The Acura RDX is redesigned for 2010, and its bold, angular exterior looks are in keeping with the rest of the Acura lineup. Whereas previous RDX models were only available in all-wheel drive, front-wheel drive is now available as the standard system. New standard goodies include automatic headlights and a rearview camera. RDX pricing starts at $32,520.
In a crowded luxury crossover segment, the Acura RDX has proven itself to be a competent and worthy performer. Now, with its restyled exterior and available front-wheel drive, as well as the resulting bump in fuel economy, the RDX ups the ante. With its standard amenities and impressive Tech Package, plus its sporty turbocharged engine, the RDX is a people-mover at the head of the class.
The RDX is available as either a front-wheel- or all-wheel-drive model. Both come powered by a 2.3-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, which produces 240 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, thanks to Acura's tried and true i-VTEC variable valve actuation. Power is put to the wheels through a 5-speed automatic with Sequential SportShift steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.
On front-drive models, EPA estimated fuel economy is 19 mpg city / 24 mpg highway, while the all-wheel-drive RDX returns 17 mpg and 22 mpg, respectively.
Acura's Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system controls the distribution of power to all four wheels individually, which allows for precise handling even at high speeds, thanks to yaw control and electronic stability control.
The RDX is a versatile people mover, with room for five adults, and when necessary, the 60/40-spit rear seat can fold flat to create nearly 61 cubic feet of cargo space. The leather seating surfaces have been upgraded from previous years to create a more premium look and feel.
2010 Acura RDX Prices
|2010 Acura RDX All Wheel Drive||$34,520|
|2010 Acura RDX Front Wheel Drive||$32,520|
|2010 Acura RDX All Wheel Drive with Technology Package||$37,620|
|2010 Acura RDX Front Wheel Drive with Technology Package||$35,620|
Notable on all RDX models are the ample standard features, including Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, dual-zone climate control, a 7-speaker, 360-watt stereo with 6-disc CD changer, MP3 compatibility, XM satellite radio, and an auxiliary input, automatic headlights, and a rearview camera.
Acura's Tech Package can be added to the RDX. It includes navigation with voice recognition, which has expanded voice capabilities for 2010. Additionally, the AcuraLink Satellite Communication System with Real-Time Traffic now features Traffic Rerouting and AcuraLink Real-Time Weather.
The RDX comes standard with side air bags for front occupants and full-length side-curtain bags for all outboard occupants, and it has achieved both a 5-star rating in federal front- and side-impact crash tests and an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick.