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2010 Acura RDX

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2010 Acura RDX Review

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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 2010 Acura RDX boasts a full arsenal of appeal. Upon its introduction in 2007, 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 newer entries like the Audi Q5, Infiniti EX and Mercedes GLK, the RDX is now one of many luxury-minded compact SUVs on the market, and Acura is hoping that its combination of practicality and sportiness will lure buyers in and keep them interested.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're looking for small, high-performance luxury SUV that also has an outstanding reputation for service, reliability and resale, the 2010 Acura RDX makes the perfect choice.

You May Not Like This Car If...

For true sport-sedan driving dynamics you still have to buy a sport sedan. The 2010 Acura RDX's SUV chassis might prove too heavy for those looking for car-like handling characteristics.

What's New for 2010

For 2010, the RDX gets a fresh look, numerous interior upgrades and a lower starting price. It also now comes in two-wheel drive form as standard, offering improved fuel economy.

Driving the RDX

Driving Impressions With its turbocharged engine, available Super Handling All-Wheel-Drive system and fully-independent sport-tuned suspension, the 2010 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 many major cities, making it easy to see problems ahead and find the best way around them.

2010 Acura RDX Details
2010 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 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
2010 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. 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. High-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps are included as standard equipment.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2010 Acura RDX's impressive standard-equipment list includes a glass moonroof, HID headlamps, rear view camera, heated front seats, 18-inch wheels and a 360-watt sound system featuring a seven-speaker in-dash six-disc CD/MP3/WMA player, XM Satellite Radio, Bluetooth and a USB port and auxiliary input jack 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 and all-wheel drive are the only available options for the 2010 Acura RDX. In the tech package, you'll find 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 plus DTS and Dolby Pro Logic II processing. Surprisingly, the tech-savvy RDX doesn't offer remote-sensing unlock and start.

Under the Hood

Featuring the first turbocharged engine to power an Acura (or Honda) automobile for sale in the U.S., the 2010 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.

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 (2WD), 17/22 (AWD)

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2010 Acura RDX Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.5
Out of 10

Based on 189 Ratings for the 2007 - 2013 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.7/10
    Quality
    8.9/10
  • Reliability
    9.1/10
    Performance
    8.9/10
  • Comfort
    8.6/10
    Styling
    8.8/10

Have owned car since new - in very good condition.

By on Tuesday, November 04, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 175,000

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
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

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."

8 people out of 15 found this review helpful

The real "Roughrider"

By on Thursday, October 23, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 82,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
3/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
3/10

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."

6 people out of 13 found this review helpful

Great Car!

By on Tuesday, July 01, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 26,800

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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."

6 people out of 11 found this review helpful

One of my better cars.

By on Saturday, May 24, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 59,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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."

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Nice sporty looking car. Interior vg.

By on Thursday, May 15, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 58,800

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "GREAT"

Cons: "GAS PREMIUM."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"My one problem is, this year rdx (first ) needs to run on premium gas and gets expensive, other than that it runs strong and is very quick. visual is great ( windows ). Yes, I would buy another Acura, this is my second."

3 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Best car I've ever had

By on Thursday, May 01, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 90,000

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
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Handling, reliability, excellent resale value"

Cons: "Cup holders, no trunk/hatch release"

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

"The older model Acura RDXs are excellent cars and Acuras are always a great investment. Even after leasing for 3 years, followed by a 4-year loan, I have more than $10K in equity in the car. Having the turbo and paddle shifters is a blast and the handling is more like a smooth sedan than an SUV. My only complaints about this model are the cup-holders - pretty lame - and the fact that there is no trunk/hatch release. Other than that this is a fantastic car."

6 people out of 12 found this review helpful

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