With the second-generation model of the RDX in 2013, it could be said that Honda succeeded in getting the essential aspects of the vehicle ideally suited to its market segment. The subsequent fine-tuning and upgrading have influenced the model retaining its competitive edge and consumer popularity.
The Secret of the RDX Success? Inherent Power
There are various reasons that can be attributed to success and when it relates to a vehicle the consumer perspective can combine with the manufacturer's innovation and produce a winner. In the case of the RDX, one crucial aspect related to the popularity of the model is the powertrain. Whilst the majority of Premium Compact competitors depend mainly on a turbocharged 2.0L, 4-cylinder engine, the RDX offers drivers the power of a 3.5-litre V6.
Further support for the engine is given with Variable Cylinder Management (VCM), with the result of 279-horsepower at 6,200 rpm, with a torque of 252 lb.-ft. Comparatively, the Acura RDX first-generation models were powered by a turbocharged 2.3L four-cylinder unit. Adding to the efficiency of the 3.5L-V6 is the link to an extremely effective and responsive 6-speed automatic transmission that includes a "Sport" mode. The ability of this engine to provide a versatile torque action gives the driver a fast throttle reaction and a highly acceptable acceleration of zero to 100 km/h in approximately 7-seconds, and it's also very quiet! Returning to the VCM; when carrying a light load the system permits deactivation of three of the engine's cylinders.
The Agility of the RDX
The suspension of the Acura RDX is a four-wheel independent suspension with MacPherson struts up front, providing a multi-link formation at the rear with anti-roll bars at both ends. Two pistons per damper (Amplitude reactive dampers) operate on the principle of the first absorbing minor road vibration. The second is more rigid and designed to improve vehicle stability at all four corners. Further support is added by motion-adaptive electronic power steering. It is designed to provide sufficient information to the driver regarding general vehicle performance.
Fitted as standards are the RDX AcuraWatch suite safety and driver-assistive technologies. Included in this application are adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking, as well as forward collision and lane departure warnings and lane keeping assist. Should you elect to further upgrade your Acura RDX with an Elite or Technology package, then the manufacturer contributes its blind-spot information system and the rear-cross-traffic monitor. The RDX continues to produce a variety of motoring advantages with the expertise gained from original innovative design. It shows that newer and brighter is not necessarily a winning formula.