2019 Acura RDX: Review

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience
Interface
Anyone driving a car with a touchscreen knows that fingerprints are a constant problem. With the 2019 RDX, Acura takes a different approach to the dash interface — rather than use a touchscreen, commands get executed via a touchpad in the center console. We were ready to dismiss the method, but it works better than expected. The pad acts as a proxy for the display screen, so anywhere on the pad the driver touches highlights that spot on the screen. A touch of the fingertip selects an item, but it does not execute until pressure gets applied to the pad. Additional buttons help with returns to the main screen or to swap screens.

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