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Pros & Cons

  • Sporty handling
  • Overly firm ride
  • Some turbo lag from a stop
  • Cheap interior materials

8.6

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.6
Performance: 8.3
Interior: 7.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.8
Safety: 9.4
Reliability:
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2012 Acura RDX Overview

The 2012 RDX comes with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine mated to a five-speed automatic transmission. Test drivers said the RDX's engine is plenty powerful, but some noticed turbo lag when accelerating from a stop. But after its initial hesitation, reviewers agreed that the Acura RDX is speedy. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is available. The 2012 RDX gets up to 19/24 mpg city/highway, which is good for the class. Test drivers liked the RDX's sporty handling, but they noted that it comes at the expense of an overly firm ride.

According to test drivers, the 2012 Acura RDX's interior isn't as upscale or modern as some rivals and is built with some low-rent materials. The 2012 RDX can seat five on leather-trimmed seats. Some critics had difficulty finding a comfortable driving position. They said that rear-seat legroom is adequate as long as the front seats aren't pushed too far back. Reviewers were pleased with the RDX's long list of standard features, which include heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, a USB port, a power moonroof, a seven-speaker stereo system, Bluetooth and a rearview camera. Navigation, sun-sensing climate control and a 10-speaker Dolby stereo system are available. Test drivers generally found the Acura RDX's controls to be easy to use, though some thought the navigation system is a bit distracting. With 60.6 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded, the 2012 Acura RDX's cargo space is fairly good for the class.

 

Other SUVs to Consider

The 2012 Cadillac SRX comes with a six-cylinder engine that reviewers said feels powerful and delivers brisk acceleration from a stop. They also praised its attractive interior, which they said has top-notch fit and finish, as well as its generous cargo space and useful cargo management system.

The 2012 Volvo XC60 has one of the highest cargo capacities in the class, and test drivers said its interior looks and feels upscale. Reviewers praised its roomy and comfortable seats and its smooth ride over bumpy roads.

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