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In a segment primarily dominated by four-cylinder turbo charged engines, Acura opts for a more traditional approach by utilizing a naturally aspirated V-6 engine which yields more torque and surprisingly gives you better fuel efficiency in the case of the 2016 RDX. This 3.5 liter V-6 comes standard in all three levels of the RDX; RDX base, Tech package and the Elite package. This time around Honda/Acura gave us the opportunity to test out their RDX with the fully loaded Elite package which is priced at $46,590 (Be sure to check your local dealership or website to see what offers are available to you)
The 2016 RDX has had a facelift with a few minor changes to the exterior including the multi-LED headlight cluster, aka the Jewel Eye headlight which has been trademarked by Acura, the rear lights are also LED and the front end has been tweaked a bit with sharper creases and aero vents giving the RDX a new contemporary look. The Elite RDX is fitted with 18” aluminum-alloy wheels that have unique styling to match the rest of the vehicle. The RDX overall has a very clean and sophisticated look that hasn’t gone overboard simply just trying to do too much.
The technology starts before even entering the RDX, Acura has a Bi-Directional engine remote start with keyless entry. How this differs from just any ordinary remote start is by giving you confirmation on the remote, a light will appear above the lock, unlock, engine start or tailgate open buttons letting you know if your command has been answered. Once you step inside and begin to observe your surroundings, the RDX screams refinement, from the ventilated leather seats up front with 8-way power adjustable seating and lumbar support to heated seats all around the vehicle the RDX is surely a comfortable ride for all passengers. The 60/40 split rear seats are extremely useful for storage/luggage. Siri Eyes Free is compatible through Bluetooth and can offer features such as, email/text responding and listing, set reminders and alarm, turn by turn navigation and you can even check the weather. Included in the RDX are body-colored heated folding power side mirrors, one-touch power moon roof with retracting shade and an automatic tailgate.
Performance/Handling/ Driving Impressions
The RDX produces 279 horsepower and 252 LB-FT of torque, going up to a bigger engine displacement then most of the other vehicles in this segment the RDX does not compromise its fuel efficiency. With a combined average of 10.7 liters/ 100km, the RDX is right on par with most of its competition that have gone with turbo charged 4 cylinders while giving you more power and torque. Although the RDX is no longer available in the Super-Handling AWD (SH-AWD) the AWD system with intelligent control system does a great job keeping the RDX grounded and stable. The new system splits up the torque with a maximum of 40% going to the rear; this was designed to give you more traction, better response and more control in any situation. Weighing almost 4000 LBS the RDX has a smooth and steady acceleration via 6-speed automatic transmission with sequential sport shift and paddle shifters up to 100KM/H in 6.2 seconds, respectable numbers in its class. Being a compact SUV the RDX drives a little more like a car then it does an SUV. Although not as sporty as say perhaps a German crossover, which it’s not trying to be, it instills confidence going into bends and winds quite balanced and into the straightaways with agility.
The 2016 RDX was named one of IIHS’s top safety picks and for good reason, on board are an abundant amount of driver’s assistance features which are all part of AcuraWatch. This consists of Adaptive cruise control, Lane Keeping Assist, Lane Departure Waring, Forward Collision Warning system and Collison Mitigation Braking System, Cross Traffic Monitor System, Blind Spot Information System, Hill Start Assist and last but certainly not least, a multi-angle rear view camera. This can be added to all models of the RDX.
Standard safety features in the RDX include the 4-wheel ABS with electronic brake distribution and brake assist, dual-stage dual threshold front airbags, front side airbags with occupant position detection system, active front seat head restraints and side curtain airbags with rollover sensor. There is also co-operative vehicle stability assist with traction control for those ever changing road conditions automatically detects and corrects your understeer or oversteer by monitoring the driving conditions and adjusting the throttle and or brakes. A great feature is the Maintenance Minder, instead of basing your regular maintenance on kilometers the system calculates maintenance needs based on your driving habits.