Pros Stellar handling & braking. Tall sports car. High quality switches & soft touch materials. Dash instrument lighting is striking. SH-AWD is superb. Bi-xenon headlights are terrific. Impeccable fit & finish. Geat audio system.
Cons Turbo-four with five-speed automatic is probably the most crude drivetrain ever installed in a modern Honda motor vehicle. Under acceleration, engine, transmission & turbocharger hold seance to decide who engages first. Gas mileage disappointing.
Summary Driver was put in frightening/dangerous situations in 50-70 MPH passes. Any modern vehicle that places the driver in harms' way - in this case by installation of an overwhelmed four cylinder motor - is, by definition, unacceptable. Therefore, an otherwise "Outstanding" vehicle is reduced to "Good" in my opinion.
Insider Background Information: Prior to introduction of the RDX, Acura had a huge internal debate as to whether to install a V-6 or turbo-four engine. Honda had a V-6 on the shelf. It would/could have been an easy decision. Just compare the torque curves of the two respective engines and figure out which one would be capable of moving a two ton mass swiftly and economically. It appears the product development team trumped the engineering team by insisting on the turbo-four, so they could market the vehicle as a leader in technology. Indeed, the early print adverts only said one word - you guessed it - "technology." This decision on the engine selection was wrong.
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