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2011 Acura RDX Tech Review

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A three-quarter rear view of a black 2011 Acura RDX Tech

In short: An intelligent, turbocharged small SUV.

Combining the compact dimensions and sporty handling of an Acura TSX with the height and utility of an MDX, the Acura RDX is a smart small SUV that is both functional and fun to drive. Fitted with an efficient 2.3-liter, 240-horsepower inline-4, the turbocharged RDX produces V6-like power while still achieving decent fuel economy. Also available for this sporty SUV is Acura's Super Handling All-Wheel Drive, which transfers power between rear wheels during hard cornering to provide maximum driver control.

Read a review of the 2007 Acura RDX

Warranty/Service: 4-year/50,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty; 6-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranty


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Base Price: $35,620 / As tested: $36,480

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front engine, front-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door SUV

Engine: 2.3-liter DOHC i-VTEC turbocharged 4-cylinder
Horsepower: 240 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque: 260 lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm
Transmission: 5-speed automatic with sequential SportShift

Curb weight:
3,743 lbs
Wheelbase: 104.3 in
Length/Width/Height: 182.5/73.6/65.1 in
Turning circle: 39.2 ft

Brakes:
4-wheel disc brakes with ABS; electronic brake distribution with brake assist
Suspension: independent MacPherson strut; independent multi-link rear with coil springs and stabilizer bar

Traction: vehicle stability assist

0-60 mph: 6.3 seconds
Top Speed: 130 mph (electronically limited)

EPA City:
19 mpg
EPA Highway: 24 mpg

Safety:
driver and front passenger dual-stage airbags; driver and front passenger side airbags; side curtain airbags with rollover sensors

Likes: sports sedan handling; mostly lag-free turbo; high-tech features; well-made

Dislikes: rough ride; tight back side; wimpy front end

 

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