4dr SUV AWD w/Technology Package (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5A)
Options on test vehicle
2300cc (140 cu-in)
double overhead camshaft
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
240 @ 6000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
260 @ 4500
5-speed automatic plus paddle shift
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
Even with VSA off, wheelspin is not possible due to AWD. With the brake pedal pushed, the engine will only rev to about 2500 rpm and generate one-third of available boost. The RDX feels pretty soft in the lower revs, but at 4000 rpm with full boost, it wakes up. Turbo lag is evident.
Firm pedal and no hunting for traction. ABS is smooth and consistent throughout the stop. Straight and assured from first run to the last run, which happened to prove the best stop from 60 mph.
With the VSA off on the skid pad, I could detect the AWD sending power fore/aft and left/right around the circle. In the slalom, the RDX responds well to aggressive input with confidence. Steering is precise and quick. The throttle can be used to exploit the AWD, which provides for controlled rotation. The exit is especially good, using the AWD to put the power down.