2008 Acura RDX Overview


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2008 Acura RDX Overview

Acura's new crossover SUV features Honda's first turbocharged engine. The RDX was introduced late in 2007, and is carried over for the 2008 model year. The RDX is priced in the luxury sport utility segment, and it combines a sedan-like ride with the added security and versatility of all-wheel drive. A clean diesel variation is reported be in the works for 2009.

Acura's performance-focused RDX is powered by a turbocharged 2.3 liter inline four, which generates 240 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. Power is routed to all four wheels through a five-speed automatic transmission, working in tandem with Acura's SH all-wheel drive system. The SH technology offers multi directional power distribution, from front to back and left to right. Fuel economy is estimated at just 17/22 mpg, and towing capacity is a modest 1500 pounds.

Both models come equipped with a host of luxury features, including dual-zone automatic climate controls, an interior air filter, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, cruise control, leather upholstery, heated front bucket seats, an eight-way power driver seat, full power accessories, keyless entry, an in-dash 6-disc CD changer and satellite radio. The Technology Package trim adds a navigation system with voice recognition capability, traffic information, the AcuraLink assistance system, a rear view camera, a DVD-capable sound system, and a wireless cell phone link. There are no major factory options.

Reviewers and consumers agree that the RDX has a very accommodating interior for a modestly sized SUV, highlighted by a comfortable and spacious backseat. Test drivers the front seats to be cozy enough, while offering good lateral support for aggressive driving. Interior issues include slightly pinched front visibility, some hard-to-manage controls and displays, and noticeable wind noise at higher speeds.


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