2019 Acura Touchpad Infotainment System Review

  • Dipublikasikan tanggal 28 Mei 2018
  • Alternative input methods are all the rage for luxury cars and 2019 brings us a new one: Acura's "True Touchpad". The system is found in the all-new 2019 Acura RDX crossover and will be spreading across Acura's lineup as their models go under the knife for a refresh or a redesign. The Android-based infotainment system differs from the Lexus touchpad system in a key way. When you move your finger on the pad, it doesn't move a cursor on the screen. Instead the trackpad is like a touch sensitive representation of the screen down on the console. This promises improved distraction metrics for the driver and an easier to use design once you get used to it. Apple CarPlay is supported from the start (although the touchpad operates differently when using CarPlay) and Android Auto will be offered as soon as Google releases an update supporting this new input method. Although I wish Acura would give us a touchpad *and* a touchscreen, I applaud them for thinking outside the box and making something that's more functional than what we see in modern Lexus vehicles.

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  • Mike
    Mike Bulan Yang lalu

    This horrid tech is the only thing giving me reservations about buying another Acura. I just want to change the radio station easily and a slot to plug in my cellphone holder - like a CD slot. Why try and reinvent the wheel? I already have everything I need on my phone.

  • YoYo’s Favorite Son
    YoYo’s Favorite Son Bulan Yang lalu

    Is there a way to lower the screen

  • Gary Allman
    Gary Allman Bulan Yang lalu

    Can you do an update, now that Android Auto is available?

  • Tom Blackwell
    Tom Blackwell 2 bulan yang lalu

    What do they have for those who prefer a touch screen, like on the 2015 TLX and some other models? I like to see those controls along with the map at the same time. This TLX resolved that.

  • Midi Man
    Midi Man 3 bulan yang lalu

    Date of this video May 28, 2-18 here we are in Oct 2019 and still not Android. I guess Acura definition of soon is 2 years. The 2020 are at the dealership not Android yet either.
    I have been doing IT for 30 years. The touch screen is way better than the pad. They should have done both actually.Toyota, Lexus and Acura need to stop reinventing the wheel
    when it comes to this. A pad and a torch screen would have been perfect for this. Think about it a crv and others have Android and a 50 k Luxury car does not?
    Touch screens are very cheap it would have not costed much to have added it.

    • Midi Man
      Midi Man Bulan Yang lalu

      @Ehab Sorry I still have not gotten your part for the spare tire. I think you can do a google search for it. Mine will drive it's self down the road. Yes it will vibrate if I have lane monitor on but with lane keep assist it will pull it's self back in the lane. It's really kool. Only down side is that I sway back and forth in the road to miss and straddle pot holes and it can be annoying at times.

    • Ehab
      Ehab Bulan Yang lalu

      @Midi Man excuse me, I have one question, do your rdx steering wheel vibrate when you leave the lane ? My give only visual alert but no vibration.
      According to user manual the steering wheel should vibrate.
      Please tell me your experience

    • Midi Man
      Midi Man Bulan Yang lalu

      @Ehab You are welcome. This is for all the Aura enthusiasts..
      This is my real baby.


    • Ehab
      Ehab Bulan Yang lalu

      @Midi Man thank you very much

    • Midi Man
      Midi Man Bulan Yang lalu

      @Ehab Will do Give me a few days and I will get back to you. You will need the bracket, Trunk kit, Spare tire rim and Tire it's self. Do a Google search and you will see what is needed. Also my car has 20 inch rims yours has 19. I think the spare is the same though.

  • Damion Miller
    Damion Miller 4 bulan yang lalu

    I’ll bet the refreshed model will bring back the touch screen.

  • David Ross
    David Ross 5 bulan yang lalu

    Put simply, this seems insane.

  • William Taylor
    William Taylor 6 bulan yang lalu

    Too complicated for me / Distracting / Have to quit driving and park auto to operate navigation system / navigation system hard to see in daylight hours.

  • CanadaCraig
    CanadaCraig 6 bulan yang lalu +2

    I can't see myself using - or appreciating - 98% of what this Infotainment system offers. Fact is... I wish it had a CD player. I'm one of the MILLIONS of people who still buy CD's.

