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Acura RDX Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.3 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 240 hp @ 6000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 17/22 mpg
  • Bluetooth Yes
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2007 Acura RDX

  • Thanks to its performance and value, the 2007 Acura RDX is an interesting choice for a luxury-themed small SUV. But those needing enhanced utility might want to shop the competition or other top non-luxury-brand small SUVs before making a final decision.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Strong turbocharged engine, sharp handling abilities, almost all features come standard.

  • Cons

    Mediocre cargo-area utility, low towing capacity.

  • What's New for 2007

    The 2007 Acura RDX is an all-new small luxury SUV. Tuned for on-street performance, it features a 240-horsepower turbocharged engine and an advanced all-wheel-drive system.

Gas Mileage


  • 17
  • cty
  • 22
  • highway
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Do your research

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Vehicle: 2007 Acura RDX 4dr SUV AWD (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5A)

I bought a certified 2007 last month with 33k miles on it after lots of research. This is a great car. Gets 20mpg city/hwy which is just what I hoped for with a 3900lb turbo vehicle. It handles like a dream. It hugs curves like no other. The ride is bumpy, but not as bad as other SUV/ CUVs I've been in. This car is FAST! I'm not a lead foot, but I punched it a couple times and I was gone! The seats are comfortable and supportive. There's lots of leg room in the back. The cargo area with seats up or seats down is more than adequate for this class and size of vehicle. This is a great vehicle for a family of 3. It nice after driving an Accord for 15 years not to see myself coming and going.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Worst car ever purchased

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Vehicle: 2007 Acura RDX 4dr SUV AWD (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5A)

In the first 3 months this brand new car was in the shop for electronic malfunctions, sunroof malfunction, rear hatch cracked, turbo replaced, warning light indicator malfunction, "flooding issues" and engine noise. This has been our worst experience with a car purchase, Acura service was terrible along with Acura Canada's response. I would NOT recommend this car, it is noisy, rough and unreliable.

Well balanced and fun to

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Vehicle: 2007 Acura RDX 4dr SUV AWD (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5A)

We just got this car used several weeks ago and are thrilled with it! It is very fun to drive and has a nice kick. The car is a great balance of size, speed, practicality, and fun. Plus, it looks sharp and is fast! Both my wife and I love it.

Excellent peformance crossover

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Vehicle: 2007 Acura RDX 4dr SUV AWD (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5A)

We purchased an '07 RDX brand new when they first came out (we purchased in Aug '06). We are in the process of selling it, not because we want to, but because our family has simply outgrown it. We put 40k miles on it in almost 3 years of ownership and have thoroughly enjoyed the RDX. We've used it around town & on family trips. Extremely reliable. Quiet ride. Incredibly comfortable interior w/ awesome styling. Multiple compartments for storage, & many tech features. Front & back seats are quite roomy & backseat easily folds down flat (2/3 / 1/3) to expand cargo space. The AWD RDX drives better than most performance cars - handling is incredible & it is a fun, solid drive/ride.

Want a sport sedan needed

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Vehicle: 2007 Acura RDX 4dr SUV AWD (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5A)

I chose the RDX because I wanted sport sedan like handling and power but the utility of an SUV. Gas mileage is not as bad as some say. If I ease into the throttle, I can get about 25mpg highway with some city driving. Ride is firm, but you get lots of grip. Sport mode tranny is neat but not necessary. This is my first turbo engine and overall I like the power surge; surprising that a 2.3L can feel this strong in a 3,900lb vehicle. Turbo lag is not bad; spools up faster than the 2008 CX7 and 2009 Subaru Forester I drove. RDX felt more powerful than CX7 despite having less advertised hp and one fewer gear. Glad I spent the extra money and chose the RDX over the CX7.

Floor mat

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Vehicle: 2007 Acura RDX 4dr SUV AWD (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5A)

This is my first and last Acura. At 5K the driver's floor mat was worn through. After some argument, the dealer agreed to replace it under warranty. The replacement lasted about the same. While the overall interior quality appears acceptable, the carpeting and floor mats are very cheap. Mileage is fair, but you must use premium fuel. For the money, the vehicle is not worth the price.


Full 2007 Acura RDX Review

What's New for 2007

The 2007 Acura RDX is an all-new small luxury SUV. Tuned for on-street performance, it features a 240-horsepower turbocharged engine and an advanced all-wheel-drive system.


