2020 Acura RDX A-Spec – The SUV for Honda Fans

If you love Hondas, but you’ve matured beyond your “clapped out EG with a B swap,” then this just might be the perfect vehicle for you. It is a fun, sporty, and good looking SUV with lots of pep and sweet features. It looks great as you pull into the office parking lot.

First off, the 2020 Acura RDX A-Spec has a 2.0L turbocharged inline-four and 9-speed automatic transmission that puts out about 272 BHP. It is relatively the same as a Civic Type R motor.  When you put it into Sport mode, it has impressive pickup. It can get up and go with the best of them.

There’s no doubt that this is one very fun SUV to drive, especially in Sport mode. But it also looks great and has other features that a more mature driver would appreciate.

The A-Spec Package

“A-Spec” is the name of the package. With it, you get custom wheels, special trim, and red/black seats. These seats are heated and cooled. You can set the seats to heat and cool automatically. It is a nice feature, but I couldn’t test it very well in just one day.  I think you would have to own it for a while.


The dash is pretty standard with the typical gauges. The tachometer and speedometer layout are very similar to the old 2002 Acura NSX style, not the same, but close. It does have a fun “Turbo” indicator that lights up to show you when the turbo kicks in. I like that. It also has the standard car information and will show you the tire pressure in each tire. I’ve said it before, but I like it when the tire pressure sensor (TPS) system indicates the actual pressure in each tire.

Shifting Gears

There is a giant analog “Dynamic Mode” knob on the dash used to put the car into sport mode. When I say giant, I’m not kidding.  It is huge. You cannot miss it. It’s laughably big.  You can switch between Sport, Sport +, Comfort, and Snow. That last one is, again, handy in the Midwest. As you change the drive mode, the system plays a fun little sound effect, much like choosing a fighting character in a video game. It’s a small detail, but it makes the SUV a bit more fun.

I hate the shifter. It took a long time to get used to it. It’s all analog buttons; there’s no stickshift. Reverse has a weird ledge, and the rest of the buttons for the gears don’t seem natural.

The Touchpad that Must Go

I don’t usually hate features in cars, but this one is truly awful! They have a touchpad for controlling the infotainment system. It is horrible. The touchpad is glitchy and hard to use. It is probably one of the worst control systems I’ve ever seen in a car. If Acura is listening, please, “GET RID OF IT!”

Final Thoughts

Overall this is a fun, quick, sporty SUV for the Honda lover. It may not be for everyone, but overall, I love it.

Written by Gary Pradel