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New Acura RDX shines much brighter than predecessor

Consumer Reports News: July 31, 2012 10:08 AM

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2013-Acura-RDX-interior.jpgAcura missed the mark with its first small SUV. Aiming for youthful, driving enthusiasts, the original RDX was stiff riding, unrefined, and returned unimpressive fuel economy. Even the targeted buyers didn't love it. For the second-generation, the RDX aims for a more mature audience, with a more mature product and hits a bulls-eye.

Derived from a platform shared with the new Honda CR-V, the RDX marks a significant improvement over its predecessor. Gone is the turbocharged four-cylinder engine that was neither quick nor thrifty. In its place is a more powerful, traditional V6 with more power and better fuel economy. Despite those improvements, ride quality and at-the-limit handling are not yet RDX hallmarks.

The neatly trimmed interior is roomy and welcoming, though not as upscale as some rivals. The seats are comfortable and controls are easy to use—not something to take for granted in this segment.

What was once a weak spot in the Acura line-up is now a compelling vehicle, and one that is priced competitively.

Check out our video below for more insights and read our detailed RDX road test.

Jeff Bartlett

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