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2007 Acura RDX Review
Offers drivers plenty of engine gusto.
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The SUV market has been around for a long time, although it may not have been known as such. Beginning with the Jeeps of the 1940s, and followed shortly thereafter by the now-iconic wood-paneled wagons of the California surfing era of the early-1960s, car owners have always loved the idea of hauling more than just themselves and passengers in their cars.
Since the mid-1980s, SUVs went global with practically every automaker now fully invested in designing its own unique competitive brands, and Acura is no exception. With most auto makers that packed its lineup with large and mid-size SUVs over the past 20 years or so, companies have now begun to focus its attention on premium SUVs of a more modest size. Enter the 2007 Acura RDX: a small luxury SUV aimed at attracting younger buyers who may want something a bit more compact and stylish without having to opt for a coupe or sedan.
Engines: turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine
Transmissions: five-speed automatic with standard sequential shifting
Models: RDX base
The 2007 Acura RDX marks a birth of a new line of SUV for the auto-maker. The RDX also features Acura’s first venture into the turbocharged arena.
Not known for possessing a terribly unique or even attractive exterior, the 2007 Acura RDX is at the very least following the trend put forth by other SUVs on the market in terms of ""sportiness."" With that in mind, the RDX illustrates its intentions via a host of design qualities worthy of mention: 18-inch alloy wheels, sleek high-intensity head lamps, the familiar five-point Acura front grille, rear-end ‘Turbo’ badge, dual-outlet exhausts, and a buyers choice of seven exterior colors to cull through, from alabaster silver metallic to Moroccan red pearl.
Acura prides itself on pushing the envelope when it comes to luxury and style, and the interior of the RDX follows that trend quite well. Decked out in leather seats, sleek metallic trims and accents peppered throughout the cabin, blue backlighting for the dashboard gauges, a glass moonroof, and a sporty high-tech symmetry design across its main console, the Acura RDX communicates a luxurious feel that’s far superior to other small entry-level SUVs currently on the road. Some of the standard feature highlights of this scheme include: heated front cabin seats, dual zone automatic climate control, satellite radio, a seven-speaker 360-watt stereo system complete with MP3 functionality and CD changer. Opting for the Technology Package nabs drivers a few extras: Bluetooth, real-time navigation system, a premium audio system with 10 speakers and 410 watts, and a rear-view camera. Being that the Acura RDX is a small SUV, the on-board storage space is average, affording owners 60 cubic feet of storage, but only after the rear seats are folded down.
Performance & Handling
Beneath its hood, the 2007 Acura RDX packs a turbocharged 2.3-liter, four-cylinder engine good for 240 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. Coupled with its Super-Handling All-Wheel drive (SH-AWD) feature designed to transfer torque between the front and rear wheels and two rear wheels, and a fully independent sport tuned suspension, the 2007 RDX provides the kind of responsive, eager vehicle handling and engine acceleration that's more common in pricier sedans. Delivering a sturdy, reliable, and comfortable ride whether a consumer's traversing uneven mountain roads or a well-paved interstate, the Acura RDX keeps things fun and light without any unwelcomed driving drama.
Acura’s RDX for 2007 comes loaded with a full swath of safety features including front side and two-row side curtain airbags with a rollover sensor, traction/stability control systems, front/rear height-adjustable headrests with whiplash protection for drivers and front cabin passengers, child seat anchors, anti-lock brakes with brake assist, tire pressure monitoring, and remote anti-theft alarm protection.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Powerful turbocharged engine
- Solid handling
- Long list of standard features
- Cost-effective sticker price
You Won't Like
- Low towing capacity of 1500 pounds
- Average cargo space
- Low power expectation
Offers drivers plenty of engine gusto.
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