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2021 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper style

The RDX's A-Spec package doesn't add much in the way of performance upgrades, but the SUV sure looks much meaner thusly equipped.

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The 2020 Acura RDX lineup is essentially unchanged, aside from a new Platinum White paint option.

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The 272-horsepower SUV is still quite the looker and a surprisingly solid performer.

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The optional A-Spec package adds dark exterior trim, larger 20-inch wheels and more aggressive styling inside and out, but no actual performance gains.

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The A-Spec also features a rear spoiler and dual exhausts.

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The RDX proved to be surprising nimble in the corners, thanks to its available Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system's aggressive torque-vectoring program.

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At speed and in the corners, the SUV feels like a smaller, more dynamic vehicle. However, this is no sports car, and the laws of physics still apply.

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Leading the way is perhaps the largest Acura "A" badge in the current lineup. It pops nicely on the Black Diamond A-Spec grille.

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Fuel economy is stated at 23 mpg combined for the SH-AWD model, about average for this class.

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This example featured eye-catching red leather seats.

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The True Touchpad takes some getting used to. Once mastered, it's a much less distracting controller than Lexus' similar Remote Touchpad.

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The AcuraLink interface is designed around a split-screen interface and easy multitasking and task switching.

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Check out our full review of the 2021 RDX SH-AWD A-Spec or continue to enjoy the rest of our photos.

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