Along with the new gizmos, Acura also made some updates to the RDX's interior. Improvements were made to the cup holders to make them more ergonomically friendly and the controls for the dual-zone automatic climate control were moved closer to the driver for easier access. Automatic headlights will now prevent drivers from forgetting to turn them on or off, and ambient lighting in the foot wells will make entry and egress easier in the dark. Acura also redesigned the center console storage area and the dual-compartment storage bin is now large enough to hold a briefcase. In addition to upgrading to higher quality leather for the seats and trim, Acura is also offering two new interior colors, Ebony and Taupe.
Not long ago, Motor Trend had a 2007 RDX in our long-term fleet and reactions were split down the middle. With such minor improvements to the overall vehicle for 2010, it's likely that the RDX will continue to be a love-it-or-hate-it crossover. The updated styling likely won't win it any new friends, though the 2 extra miles per gallon might. Still, even those in the office who weren't fans of the old RDX had to admit it's a very capable crossover, and the 2010 model appears poised to carry on that distinction. Will the reduced curb weight of the new 2WD model make up for the loss of the AWD driving dynamics? We'll know for sure once we've had a chance to drive the new model.
|2010 ACURA RDX|
|Base Price:|| $32,520 (2WD), $34,520 (AWD)|
|Vehicle Layout:|| Front-engine, FWD or AWD, 5-pass, 5-door CUV|
|Engine: ||2.3L/240-hp/260 lb-ft DOHC 16-valve Turbocharged I4|
|Transmission: ||5-speed Automatic with manual shifting capability|
|Curb Weight:||3743 (2WD), 3931 (AWD) (mfr)|
|Wheelbase:|| 104.3 in.|
|Length x Width x Height: ||180.7 x 73.6 x 65.2 in.|
|EPA City/Hwy Fuel Econ:|| 19/24|
|On Sale: ||Now|