Edgier styling, even more user-friendly techno touches and a first-ever front-drive variant highlight the upgrade agenda for the 2010 version of Acura's sporty, five-passenger compact crossover. New front and rear fascia and lamp treatments, refinements to the exterior trim bits and redesigned 18-inch alloy wheels heighten the RDX's head-turning index while inside, the leather upholstery has a more premium look and feel and is available in two new colors. Revised switchgear placement and more legible marking simplify activation of various control functions and the RDX's redesigned center console adds a storage tray and a USB connection. Also new for 2010: a standard rear-view camera and blue footwell lighting. Revisions to the optional Technology Package bring more legible navigation-screen graphics, improved text-to-speech voice recognition, a detail-saving Note function for the XM Satellite Radio and add real-time traffic rerouting as well as AcuraLink Real-Time Weather info.
Seeking to reach buyers who may not want or need a vehicle with SH-AWD (Super Handling All-Wheel Drive), Acura will now offer a front-drive version of the RDX that will be more affordable -- although no pricing info was released on either model -- as well as more frugal. Both RDXs share the same 2.3-liter/240-horsepower turbocharged i-VTEC four-cylinder and five-speed, paddle-shifted sequential automatic transmission, but the FWD model earns 19/24 mpg city/hwy EPA ratings while the SH-AWD version retains its 2009 17/22 mpg numbers. Rounding out the 2010 mechanical enhancements are a thicker turbo inlet pipe and dual-stage radiator fan that help reduce cabin noise levels and a host of improvements to the anti-lock braking system that yield more linear activation, better protection against corrosion and longer pad life.