Our long-term Acura RDX is something special. Unlike other Motor Trend staffers, who reported a lot of tiny little gripes, I loved this pint-size SUV.
I took the RDX to Phoenix Arizona a couple weekends ago to visit some friends. Along the way, I couldn't help but notice the wonderful acceleration of the vehicle as I maneuvered in and around traffic. I managed to rack up 1100 miles and averaged about 22 mpg in just three days.
I didn't notice the turbo lag many others complain about when they took it on the road. In fact, I found the 2.3 liter i-vtec turbo sporty on the highway and especially fun to drive on curvy mountain roads with little to no body roll. What's even more fun to use on the twisties are the steering-wheel shift paddles in sport mode.
The ride would be a bit rough for most people's standards, as Truck Trend editor Allyson Harwood pointed out in the January issue of Motor Trend. She noted "The ride is much too harsh for daily driving. It makes somewhat smooth pavement feel bumpy and is downright jarring on poorly maintained roads." I have to agree with Allyson, you can feel everything with the RDX's suspension. But I loved it because it adds to the sports-car feeling like when someone tweaks a cars suspension for track racing.
This would be the perfect CUV for people who love sports cars. Still, it can fit four people very comfortably and offers a deep rear cargo area. It's the perfect size for someone like me. I don't think I can justify the hefty $36,495 price tag, which covers a "Technology Package" that includes Bluetooth wireless telephone; a 410-watt surround-sound system; a nav setup with voice recognition, rearview camera, and real-time traffic updates; and a GPS-linked, solar-sensing, dual-zone automatic climate-control system. The only option I would like of the group would be the navigation. That alone is a $3500 package I can live without since the base RDX comes standard with such goodies as leather-trimmed interior, heated front seats, satellite radio, power moonroof, Xenon headlamps, and stability control.
Read these other Long-term reviews to learn more about our adventures in the Acura RDX:
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