

Looking for luxury and agility in a midsize SUV with an infotainment system with response time that’s so fast it’s almost clairvoyant? Then you want the 2018 Acura MDX. No matter which trim level you choose, Standard, Technology or Advance, you are in for a treat. This vehicle surrounds you in luxury and makes every drive and enjoyable one.


The 2019 Acura RDX has been finally revealed at the New York Auto Show. The car was previewed earlier at the Detroit Auto Show, but was advertised as the prototype of the new RDX. The reveal at the New York Auto Show is the finalized version of the Acura RDX, and it is something to be excited about.

Acura has stated that this is the most extensive makeover of a vehicle that they have done to date. The Acura RDX has literally been revamped panel by panel both inside and out, and the results are fabulous.

Super Handling All Wheel Drive

The all-wheel drive feature of the new RDX has been updated to include the super handling version made by Acura. In the previous release of the RDX, the all-wheel drive feature was replaced by a more economical version then the super handling version used in previous models. The result was devastating and many people were disappointed with the poor handling quality. Acura has now put the latest version of the super handling all-wheel drive back into the RDX. To see how well one handles, take one for a spin at  Chapman Acura. You are sure to fall in love with the Acura RDX.

New Engine Features

The new RDX is a 10 speed automatic. IT is the first passenger vehicle to offer this type of system in a car. The horsepower remains the same as the older engine, 272 horse, but the torque has been increased by 28 pounds. This gives the engine faster reaction time with the same horsepower.


Overall, the RDX is a smaller version of the crossover Acura MDX. However, the styling has been fine-tuned and is very sleek and sharp looking. The RDX will retain its Jewel headlights, but will now come with 7 LED lights installed instead of 5 for better lighting.

The RDX has a gloss black grill that gives it a sleek look and air vents have been added to the front that are similar to those found on other Acura vehicles. The RDX will also come with special 20 inch grey alloy wheels and larger exhaust tips for a sporty look.

The interior has also become very sporty. The seats are suede and have very fine stitching to make them look sporty. The interior is roomy and there is a large cargo space. Overall space has increased since the wheel base for this model is larger than previous models. Floorboard storage is also available.


The most impressive change for the Acura RDX is the inclusion of the True Touchpad Interface. The touchpad is a 10 inch screen that is designed for easy use so that the driver does not have to look away from the road to use. The touch panels are 1:1 meaning that wherever you touch it responds to that action. It is a very updated control panel that is sure to become a favorite among RDX drivers.

Overall, the new RDX is a stunning compliment to the RDX product line. The complete makeover both on the interior and exterior of the car makes this new model a very exciting choice when searching for a new vehicle. The price has not yet been announced for this new vehicle. Acura has stated, however, that it should go into production soon and be available towards the end of 2018.

2018 Acura ILX Review


If you are looking for a luxury sedan that offers great handling, a powerful engine, contemporary styling, an excellent interior layout, all the safety features you need to keep you and your loved ones secure no matter where your travels take you, at an affordable price, then you want the 2018 Acura ILX. This excellent five-seat compact luxury sedan has it all, including the understated elegance and superior performance people have come to expect from Acura automobiles. Plus, it easily competes with vehicles like the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class and the Audi A3, but costs thousands less.

The 2018 Acura ILX is powered by a premium 2.4-liter, 201 horsepower Inline-4 engine that works in tandem with an 8-speed, auto-shift manual transmission with overdrive. This combination provides the front-wheel drive vehicle with smooth, easy power and superior performance. Whether navigating city traffic, making its way through winding country roads or hitting the highway, the 2018 Acura ILX makes it look easy while delivering an impressive combined 29 miles per gallon. This vehicle is poetry in motion and handles all roadway conditions with aplomb while cradling its occupants in comfort and surrounding them with luxury. To see how luxurious a 2018 Acura ILX is, take a look at one at Chapman Acura .