  • Jakexxx 2
    Jakexxx 2 7 bulan yang lalu

    I have a acura Please tell me how to put navigation It dosent show up Mabey i need my phone? Just please help

  • Steve Hendren
    Steve Hendren 7 bulan yang lalu

    As an owner, the concept of one to one positioning is easy to understand and use. If you put the 4 things you use most often in the corners it is easy to select them without looking. This works really well with radio functions even after you select the media source (XM, FM, etc). However, once in navigation, typing in an address while moving is not something I would recommend as your eyes are definitely not on the road. Use the voice option, it works pretty good. The thing I find most challenging is that Car Play does not make use of the one to one positioning. This doesn’t mean that I find it hard to use, it just isn’t consistent so I find that when i’m Not in Car Play my brain wants to scroll around on the pad like it does when using Car Play, which I use more than any of the other functions. If Android Auto ever comes out and it better utilizes the one to one positioning, I will probably ditch my old iPhone for an android option.

  • WestUCoog
    WestUCoog 8 bulan yang lalu

    Still a stupid stupid input system in a moving car. The knob is better than this, but a touch screen is probably the best.

  • mellowjammer
    mellowjammer 8 bulan yang lalu

    Easier to use than the Lexus? That's not saying much as Consumer Reports called the Lexus remote touchpad system THE WORST built-in system out there.

  • mellowjammer
    mellowjammer 8 bulan yang lalu

    At 5:05, how did you use the "Heads up Display" (HUD) to choose which Starbucks you wanted? Did you mean Infotainment display?

  • 張領
    張領 8 bulan yang lalu

    Acura exterior is good looking but that interior is just so ugly

  • King Arthur
    King Arthur 9 bulan yang lalu +1

    i finally own the 2019 acura rdx and can honestly say that the infotainment is amazing. i did not need to go through any kind of learning curve as the system works fluidly, fast, and is hassle free. love the touchpad and is the mac trackpad of car touchpads in my opinion. Also love the voice recognition system and siri integration as it is a godsend.

  • IOneTwoFarQ 1
    IOneTwoFarQ 1 9 bulan yang lalu +3

    I really with there was a full screen instead of split view

  • Donnie Hosein
    Donnie Hosein 9 bulan yang lalu

    Seems like phone mount is still the way to go 😅

  • Owen H
    Owen H 9 bulan yang lalu

    I can’t figure out how to add shortcuts to the main screen like he has in the video. Can anyone help?

  • DailyRant
    DailyRant 10 bulan yang lalu

    Alex - Do you know if the carplay content shows up in the HUD? I've seen in various reviews that there is an "applications" page for the HUD, and you can enable carplay. What I haven't seen is what does it display from carplay.

  • Putta Vasanthi
    Putta Vasanthi 11 bulan yang lalu

    Can we change the background colour on the screen

  • articgoneape
    articgoneape 11 bulan yang lalu

    I prefer a touch screen vs a mousepad. I have driven a 2019 RDX a few times and I yell at the mousepad lol which is distracting. I prefer my 2016 RDX touch screen :D

    • King Arthur
      King Arthur 9 bulan yang lalu

      instead, just yell at the amazing voice recognition system or siri. They work great.

  • aquaviva
    aquaviva 11 bulan yang lalu


  • Kevin Kott
    Kevin Kott 11 bulan yang lalu

    it seems lagy when you swipe or scroll. 2:23 he scrolling with no respomse

  • Jon Labbe
    Jon Labbe Tahun Yang lalu

    What is the button on the top right of the touchpad? Looks like a partly depleted battery icon. It's to the right of the home button.

  • George Onderko
    George Onderko Tahun Yang lalu

    So we bought this car and love it but one thing I haven’t seen mentioned by any reviewer is how the Nav system tells you where to go.
    On the highway it doesn’t tell you what road or even exit number to turn on. It will say on the screen “towards Cleveland”
    So I have no clue what highway or what exit number I’m going to exit on. I just know it’s “towards Cleveland”. This is absolutely terrible and makes missing your turn so easy. You’re watching for that one highway sign that says “towards Cleveland” and hoping it’s the right one.
    I’ve found no option to just give me turn right onto 71N in 2mi rather than turn right “towards Cleveland” in 2mi. Horrible.
    You can insert whatever other city your exit is towards. It will never display the highway number or exit number.

