The Acura RDX combines the luxury of a premium car with fancy leather seats, with the fun of a sports car with paddle shifts, while considering safety and technology in its main features for either a long cruise in the country side, or a speed sprint on a straight highway.
The new RDX has a 6 hp increase in its engine power over the previous model, a quiet cabin with plenty of infotainment technology, and a focus on the driver’s comfort and passenger’s safety. The ride is silent and the 279 hp engine’s roar can only be heard when you put your foot all the way down on the gas. Then the ride becomes fantastic.
While in the city
The excellent sound system and the large central screen to control almost everything make the RDX nice and comfy, as well as the extensive safety technology advising the driver on how to… drive. The petrol consumption can be a bit disappointing if you are into covering the 200 meters between lights in less time than other cars, but other than that, the RDX is the dream SUV to be stuck in traffic. The RDX includes the Acura Watch system to ensure safety at all times. The Lane Departure Warning (LDW) shows a yellow caution sign on the dashboard every time the car moves outside its line without turning the indicators on, which is useful for night rides or rainy days. Another interesting feature is the Forward Collision Warning (FCW) that can become annoying while driving in a city like Mexico’s capital when bumper-to-bumper is the standard proximity, but any driver can rely on this when distracted, since the RDX actually breaks for itself when the distance between the Acura and the vehicle in front closes dramatically. All in all, the Acura RDX is an excellent option for smooth, short trips around the city.
On the road
Though the RDX is a heavy SUV, the 3.5 liter engine with six-speed automatic shifts transforms the vehicle into a tall sports car, even when it is packed with five passengers and a trunk carrying over 100kg in luggage. We took the RDX for a ride to Acapulco and savored the effectiveness of the paddle shifts at the beginning of the trip with the tight curves heading off to Cuernavaca, and the fuel-savings on the straight road between Alpuyeca and Chilpancingo. The RDX’s automatic transmission manages to select the adequate gear for the driving style, and driver’s mood, whereas the brakes respond swiftly whether making slow maneuvers or running at 180 km/h. The ten-speaker audio system completes the experience with the speed compensating volume (SVC) feature and the possibility of targeting the specific speakers according to the passenger’s needs.
The Acura RDX is by far the definition of a small, luxury and complete SUV for any terrain, offering a comfortable drive without sacrificing strength and performance. Additionally, thanks to the new LED Jewel Eye headlights, a confident aggressive line rises to make other drivers turn their head your way in surprise.
At a Glance
- Make: Acura
- Model: RDX
- Engine: 3.5-litre, 24-valve SOHC i-VTEC V6
- Power: 279 hp @ 6200 rpm
- MPG: 9.3 km/l
- Transmission: 7-speed
- 4-wheel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)§ with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist
- Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE) body structure
- Collision Mitigation Braking System™§ (CMBS)
- 6-speed automatic transmission with Sequential SportShift paddle shifters and Grade Logic Control
- Acura/ELS Surround 410-watt Premium Audio System with 10 speakers