For about two decades now, Acura has been slowly growing and expanding its stable of upscale vehicles. Of course, some of these vehicles have been better than others. But on the whole, we've been pretty impressed with the combination of sophistication, performance and value that these cars and SUVs have offered. Now for 2007, Acura is adding another member to its family -- the RDX small luxury SUV.

The Acura RDX is representative of a relatively new market segment. Having filled out their lineups with midsize and large SUVs, luxury automakers are now turning their attention to making premium SUVs of a more modest size. The idea, should you follow Acura's marketing logic, is that younger buyers interested in an entry-level luxury-brand vehicle might want something more versatile or stylish than a regular coupe or sedan.

As part of the relatively new small luxury SUV segment, it competes against vehicles like the BMW X3 and Land Rover LR2. Mechanically, it features a car-based body structure, a fully independent suspension, an advanced all-wheel-drive system and, a first for an Acura product, a powerful turbocharged engine. Inside, there's the typical small SUV seating (any adult in the center backseat position is going to be grumpy), but the features and high-tech ambiance are all Acura.

The Acura RDX pays little homage to the traditional SUV. It's not meant for going off-road or towing heavy loads. Its second-row seat doesn't slide fore or aft, and there's just 60.6 cubic feet of cargo room with the seats lowered. But it is fun to drive -- surprisingly so -- and will certainly be a better choice than a sedan or coupe for, say, frequent trips with friends to the mountains for skiing or mountain biking.

Considering that most small-SUV owners rarely use their vehicles for towing or leaving the pavement, the new RDX's emphasis on performance should be an attraction. Plus, it's priced lower than much of its luxury-brand competition and comes standard with nearly every luxury feature one could desire. As long as you're OK with its mediocre utility, the RDX should be a smart choice.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2007 Acura RDX is a small SUV. Like all Acura products, a full complement of luxury features is standard. Highlights include 18-inch alloy wheels, xenon headlights, a moonroof, full power accessories, heated outside mirrors, heated front seats, a power driver seat, leather upholstery and dual-zone automatic climate control. A seven-speaker audio system with an MP3-compatible six-disc CD changer, satellite radio, steering wheel-mounted audio controls and an MP3 jack is also standard. The RDX's Technology package adds a navigation system with real-time traffic, a rearview camera, Bluetooth connectivity and an Acura/ELS premium surround-sound audio system.

Powertrains and Performance

Under the RDX hood is a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine. It's capable of 240 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. A five-speed automatic transmission with sequential shifting is standard. Power is sent to all four wheels through an all-wheel-drive system (SH-AWD) similar to the one used for the RL luxury sedan. The system is able to not only distribute torque between the front and rear axles but also between the left and right wheels. The result is a claimed improvement in steering and power response during cornering, as extra drive torque can be supplied to the outside rear tire. Towing capacity is listed at 1500 pounds.


Standard safety features for the 2007 Acura RDX include front seat-mounted side airbags, head-protecting side curtain airbags with a rollover sensor, active front head restraints, antilock brakes with brake assist, stability control, traction control and a tire-pressure monitor.

Interior Design and Special Features

Thanks to its leather seating, metallic accents, blue illumination for the gauges and symmetrical dash design, the RDX's interior looks considerably more upscale than the average small SUV. The center console has a storage bin large enough to hold a notebook computer, but otherwise interior storage is average. Folding down the 60/40-split rear seat reveals up to 60.6 cubic feet of cargo room.

Driving Impressions

Acura has put together some pretty sweet running gear here. Acceleration isn't life-changing but this crossover SUV is certainly quick. The turbocharged engine seems to have been tuned to be torque-friendly down low but still somewhat "revvy" like other Acura engines. Power comes on strong after about 2000 rpm and stays there until the 6800 rpm redline. Thanks to the well-tuned suspension, SH-AWD, quick steering and 235/55-series tires, the Acura RDX can be driven hard on a canyon road with a minimum of drama and plenty of fun. On regular city streets, the ride quality is well within the limits for comfortable driving and commuting.


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Did anyone consider the Acura RDX before they bought their Mitsubishi Outlander? The RDX completes (somewhat) against the top-of-the-line Outlander, though the RDX does cost about $5K more. Both hav...

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I had a 2007 RDX which I traded for a 2010 RDX. I bought the dealer loaner with 4,000 miles, AWD with the full Nav package. Within 2 days of bringing it home, first time I drove the car in the morni...

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