Ratcheting up its appeal, the revamped 2015 Acura RDX made its debut in Chicago with a sleeker appearance, a more dynamic personality and a wider range of standard/available comfort/convenience/safety touches.

Both the front and rear of the refreshed RDX adds more elegance. Up front, the transition brings a new 3D grille treatment framed by Acura's signature LED headlamps and reshaped lower air intakes. A similar theme is reprised at the rear, which also features new LED taillamps. All 2016 Acura RDX models wear restyled alloy wheels.

New powertrain

Fitted with a different version of the 3.5-liter i-TVEC V6 that has Variable Cylinder Management, the 2016 RDX sees output rise from 272 to 279 horsepower and peak torque increase from 251 to 252 lb-ft. Acura says the fatter torque band enhances responsiveness and also boosts highway fuel economy by one mpg - with front-drive RDX models earning 20/29 mpg city/highway and AWD coming in at 219/28 mpg. 

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New active engine mounts afford better isolation while the steering and suspension have been revised for better feel and control. For 2016, the optional AWD with Intelligent Control system has been tweaked to add more rear torque bias to enhance the RDX's dynamic stability under all weather and road conditions. Modifications to the core body structure also ensure better passenger protection in the event of a frontal collision. Acura anticipates the RDX will earn both a 5-Star Overall Vehicle score from NHTSA as well as a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the IIHS. 

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Sophisticated interior

Inside, the 2016 RDX boasts a more sophisticated character that starts with new high-contrast silver and black trim plus standard heated seats and new second-row air-conditioning vents. Both front-drive and AWD RDXs will be available in base trim and with a Technology Package or a new Advance Package. The revised Technology group brings an upgraded 8-way power passenger front seat, a dual-screen On-Demand Multi-Information Display, HD Radio, blind spot information system and Rear Cross Traffic Monitor. The Advance package rain-sensing wipers, front fog lights, keyless remote start, front/rear parking sensors, ventilated front seats and AcuraWatch advanced safety and driver-assist technologies. 

AcuraWatch, which is an option on all RDX models, includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Collision Mitigation Braking System and Lane Keeping Assist, Lane Departure Warning, Multi-View Rear Camera and an Expanded View driver's side mirror along with a new customizable Multi-Information Display with a 4.2-inch TFT screen. Technology and Advance-spec RDX's also offer Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition as an option. The 2016 Acura RDX will be heading to dealer showrooms this spring. Final pricing and packaging information will be released closer the actual on-sale date.

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