Acura RDX Washington DC
Falls Church, VA
2008 Acura RDX Compact Luxury Sport Utility Vehicle with Technology Package
At its heart is a 2.3-liter turbocharged engine that makes 240 horsepower and 260 foot-pounds of torque. It's the first turbocharged and intercooled engine Acura has ever made, and it really feels like it belongs in a sports car, offering a quick response and plenty of kick when you step on the accelerator.
Unfortunately, the RDX's body doesn't match its inspiring performance.
It's not an ugly vehicle, as far as SUVs go, but its styling seems to lack the panache you'd expect from a luxury brand. It looks much like other nondescript SUVs from American, Japanese and even Korean brands, which says as much about all the handsome, low-priced SUVs on the market as it does about Acura's decidedly conservative styling on the RDX.
Starting around $33,000, the RDX is priced right at the J.C. Penney level. As you'd expect, it's several thousand more than comparably equipped Hondas and Toyotas and around $5,000 less than its chief competitor, the X3.
Pros: It's a luxury SUV with sporty sensibility, priced around $5,000 less than the BMW X3.