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Combining sport sedan-like power and handling with the cargo versatility, high seating position and all-wheel-drive capability of an SUV, the premium-badged 2009 Acura RDX boasts a full arsenal of appeal. Upon its introduction for the 2007 model year the RDX's only true competitor was the BMW X3, a vehicle that essentially had the compact premium SUV segment all to itself since its introduction for the 2004 model year. With new and upcoming entries, such as the Audi Q5, Infiniti EX, Mercedes GLK and others, buyers will benefit from even more options.
If you're looking for small, high-performance luxury SUV that also has an outstanding reputation for service, reliability and resale, the RDX make the perfect choice.
For true sport-sedan driving dynamics you still have to buy a sport sedan. The 2009 Acura RDX's SUV chassis might prove too heavy for those looking for car-like handling characteristics.
For 2009, Acura adds a power passenger seat to the RDX's standard equipment list, along with four new colors and an updated version of the AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic Update service.
Driving Impressions With its turbocharged engine, Super Handling All-Wheel-Drive system and fully-independent sport-tuned suspension, the 2009 Acura RDX indeed delivers acceleration and handling levels in line with some sport sedans. Responsive and...eager around town, the RDX will even handle 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 in 77 major cities, 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 ambiance. 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
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. A unique feature is the unconventional tailgate that is integrated into the rear bumper, unlike other SUVs, providing a smoother look to the rear end. HID headlamps are included as standard equipment.
The 2009 Acura 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, Bluetooth hands-free integration, 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.
A comprehensive Technology Package is the only available option for the 2008 Acura RDX. It consists of a navigation system with voice recognition and real-time traffic information, GPS-linked solar-sensing climate control and a 410-watt, 10-speaker 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 remote-sensing unlock and start.
Featuring the first turbocharged engine to power an Acura (or Honda) automobile for sale in the U.S., the 2009 Acura 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: 17/22
By SAX MAN on Sunday, January 18, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 62,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
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."
6 people out of 10 found this review helpful
By AMW on Wednesday, January 14, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 73,900overall rating 10 of 10rating details
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."
1 person out of 3 found this review helpful
By Chico45458 on Tuesday, November 04, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 175,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Well maintained, reliable, fun, powerful, practical and safe."
Cons: "Minor surface scratches. 175,000 miles"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"All service has been kept up to date per Honda requirements. Tires less than 1 year old.This car has never crashed, never had body work. Good sound system, heated leather seats, great handling, 240-horsepower turbocharged 4-cyl has great power. Looks good and fun to drive. From Edmunds: Safety Standard safety features for the 2007 Acura RDX include front seat-mounted side airbags, head-protecting side curtain airbags with a rollover sensor, active front head restraints, antilock brakes with brake assist, stability control, traction control and a tire-pressure monitor. Interior Design and Special Features Thanks to its leather seating, metallic accents, blue illumination for the gauges and symmetrical dash design, the RDX's interior looks considerably more upscale than the average small SUV. The center console has a storage bin large enough to hold a notebook computer, but otherwise interior storage is average. Folding down the 60/40-split rear seat reveals up to 60.6 cubic feet of cargo room. Driving Impressions Acura has put together some pretty sweet running gear here. Acceleration isn't life-changing but this crossover SUV is certainly quick. The turbocharged engine seems to have been tuned to be torque-friendly down low but still somewhat "revvy" like other Acura engines. Power comes on strong after about 2000 rpm and stays there until the 6800 rpm redline. Thanks to the well-tuned suspension, SH-AWD, quick steering and 235/55-series tires, the Acura RDX can be driven hard on a canyon road with a minimum of drama and plenty of fun. On regular city streets, the ride quality is well within the limits for comfortable driving and commuting."
10 people out of 21 found this review helpful
By John J. on Thursday, October 23, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 82,000overall rating 7 of 10rating details
Pros: "well built and quiet"
Cons: "the rough ride"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 4
"Everything about the 2009 RDX is first rate- except- and this is a big except- the ride. It is the worst riding car/suv I have ever owned. You feel every road bump and every road ripple. Concrete roadways with expansion joints every 50 yards is actually comical. "Thump...thump...thump..." I bought new tires to see if that helped but to no avail. Kinda a shame, because we love the car's feel, look , the cargo space and the roomy back seats."
8 people out of 15 found this review helpful
By Gman on Tuesday, July 01, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 26,800overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "A lot of car for the money and very fun to drive"
Cons: "Could be better gas mileage"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"This car drives like a sport car and handles wonderfully in traffic and the open road. Its not a economy car, however if driven normally I get 20mpg in town and 24 on the road at a steady 75mph. Plenty of cargo room with 61 cubic feet of space with the rear seats folded flat."
8 people out of 14 found this review helpful
By Dave on Saturday, May 24, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 59,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Paint, outer and interior looks, quickness."
Cons: "Premium gas, audio (radio )"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6
"My only beef is the audio and having to use premium gas. I understand on the newer cars this has been solved."
6 people out of 8 found this review helpful