By James Bergeron
Day 1:

2007 Acura RDX
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This week I get to test out the new Acura RDX. Almost exactly one year ago at the North American International Autoshow in Detroit, I was front row, anxiously awaiting what was to be revealed by Acura. Rumours had it there was an all-new vehicle to be revealed or possibly the new MDX, and I believe there were rumours of a turbocharged engine at the time. Those rumours came to fruition and here we have it, the new 2007 Acura RDX.

This is the first North American Honda vehicle powered by a turbocharged engine, so this is a significant model. Perhaps the RDX will pave the future for further Honda vehicles to produce gobs of torque and power from a small four cylinder engine.

2007 Acura RDX
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On the surface, this week’s RDX and last week’s Subaru Legacy GT Wagon may seem like vastly different vehicles. Look a little further than skin deep and you begin to see that this small CUV (Crossover Utility Vehicle) shares a good number of characteristics with the Subaru Legacy GT Wagon.

It is purely by chance that I get to drive these two vehicles back to back but a unique opportunity to put myself into the shoes of buyers in this segment.

Both the Legacy GT and Acura RDX are powered by turbo-charged four cylinder engines, both vehicles have an all-wheel drive drivetrain and both are of similar size and cargo capacity; one comes in a standard wagon format while the other, the RDX, combines a wagon and SUV into a CUV platform.

The similarities do not end with the drivetrain and vehicle dimensions, though. Interior trim and features are also near identical, including moonroof, leather, heated power seating and dual zone climate control. Perhaps not coincidentally, the pricing of both vehicles are within a few hundred dollars of each other.

2007 Acura RDX
MSRP as tested: $42,430

For more information on Acura and the RDX visit Acura Canada

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