Reviewers across the Web enjoyed the Acura RDX’s turbo power and deft all-wheel-drive handling.
The 240-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder engine in the Acura RDX is "slightly weaker than the less-expensive Mazda CX-7 and its turbocharged 244-hp engine," according to Car and Driver. Autoblog, however, likes the power of the Acura; 2009’s RDX is fine with a "5-speed automatic transmission [with] manual shifting capability [that] is the only one available," the reviewer says. This is probably because the "260 foot-pounds of torque at 4500 rpm rival the power produced by some six-cylinder engines," Forbes Autos points out.
Cars.com initially complains that "power doesn't come immediately when you're driving with the automatic transmission in standard drive." However, once the reviewer discovers the sport shift setting, he changes his tune, saying, "shifts through the gears are above-average."
Autoblog calls the Super Handling AWD feature the "best part of the RDX." This innovative technology means "you'll never worry about taking a turn faster than you planned," according to Cars.com.
Reviewers aren’t won over by fuel economy in the Acura; 2009’s "17 miles per gallon in city driving and 22 mpg on the highway" disappoints Forbes Autos, since it’s the same rating given to the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Car and Driver mentions that the 2009 Acura RDX's "fuel economy was 3 mpg worse than the ballsier BMW [X3]'s."