After learning lessons from its previous models that vie in the entry-premium crossover segment, Acura comes back with a vengeance with its new RDX model. Most of Acura customers were adamant about driving a crossover powered by a jerky turbo-four, especially if they have experienced driving vehicles powered by the smoother and more powerful V-6 engines. With this in mind, Acura produced a crossover that carries attributes that many customers want -- the new RDX.
The new RDX is powered is by a V-6 engine that boasts of 33 more horsepower than the outgoing version. This power allows the RDX to accelerate from zero to 60 mph 0.3 seconds quicker than the previous version, at 7.3 seconds for front-wheel-drive models.
Acura added a sixth gear ratio to the new RDX. One can use the much shorter five lower gear ratios for quicker acceleration and the taller sixth gear for freeway cruising. The new RDX also offers better fuel economy, thanks to a variable cylinder management. The new RDX features electric power steering and it dons some front suspension pieces, like the torsion bar and lower A-arm, similar to the Honda CR-V. However, the RDX’s shock absorber pistons sports secondary reactive dampers that offers a better ride than the CR-V.
Aside from the engine, the front subframe, rear subframe and suspension of the RDX are different from the CR-V. Acura designed RDX’s instrument panel and center console to carry its design ethos: smartly laid out, technical, with a premium feel in the stalks and buttons.
Standard features of the RDX include a moonroof, 18-inch wheels, heated leather power seats, keyless access and SMS text messaging as well as a 360-watt CD stereo with USB link and Pandora Internet radio. The crossover’s back-up camera display is now integrated into the monitor, rather than on the rear-view mirror. Expect the new RDX, built in East Liberty, Ohio, to be almost $1,500 more expensive than the previous model.