Acura RDX – Good Thing in a Small Package

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With just 2.4 liter engine, RDX provides high performance owing to the variable flow turbo charger that can dispense up to 240 hp at 6000 rpm and 260 lb-ft torque at 4500 rpm. The variable flow turbocharger can spool 13.5 psi of maximum boost.

RDX also comes with ‘Sequential SportShift†manual feature with steering mounted paddle shifters. The standard five speed auto transmission through SH-AWD (Super-Handling All Wheel Drive) system can transmit torque not only aft and fore but also sideways. As a result, the CUV delivers 0.82 g on skid pad easily outsmarting the 0.79 g by WRX.

If a speed test is conducted, the RDX’s figures would be impressive with a drag strip rip from 0-60mph in 7.0 sec and further through a quarter mile in 15.5 sec, locked at 90.1 mph. The breaking system comes equally impressive with 60-0 mph halt, using four-wheel disc brakes with ABS and EBD, in 135 feet. With all performance tests said and done, the 4-door SUV gives a fuel economy of about 17.9 mpg with almost all drawbacks fixed in the newer version.

The interior of Acura RDX, when taken with top of the line Technology Package, comes with a Bluetooth wireless telephone interface, navigation system with voice detection, 410 watts sound system, GPRS linked, solar sensing duel zone automatic climate control system, that automatically adjusts the fan speed, vent direction with respect to direction of travel. It is also provided with rearview camera and real time traffic updates and continues updates of vehicle position. While all this for an extra $3500 on the basic, the basic model also comes with well trimmed leather interior, heated front seats, six airbags, stability control, power moon roof, satellite radio and 18 inch alloy wheels.

The basic model is well equipped but a Technology Package would suit a tech savvy well.


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