The 2012 Acura RDX returns for one last year in its present form--even though the Honda CR-V, with which it's closely related, was redesigned this past year, for 2012.
But the RDX has always been a very different vehicle than the CR-V, and you probably wouldn't see the resemblance, inside or out. The current rakish design has a completely different personality on the outside, and it still managed to look fresh, while inside it's crisp and focused, though a bit conservative. With a sportier silhouette and more sloping rear end, it sacrifices some cargo room for a sleek look. Last year, the light touch-up included a new grille, to match the controversial snout that's being phased in throughout the lineup, along with new bumper fascias, slightly different headlight and taillight designs, new exhaust tips, and satin brightwork throughout. It also has adopted new 18-inch wheels, front and rear bumpers, and taillights.
Purely from a style and design perspective, the instrument panel is beautiful and well sculpted, with a two-tiered look complemented with well-placed brightwork and accents, along with the deep, hooded gauge cluster. The look is quite carlike, but it avoids the confining, wrap-around look of other sportier crossover interiors. Trim pieces are if anything the weak point--looking more Honda than Acura in some color combinations, with the RDX so far missing out on the new, more detailed look given to the TL and TSX sedan interiors.