In a world where “downsizing” seems to be the concept du jour, the 2011 Acura RDX compact luxury SUV makes a whole lot of sense. Not only can its handy 27.8 cargo area fulfill all of your cargo carrying needs but its gloriously rev-hungry turbocharged 2.4 liter 240 horsepower engine can fulfill your need for speed just as easily.
During our testing of the 2011 Acura RDX the precise and linear steering also came up for notice as one of the best systems in the SUV segment. Not only does it offer plenty of feel but it is also able to track straight and true on the freeway with little steering input. It is sporty without ever being jittery.
And while the 2011 RDX’s engine may only be a four cylinder, it feels faster than many competitor’s six cylinder engines. It also returns a healthy 19 city/24 highway for 2 wheel drive variants and 17 city/22 highway when equipped with Acura’s hugely impressive SH-AWD system. If you can afford it, the SH-AWD not only gives you superb all-weather traction but also helps aid in cornering ability on dry surfaces.
Prices for the RDX start at $32,620 for a base 2WD RDX that still comes with standard leather covered power seats, automatic temperature control, power everything, steering wheel mounted audio controls back-up camera, iPod interface, Bluetooth, a 7 speaker 350 watt audio system and a telepathically smooth 5-speed automatic.
Adding the Technology Package takes the price to $34,620 but gives you Acura’s peerless navigation system, real time traffic reporting, voice command recognition, GPS linked temperature control and the awe inspiring ELS DVD audio system with Dolby surround sound, 10-speakers and a subwoofer. Our advice? Get the Technology Package!
Although some have complained about the new front grille design Acura is using across all of its 2011 models, it looks well integrated and slightly menacing with the RDX. Our tester’s black exterior paint also exacerbated this classy, yet slightly angry appearance.
As with any Acura, the interior of the 2011 RDX is beyond reproach. All controls are easy to use and pleasing to the touch. The leather trim is of incredibly high quality and feels durable. At cruising speeds the RDX’s interior is very quiet although it may not be quite the isolation chamber of a comparable Lexus RX. But the RX is no fun to drive.
So, if you are looking for a stylish, fun to drive, fast, frugal and supremely comfortable five passenger luxury SUV then the 2011 Acura RDX needs to be on your shopping list. It truly is the best luxury SUV we here at InsiderCarReviews.com have ever tested.