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2010 Acura RDX Sport Utility Crossover

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Benefits of Driving a 2010 Acura RDX Sport Utility Crossover

In a crowded luxury crossover segment, the Acura RDX has proven itself to be a competent and worthy performer. Now, with its restyled exterior and available front-wheel drive, as well as the resulting bump in fuel economy, the RDX ups the ante. With its standard amenities and impressive Tech Package, plus its sporty turbocharged engine, the RDX is a people-mover at the head of the class.

What's new for 2010?

The Acura RDX is redesigned for 2010, and its bold, angular exterior looks are in keeping with the rest of the Acura lineup. Whereas previous RDX models were only available in all-wheel drive, front-wheel drive is now available as the standard system. New standard goodies include automatic headlights and a rearview camera. RDX pricing starts at $32,520.

Model Strengths

  • Aggressive looks
  • athletic performance and ride
  • powerful, efficient powertrain
  • strong standard feature list

Model Review

Acura has developed a loyal following with its RDX crossover, and the redesigned 2010 model should give the loyalists more of what they crave, while also attracting buyers new to the brand.

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2010 Acura RDX Road Test

Source: The Car Connection

The editors at TheCarConnection.com drove the newly revamped 2010 Acura RDX to write this hands-on road test. Editors also drove competitive vehicles to provide the best shopping and comparison information possible for those interested in the RDX. For the accompanying full review, researchers studied reviews from other respected sources to provide you with the spectrum of opinions about the 2010 Acura RDX. TheCarConnection accepted travel and hotel expenses to New York City to be among the first to drive the 2010 Acura RDX.

Part crossover vehicle and part tall wagon, the 2010 Acura RDX was Honda's first turbocharged vehicle when it was introduced for the 2007 model year. While it's no off-road vehicle, the RDX does blend some all-weather capability with engaging handling and a versatile cargo and rear-seat area. This year, Acura adds a front-wheel-drive RDX to its lineup to bring the base price down somewhat. The 2010 RDX stickers for $32,520 with front-wheel drive, and at $34,520 for all-wheel-drive versions, making it the least-expensive compact luxury crossover vehicle, Acura claims.

While it's similar to the Honda CR-V in duty, the 2010 Acura RDX develops quite a different personality from its relative. The styling is sportier, with a more sloping rear end that sacrifices some cargo room for a sleek look. This year, the RDX adopts a new Acura corporate grille that debuted on other vehicles to a mixed reception--but it works fairly well on this compact ute. It also adopts new 18-inch wheels, front and rear bumpers, and taillights. The driver-focused cockpit of the RDX gets new climate controls, ambient lighting, and more metallic trim to accent its high-tech look and to complement its leather seats.

In its fourth year, the 2010 Acura RDX carries on with a sole engine and transmission: a turbocharged and intercooled 2.3-liter VTEC four-cylinder developing 240 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque, teamed with a five-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. The energetic feel of the powertrain hasn't changed--it still seems a little spastic, thanks to turbo lag, and when the turbo does kick in, it comes on strong, making it difficult to modulate the power. However, Acura has tweaked some exhaust settings to tone down the engine's whizzy, dizzy feel. A new front-drive version doesn't feel substantially different from the all-wheel-drive model available last year and carried over for 2010; both are a joy to drive, compared to the more family-oriented crossovers in other auto lineups. Strong brakes are a part of the package, as is light, quick steering that cues up the least SUV-like driving experience in the class, though ride quality can be a little harsh. Fuel economy is much improved for the front-drive model at 19/24 mpg, while the AWD version still lags at 17/22 mpg--about the same as the turbocharged, seven-seat, 4,800-pound Lincoln MKT.

The RDX's interior spaces are fitted with lots of finely grained and silver-painted plastic. It's a look shared with lots of portable electronics, and it fits the brand's image well enough, though at the price point some shoppers will want lusher trim. Seating is comfortable up front for adults, but the second-row bench doesn't sport the head- or legroom that those same adults will tolerate. It's a kid-sized space that's marginally quieter this year thanks to those exhaust tweaks. The seats do flip and fold to expand the 27.8 cubic feet of cargo room to 60.6 cubic feet.

Safety's no major concern in the 2010 Acura RDX. Traction and stability control, anti-lock brakes, side and curtain airbags, and a rearview camera are standard. The RDX earns five-star ratings in NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) front and side crash tests, as well as a four-star rating for rollover risk. It also has been named a Top Safety Pick by the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety).

The mid-life RDX adds new features for the 2010 model year. Standard features include Bluetooth connectivity, a 7-speaker sound system, and a new USB port that allows the connection of (and charging of) items such as an iPhone or iPod. Acura also picks up standard CD changer and XM hardware, with DVD-Audio and real-time XM traffic info as options. An electronic compass, automatic headlights, and better cup holders have been added.


The Bottom Line:

The 2010 Acura RDX keeps its energetic personality intact-along with its slightly nervous feel-and gets a more fuel-frugal front-drive edition that's worth considering on price and gas mileage.

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

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Driver Air Bag Std
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Side Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Std
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HID Headlights Std
Daytime Running Lights Std
Fog Lamps Std
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Std
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std

Accident Prevention

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Handsfree Wireless Std

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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 4 Years/50,000 Miles
Drivetrain 6 Years/70,000 Miles
Corrosion 5 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance 4 Years/50,000 Miles

Acura Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

12 months/12,000 miles limited warranty from purchased date or expiration of new car warranty date. Additional 7 year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty from in-service date.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 6 years / 80,000 miles
Lease Term Certified Yes
Point Inspection 150
Return/Exchange Program 3 day exchange
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible No

Learn more about certified pre-owned vehicles

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