2008 Acura RDX Performance

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Performance

Reviewers across the Web enjoyed the Acura RDX's turbo power and deft all-wheel-drive handling.

 

If it weren't for those meddling stops at the gas station, the 2008 Acura RDX would be near perfect.

ForbesAuto notes that the 2008 Acura RDX is "one of only two 2008 SUVs sold in the United States that's powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine" (the Mazda CX-7 is the other). The 240 horsepower created by the Acura RDX engine is "slightly weaker" than the 244-hp four in the Mazda CX-7," Car and Driver reports.

 

Cars.com feels "power doesn't come immediately" but its sport shift setting changes the powertrain's tune, allowing it to "shift through the gears" with "above-average" feel.

 

Autoblog thinks the RDX's AWD is one of its best features. The system means "you'll never worry about taking a turn," Cars.com says.

 

Reviewers weren't won over by fuel economy in the Acura; 2008's "17 miles per gallon in city driving" disappointed ForbesAutos, since it's the same rating given to the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Car and Driver mentions that the 2008 Acura RDX's "fuel economy was 3 mpg worse than the ballsier BMW [X3]'s."

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