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2008 Acura RDX SUV - Consumer Reviews

2008 Acura RDX SUV

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By ledwinka
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2008 Acura RDX SUV 4dr SUV AWD (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5A)


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Worked as a vehicle test engineer for an European car company when I fell in love with the SH-AWD system on the RL. Got the RDX based in July of 2007. Handling is light and responsive for a car with this huge mass. Turning corners is a dream with the SH-AWD: it ate corners while driving down I-80 near Lake Tahoe, CA. Turbo lag is small compared to other turbo cars but you can hear them. Durability has been excellent. People all comment how pricey this car looks and become surprised at the price. Very comfortable seats. Love the relatively large width of the vehicle. Rear seat space is very large for people of two, even three. Lament that I did not get the nav system.


Best Features

SH-AWD: a dream to have.


Worst Features

Improve fuel economy: add hybrid or something. Add more hi-tech options such as AFS, keyless entry, panorama sunroof, LED type rear combination lamps. Exterior design is unique but unimpressive interior design. Fold key is laughable: too chubby and heavy. With these, 2nd gen would be a hit.


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Drive it right and get 26 MPG!
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By adam
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2008 Acura RDX SUV 4dr SUV AWD w/Technology Package (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5A)


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I love everything about the car. In the beginning I was disappointed in the gas mileage (~16MPG) but now that I've learned how to drive less aggressively, I'm getting 24 to 27 MPG in a mix of city/highway. The trick is to stay out of boost and under 70MPH on the highway, sure it takes patience but I've gone from 260 miles per tank to just under 400... that's a savings of about $150 per month based on the 1800 miles per month I drive.


Best Features

Handling: Amazing what a set of 20x8 wheels and 275/40-20 tires + Eibach Pro-kit 1.3" lowering springs can do for the handling...feels like it's on rails, almost Corvette-like. Gas Mileage: see above, averaging 26MPG. Honda reliability: haven't had ANY problems and I'm sure I wont (my 15th Honda).


Worst Features

Offer it in a 6-speed manual. Larger sunroof. Factory body kit. More stylish and larger OEM wheels.


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Highly Recommended
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By chicagordx
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2008 Acura RDX SUV 4dr SUV AWD w/Technology Package (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5A)


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Checked out the Nissan Murano and BMW X3...Saved about $5k in regards to the Murano and $10k in regards to the X3 by opting for the RDX. This car is worth every cent...luxury, yet it feels like driving a sports car. Navigation/AcuraLink is fabulous and the best one out there. Definitely check it out before saying "I'll just buy a Garmin". Its worth the upgrade in price. Only negative is the gas mileage, I have 500 miles on the car and average about 14.4 mpg. The good thing is that my commute is only 2 miles each way to work so its not too bad. If you're in the market for something in this market, definitely be sure to check the RDX out..its so much fun to own.


Best Features

Turbo charger (its like a 4 cylinder taking off from an aircraft carrier), navigation, stereo


Worst Features

GAS MILEAGE!!! No power seat for passenger. Smaller cargo space in the rear.


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Right Choice For Me
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By Satisfied Owner
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2008 Acura RDX SUV 4dr SUV AWD w/Technology Package (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5A)


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Car is wonderful to drive. Quick and nimble, quiet yet solid. I purchased the RDX with Tech package and am glad I did so. Nav system is great and the ELS Stereo system is impressive. The drive is a sporty, stiffer drive which I prefer. I now have 3,300 miles and in mixed driving I am averaging 23 mpg.


Best Features

Navigation & stereo. Heated seats. Quick turbo! XM radio. DVD audio sounds incredible.


Worst Features

Reduced glare on nav system screen. DVD audio discs, as great as they sound, are hard to find. SACD might have been a better choice for Acura. I wish the radio would display the names of songs/artists for AM and FM channels and for CD's/DVD A. Only XM displays artist/song names.


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For the Most Part -- Happy Owner
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By RDX'er
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2008 Acura RDX SUV 4dr SUV AWD (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5A)


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The style, speed, handling, AWD aspects are great. The fuel economy could be better but is improving as the miles drive increases. Dealer did have to replace the left front brake caliper due to a rattle noise but dealer assured me it was a new, factory replacement part not rebuilt. Would be nice if it had auto on/off headlights and if the air conditioning "auto" function would always work with the recirculating button engaged -- living in the city you have to pretty much keep the recir button on all the time.


Best Features

Turbo, AWD, handling, ride, xenon headlights, paddle shifters without having to move to sport shift, maintenance minder (especially for oil change).


Worst Features

Would be nice if it had auto on/off headlights and if the air conditioning "auto" function would always work with the recirculating button engaged -- living in the city you have to pretty much keep the recir button on all the time. Also needs a compass in the rear view mirror or in the dash display.


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