2011 Acura RDX

In 2007, Honda launched its first turbocharged vehicle, the Acura RDX. While it was inspired by the Honda CR-V, through the years, the Acura RDX has established a name for itself. Now, the 2011 Acura RDX is gaining popularity.

Performance

Under the hood, there is a 2.3 liter VTEC four-cylinder that generates 240 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, mated to a five-speed automatic transmission that comes with paddle shifters. Also, the Acura RDX delivers a strong low rpm torque. Fuel efficiency is achieved with its i-VTEC turbo engine which also uses the Variable Flow Turbo or VFT technology. Like the Acura MDX, the Acura RDX is also equipped with “Super Handling” All Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system for smooth and easy cornering by distributing appropriate power to the external wheels.

Exterior & Interior

Sporting an athletic, street style exterior design, the 2011 RDX still oozes with class when driving around town with its attention grabber 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels, automatic xenon headlamps, fog lamps and a sunroof. Inside, the RDX is all about offering its passengers with outstanding comfort through supportive seats in perforated-leather trim. The 60/40 split-down seats on the second row provide a substantial double deck cargo area especially for luggage and sports equipment. Drivers can now rely on an 8-way power-adjustable heated seat equipped with lumbar support and 2-position memory.

On the other hand, the passengers in front can benefit from the 4-way power adjustable heated seat. Several stuffs like a briefcase and laptop bag can be held in the deep center storage compartment found between the front seats. A premium in-car entertainment system will absolutely keep everyone in their seats.

Added Features

The five-passenger compact luxury crossover is integrated with a bunch of technology features such as Bluetooth, an iPod/USB audio interface-backed up by Acura/ELS Surround Premium Audio System with DVD-Audio and Dolby® Pro Logic™ II for an ultimate digital surround sound experience. The RDX also comes with satellite radio which allows you tune in and stay updated to both the local and international music.

This people carrier displays its sophistication with voice-activated technology which recognizes up to 800 verbal commands whether in English or French, a HandsFreeLink connectivity system which enables the person to effortlessly make and receive calls anytime from his mobile device, even while the vehicle is in motion. And the satellite-linked navigation can locate you almost anywhere in North America and the Zagat Survey ratings can even assist by finding the appropriate restaurants that can meet your craving needs.

Safety

Other than the standard airbags, Advanced Compatibility Engineeringâ„¢ (ACE) body structure, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), VSA system with Traction Control and a rearview camera, the 2011 Acura RDX now offers even more features for another level of safety on the road. Added is the Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) which regularly checks the air pressure condition in your tires.

High-Intensity Discharge Headlights are also included to provide you an intense brilliant beam of focused light for a clearer view of your surroundings. And part of the package are the front seat head restraints which are intended to restrain head motion and reduce neck injury in case of a vehicle collision. The Acura RDX not only received high scores for passing the crash testing, it also garnered a positive rating for its reliability.

The Competition

If you’re not satisfied with the RDX’s lack of seating, the Volvo XC60 (MSRP $32,900; 21 city / 30 hwy) and BMW’s X3 (MSRP $37,150; 17 city / 26 hwy) offer more passenger space. Rear legroom is also more impressive in that of Audi Q5 (MSRP $35,200; 20 city / 27 hwy) and Honda CR-V (MSRP $21,895; 21 city / 28 hwy).

Some may complain about its turbo lag and the non-flattering new look, but with its comfortable accommodation for four adults, smooth driving experience and a long list of technology features, clearly, the 2011 Acura RDX provides the best value for your money.

Overall Rating
70 out of 100

What others say:

“The 2011 Acura RDX is delightfully frisky and nimble, but it doesn't feel as lavish as other luxury crossovers.”Car Connection

“Firm-ride suspension makes for an agile little SUV. Available AWD furnishes secure grip on wet or dry surfaces.”Consumer Guide

“The RDX's turbocharged, four-cylinder provides strong acceleration, but lacks the refinement of a six-cylinder. Handling is agile and secure, but the ride is stiff. The interior shows good attention to detail, but some controls could be better designed.”MSN-Consumer Reports

“Sporty handling; compelling performance; well-equipped; relatively low price; strong crash scores.”Edmunds

Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Midsize SUV Base Price: $32,895.00
Fuel Tank Capacity: 18 gallons (68 liters) Miles Per Gallon: 19 city / 24 hwy
Dimensions
Length: 182.4 in. (463 cm) Width: 73.6 in. (187 cm)
Height: 65.1 in. (165.5 cm) Wheel Base: 104.3 in. (265 cm)
Curb Weight: 3743 lbs (1698 kg) Ground Clearance: 6.25 in. (15.8 cm)
Luggage Capacity: 27.8 cu ft Maximum Seating: 5 people
Performance
Engine: 4-cylinder Turbocharged, 16-valve DOHC i-VTEC® Displacement: 2.3 LITERS
Horsepower: 240 HP Max RPM: 6000 RPM
Torque: 260 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm Transmission: 5-Speed Automatic
0-60 mph: 6.7 seconds Max Towing Capacity: 1500 lbs (680 kgs)
Available Trims & Engine
Option:RDX SH-AWD MSRP: $34,895; MPG: 17 city / 22 hwy