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2007 Acura RDX

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2007 Acura RDX Review

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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 functionality - topped off by a premium badge and numerous features - there 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.

Driving the RDX
Driving Impressions

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 confidence - although 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.

2007 Acura RDX Details
2007 Acura RDX photo Interior

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.

Exterior
2007 Acura RDX photo

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 Equipment
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.

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 product - even 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

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2007 Acura RDX Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.5
Out of 10

Based on 197 Ratings for the 2007 - 2012 models.

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  • Value
    8.6/10
    Quality
    8.9/10
  • Reliability
    9.1/10
    Performance
    8.8/10
  • Comfort
    8.5/10
    Styling
    8.8/10

In the shop constantly - poor quality

By on Tuesday, January 12, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 55,000

10 2.0
overall rating 2 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
2/10
Value
2/10
Reliability
2/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
2/10
Styling
2/10
Comfort
1/10

Pros: "Very few pros in my opinion"

Cons: "Unreliable and cheap plastic interior."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"Despite repeated (6) trips to the Acura dealership for various electric and sensor problems, the dealership has admitted that they can't fix the problem and has offered no suggestions. The interior plastic is cheap and is falling apart. Terrible gas mileage. The car has been a huge disappointment."

8 people out of 12 found this review helpful

Acura did it right in 2007

By on Tuesday, November 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 44,900

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Powertrain, suspension, sound system."

Cons: "Gas mileage."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Purchased one month ago. Vehicle had merely 44,005 miles and looked basically new inside and out. Like every single aspect of this RDX except gas mileage and, much less importantly, the appearance of the grill/front end."

8 people out of 12 found this review helpful

A very sweet ride, fun to drive

By on Wednesday, July 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 65,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "great handling, peppy, stylish, fun"

Cons: "fuel economy"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

Looking right at home on Mulholland Drive, before I bought it and brought it home to New England.

"I love the sporty handling and energetic power of the RDX. I love the technology package. The car is comfortable, stylish, well-crafted, and safe. The only real minus is that it gets pretty abysmal fuel economy - about 19mpg - and takes premium fuel. That is to say, it's pricey to run. More on the plus side - insurance is lower than my Integra's was - presumably because of added safety features in the "R" and being less of a theft target."

21 people out of 33 found this review helpful

Looking right at home on Mulholland Drive, before I bought it and brought it home to New England.

Head rests are terrible!

By on Tuesday, May 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 69,815

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
3/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
3/10
Comfort
1/10

Cons: "headrests, passenger seat,gasoline"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"The seats are not the most comfortable....passenger seat will not go back very far. It is actually a rough riding vehicle and the gas will cost you a fortune (this car likes the Premium grade)."

15 people out of 39 found this review helpful

CHOPPY RIDE, ROAD NOISE, BAD AUDIO.

By on Sunday, January 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 62,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
5/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"OVERALL A VG SUV, ROAD NOISE PRONOUNCED, THE AUDIO PORTION IS NOT VG IN MY OPINION,PAINT GREAT , SEAT LEATHER VG, REAR ENTRANCE A LITTLE DIFFICULT. BUT I LIKE HONDA /ACURA PRODUCTS."

13 people out of 34 found this review helpful

Perfect luxury crossover w/ great performance

By on Wednesday, January 14, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 73,900

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Luxurious. Turbo engine really makes the car move"

Cons: "Lots of extras some don't want/need."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Silver exterior. Black leather interior. Beautiful car. Excellent ride. All maintenance is Acura certified and recorded in maintenance book. Up-to-date GPS. This is a dream car and I plan to get another when I return to the U.S. Will email photos on request."

9 people out of 17 found this review helpful

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