Making its debut in 2007 the Acura RDX has become a very high profile vehicle that has been getting a lot of attention from the American consumer. This SUV that is technically in the entry level price range offers a high level of features and performance for its price. There have been many changes since it was first released in 2007, the 2010 model now comes in a front wheel drive version that offers a considerable discount to the consumer.
The newer RDX also offers a slight advantage when it comes to mileage. The 2WD version offers a 2 mile per gallon gain, but still requires the owner to fill it with premium gasoline. The 2010 Acura RDX is one of strongest in its class and is competing with models that are much more expensive. This supercharged SUV brings a lot of value and a huge amount of features to the table. Seating up to five passengers, this unibody SUV has many options and features that you would expect to find on a high end passenger car, but the Acura RDX comes complete with all the extras.
Body style: compact sports utility vehicle
Engines: 2.3 L, turbocharged I-4
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Models: RDX FWD, RDX FWD with Technology package, RDX SH-AWD, RDX SH- AWD with Technology package
Removing SH-AWD from the base model RDX takes roughly 200 pounds off the curbweight and $2000 off of the MSRP and increases fuel economy 2 mpg in city and highway driving conditions. All models receive Acura's polarizing front grille, and subtle tweaks to front and rear fascias and taillights, as well as auto headlights, revised brakes, and Bluetooth as standard.
With the infamous Acura corporate beak in place, the 2010 RDX looks more angular and wider than the last generation (and is due an incremental track increase). The better lookers in this hotly contested field come from Germany and cost more.
RDX's leather trimmed cabin is driver and front passenger focused, with new tweaks like ambient footwell lighting and a rear view camera system. Optional Technology Package adds navigation with real time traffic and weather updates.
Performance & Handling
Snappy handling has been one of the hallmarks of the RDX and its torque vectoring SH-AWD system. Without it, front drive models do suffer. RDX's biggest weakness is its carry over 5-speed transmission, as all credible competitors feature 6-speeds. Likewise, the turbocharged 4-cylinder's 240 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of output is a bit low against similar turbo-4 and V-6 competition.
Dual-stage front and side curtain air bags are standard, along with a tire pressure monitoring system as well as traction and stability control. All occupants have three point seatbelts, while front passengers have auto tensioning systems.
EPA Fuel Economy
RDX 2WD: 19/24 mpg city/highway
RDX SH-AWD: 17/22 mpg city/highway
- Snappy handling in AWD model
- Lower cost of entry
- Improved fuel economy
- Driver centered cockpit
- Plethora of standard features
You Won't Like
- New FWD model still takes premium
- 5-speed transmission
- Acura family beak transplant
- Tight second row
Not enough against fierce rivals
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