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2010 Acura RDX

2010 Acura RDX

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Lidded door bin

Lidded door bin

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Nav screen prone to reflection

Nav screen prone to reflection

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Center console false bottom

Center console false bottom

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2010 Acura RDX

2010 Acura RDX

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Compared to the more cramped, coupelike interior of the Infiniti EX, the RDX doesn't involve much compromise for a curvier exterior or more aggressive stance. There's enough headroom all around, but in back the cushions are rather hard and flat and only wide enough for two adults. Also, the backs of the front seats are finished in hard plastic, which adult knees will likely be up against. The downward sloping roofline cuts into the cargo area a bit, but fold the back seats forward for larger items and you're golden.

The interior has some hits and misses. Purely from a style and design perspective, the instrument panel is beautiful and well sculpted, with a two-tiered look complemented with well-placed brightwork and accents, along with the deep, hooded gauge cluster. But we found, as we have on other Acuras, the control layout—especially for audio—to be cluttered and needlessly complex. We liked the climate and sound system display right up against the base of the windshield, but thought that the display didn't have enough characters to handle satellite radio, let alone MP3s. The nav system's display screen was prone to reflections but we liked its menu system as well as integrated real-time traffic and weather (part of the Tech Package).

The Acura RDX has a plethora of handy storage places for things—and not only the small stuff. The center console has [shhhh…] a false bottom, which has a space underneath large enough for a purse, while the main compartment is lockable and large enough for a laptop. At the top there's a shallower tray that can be removed. In addition, there are smaller cubbies in the middle and side of the dash, and the doors have lidded compartments for other small items. For 2010, cupholders have also been improved.

Fit and finish in the RDX is excellent; we were hard-pressed to find anything to nitpick; seats are upholstered in rather soft ventilated leather, controls nearly all have a pleasant tactility, and there's no looseness in the door panels or center console. Furthermore, visibility isn't the issue it is with many other crossovers, thanks to the rather low beltline that carries throughout the vehicle.

Overall, there are vehicles that feel a more athletic, have plusher interiors or offer more features than the 2010 Acura RDX; but if your family needs a vehicle with a high-utility shape but you really wanted a sport sedan, the 2010 Acura RDX should leave everyone happy.


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