Dec 26, 2012
Reviewed By Chad Tyson
Price as Tested $40,315; 3.5-liter, 273-hp SOHC 24-valve i-VTECH V6; 6-sp automatic with sequential sportshift
Likes

Remarkable traction. Just point and go in rain, slush, snow, sun, whatever. The all-wheel drive with Intelligent Control System acts as front-wheel drive in normal cruising, then “on a wet or slippery surface, wheel slippage will cause a reduction in engine output to the front wheels possibly to a point torque is distributed 50/50 between the front and rear wheels.” And it works great. With this setup, and it’s efficiencies, fuel economy is rated just 1 mpg lower than the standard FWD RDX. Tech package adds navigation, 410-watt Acura/ELS surround-sound, voice recognition and a GPS-linked climate-control system among others. Not bad for a $3,700 package.

Dislikes

Borderline anonymous. The grille is the only identifier that would separate it visually from any of the other small SUVs. The “expanded-view driver’s mirror” is a convex section of the outside mirror intended to act as blind spot help. It is at best a disctraction. The navigation includes real-time traffic and weather (in select markets), which is good to have except when I keep getting the same weather warning over and over and over again — even after going through the prompts.

Verdict

Comfortable and spacious. I didn’t have any worries about keeping the car straight and true on the road while driving from sun to rain to snow. (You have to love Oregon winters.) Direct competitors include the Lexus RX 350 and Infiniti’s EX35 Journey. When similarly equipped, the RDX is $3k less than the Infiniti and over $7k less than the Lexus. Keep the RDX in mind if you’re looking at premium SUVs with plenty of bells and whistles. Just remember which one is yours in the parking lot.

Fun to Drive
3.5 rating
Fun to Look at
2.0 rating
Overall Experience
3.0 rating
Stats
Horsepower 273 @ 6,200 rpm
Torque 251 @ 5,000 rpm
EPA Mileage 19 city/27 highway

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