What Engine is in the 2019 Acura RDX?

2019 Acura RDX Engine

Question: What Engine is in the 2019 Acura RDX?


The 2019 Acura RDX features an all-new standard engine: a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. The first turbocharged engine used in an RDX since the 2012 model year.

What’s so special about the new engine? The biggest selling point–before we receive official fuel economy numbers from the EPA–is the low-end torque increase. Acura has stated that the turbocharged 4-cylinder will provide 40% more low-end torque compared to the 2018 model’s standard V6 engine. This is important for more responsive acceleration from a full stop or low speeds.

The 2019 RDX’s new engine has 272 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. Compared to the outgoing models’ 279 horsepower and 252 lb-ft of torque, that may not seem like a big performance boost.

But the torque makes a big difference in how fast the vehicle feels in most driving situations, and smaller cylinder turbocharged engines often help with fuel efficiency compared to naturally-aspirated larger engines like the 2018 model’s 3.5-liter V6.