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2010 Acura RDX

Day 1

2010 Acura RDX with Tech Package
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This week I am behind the wheel of the car… er, SUV, that is powered by the very engine that many of my readers were begging for in the Acura TSX I drove last week. Yes, this week I am driving the only North American Honda vehicle with a factory turbo, the Acura RDX.

Powered by a 2.3-litre, four-cylinder engine with light turbo-charging, the Acura RDX puts down 240hp and 260lb-ft of torque to the pavement, and it does this through a shiftable five-speed automatic transmission and Acura’s SH-AWD drive system.

2010 Acura RDX with Tech Package
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Somehow, Acura defines the RDX as a mid-sized SUV, yet it is shorter both in length and in height than the GMC Terrain I drove a few weeks back, which GMC claims is a compact SUV. The RDX is wider, but has less of everything else, including cargo capacity, interior space and ground clearance.

But that is okay: I wouldn’t consider the Terrain a competitor despite the price being similar. If I were looking for a competitor for the RDX I would strongly consider the Mercedes-Benz GLK 350, which is wider but slightly shorter than the RDX, and with similar power from a 3.5-litre V6 engine. Also, it is exactly $90 less expensive than my tester. Or perhaps, consider the Audi Q5 for a few hundred more, or the BMW X3, whose starting price is the same as the RDX’s but has barely more than half the usable space and comes with fewer features.

That is the key to the RDX — standard features. The RDX is available in two packages only – loaded or loaded plus Acura’s Tech package, which adds: a DVD-based Navigation system with backup camera and a 10-speaker Dolby Pro Logic II stereo system, a package that bumps the base price from $39,990 to $42,990.

2010 Acura RDX with Tech Package
MSRP as tested (excluding destination): $42,990

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