Acura RDX Review

Posted on 28. Sep, 2006 by in Auto News

After the unconditional surrender to the Allies in Germany in 1945, the Allies took the land all his patents. Former Axis allies Germany, Japan, finally exploited this situation by plagiarism and mass production legendary German camera and lens. Today Japanese manufacturers continue to look for Germany Case in point "inspiration.": The 2007 Acura RDX. It could not look like a BMW X3 when it tries, and by God, it did.

The RDX crossover utility vehicle (CUV) is an inch longer and a fraction wider and shorter than their German inspiration. Stylistically, the RDX is just one away from the baby Bimmer nip-tuck. The RDX 'a steeply raked windscreen, blacked out B and C pillars and rear spoiler all say BMW and signal the Acura shared aversion to the rough stuff. The RDX is, in fact, another deeply metrosexual machine: a handsome masculine form in delicate fabrics, their manicured toes are polished wingtips, not hiking boots meant dressed. If you know what I mean.

Inside, Toto, I have a feeling that we are not more in Bavaria. The RDX 'cabin offers all hushed minimalism we come from upscale homonyms Honda expect. In fact, the CUV. Attention to tactility, from the fleshy bulges wheel at the ten and two positions on the sensuously shaped leather gear knob us deep into Audi territory This means you can take the Acura from Japan, but you can not the Japanese from the Acura. The RDX 'three-ring gauges' red-on-blue lighting hits the wrong note the Japanese spizzarkle. And the RDX' climate control / mediacenter share Infiniti preference for a high and mighty behind dash tilting position.

The RDX traffic aversive satellite navigation system is the voice controllable what just as good. The widescreen display is difficult to read in daylight, especially when the future is so bright you're wearing shades. The on-board computer system and nav controlled by a clearly phallic nubbin protruding through the center of the dashboard. Despite the gizmo the indelicacy, put his intuitive ergonomics BMW iDrive shame (as if it needed no help in this regard). As is the norm for this "not so an SUV" genre, the cargo space is sacrificed on the altar of comfort for passengers. Drivers with longer legs will find plenty of room for their tribes either in the front or rear seats, provide the much needed lateral support.

The RDX is powered by a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine produces 240 hp @ 6000rpm and 260 lb-ft torque @ 4500rpm driven. The much touted variable flow turbo keep the engine turning at low speeds, but it's still not enough. The motor has to climb over 3500rpms before it got on his boogie. Fortunately, like all the best Honda power plants, loves this baby to turn, redlines at 6800rpms. In order to keep the mill in the grunt zone, the RDX 'brushed aluminum accented steering wheel (all the rage this year) Sports F1-style paddle shifters. Unfortunately, the steering is a little slow, cornering tends to put the paddle out of reach.

They should be as churlish to intervene in sprinting little stoplight system, the RDX makes the dash from zero to 60 in a shade less than eight seconds. That's respectable acceleration for a car that weighs less than a Labrador retriever two tons and stands nearly 5'5 tall ", but you will pay the price at the pump, reduce the official 19/24 mpg EPA by far. Worse , the new RAV4 V6 is best the RDX. to 60 to more than a second

A mid-day tear through the winding hills of Irving, Texas proved that Acura.'s Strict front strut / rear multilink suspension makes her cute ute feels light and tight, until you reach a corner There is no masking the Leaning Tower of SUV-effect, or the vehicle's tendency to dive during hard braking. Acura Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD), Vehicle Stability Assist and ABS systems conspire to the RDX 'wheels firmly grabbed the sidewalk, despite the declines, pitches, rolls and yaws. For what it's worth, the RDX is the best handling crossover in its class.

The RDX goes head-to-head against the similarly sized and priced fraternal twins, the RAV4 Nissan Murano and Infiniti FX35, and the aforementioned BMW and. The RDX out revels the Nissan and Toyota, but still seems a little strict in comparison to the BMW and Infiniti. It is aimed corners better than the other, but has the lowest line oomph.

Thanks to its excellent workmanship and optional mind-blowing surround sound, MP3-compatible stereo, I can not imagine that someone sitting in a RDX, Acura X3 regretted buying knock-off instead of the "real deal." Still, as I walked away from the RDX, I was left longing for a vehicle having a sweet-spinning stuck turbo four slightly shorter, lower and lighter. Something like the Acura RL. Sometimes it's best to just copy yourself, and call it good.