• Aug 10, 2006
Honda Motor's performance-oriented SUV goes on sale today in dealerships across the U.S., with an MSRP of $32,995.

To refresh your memory, the RDX sports a turbocharged and intercooled 2.3-liter 16 valve four-cylinder engine pumping out 240 hp. The RDX also boasts Acura's patented Super Handling All-Wheel Drive. You can check out our earlier post on the RDX to learn how an American contributed to the development of the CUV's turbos.

The fully-equipped RDX comes standard with a dual-zone automatic climate control system, a 360-watt, 7-speaker premium sound system with a multi-format 6-disc changer, XM Satellite Radio, an MP3/auxiliary input jack, and a full complement of air bag protection.

The only option for the RDX is the $3,500 "Technology Package," which adds a 10-speaker, 410 watt sound system, a voice-controlled nav system, a hands-free cell phone interface, a rearview camera and the Acuralink Satellite Communication System with real-time traffic info.

[Source: Honda]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      I test drove the RDX today. Handling and power seemed excellent. Although when the transmission shifted to a higher gear you felt a little bump. Ride was hard but salesman alibied that the tires were pumped up with five pounds too much air pressure. Hmmm, not sure about that. They are trying to push the sales at sticker price claiming it is a hot item. I don't really think that will turn out to be true. It's just wishful thinking. Nobody is running out to buy a psuedo CUV with fairly low gas mileage that uses premium fuel. The cars will sit on the dealers lots until they get more realistic and make deals.
      • 8 Years Ago
      People that do paper racing make me sick. Try test driving both vehicles before you start hating.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The RDX is a great mini-ute (or whatever the heck the fancy term is this week for such vehicles). BUT...the Mazda CX-7 is so much better. More torque at the lower-end of the spectrum, sexier looking, cheaper, handles better and most importantly, you don't get regarded by people as 'that guy who couldn't afford the X3'.

      • 8 Years Ago
      6. People are saying this is overpriced...yo buy an X3 and then see whats the better deal. Suped up CRV huh? What do you call an SL55? A suped up SL500..so why get the SL55. I mean its just a modded regular SL. Yea its makes no sense right...?

      I agree. Platform sharing is the norm. Get over it!! I'm sure whatever you drive is shared with more than just one. Ignorant!

      • 8 Years Ago
      I WANT IT!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Lets hope this engine, the 2.3L turbo, makes its rounds in other hondas

      civic sir- 4door please or 5 door hatch
      • 8 Years Ago
      (260lb@4500) That's terrible. I much rather have 258lb@2500 where it's usable in everyday driving. You have to damn near redline the RDX before you get the max torque. Same as with it's hp. The RDX looks like a Subaru Outback.

      I'm a fan of Acura's for the most part but I would take a CX7 and pocket the $3-4k difference.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Would love to see this engine in a TSX Type S. (Would love it even more in a TSX Type S Wagon, if only Acura turned some of it's great sedans into wagons).
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hmmm. While the Mazda has slightly less torque... I'd guess it would be delivered better through a 6-speed tranny and it has the "99% of torque up to 5000" trait that I doubt the RDX will share (especially with the "variable turbo" shuttered intake sillyness Acura chose to employ because they feared turbo lag)

      Not to mention, the Mazda's heavy AWD setup is optional.

      Otherwise, the fully loaded Mazda CX-7 still comes in under a base-model Acura RDX. While the Base model Acura might as well be fully loaded... it's still gonna put some people off.
      • 8 Years Ago
      why cant automakers make production cars that look as good as the concepts that preceed them, or at least tone down the concepts to more accurately show what is coming? I was really excited about this thing until i saw the production pictures, and the price, geeze.

      I did drive a CX-7, it does not fit my tastes. very noisy, road noise and stuff. I am sure this car is better.

      as far as this motor in the RSX, since that car is canceled, i doubt it. I am sure it will make it into the TSX replacement coming in 08, that will be a coupe, sedan and convertible.

      In my opinion acura has done again what they did with the RL. They have built a really good gar with really great features, and put it in a segment (by price) that does not exist. Reduce the msrp price of either car by about 8k and they have winners.

      mazda has done the same, about 5 k too high. Great car, but a tech package with no Bluetooth? what gives there?

      just my opinions.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Indeed. . . I drove one at my local dealer the other night - handling is superior, power is plentiful. The car is appropriately priced and very exciting!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Epilonious - I'd much rather have an RDX than a CX-7.

      The CX-7 is butt-ugly (especially from the rear) and looks like a Mazda6 on stilts.

      And you should check your facts. The Mazda has more horsepower, yes (though only 4hp more) and LESS torque than the RDX - (260@4500) vs. 258@2500 for the CX-7. The RDX also has marginally better fuel economy (19/24) vs 18/24 for the CX-7 and larger cargo volume than the CX-7. Not that this matters much. I'd still get the RDX.
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