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Review of the 2012 Acura RDX
IntroductionThe Acura RDX entered into to the Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) scene in 2007. It was given a fresh new look, a new drivetrain choice, better fuel economy (2WD), numerous interior and convenience upgrades, as well as a lower base price in 2010. Trendy exterior, intriguing interior and technology are the hallmarks of the 2012 Acura RDX. Hailed as a unique mix of immense performance, first-class utility, customer relevant technology and sharp looks, the RDX comes across as a smart choice for buyers.
Exterior Design and Special FeaturesLarge wheel arches, assertively raked body sides, steeply raked windscreen and a short rear make the RDX's taut and muscular presence felt everywhere. A new front fascia, Acura's signature front grille, a hood with a new front edge design and updated HID headlights mark the 2012 Acura RDX. The 18x7.5-inch 10-spoke aluminum-alloy wheels that team with the vehicles wide track (61.9-in. front, 62.6-in. rear) to deliver excellent handling. At the rear also, the RDX features a new look with much more aggressive bumper fascia, rectangular exhaust finishers, revised taillights and satin finish trim. Inside, leather trimmed front seats deliver a high outward visibility "eye point" that provides a confident field of view. The 3-passenger rear seat has a 60/40 split-folding capability and, when folded flat, significantly expands the load area and increases the total cargo volume to 60.6 cubic feet. Audio and cruise control have switches positioned on the steering wheel, and for 2012 the HVAC buttons have been moved closer to the driver. Acura Premium Sound System with AM/FM tuner, 6-disc in-dash CD, MP3, WMA, XM Radio, 7 speakers and a 360 watts watt amplifier is standard. A USB port (Located in the center console) allows for easy connection of items such as an iPod, iPhone or a memory stick storage device.
EngineThe RDX is equipped with a turbocharged 240 horsepower 2.3-liter DOHC 16-valve inline four-cylinder engine incorporating computer-controlled "intelligent" i-VTEC intake/exhaust valve actuation that delivers enhanced performance. A Sequential SportShift 5-speed automatic transmission is standard and an electronically-controlled Drive-by-Wire throttle system works with the transmission to deliver quick and smooth gear changes. The Sequential SportShift feature allows the transmission to function in a conventional automatic mode or can be controlled manually via steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. It delivers an impressive EPA city/highway fuel economy rating of 19/24 mpg (RDX) and 17/22 mpg* (RDX SH-AWD).
SafetyThe 2012 Acura RDX comes with a long list of advanced technologies, including an Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure, LATCH, latest generation of dual-stage, dual-threshold airbags for the driver and front passenger, plus side airbags for the driver and front passenger along with side curtain airbags with a rollover sensor for all outboard occupants, . It has secured NHTSA's top rating (5-Star) for both frontal and side impact crash tests and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) premier rating of TOP SAFETY PICK.