The Acura RDX underwent a significant makeover last year, dropping not only the beak from its front end design as well as the old naturally aspirated V6.
In return, it got a new turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 272 hp (276 PS / 203 kW) and 280 lb-ft (380 Nm) of torque paired to a 10-speed automatic gearbox. Consumer Reports, who tested the car, says that the unit is actually better on the highway than it is around town.
The good handling and firm suspension that still manages to absorb most road imperfection are definitely the crossover’s strong points. Thus, the new RDX should cater to those who want an SUV that offers good handling without sacrificing ride comfort. And it should also appeal to customers who want to feel as safe as possible inside a car, as there’s a lot of advanced safety equipment as standard.
The standard power liftgate provides access to a large boot with a flat loading area and a small hidden compartment underneath that’s ideal for hauling the daily groceries.
Opening the large doors provides access into the modern cabin, which boasts supportive front seats and good space for up to three adults at the back. Front visibility is good thanks to the slim A pillars, but the thick rear pillars and sloping roofline obstruct the driver’s view at the rear.
On the down side, the weird gear selector definitely takes time to get used to and the infotainment system is not easy to use either. In fact, the reviewer said that the screen “has a steep learning curve”, and mastering it will take time.