The RDX Acura is the Acura models for their first compact crossover SUV. Originally previewed as the Acura RD-X concept car, the production RDX Acura had its debut at the 2006 New York Auto Show and went on sale on August 11, 2006.
The RDX Acura takes over from the MDX as Acura’s entry-level crossover SUV, as the MDX continues to grow in size and price. Although the dimensions of the vehicle are similar to that of the Honda CR-V, the RDX Acura uses a unique platform developed to handle the vehicle’s advanced all-wheel drive system.
Knowing that many SUV buyers would rather have sporty on-road dynamics than off-road prowess, Acura offers RDX Acura, an Acura Crossover that blends sport sedan like handling with the typical SUV traits of all-wheel drive and enhanced cargo capacity. With its turbocharged engine and “Super Handling” all-wheel-drive system, the RDX Acura promises — and delivers — a fun time for driving enthusiasts.
In terms of practicality, however, the RDX Acura comes up a bit short, and some rivals from Europe have more upscale interior designs. RDX Acura comes standard with a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine that makes a strong 240 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque.
A five-speed automatic transmission (with paddle shifters) is standard, and the RDX Acura is available with either front-wheel drive or Acura’s advanced Super-Handling All-Wheel-Drive system. The SH-AWD system instantly transfers torque among the RDX Acura wheels (front and rear, and side-to-side) to optimize grip and handling in every driving situation.
In RDX Acura review, we have found the RDX Acura to be one of the most entertaining crossovers to drive, thanks to its peppy acceleration and agile handling. The one drawback to the RDX Acura is that it comes at the sacrifice of some utility.
Although there’s plenty of space for passengers (the rear seats of the RDX Acura are nearly as roomy as those in the larger Acura MDX), the 61 (maximum)-cubic-foot cargo hold is on the small side compared to most rivals and lacks items like adjustable cargo tracks and a rear parcel shelf.
The RDX Acura debuted for the 2007 model year and has changed little since. A few minor improvements took place the following year, including an auto-dimming rearview mirror, memory setting for the driver seat, a larger navigation screen and standard Bluetooth connectivity. The RDX Acura from 2007-’09 also lacked the option for front-wheel drive.
Today, the RDX Acura 2012 is the obvious choice for SUV shoppers. It is one of the least expensive models in the class, has a turbocharged engine and a bunch of standard features, like heated, leather-trimmed front seats and a rearview camera. The Volvo XC60 costs about as much as the RDX Acura 2012, but you’ll get more cargo and passenger space for your money.
However, you will pay more to equip the XC60 with the same features as the base RDX Acura 2012 because heated front seats, leather-trimmed seats and a rearview camera aren’t standard on the XC60. The Audi Q5 is more expensive than the RDX Acura 2012, but the automotive press loves nearly everything about it. If you want a lot of features without the high price tag that comes with similarly-equipped small luxury SUVs, choosing the RDX Acura 2012 could be worth it, especially if all you want is a luxury badge.
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