The RDX continues to be the compact luxury SUV of choice for drivers with energetic lifestyles who need a responsive and sporty vehicle with plenty of utility and leading edge styling. With two models available in two trim choices, the 2012 RDX offers something for everyone. The RDX comes standard with a two-wheel-drive drivetrain which is appealing to those who live in warmer climates and who don't need the all-weather capability that all-wheel drive offers. For those looking for sportier performance or all-weather capability, the RDX with SH-AWD® will be right choice. Both RDX models come standard with a wide array of features and available for both is the Technology Package.
Externally, the 2012 RDX has an aggressive, sporty appearance thanks to bold front and rear fascias, Acura's signature grille, pronounced wheel arches, 18-inch 10-spoke aluminum wheels and upscale trim accents. On the inside, the RDX makes use of a rich blend of leather, artful stitchwork and flowing curves— paired with lots of cutting edge technology.
True to Acura's leadership in the application of advanced technology, the RDX incorporates a class-leading array of features that keep passengers informed, entertained and in control. Every RDX features as standard Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® connectivity with Bluetooth®audio capabilities, a 7-speaker Acura Premium Sound System and a USB port that allows the connection (and charging) of items such as an iPhone® or iPod®. For those who want to be even more connected to the world around them, an available Technology Package includes the Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™, AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic with Traffic Rerouting™ and AcuraLink Real-Time Weather™ with radar image maps.
The RDX is equipped with a turbocharged 2.3-liter DOHC inline four-cylinder engine incorporating computer-controlled "intelligent" i-VTEC® for the intake valves that delivers enhanced performance across a broad powerband. The heart of the RDX's performance is its Variable Flow Turbocharger (VFT) that delivers an unusually broad powerband with virtually no lag in response. The turbocharger works in concert with i-VTEC® to deliver outstanding acceleration while driving at a variety of speeds.
Rated output for the 2.3L I-4 engine is 240 horsepower at 6,000 rpm with 260 lb-ft of torque at 4,500 rpm. The RDX has an EPA city/highway/combined fuel economy rating of 19/24/21 mpg (RDX 2WD) and 17/22/19 mpg (RDX SH-AWD™), all while meeting stringent EPA TIER 2 - BIN 5 and CARB LEV-2 ULEV emissions standards.
A performance-minded Sequential SportShift 5-speed automatic transmission is standard on the RDX and an electronically-controlled Drive-by-Wire™ throttle system works with the transmission to execute exceptionally quick and smooth gear changes. The Sequential SportShift feature allows the transmission to function in a conventional automatic mode or gear shifts can be manually controlled via steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters.
The design goal for the RDX chassis was to simultaneously provide the sporty handling of the Acura TSX sports sedan with the versatility of an SUV. The RDX comes standard in two-wheel-drive form that offers a lighter vehicle weight, improved fuel economy and a lower purchase price.
Acura's exclusive Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD™) system is available on the RDX, helping it to maximize available traction while improving handling balance and responsiveness in a variety of weather conditions. SH-AWD™ distributes optimum torque not only between the front and rear axles, but also between the left and right rear wheels. In addition, SH-AWD™ utilizes torque vectoring to help reduce understeer by overdriving one of the rear wheels to create a yaw moment that enhances steering accuracy and improves cornering ability.
Precise and responsive handling is generated by fully independent front and rear suspension. The MacPherson strut (front) and multi-link (rear) suspension system is tuned for compliant control, and the suspension is assisted by large-diameter front and rear stabilizer bars for flatter cornering. Standard to the RDX is Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with traction control to further enhance vehicle controllability.
RDX exterior styling further emphasizes the crossover SUV's sporty athleticism. Large wheel arches, aggressively styled body sides, steeply raked windscreen and a short rear overhang generate an RDX with a taut and muscular presence. A unique rear hatch allows for a smooth transition of the body to the rear bumper— a transition that delivers a more custom look as well as eases loading and unloading of cargo.
HID front headlights (controlled by a standard Auto on/off function) team with sharp body lines, bold 18-inch 10-spoke aluminum wheels, rectangular exhaust finishers and satin body trim to give the RDX a crisp look.
Inside every RDX, leather trimmed front seats deliver a luxury feel as well as a high outward visibility "eye point" that provides a confident field of view. The RDX has soothing blue low-level ambient lighting in the ceiling that illuminates the front center console area along with ambient blue footwell lighting. The 3-passenger rear seat has a 60/40 split-folding capability and, when folded flat, significantly expands the load area— increasing the total cargo volume to 60.6 cubic feet.
Source: Acura press