Acura RDX - car review

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The Acura RDX, a luxury SUV for the North American market, was first presented to the public in January 2006 in Detroit. The path from concept to a series of RDX passed in just a year. At the same time, the production car managed to preserve much of what was initially only a concept. RDX shares one platform with CR-V.

The grille and 19-inch alloy wheels, characteristic of the brand, give the car a sporty aggressive look. They are echoed by two exhaust pipes, high-intensity HID headlights and a rear spoiler. Large windows provide sufficient visibility to all passengers, the body is quite compact, which is convenient when driving on crowded city streets, and “sits” quite high, which is a plus when driving out of town.

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The Acura RDX is equipped with a 2.3-liter 4-cylinder gasoline turbo engine with i-VTEC system with a power of 240 hp. The 5-speed automatic transmission of the SportShift with petals on the steering wheel helps to shift gears. Both suspensions are completely independent here, and the Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) and ABS stabilization systems help to drive the car, while brakes with huge discs provide braking.

RDX is equipped with the patented Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) all-wheel drive system, which electronically provides perfectly accurate torque distribution, not only between the axles, but also between all wheels, therefore, the car has very good driving characteristics. The very structure of the body reliably protects passengers from injury in the event of an accident, especially during a frontal impact. It is assisted by front, rear, and side airbags, sensors for the probability of a coup, and other systems. Inside the RDX there is space and comfort. The cabin will comfortably accommodate five people. The interior has an emphasis on sportiness.

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And this applies not only to the materials, but also directly to the governing bodies. A small leather-trimmed three-spoke steering wheel with good frictional properties is clearly focused on the sporty grip. Supports a sporty image and instrument panel. Made on a fashionable separate scheme, that is, for each scale - its own well, casting a purple-blue light, it is easy to read both during the day and at dusk. Looks decent and the center console.

It is crowned by its 8-inch information display, which displays the work of the air conditioner and audio complex. In the center console are made several secret and keyed offices for things where you can put a small case or laptops. Seat adjustments (with electric drive only for the driver) have huge ranges, and the seats themselves have good lateral support. Standard Acura RDX is very rich and includes a two-zone climate control, a 360-watt audio system with a 6-disc changer and seven speakers, satellite radio and a full set of airbags.

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For an additional fee, an advanced package will be installed on the car: an audio system with 10 speakers rated at 410 W, a voice-activated navigation system, a HandsFreeLink wireless technology for a mobile phone with a user-friendly interface, a rear-view video camera and a satellite communication system transmitting traffic information in real time . The RDX has a rather large trunk, which, of course, can be increased by folding back or part of the seats partially or completely. The lockable box between the front seats also looks impressive. Collect RDX at the Honda plant in the US state of Ohio.

In 2009, the car experienced a restyling, and on January 9, 2012, the second generation of this model was officially presented at the North American International Motor Show. The car was fundamentally updated, having received a new engine, another all-wheel drive system and several other improvements. First of all, the crossover has become slightly larger: length - 4666 mm, width - 1875 mm, and height - 1631 mm. The wheelbase has increased to 2685 mm, the ground clearance was 205 mm. The curb weight of the front-wheel drive version in a small configuration is equal to 1686 kg, and all-wheel drive - 1741 kg. Appearance Acura RDX sample 2013 updated dramatically.

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The front part is crowned with a chrome false radiator grille and a massive embossed bumper. The optics give the crossover a “predatory” look, and the front end of the impressive size of the air intakes with round “eyes” foglights on the sides completes the design. In the back is a large rear door, which, thanks to the relief stamping, almost merges with the bumper. Salon 5-seater, trimmed with leather of decent quality, although the abundance of free space can not boast. The front panel is ergonomic, the main part of the control parts is removed on the center console and the steering wheel.

Salon RDX standard equipped with a mechanism for automatically folding the rear seat backs. For the domestic market only Techno equipment is provided. It includes xenon head optics with automatic correction, the ability to access the cabin without a key, a tailgate with automatic opening, a light and rain sensor, alloy wheels of the 18th diagonal, as well as exterior mirrors with heating, memory and electric drives.

The crossover received a new generation of Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE), active cruise control, collision hazard warning system (FCW), vehicle retention in the Lane Departure Warning (LDW) system, Spot Monitoring System (BSI) and the system Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) lane assistance. Still RDX is completed with the ABS, EBD and Brake Assist systems. The 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine was replaced by a six-cylinder petrol unit of the 3.5-liter i-VTEC line, which is capable of delivering 273 horsepower at 6200 rpm.

The torque was a little less - 340 Nm at 5000 rev / min, although with all this the creators managed to achieve savings of high-speed advantages of the RDX model: acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h takes a little less than 7 seconds. This motor has a V-shaped location of cylinders, each of which has 4 valves, and is equipped with a Variable Cylinder Management system (VCM II), which disconnects part of the cylinders with a small load. The motor unit, as well as the head of the block, are made of aluminum alloy, making their own contribution to lightening the weight of the crossover. Changes affected the gearbox.

A new 6-step sequential SportShift “automatic”, which is also installed on Acura MDX’s flagship, has come to replace the 5-step “automatic”. In terms of fuel consumption, the updated RDX has become much more economical. The front-wheel drive version uses about 8.4 liters on the highway, within 11.7 liters in city driving mode and 10.2 liters in mixed driving mode. The all-wheel drive version of the crossover is a bit more “voracious”: 8.7 liters on the highway, 12.4 liters in the metropolis and within 10.7 liters in mixed mode. It was decided to abandon the more expensive system of “super-controlled” all-wheel drive SH-AWD in this generation.

On the second-generation Acura RDX, there is a simpler version of AWD that can be connected as needed with a torque distribution spectrum between the front and rear axles from 100: 0 to 50:50. Suspension from Acura RDX II-generation is completely independent. Front used racks on the similarity of McPherson and stabilizer transverse resistance. Behind the creators used a multi-lever system consisting of double wishbone, stabilizer and coil springs. The power steering was replaced by an electric power steering with a gear ratio configuration function based on the speed of movement of the crossover.

The braking system has not changed: the same disk structure with ventilated discs in front (12.3 inches) and unventilated rear (12 inches). The second-generation Acura RDX successfully passed the crash test of the IIHS, for which it received the highest safety rating of Top Safety Pick.

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