The Good Offering sharp handling and a compact size, the 2008 Acura RDX easily maneuvers over urban and mountain roads. The stereo produces excellent audio quality while the navigation system includes live traffic reporting and a comprehensive POI database.
The Bad The RDX's turbocharged engine sucks down the gas. Acura litters the dashboard with buttons and poorly integrated cabin gadgets.
The Bottom Line The 2008 Acura RDX is an excellent compact SUV and tech cruiser with some major flaws, such as lousy gas mileage and a difficult interface.
2008 Acura RDX
We zipped around the city and flogged the 2008 Acura RDX through the hills, and in all areas found it an enjoyable ride. Its compact SUV-style body offers practical interior space while giving it carlike maneuverability. With the tech package, Acura throws in just about every cabin gadget imaginable, from an excellent-sounding stereo to its full-featured navigation system. However, while the RDX maneuvers like a car, it drinks gas like a large SUV. We also eagerly await the day that Acura redesigns its dashboard and reduces the ridiculous number of buttons.
Test the tech: Ambulance chaser
The navigation system on the 2008 Acura RDX includes live traffic reporting, fed to the system by XM NavTraffic. This system shows traffic flow on freeways and major roads by highlighting in red for traffic moving less than 20 mph, yellow for traffic between 20 mph and 40 mph, and green for average speeds more than 40 mph. Icons also appear on the map indicating incidents that could cause slow traffic, such as accidents and road construction. For our tech test, we spent a day investigating incidents that showed up on the navigation system.
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