The RDX is a luxury small SUV, competing with the Infiniti EX, BMW X3, and Mercedes-Benz GLK.
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Although the RDX looks like most other small SUVs from other angles, the front reveals Acura's signature beaked grille, along with a high front bumper, allowing a steep angle of approach.
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The turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine puts out 240 horsepower, but acceleration is uneven due to turbo lag and the fuel economy isn't very good.
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The RDX is comfortable for four, but a little cramped when three people are sitting in the back seat.
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With Acura's all-wheel-drive system, the RDX is one of the sportiest small SUVs we've driven. It's suspension is tuned more for sport than luxury.
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The cargo area offers practical space. We were able to fit a bicycle in back pretty easily with the rear seats down.
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Like other Acura models, the RDX's cabin is tidy, but doesn't really offer a luxury feeling.
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The steering wheel gets overwhelmed by buttons, especially on either side of the bottom spoke. These buttons look plasticky and cheap.
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The instrument cluster echoes the sport handling of the RDX to some extent, except that the tachometer is hidden to the side of the speedometer.
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We would like to see a six-speed in the RDX. As it is, the five-speed automatic, the only gearbox available, does shift quickly in manual mode.
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The navigation system features integrated traffic, and is designed to dynamically route around bad traffic.
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A weather map and forecast is also included as part of the navigation system.
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As weather and traffic data come over satellite radio, satellite music stations are also available. The RDX only offers CD/DVD and an auxiliary input for other audio sources.
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Acura uses an ELS branded audio system in the RDX, which puts out 5.1 channel surround sound.
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The speaker set includes this big subwoofer in the cargo area, and a center channel on the dashboard.
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You can import a phone's contact list to the car, but voice command to dial by name didn't work for us.
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A rearview camera is a nice feature, even though the RDX isn't very big.
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