2009 Acura RDX Review

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The 2009 Acura RDX has an energetic personality thanks to its turbo power and crisp handling, but those same attributes make it a bit nervous.

The 2009 Acura RDX is a compact, sporty crossover vehicle. Part SUV and part tall wagon, the RDX makes no claims of off-road ability, instead offering the cargo versatility of a ute and performance more like that of a sport sedan.

 

The RDX is similar in some ways to the CR-V, but it has a very different feel from the less expensive Honda. The exterior style of the 2009 Acura RDX is more aggressive and angular than a typical SUV with the designers focusing on the "sport" rather than the "utility" of "SUV." The interior is also very driver focused with a crisp design, metallic trim, and leather seats.

 

The 2009 Acura RDX comes with a single powertrain combination: a 2.3-liter turbo-4 that makes 240 hp. It's combined with a 5-speed automatic that can be shifted via paddles.

 

The engine in the RDX feels more sport coupe than sport-ute. It's energetic but comes across as a bit spastic. All-wheel drive is also standard and does a good job handling the frenetic turbo power. Turbo lag is evident, and when it does kick in, it comes on strong, making it difficult to modulate the power. One advantage of a turbo, at least in EPA estimates, is better fuel economy with ratings of 19 mpg city, 24 mpg highway. TheCarConnection.com notes that those ratings are quite optimistic, however, and most drivers will see figures in the upper teens.

 

Engine response aside, the 2009 Acura RDX drives with eagerness compared to other family-oriented small utes. The RDX has strong brakes that bite quickly and stop swiftly. Quick and light steering also helps to make the RDX one of the more carlike crossovers on the road.

 

The 2009 RDX rides on standard 18-inch wheels attached to a strut front and multi-link rear suspension. The package isn't as tight as a BMW X3 but is far from the plush ride an American-style SUV delivers. If you are considering the RDX, make sure you spend time on a myriad of road types, as ride quality is a bit hard for potholes. The front perches are comfortable, but the rear seats aren't designed for adults.

 

The RDX enters its second year with no major changes. The 2009 Acura RDX comes standard with the hardware for satellite radio, Bluetooth, power driver and passenger seats, and USB iPod input. Satellite radio-driven traffic data and DVD-Audio are optional.

 

The 2009 Acura RDX has earned 5-star ratings from the NHTSA for most crash tests, and 4 stars for its rollover risk.

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December 7, 2016
For 2017 Acura RDX

Great fit and finish.

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Replaced a 2015 Lexus RX with the Acura RDX because my wife felt the Lexus was a tad to big. The Acura RDX is the perfect size and she loves it. Great safety features (we have the Advance package) above... + More »
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September 26, 2016
2017 Acura RDX AWD w/Technology Pkg

Excellent automobile

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A great bargain for the money.Great luxury car at a reasonable price.
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July 29, 2016
2017 Acura RDX AWD w/Technology Pkg

Fantastic Vehicle- Very Satisfied

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This vehicle is fantastic! I test drove a Ford Explorer, Nissan Murano, Hyundai Santa Fe and I bought the RDX with the tech package. The reliability reviews over the others was one of the main points but after... + More »
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August 27, 2015
For 2016 Acura RDX

Excellent value. Best riding car I ever owned

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Had the RDX for almost 3 months and love it. I did have one issue at 1,1oo miles, the air conditioner froze and the whole ac system had to be replaced. Dealer said it was very rare and couldn't apologize more... + More »
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July 17, 2015
2016 Acura RDX AWD 4-Door Advance Pkg

This is our 7th Acura since 1987! I think that says it all!

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It is the right size for an SUV, it has a 279 hp, SOC V6, yet it can get near 30 mpg with DFI and cylinder management. The advanced AWD system reduces the mpg by only 1. It has all the advanced options and... + More »
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September 26, 2016
2015 Acura RDX AWD 4-Door Tech Pkg

FANTASTIC choice.....SUPER FAMILY CAR!

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WE LOVE our RDX.....it's made for a small family as an EVERY-DAY CAR! We love the RIDE.....GAS MILEAGE.....APPOINTMENTS both IN and OUT...the SIZE....the QUICK ACCELERATION......oh, it is QUITE AFFORDABLE!
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August 25, 2015
For 2015 Acura RDX

amazing suv with amazing value

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it has the most comfort and style of any vehicle I have ever owned, and that is saying something. Acura is the sleeping giant of value in my book.
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June 4, 2015
2015 Acura RDX AWD 4-Door Tech Pkg

First luxury vehicle

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While looking for a new vehicle, I test drove several and really fell in love with the style and immunities of the Acura RDX. Because of price, I was torn between the Honda CR-V and the RDX, but luxury won out... + More »
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February 8, 2016
For 2014 Acura RDX

Several problems with the 2014 RDX

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I bought my 2014 RDX Oct 2013. In less than 2 months, shock absorbers has to be replaced. After that a pressure switch has to be re-installed because theAWD alarm keeps coming off. Recently the shark fin... + More »
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April 14, 2015
For 2014 Acura RDX

Like the car, but the transmission performance is not acceptable and the suspension is noisy.

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The transmission in my 2014 RDX lurches on acceleration when starting out cold from a stop sign or light. I took it to the dealer but they didn't get it to act up which surprises me since it is the top item... + More »
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