  • Howiefly
    Howiefly Tahun Yang lalu +1

    How do you set the Zoom level in the navigation screen? It keeps reverting to 500 ft.

    FOTO-UNO Tahun Yang lalu

    Acura should have both touch screen and touch pad.

  • leny garber
    leny garber Tahun Yang lalu

    touch screen is the best

  • Michael Troster
    Michael Troster Tahun Yang lalu

    Still very confusing, but probably better than Acura’s previous systems which were impossibly confusing and the voice recognition was totally useless.

  • 0228mustang
    0228mustang Tahun Yang lalu

    Wow, today is 9/29/18 and still no Android Auto...what's the problem Google?

  • Section Leader
    Section Leader Tahun Yang lalu

    Does the car have a CD player?

  • Lamar Battle
    Lamar Battle Tahun Yang lalu

    Well leave it to apple hahahahaha!

  • J S
    J S Tahun Yang lalu +1

    Great review as usual Alex! This is a shame. I owned a 2013 rdx but tired of it after a few years. The 2019 looks amazing...except for this infotainment system which Acura continues to come up short. I want a fun, comfortable car to drive and don't want to get bogged down by overcomplicated systems and controls. I deal with enough technology everywhere else and want my car experience to be more about driving. Based on this aspect alone I will not even bother to test drive the new rdx. Can we just keep it simple?!?

  • Dan Daniel
    Dan Daniel Tahun Yang lalu

    Excellent presentation. Informative and easy to understand.

  • Mike E Gadget Tech
    Mike E Gadget Tech Tahun Yang lalu

    Can the programmable 'buttons' be Apple or Google apps? e.g. Google maps for maps or Spotify for Music? If so, this has promise. Although I'm skeptical anybody has it all figured out yet or any of these systems will look like a Edsel in 3-5 yrs.
    As an industrial controls Engineer, it's amazing to me how bad car UI's are. Human engineering tells you people naturally gravitate to position dependent controls. When you want something, you always go to the same place. Hard buttons do that. Screens that don't have the same thing in the same place are distracting and dangerous. I haven't seen on yet that doesn't take your eyes off the road for unsafe periods of time. KISS (keep it simple stupid); they're all overly complicated (distracting). I haven't found one yet, that doesn't drive me back to just using my phone (Maps, Spotify/Music, Audible, and Waze... how many apps do you really need? ), which is still distracting, but does what I want. I think 6 programmable app buttons (like the radio for the last 50 yrs), on the steering wheel if possible, or on the dash are what I'd like to see.
    touch screens are simply a big bag of hurt, I love Infiniti, very reliable, owned 5. But, Infiniti's 2 screen UI is just AWFUL! ....I don't have any good choices when it comes to dash controls.

    • Mike E Gadget Tech
      Mike E Gadget Tech Tahun Yang lalu

      PS: I feel sorry for manufacturers trying to integrate phone apps into cars. Both Apple Car Play and Android Auto are both train wrecks (no pun intended) at this point (IMHO). Especially, if they have to customize it to each car manufacturer. when your phone crashes, you reboot or try again. When your car controls distract your driving, yet alone crash, people can die. ...not that they shouldn't, they're just not there yet. If not, people will still just use their phones vs. the dash, which is just as bad.

  • louis rosado
    louis rosado Tahun Yang lalu

    Do you have the instructions in writing

  • louis rosado
    louis rosado Tahun Yang lalu

    You speak to fast cannot get it all in.

  • Ralph Baard
    Ralph Baard Tahun Yang lalu

    Get mine this week. Can’t wait to see how it works.

  • Avi Bathula
    Avi Bathula Tahun Yang lalu +1

    Alex - can we expect this interface to tickle down to MDX in 2020 when it is expected to get a model refresh.

  • tryceo
    tryceo Tahun Yang lalu +1

    No touch screen is a deal breaker. The future of car infotainment is Carplay and Android Auto, and all the apps on them are touch screen based. The Acura software will looked outdated and old in about 5 years, but carplay will be constantly updated.

  • John Seitz
    John Seitz Tahun Yang lalu

    I’d have to try it. But what’s so difficult about a touchscreen?

