2009 Acura RDX Consumer Review: Know what you're buying

2009 Acura RDX - Consumer Review

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


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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