The exterior styling is exquisite in its simplicity. This vehicle doesn’t call attention to itself. Acura simply employs the aerodynamics and advanced engineering that allows it to glide noiselessly on its way with a handsome grace that marks it as miles beyond the ordinary. While the competition employs loud frivolous accouchements to impress, the 2018 Acura ILX accomplishes the same thing with incredible performance, sensible design, exceptional reliability and unmatched durability created through the use of the highest quality materials combined with flawless attention to detail.

The 2018 Acura ILX exudes beauty and sophistication, yet surrounds its occupants with advanced safety features that receive near perfect ratings. No matter which of its 7 trims you choose, you can rest assured you’ll receive exceptionally designed features that offer added protection and improve the level of comfort, convenience and performance of the automobile. That’s true whether you chose the base model of the 2018 Acura ILX, the sporty A-Spec model or the new Special Edition with its 18-inch wheels, stylish side sills, impressive rear spoiler and its unique badges.

When it comes to offering value for the money, the 2018 Acura ILX is in a class by itself. With its base model starting at $28,100 and its Special Edition, AcuraWatch Plus, Premium, Technology Plus and A-SPEC packages all starting under $35,100, this vehicle delivers much more for less than the competition. When you combine the comfort, luxury, style, performance, reliability, available safety systems, excellent features, exceptionally quiet ride, auto-adjusting driver’s seat, available sunroof, Bluetooth, hand-free phone connections, seat warmer and more, the 2018 Acura ILX is simply an awesome car for the price.

With the release of the redesigned 2018 Acura ILX, the Japanese automaker is continuing in its tradition of providing technologically advanced luxury cars that look great, are roomy and comfortable and deliver an unmatched level of automotive excellence


Acura chose the 2018 New York Auto Show as the place to reveal the final production version of its 2019 RDX. The company unveiled a sportier A-Spec trim of the 2019 Acura RDX as well. Built on a brand new chassis, the 2019 RDX is powered by a 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder 272 horsepower VTEC engine that delivers 280 pound-feet of torque. It works in flawless combination with the luxury compact crossover class’ first ever 10-speed automatic transmission. Plus, the 2019 Acura RDX also has Super Handling All-Wheel Drive as well as sport-tuned MacPherson struts in the front-end and optional adaptive dampers making it more laterally potent than ever.

It has creature comforts like a large panoramic moonroof, 16-way adjustable seats and a drive mode selector inspired by the NSX. Plus, the 2019 Acura RDX has an entire suite of both active and passive safety assists and alerts. The vehicle also features a 10.2 inch touchscreen controller that Acura calls True Touchpad. It’s CarPlay-ready and you can use your finger to control the system. The RDXs A-Spec version has black exterior trim, darker headlights, LED fog lamps, 20-inch smoked wheels, bigger exhaust tips and a more aggressive chin. Inside the A-Spec there are Ultrasuede sport seats with special stitching, leather-wrapped sport steering wheel, a red-themed gauge cluster and real aluminum trim pieces. To see what you are missing, you can check one out at Chapman Acura. While a 2019 Acura RDX may not be available yet, you can check out a 2018 Acura RDX.

Acura calls the 2019 RDX the most luxurious, best handling, quickest RDX ever. The company’s latest version of SH-AWD has a more complex mechanical differential which provides the rear axel with vector power. It helps provide improved handling and performance. This is the most extensive changes Acura has made to the RDX in over 10 years. The 2019 Acura RDX’s wheelbase is 2.6 inches longer, it has a new chassis architecture and body. The floor has more compartmentalized storage and they have increased the cargo space behind the seats in the second row. Even Acura’s signature ‘Jewel Eye’ headlights has increased its LED lighting elements from five to seven.

The Japanese automaker says the 2019 RDX signals the beginning of a new era. One in which Acura will deliver automotive design and performance that will give the brand more prestige and elevate it to a higher position in the fast-growing luxury market. Acura says the 2019 RDX’s extensive redesign is a reimagining of the vehicle around the company’s Precision Crafted Performance focus. Its new infotainment interface, True Touchpad, introduces the car’s next-generation system. The sportier, more performance-oriented RDX A-Spec with its interior upgrades and unique exterior is sure to turn heads.