  • Paul W Jones
    Paul W Jones Tahun Yang lalu

    Thanks, insightful review. I do wonder a bit about how well the True Touchpad works when one is wearing gloves (which does happen in colder climates). Hopefully the voice commands work to mitigate that. I kind of like the way some of the Teslas work, big touch screen, but of course they bury some stuff way too deep in menus, nice to have dedicated buttons. But perhaps ditching the drive mode knob (which let us face facts, how often are you going to change in a SUV?), Acrua might have had a bit more room for other stuff, or been able to move the screen within arm's reach. Granted, positioning the screen up where it is easy to see while driving is nice.

  • Geo Williams
    Geo Williams Tahun Yang lalu

    I hate all these touchscreen interfaces. Gimme back my CD player. It's safer.

  • Trades46
    Trades46 Tahun Yang lalu

    I found the Lexus puck knob to be fine, since it has a "sticky" feel once you hit a button on the item. This touchpad seems to be better at the commonly used items, but could get annoying for accessing deeper menus.

  • BertiferousRex
    BertiferousRex Tahun Yang lalu

    What a mess. Who would want something like this?

  • JBML007
    JBML007 Tahun Yang lalu +1

    Looks really cool

  • Bernardo Silva
    Bernardo Silva Tahun Yang lalu +1

    Good video, bad system, Alex. Precision seems l ike a weak point, which in turn makes it a dealbreaker.

  • Jason Jones
    Jason Jones Tahun Yang lalu

    I been waiting for someone to do a split screen showing the rdx technology screen and the touch pad!!! Thank you!!!!

  • Henry Ferlauto
    Henry Ferlauto Tahun Yang lalu

    To my knowledge, I think this may be the first time that iOS or any of its variants (e.g. tvOS, watchOS, etc.) have had anything that resembles a cursor like that.

    • Henry Ferlauto
      Henry Ferlauto Tahun Yang lalu

      Good to know. The CarPlay screen struck me as almost “DOS-like” in the way the cursor highlighted the label for the icon.

    • Alex on Autos
      Alex on Autos  Tahun Yang lalu +1

      Actually, you see the same thing in Mercedes and Mitsubishi's touchpad systems and the same cursor but controlled differently in BMW, Audi and other systems that use a click wheel.

  • Geeth San
    Geeth San Tahun Yang lalu

    Most latest car infotainments are a fail. Ask that to anyone who drives in a daily basis.
    Just give it a touch screen and a rotary dial like controller.
    I find Acuras new system a waste plus non intuitive. A tutorial video has to be made to learn the damn system whereas a touch/rotary dial system doesn't have any learning curve.

  • Michael Rafael
    Michael Rafael Tahun Yang lalu +1

    Lexus... take notes. This is Enform done right.

  • motomusiq
    motomusiq Tahun Yang lalu

    I don't understand why Acura and Lexus won't just use a dial. What's wrong with using the most easy to use and simple device?

    • King Arthur
      King Arthur 9 bulan yang lalu

      the touchpad is extremely easy to use. i invite you to try it, you'll be pleasantly impressed.

  • Jun Jian Shen
    Jun Jian Shen Tahun Yang lalu +1

    I understand Honda Company (including Acura) wants to make something unique, they actually did it but the stuff they made is not beating others, like Honda Lane Watch in recent years, and now this unintuitive and inconvenient infotainment system. There is no doubt that many consumers will say bring me back a touchscreen.

  • whiteandnerdytuba
    whiteandnerdytuba Tahun Yang lalu

    I can't handle the right side of the screen not having at least the option of hiding. That is bothering me before I even bought the car

  • Silent Refusal
    Silent Refusal Tahun Yang lalu +1

    "Today I am inside..." I muted immediately, then got to know he was talking about Acura... Damn these times we are in.... 😂

  • Administrator
    Administrator Tahun Yang lalu +2

    This is still too distracting and dangerous to use while driving! WTF!
    Nothing is more intuitive than direct touchscreen with large font!

  • Kristen Trinh
    Kristen Trinh Tahun Yang lalu +2

    The fact that this video is 10+ minutes means the infotainment system is way too complicated.

  • Milko Vasilev
    Milko Vasilev Tahun Yang lalu

    As ALWAYS Honda /Acura got it right. Amen. look like a Winer to me

  • Raof KGN
    Raof KGN Tahun Yang lalu

    Still it's confusing.