The 2008 Acura RDX is a sharp-looking compact crossover SUV that offers a phenomenal all wheel drive system, an appealing upscale contemporary style interior and a powerful turbocharged engine-all of which present an interesting challenge to the likes of the BMW X3. With its aggressive yet angular appearance, the RDX seats 5 adults and its car based body structure with a fully independent suspension gives this highly functional vehicle the smooth riding experience associated with a luxury sedan.
Standard equipment is generous on the base model RDX and includes 18-inch alloy wheels, super bright xenon headlights, a moon roof, power windows and door locks, heated leather front seats, Bluetooth connectivity, and dual-zone automatic climate control. A seven-speaker audio system with a six-disc CD/MP3 changer, satellite radio, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls and an auxiliary input jack is also part of the standard equipment package. Adding the Technology package to the Base mode RDX nets the new owner a navigation system with real-time traffic information, a rearview parking camera, and a 10-speaker premium surround-sound audio system.
The 2.3 liter 4 cylinder engine delivers 240 horsepower and is combined with a 5 speed automatic transmission with manual shift over ride capabilities. All four wheels receive power through a unique all-wheel-drive system that is very similar to the one found in the Acura RL luxury sedan. Not only does this all wheel drive system distribute torque between the front and rear axles, but it also distributes torque between the right and left wheels to maximize traction and handling. One of the fastest vehicles in its class, the RDX goes from 0 to 60 in just under 7 seconds. However, those looking for tremendous fuel economy and tow ratings may be disappointed with a 2008 EPA estimate of 17 mpg city and 22 mpg highway and a towing capacity of a mere 1,500 pounds.
The appeal of the 2008 Acura RDX lies within its luxurious style and amenities and its sport performance. The powerful engine and all wheel drive system allow for an optimized driving experience on dry as well as snow covered roads, while the view and the ride from the cabin is truly smooth and comfortable and filled with more convenient features than most other cross over vehicles.