• Dec 2nd 2008 at 9:28AM
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If you've been sitting on the car-burying sidelines waiting for Acura's buck-tooth treatment to make its way to the front end of the RDX, we have good news for you. Spy pics of the 2010 RDX show that Honda's premium crossover will soon sport the love-it-or-leave-it shielded grille. Closer inspection of the front clip shows that the fog lamps and front bumper will also receive a visual tweak. The current model's uninterrupted bumper breaks at the lower air dam, which could provide some visual relief to the RDX's somewhat awkward mug. The minor update to the front end comes after only three model years of the inaugural RDX, a trend Honda will likely continue to keep up with the competition. Acura's shielded grille theme hasn't been met with glowing praise so far (TL, anyone?), but perhaps it will look better on the larger face of a crossover... hopefully. Thanks for the tip, Tim!
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      • 6 Years Ago
      How about they upgrade the drivetrain and/or chop weight of this car so that it gets reasonable gas mileage? 17/22 is terrible for a car of this size, especially when one of the stated reasons for using a turbo 4 was to maximize fuel economy.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I have an 09 TSX. That grill saved my bacon when a deer ran in front of me at 70mph. My airbags didnt even deploy.

      Acura's cow-catcher (deer-catcher) grill FTW!!!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Damn, that's one fast deer!

        ...don't you just love the English language..?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why didn't they adopt the MDX grille for all their cars?

      At least it looks decent.

      How does Honda expect to sell luxury cars in a recession when they look so ugly?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Keira knightley is beautiful, now lets proceed to wrap a hannibal lecter mask around her face
        • 6 Years Ago
        You're implying the RDX had a pretty face to begin with...

        It looks better than the current car. Or so it seems. It also seems to fit this vehicle better than any of the other vehicles in the lineup, but they really need to make that top of the grille line up with the headlights. That protrusion at the top is awful and ruins the entire idea of the shield.

        Not that it was that great in the first place, though the current MDX is the best looking of all of them on the road.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Japanese design theory: If you can't make it attractive, just make it look weird (Scion).
      • 6 Years Ago
      Shield grille? Butt.ugly.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "Affect" is right. This grill hating is a very emotional response. And likely good for Acura. It's cars tended to be too dull before. Now, even the haters are talking about Acura.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Everything about Acura's vehicles is extremely appealing EXCEPT for the grille.
      I actually dreamed this would happen last night (nightmare, actually), and sadly, my nightmare has come true.
      I was so happy that Acura had a much better front end for the RDX (chrome trapezoid border instead of shield grille) until I experienced my nightmare and confirmed it by reading this.
      I remember reading an article on another site that said only the TL and MDX were designed from the ground up with the new design language and were both designed first, while the TSX and RL literally had the grille tacked on at the last second. It certainly looks like it too.
      I hope Acura hasn't messed with the rest of the RDX, as it is certainly a great compact luxury crossover.
      • 6 Years Ago
      NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ah well :shakes head:
      • 6 Years Ago
      Funny thing I caught this post...I just happen to be buying a new 2009 RDX this evening. Luckily, I don't really like the transformer grill :)

      Looks aside, the RDX is an amazing little suv and I friggin love the turbo on it! (I've taken it for two test drives already)
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think it was a mistake on the first two cars, I wonder if someone has given them positive feedback. I have not read any...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Having seen the new TL in person at the LA Auto Show, I think the new grille doesn't look too bad. It does look terrible in pictures though.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I agree. I've posted in these threads before about how I detested the new designs for the TSX and TL, but after seeing them in real life on the dealer's lot I changed my mind.
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