2017 Acura RDX – Review and Test Drive

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DRIVING THE 2017 ACURA RDX

Under the hood, we found a more powerful 3.5-liter V6 that develops 279 horsepower and 252 pound-feet of torque. The car is quick with excellent throttle response and smooth shifts. Indeed, we’d consider the paddle shifters on the steering wheel purely ornamental (who buys an RDX to shift his own gears, anyway?).

There’s no doubt, however, that the RDX is rather massive although we found it reasonably easy to steer at slow speeds. Even some of our tight parking slots in our office complex’ garage proved to be no challenge for it. Feedback was minimal but that isn’t necessarily something an RDX buyer expects. It’s a sporty crossover but the defining term is crossover, not sports sedan.

The RDX is a comfortable boulevard cruiser and a few bumps in the road don’t upset the vibe. Aided by MacPherson struts in front and a multilink suspension in the rear, the most we ever felt was a hushed thud, although running over a sleeping policeman at speed was a different story.

Acura did a good job of packaging extremely useable driver-assistance technology in the updated RDX. The AcuraWatch package includes Adaptive Cruise Control that worked well in New York City traffic.

Forward and side visibility isn’t bad but it’s clear that the rear-view camera with cross-traffic alert is a welcome necessity. The blind-spot detection system also proved decisive more than a few times.

BOTTOM LINE

A reasonably sporty feel (again, it’s a sporty crossover) combined with gobs of cargo space and electronics that actually perform as intended make the 2017 Acura RDX a vehicle that should be on your short list if this is the direction you are heading.

(Photos: Accura Media Group)

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