KBB Editors' Overview
By KBB.com Editors
The arrival of the RDX signals the end of the party for BMW's X3 which, essentially, has had the compact premium SUV segment all to itself since its introduction for the 2004 model year. It won't be a two-vehicle category for long, however, as Acura expects the segment to grow by over 500 percent in the next five years. Combining sport sedan-like power and handling with the cargo versatility, high seating position and all-wheel-drive capability of an SUV, the Acura RDX figures to become many things for many people.
You'll Like This Car If...
Delivering a convincing combination of performance and functionalitytopped off by a premium badge and numerous featuresthere isn't much not to like about the Acura RDX.
You May Not Like This Car If...
For true sport sedan driving dynamics you still have to buy a sport sedan.
What's New for 2007
While we've witnessed dramatic growth in the number of compact SUVs, sporty SUVs and premium SUVs, until now the only vehicle that delivered the virtues of all three was the BMW X3. The RDX also features Acura's first turbocharged engine.
With its turbocharged engine, Super Handling All-Wheel-Drive system and fully independent sport-tuned suspension, the RDX indeed delivers acceleration and handling levels in line with some sport sedans. Responsive and eager around town, the RDX will even charge curvy roads with deftness and confidencealthough it doesn't provide quite the same feel of integration between driver, machine and road as does the BMW X3. Like a sport sedan, highway ride is taut but comfortable. All in all, we enjoyed every mile spent behind the wheel of the RDX.
DVD-Audio Sound System
In addition to compatibility with "just about every type of current audio format," according to Acura, the RDX's optional DVD-Audio system delivers impressive surround sound.
Real-Time Traffic Information
As part of the RDX's satellite communication system, the navigation screen can display real-time traffic speeds and accident information, making it easy to see problems ahead and find the best way around them.
The athletic exterior design is complemented inside by sport-style seats covered in perforated leather, a sculpted three-spoke steering wheel and metallic trim. With or without the comprehensive Technology Package, the RDX's interior features a dynamic, high-tech ambience. One of the more functional features is a huge center console that's big enough to swallow a laptop computer. Most will find the back seat cozy without being cramped, while fold-flat rear seats extend the capacity of an already generous cargo area.
The RDX conveys its performance potential in the form of 18-inch wheels, a raked version of the familiar five-point grille, dual-outlet exhaust and a "turbo" badge on the back. HID headlamps are included as standard equipment.
Notable Standard Equipment
The RDX's impressive standard equipment list includes a glass moonroof, HID headlamps, heated front seats, 18-inch wheels and a 360-watt sound system featuring an in-dash six-disc CD/MP3/WMA player, XM Satellite Radio, seven speakers and an auxiliary input for portable MP3 players. A long list of standard safety equipment includes front, front-side and two-row side-curtain airbags plus electronic stability and traction control systems.
Notable Optional Equipment
A comprehensive technology package is the only available option for the RDX. The package consists of a navigation system with voice recognition and real-time traffic information, Bluetooth hands-free phone interface, GPS-linked solar-sensing climate control and a 410-watt, 10-speaker, six-channel audio system that features XM Satellite Radio and a six-disc CD/DVD-Audio player with MP3/WMA capability plus DTS and Dolby Pro Logic II processing. Surprisingly, the tech-savvy RDX doesn't offer keyless entry and start.
Under the Hood
Featuring the first turbocharged engine to power an Acura (or Honda) automobile for sale in the U.S., the RDX's 260 pound-feet of torque is the most ever for a Honda producteven more than the dear, departed Acura NSX. Thanks in part to a sophisticated variable-flow turbo, the four-cylinder engine delivers the quick response and minimal lag associated with smaller turbochargers plus the high-rpm boost of a bigger turbo. The Super Handling All-Wheel-Drive system is able to transfer torque not just from front to rear, but also between the two rear wheels, providing both safety and performance advantages. Unlike the BMW X3, the RDX is not available with a manual transmission. The RDX has a maximum tow rating of 1,500 pounds.
2.3-liter in-line 4 Turbocharged
240 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
260 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/24
The 2007 Acura RDX starts at a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $33,610 and tops out at $37,110 when equipped with the Technology Package, which is the only available "option." In part because of the RDX's newness, we expect our Fair Purchase Prices to reflect real-world transaction prices at or even above these MSRPs. At the RDX's introduction, Fair Purchase Prices for the 2007 Mazda CX-7 range from just over $24,000 to around $34,000 fully loaded, while the 2006 BMW X3 stretches from nearly $36,500 to around $46,500. As for resale values, we expect the X3 and CX-7 to hold their values very well, but not quite as well as the RDX.