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By Nick
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2009 Acura RDX SUV 4dr SUV AWD w/Technology Package (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5A)


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We wanted a AWD vehicle to travel in winter to Northern NV and Sierra Nevada mtns. We wanted a small SUV. We loved the CR-V but it was a Dog (4 Cyl.) and the Rav4 was stylish 10 years ago, so we checked out the RDX. It has impressive quickness & handling and it's really fun to drive. What we didn't expect is the gas mileage. We have only gotten 17 mpg in town once and highway isn't much over 20. On long trips be prepared to gas up frequently (and always with premium). Overall I really like the SUV and the fact that the turbo doesn't lose power with elevation. Know what your buying -an AWD SUV w/ a turbo- and accept that you won't get great mileage.


Best Features

Sound system is great. Clean exterior styling. Handling is much better than any other small SUV we drove and acceleration makes it feel more like a sports car. No rattles shakes or other integrity problems so far. Dealership has been great. Love the 4 year bumper to bumper warranty.


Worst Features

More sound insulation to quiet the ride. Remote tailgate should be available. Upgrade the interior style -the plastic is tacky and the radio controls are cheap feeling and hard to reach while driving. The navigation screen is very hard see during the day in bright sunlight.


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It's almost one year
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By giri80
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2009 Acura RDX SUV 4dr SUV AWD (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5A)


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I bought this car as a graduation gift for my self! I already have 25,000 miles on the car drove all across the country. So far the ride is fun. Cabin can be a bit quieter, awesome 4 awd handling it's fun to drive in rain and snow. Fuel economy is excellent on hwy (24) but not good in city (17- 18). Interior materials can be of better material. Plastic used is of low quality. I love the seats though. Climate control, audio, back leg room and cargo space very good. I would suggest this buy over a crv, rav4 or Forester any day.


Best Features

4 AWD, leg room, handling, power, seating comfort


Worst Features

auto off lights, compass on rare view mirror, quieter cabin, better city MPG, better quality interiors,


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CAN'T WAIT TO GET RID OF
1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By Double L
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2009 Acura RDX SUV 4dr SUV AWD w/Technology Package (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5A)


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The dealer would NOT allow us to take on highway; now I know why. The ride is so bumpy that you feel sick to your stomach. We can't get the sports suspension changed because it will cause the warranty to be invalid. I should have walked away after being jacked around by the dealership with agreeing to match printed price of others; and then hemm & ha for 5 hours trying to figure out how to get out of that one. I should of, could of, and didn't; so now I'm stuck with a vehicle that makes me throw up on bumpy highways or gets us dizzy.


Best Features

STYLE


Worst Features

SUSPENSION


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Deeply Conflicted
1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By fischb
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2009 Acura RDX SUV 4dr SUV AWD w/Technology Package (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5A)


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I am deeply conflicted about this car. It drives sporty and tight, but on rough pavement it is too bumpy. There are 3 competing electronic displays, but technology is about 8 years old. Voice recognition is the worst as is the nav. Fuel economy is stellar for this segment, 22 MPG, but linear accelleration is impossible due to the mismanaged turbos. The leather is cheaper than Benz's imitation stuff. Handling on snow is bad due to torquiness, so I had to get snow tires. Exterior styling is suspect, but I like its small size. In the end, I am trading after one year for a BMW X6, if only to save my sanity from the tortuous fan whine when you turn on the heat.


Best Features

Great gas mileage after the break in period. Peppy turbos, comfortable seats.


Worst Features

Update the nav and voice to the at least the 2005 level. Fix nonlinear accelleration. The fan whine is maddening. Leather is cheap, nice cloth wold be better. Consolidate electronic displays.


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Worst car I have ever owned
1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By Priscilla Morris
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2009 Acura RDX SUV 4dr SUV AWD (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5A)


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Rough ride, poor interior quality, way too expensive to be this bad . So sad it is such a sorry ride and quality.


Best Features

storage room for the size is good


Worst Features

THE RIDE, THE INTERIOR QUALITY, FUEL ECONOMY.


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