The final production-version of third-generation Acura RDX crossover SUV displayed at the 2018 New York Auto Show, with its touchpads, turbos and torque vectoring, retains most elements of the prototype the company previewed at the Detroit Auto Show in January. The 2019 Acura RDX will begin hitting showroom floors later this year. To bolster its ‘go-fast’ street cred the new RDX will be the official pace car at the automotive event in Pikes Peak this June.


Acura has redesigned the 2019 RDX as part of its plan show the automotive world just what it means to put the ‘sport’ into a sport-utility vehicle. At the Detroit Auto Show in 2018, Acura unveiled the prototype of their close-to-finished third-generation RDX SUV. Now, with the New York Auto Show just over the horizon, the Japanese automaker is signaling that they are ready to take the wraps off and let the world see their newest SUV. Acura has announced that the production version of their 2019 Acura RDX will make its debut at the New York Auto Show on Marsh 28 and will hit the showroom floor in dealerships around the country later on this year. When available, you can take one for a spin at Chapman Acura and see what all the fuss is about.

Acura has designed this latest version of the popular RDX SUV to be a cut above the Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class, BMW X3, Audi Q5 and other top small luxury crossovers. Acura’s goal is to give the redesigned 2019 RDX driving dynamics that are much sportier than its competition. One way Acura plans to do this is by once again installing its system that has long set Acura automobiles apart: Super Handling All-Wheel Drive. Officials at Acura confirmed that this excellent system will be in the 2019 RDX. This will give it better traction and ,through torque vectoring, better handling.

The 2019 Acura RDX will be powered by a turbocharged, four-cylinder, 2.0 liter engine combined with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The company will release all the information about the 2019 Acura RDX’s specifications when they unveil the vehicle in New York at the end of March. What is already known is the new RDX will have an Integrated Dynamics System which has four driving modes. They are Sport, Sport+, Comfort as well as Snow. Those modes adjust different parameters on the vehicle. According to Acura, the changes to the new RDX were inspired by the NSX supercar’s system.

Visually, the production model of the 2019 RDX is very much like the prototype Acura unveiled in Detroit. The new Acura RDX will feature the latest iteration of the company’s trademark grille as well as their ‘Jewel Eye’ headlights that are on the RLX and TLX sedans and the MDX SUV. Acura will make the 2019 RDX their first SUV to come with the A-Spec package as an option. The A-Spec package is also offered on the Acura TLX. However, on the RDX, Acura hasn’t disclosed what performance upgrades the A-Spec package will offer.

The 2019 RDX gets an upgrade to its technology with Acura’s True Touchpad interface. This infotainment system’s primary controller is a touchpad. Acura says the system is easy to use. In Detroit the RDX prototype had a 10.2-inch display screen as well as head-up display. The production model is expected to have those as well.

The 2019 RDX was both developed and assembled in the U.S. It was designed in Los Angeles, engineered in Raymond, Ohio, the engine is manufactured in Anna, Ohio and assembly will take place in East Liberty, Ohio.

The New Acura TLX Gets Back To Performance


Acura has put its focus back on performance with its new 2018 TLX. The Japanese automaker has refreshed its midsize performance luxury sedan significantly. It now offers more standard features as well as a sporty new A-Spec version for V-6 models. In the highly competitive midsize performance luxury sedan segment Acura’s TLX is still a great choice. Acura has given the 2018 TLX an entirely new front end. The old grille has been replaced by a dynamite stylish new diamond pentagon grille that gives the TLX a strong, athletic look. Stand close and you’ll see its cool spider web pattern.

The TLX’s new look is part of Acura’s plan as it returns to the precision performance roots that made the company a hit with motorists. Officials from Acura explained that to journalists in Kentucky for the company’s launch of the newest version of the TLX, the top-selling Acura car and among the company’s most important automobiles. Acura’s vice president and general manager John Ikeda told the crowd the company is once again focusing on being a performance brand and to be seen as a performance brand, the vehicles need to have a performance look. And, if you want to check out an Acura and take one for a spin, head on down to Chapman Acura.

