CNHI News Service


January 10, 2013

Acura's redesigned RDX is stylish, affordable


Good riddance.

Yes, Acura officials took a bold move by tossing out a four-cylinder turbo powerplant in place since the RDX debuted in 2006.

As part of its redesign, a rugged V6 now moves the 3,700-pound small luxury SUV. Horsepower has increased from 240 to 273, and fuel economy also improved by 1-3 miles per gallon for city and highway driving according to EPA estimates. An impressive result.

Acura says the higher fuel efficiency numbers are due to innovative engine tuning and a cylinder deactivation system that shuts down up to three cylinders at cruising speeds. The new engine is mated to a retooled six-speed automatic replacing last year’s five-speed gearbox.

The SH-AWD system borrowed from sibling Honda CR-V and re-tuned for the Acura has been scrapped too in favor of a newer lightweight system. The new version supplies more power to the front wheels than before and will only provide a 50/50 split in severe weather when slippage is detected; otherwise, power is split 75/25.

For the spirited driver, there are paddle shifters located behind the steering wheel that perform shifting maneuvers on the fly when the gearshift is set to manual operation.

The all-new RDX has curb appeal with a tweaked front grille assembly and body styling flares. The test car I drove for a week was perched on18-inch alloys included in the AWD Tech Package.

With a refined interior and more available luxury features, the new RDX takes closer aim at its main competitors, the BMW X3, Audi Q5 and Cadillac SRX. It has more power and features than most and costs significantly less than the BMW so Acura officials hope their new RDX can gain ground.

Seating surfaces front and rear are exceedingly roomy, comfortable and provide the type of head and legroom found in larger SUVs.

Text Only
  • portraitoflotte.jpg VIDEO: From infant to teen in four minutes

    Dutch filmmaker Frans Hofmeester’s time lapse video of his daughter, Lotte — created by filming her every week from her birth until she turned 14 — has become a viral sensation.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • treadmill-very-fast.jpg Tax deduction for a gym membership?

    April marks another tax season when millions of Americans will deduct expenses related to home ownership, children and education from their annual tax bill. These deductions exist because of their perceived value to society; they encourage behaviors that keep the wheels of the economy turning. So why shouldn't the tax code be revised to reward preventive health?

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Screen shot 2014-04-11 at 4.49.09 PM.png Train, entertain your pets with these 3 smartphone apps

    While they may not have thumbs to use the phone, pets can benefit from smartphone apps designed specifically for them.

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Screen Shot 2014-04-09 at 4.02.29 PM.png VIDEO: Nebraska prom mishap goes viral

    A group of 22 high school students from Pierce, Neb., all decked out in prom finery, took an unplanned dip in a four-foot-deep pond when the bridge they were posing on for pictures gave way. Photos from the incident have gone viral on social media.

    April 9, 2014 1 Photo

  • Screen Shot 2014-04-08 at 10.43.57 AM.png VIDEO: Amazing dance moves at NCAA title game

    Eye-catching action wasn't confined to the court at AT&T Stadium Monday night during the NCAA Championship game between UConn and Kentucky. This pair -- apparently a father and son -- delighted the crowd during a timeout with some synchronized dance moves.

    April 8, 2014 1 Photo

  • Screen shot 2014-04-04 at 3.36.06 PM.png 3 apps to make your flight easier

    Whether you fly once a week for work or once a year for a vacation, you can bet that all areas of your trip are being monitored by smart phones. While it isn't hard to find an app with your flight info, some apps make the process of flying a lot simpler.

    April 4, 2014 1 Photo

  • watching-tv.jpg Cutting the cord on cable TV, and not missing it a bit

    Three years ago, Royse City Herald Banner reporter Chris McGathey and his family decided to ditch pay TV in favor of Netflix, Hulu Plus and other cheaper web-based services. It's a decision they haven't regretted.

    April 3, 2014 1 Photo

  • news_amazonfiretv.jpg Amazon introduces Fire TV to challenge Apple in living rooms Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos is stepping up efforts to win over customers in their living rooms with a $99 TV box for watching digitally delivered shows and movies, challenging Apple's TV device.

    April 2, 2014 1 Photo

  • how-i-met-your-mother.jpg Legendary? Breaking down the HIMYM finale on social media

    After nine years and more than 200 episodes, the landmark CBS sitcom "How I Met Your Mother" wrapped up Monday night with several twists in the story that left its fans sharply divided. Here is a sampling of viewer reaction.

    April 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • ent_paltrow.jpg Even in separation, Gwyneth Paltrow makes women feel bad about themselves

    New-agey as it all sounds, Gwyneth Paltrow's sun-dappled breakup announcement is just the same tired keeping up appearances that wives and mothers have long been expected to do.

    March 26, 2014 1 Photo