2007 Acura RDX Review

2007 Acura RDX CUV Side View The 2007 Acura RDX offers two important firsts. It is Acura’s first entry into the compact SUV market, and really the second entry into the premium compact SUV market that previously consisted of just the BMW X3. It is also Acura’s first application of a turbocharged engine – namely, the 2.3 liter 4 cylinder from the CR-V. The numbers look good though – 240 horsepower and an un-Honda like 260 lb-ft of torque. Curb weight is a little on the heavy side, though not grossly so. You might want to stay out of the boost if you want to come anywhere near the EPA ratings – remember, they’re done with a light foot.

I don’t really care for the CR-V, though it’s a fine vehicle. The RDX really doesn’t do much for me either. In my eyes, part of the luxury or premium SUV cachet is indulgence. Premium SUV buyers who are going to plunk down a big pile of change are looking for lots of features, lots of power, and lots of space. The RDX has the features down, and plenty of power for it’s size. Where it falls short is space – it just can’t stack up to the bulk of the premium market. Given the choice, I think most people will choose a less-equipped, ‘standard’ nameplate, larger SUV for the price.

2007 Acura RDX Specs

  • 240 Turbocharged 2.3 liter 4 cylinder engine
  • 260 lb-ft of torque @ 4500 RPM
  • 5 speed automatic transmission
  • Side impact and side curtain airbags standard
  • EPA Says : 19 MPG city / 23 MPG highway
  • Curb Weight : 3924 lbs

2007 Acura RDX Reviews

The Car Connection reviews the 2007 Acura RDX and notes how un-SUV like this one is – ‘The RDX’s strong brakes are anti-lock controlled and quick to bite. Add in steering control that’s quick and light and this more intense, pay-attention-please driving experience is one of the least SUV-like driving experiences you’ll have with anything in this body shape.’

Edmunds reviews the 2007 Acura RDX and writes – ‘On our drive with the RDX around San Francisco, we found that Acura has put together some pretty sweet running gear. Acceleration isn’t life-changing — the RDX’s 2-ton curb weight and AWD see to that — but this crossover SUV is certainly quick. The engine seems to have been tuned to be torque-friendly down low but still somewhat “revvy” like other Acura engines.’

Automobile Mag reviews the 2007 Acura RDX and writes – ‘The Acura might not be as sporty as the X3, but its accurate steering and buttoned-down body control are joined by a firm, reasonably supple ride that doesn’t beat you up like the overly stiff BMW’s does.’

The Auto Channel reviews the 2007 Acura RDX and is impressed by the engine – ‘When I first drove the RDX, I was impressed by its engine more than any other characteristic. And the engine is what defines this vehicle. Torque is what makes a vehicle move, and the RDX’s long-stroke, 2.3-liter turbocharged and intercooled twin-cam four-cylinder engine is a master of torque production. This is the Acura’s first turbo engine, and they got it right the first time. The variable-flow turbo reduces lag to imperceptible levels’

Cnet reviews the 2007 Acura RDX – here’s their thoughts – ‘In fact–and this is one of the car’s quirks–it does offer a sports-car-like driving experience, but I couldn’t get over the upright seating position. The car felt like it could be worked hard into the corners, but I’m used to having my rear much closer to the ground for that type of driving. Sitting upright created a psychological barrier to attacking a corner at speed.’

Playboy reviews the 2007 Acura RDX and writes – ‘Talk about peppy — the 2.3-liter, 4-cylinder motor cranks out a formidable 240 horses, with very little turbo lag. Acura’s impressive Super Handling All-Wheel Drive distributes torque to the wheels that demand it most. The system worked wonders, as the RDX stuck to the streets of rain-slick Marin County like it was on rails. Even though the RDX doesn’t offer manual transmission, its 5-speed auto includes F1-style paddle shifters that we found extremely smooth and responsive.’

Autoweb reviews the 2007 Acura RDX and also loves the engine – ‘The Acura RDX is one SUV that actually tricks you into thinking you’re driving a sports sedan, a refreshing departure from other SUVs that can’t even get the “sports” part right. Acura’s first-ever turbocharged engine provided more than enough power to bring the RDX briskly up to speed with little to no turbo lag.’

Automotive.com reviews the 2007 Acura RDX and compares it to the Honda CR-V – ‘That’s still a low enough number for prospects to care about value, so a natural question might be: what’s this RDX got that the Honda CR-V EX-L don’t got? The answer: xenon headlights, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated seats, extra speaker wattage, performance suspension and wheels, the need for premium fuel and Mobil 1 oil changes, and $7,070.’

Auto Insane reviews the 2007 Acura RDX and writes – ‘The price tag for our base model RDX is a presentable $32,995. That is about $5 less than the X3. If you want to load yours with the technology package, you’re looking at about a $3500 jump, bringing the total to $36,500. That is still lower than the base models of most of its competitors, although a high price to pay for a smaller vehicle. Now there are also other options that you can add like 19″ wheels, roof racks, cargo net or even a fancy gold Acura emblem. Some options, like the autodimming rear-view mirror and navigation system should be standard in our opinion, but they are not. Either way, the RDX rides and handles with a confidence fitting of it’s billing.’

Published on January 29, 2007 in Acura

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