Those designers at Acura, under pressure to create a new, more attractive front-end for their cars, can now relax a little. The new look they created, based on Acura’s 2015 Precision concept, is great. The new A-Spec trim is designed to up the TLX sport ante significantly, and it does. It has a matte black grille surrounded with chrome, a rear diffuser, exclusive badging and 19-inch gray wheels. Lead TLX product planner Jonathon Rivers said the brand’s new A-spec variant offers Acura’s customer base a completely new option.

Every 2018 TLX model comes with AcuraWatch standard. This collection of sophisticated safety technologies includes forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control and road departure mitigation. That means 70% of all the Acura vehicles sold will now have AcuraWatch.

TLX buyers have two engine choices. There’s a 2.4-liter 206 horsepower inline four-cylinder engine that produces 182 pound-feet of torque and a 3.5-liter, 290 horsepower V6 engine that delivers 267 pound-feet of torque. The four-cylinder engine is mated to an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission featuring paddle shifters. The V6 comes with a 9-speed automatic transmission with paddles. Plus, the Acura SH-AWD system is both available and recommended.

The 2018 TLX’s interior, with its clean lines and high-end detailing, is very nice. It retains the popular dual-screen layout which lets drivers see both the navigation map and anything else they want without switching screens. The 8-inch upper screen is hooded and sits high up on the center stack. The lower part of the unit features a brand new 7-inch capacitive touchscreen. There’s also a completely new infotainment systems with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Plus, there’s lots of headroom and legroom in the front and rear.

The 2018 Acura TLX with 4-cylinder engine starts at $33,000 while the V6 models beginning at $36,200.


Acura is taking another leap forward in automotive innovation with its True Touchpad technology. The new system is designed to eliminate distractions and help drivers keep their eyes on the road while giving them easier access the their in-car infotainment system. To see it in action or check out any Acura, head on down to Chapman Acura.

Today’s best automobile infotainment systems use menus, icons and other options that enable drivers to perform a wide range of tasks. These systems employ touch screens, controller knobs, voice commands, as well as gesture controls for drivers to navigate the software. But now Acura says it has developed a user interface called True Touchpad that’s better and more intuitive. They’ve incorporated it into the 2019 RDX Prototype, a vehicle industry insiders say will be Acura’s next SUV.

The Android-based system has two main components. A 10.2 inch high-resolution, color screen positioned in the line of sight of the driver at the top of the dashboard. A touch pad like those on laptops is the second component. It’s on the center console located between a large storage bin and the buttons replacing the gear selector. According to Acura, this technology, which is very easy to use with a little practice, has never before been used in a car.

It features 1:1 mapping and absolute positioning technology that allows the driver and front passenger to navigate the infotainment system. Each of the touch pad’s parts corresponds to that same area of the screen and has fingertip activation. The small touch pad requires a little getting used to and the icons can be rearranged and the most frequently used ones added to a favorites list for easy access. The setup enables drivers to keep their eyes up while using it.

The screen has two zones. One can use a small tile on the screen’s right side to display the map, while on the left side a larger tile shows the icon menu. The map can be displayed on the larger tile instantly by touching a button near the touch pad. Although it’s being called a prototype, the system is ready and is set to make its debut in Acura’s all-new 2019 RDX. It’ll be in other Acura models soon afterwards.

The next-generation RDX will feature a more assertive grille, sharper headlights and side panels with embedded discreet creases that reduce visual mass. The roofline is longer and flows into a hatch that’s more upright. The back lights are higher than before. The new RDX is longer and wider and all the changes give it an elegant, upmarket look. A 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged engine replaces the current V-6 and increases torque by 40% to about 350 pound-feet. It’s paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission which helps to improve fuel economy.

The production version of the new RDX is expected to debut at the New York Auto Show in March and hit showrooms by late summer. It could have the prototype’s 21-inch wheels, exhaust tips, paint color and futuristic-looking mirrors. Get ready for Acura’s newest version of their smallest SUV, the 2019 RDX.