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How to Make a Car
By troyruttman on
2014 Acura RDX 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
The RDX does everything a car is supposed to do -- it's comfortable, fun to drive, pampers you a little and makes financial sense. It's less expensive than its
competitors but drives as well or better. The combo of auto and manual transmission is practical and fun. Manual downshifting on mountain roads saves on brake wear -- and with cylinder deactivation mpg can jump suddenly from 20 to 30 or even 40 with no change in sound or feel. Bluetooth and USB audio work beautifully. Seats are very comfortable and storage space is good. I upgraded from a Honda and the family resemblance is clear. This company makes high quality cars for those who wish to balance comfort, convenience and value.
Paddle shifters, well-made leather seats, USB and Bluetooth audio, beautiful fit and finish.
Shifting can be a bit sluggish at low acceleration. One more storage area -- for jumper cables and the like -- would be helpful.
After 5,000 miles I’m quite happy with my RDX. I’ve had no problems with it and everything works the way it’s supposed to. It’s a pleasure to drive around town — either in Drive or Sport mode — and gets a solid 20 mpg. It really comes into its own on the highway, with terrific acceleration and extremely quiet performance, clocking 28-30 mpg. It seems to run fine on 89 octane. The standard sound system is good enough, and I love the Bluetooth and USB audio, both for phone calls and listening to music.
The interior is quiet, well-designed and very relaxing to be in.
The car tends to run at very low rpm because of the efficient 6 speed transmission. This is great for fuel economy and quiet performance but it seems to benefit from occasionally revving the engine to 4,000 rpm or so. (It’s easy to do that using manual mode and upshifting later than usual.) Maybe it’s my imagination, but after doing that the vehicle seems to get a quicker and cleaner start off the line. I noticed, too, that the front wheels slip when accelerating from a stop if the wheels are turned (it’s a front wheel drive model). By using manual shift mode, you can upshift to second before hitting the gas, and the engine will develop less torque and the wheels won’t spin — but you’ll still accelerate very well.
And it's a fun car!