I went to a new model ride and drive for the new RDX. I was impressed with
the vehicle overall. Handled great with a touch of understeer but body roll
was really non existant. The only that I can say that was a slight
disappointment for me was the acceleration off the line. It does have some
turbo lag despite what the ads say. It is slight though and can be overcome
by easing the throttle instead of mashing it to the floor.
Interior was very nice and comfy with plenty of room. I am 6'1" and about
250lbs and I had no problem with the seating front or back. The BMW X3 is
their target competition and they had some X3's there to drive and compare.
NO comparison in my opinion. RDX looks and feels like a luxury vehicle while
the X3 seems spartan and boxy to me. But that is just my opinion. The X3
does have more oomph off the line but the RDX easily overcomes after the lag
is gone. Of course I am partial because I am the Acura God!! Oh and the MSRP
is 32,995 for the standard version and 36,495 for the tech package whic
includes Handsfree Link, voice activated Navi, and an ELS 410 watt stereo
that kicks butt!!Also includes TPMS with actual pressure readout instead of
just an indicator for which tire is low like the standard model. There will
be 19in wheels available for the vehicle also.
Go get you one!!!
Then dont get one! In America we have a choice. You can drive a cracker box
like a Prius etc or you can drive a Suburban. Up to you! I drive a Suburban
and I buy the gas for it. You know why? Because I CAN! My gas hog might get
some smirks from the tree huggers but if we meet by accident I WIN. Just
Yes I do fix them. And I fix them well. I do have an Acura though. It is a
91 Legend with 225k miles on it just that the Suburban is a better family
vehicle. And I don't know what shill means! LOL
Is the RDX a rebadged CRV or the like. As a long-time Honda owner, I can
see no reason to "move up" to Acura. If I want performance and fun, Honda
offers the S2000, 6spd Accord coupe, and Civic SI. The Pilot (which we
have) seem like a far better deal than the MDX. And, the Accord I4, which
runs on regular, seems like a far better alternative than the TSX for a
substantial difference in price.
It's not a rebadged CRV.
Honda/Acura makes great vehicles. My wife has a CRV that has been
(and continues to be) a very excellent vehicle. In fact, we'll be
buying a replacement for it next year.
As to your question about why would someone buy an Acura rather than
a Honda, let me say that like anything else, it's a matter of choice
(opinion). Here's mine. Acuras are more upscale than their Honda
siblings. Fit and finish are good on both but Acuras are better.
Styling is better. Performance is greatly improved. Driving Acuras
is simply more fun than the very good Hondas. Again, this is MY
opinion. If someone doesn't agree or doesn't care about those
things I just mentioned, then Honda is an excellent choice.
BTW, I currently own an Acura RL -- after two Acura TL's. (Again,
my wife owns a CRV.) One of my son's owns a Honda Accord. My other
son owns an Acura TSX.
I don't think that's true -- at least not in all cases. I know the
two TL's I've owned were made in Ohio. I don't know that anything
other than TL's is made at that plant. The RL I now own was made in
Japan. I don't remember which plant or if anything else is made at
that plant. Also, the designs are different, they use different
materials, components, etc. and the tolerances are different for
In my case, the local Honda is only 5-10 minutes away for service. I drop
my car off and they run me home and pick me up when it's ready. If I choose
to wait, it typically only takes an hour or so. The Acura dealer is a round
trip drive of over two hours and only local shuttle service. So, you have to
have someone follow you and leave the car and do the same thing all over
again when it is ready. The Lexus dealer in the same area (we owned an RX
300 for a while) would arrange a loaner when you needed service unlike
Acura. BMW, also in the same location -- a one hour drive, will so the same
or even pick your car up, and leave a loaner in its place. So, convenience
plays a big part in my choice.
Absolutely! The Acura dealer in my area is not inconvenient to get
to and they have been pretty good so far. They did p*ss me off
during the last service but they are normally very goos, so we'll
give them another chance. The car (RL) is excellent though, so that
counts too! :-)
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