2009 Acura RDX

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17 CITY / 22 HWY
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What Changed for 2009:
  • Four-way power-adjustable front passenger seat added
  • Four new colors
  • AcuraLink real-time traffic expanded to 77 metropolitan areas
The RDX is Acura's smallest SUV, offering two rows of seating and holding a total of 5 passengers. It was introduced as an all-new model for 2007. Acura says the RDX is designed for \"high-energy urbanites\" who spend their work week in the city but who want to \"decompress\" on weekends by getting out of town. The RDX, which is some 10 inches shorter and 3 inches narrower than the Acura MDX, launched with the first turbocharged engine available in any Acura product. The RDX's body includes a rear hatch finished with a replaceable panel designed to enhance not only the SUV's visual appeal but to reduce the cost of repairs, Acura says.

The 2009 Acura RDX is covered by a 4-year/50,000-mile limited warranty and a 6-year/70,000-mile limited powertrain warranty.

Model Lineup
The 2009 Acura RDX is sold in a single trim level, though an optional Technology package is available, as well as several dealer-installed accessories. The RDX comes with the standard equipment people expect of a luxury model including leather, power-adjustable front seats along with a power moonroof, heated outside mirrors, speed-sensing windshield wipers; dual-zone automatic climate control; Bluetooth HandsFreeLink wireless telephone interface; 360-watt Acura Premium sound system with in-dash 6-disc CD changer and XM satellite radio; and an auxiliary input jack for portable music players.

The optional Technology package includes an Acura Navigation System with voice recognition and a rearview camera; AcuraLink satellite communications with real-time traffic; a 410-watt Acura/ELS premium 10-speaker surround sound system with DVD Audio playback capability; GPS-linked dual-zone automatic climate control; and more.

The 2009 Acura RDX features a 2.3-liter 4-cylinder engine turbocharged to pump out 240 hp at 6000 rpm and 260 lb.-ft. of torque at 4500 rpm. That power goes through a 5-speed automatic transmission with Sequential SportShift and Grade Logic Control to Acura's Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system. The powertrain is EPA-rated at 17 mpg city/22 mpg highway.

The RDX's SH-AWD system can vary engine torque continuously to each wheel. Acura says that the system employs torque vectoring to increase the rotation speed of an outside rear wheel during aggressive cornering to help the vehicle turn more effectively while under power.

The 2009 Acura RDX comes with dual-stage, dual-threshold front air bags; torso-protecting front side air bags; head-protecting side curtain air bags; tire-pressure monitor; active front head restraints; Vehicle Stability Assist (electronic stability control) with traction control; and anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist. Other safety features include daytime running lights, fog lamps, high-intensity-discharge headlamps and LATCH child seat mounts for the rear seat.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) rates the Acura RDX at 5 stars for frontal- and side-impact protection for driver and passengers and 4 stars for its resistance to rollover. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) rates the RDX as a \"Top Safety Pick.\" That means it has received a \"Good\" rating for both front-, side-, and rear-impact protection and offers electronic stability control.

The 2009 Acura RDX has a variable-flow turbocharger designed to overcome the \"lag\" experienced with traditional turbochargers. Acura says its design also should enhance reliability of the turbocharger, thanks to fewer moving parts. Among the features in the Technology package are a navigation system with voice recognition and real-time traffic; a GPS-linked, solar-sensing dual-zone automatic climate control system; and an Acura/ELS premium surround sound system with DVD audio playback capability. The navigation system comes with an 8-inch dashboard screen, a rearview camera, and real-time traffic provided by XM satellite radio. The GPS-linked navigation also works with the Tech package's climate control system to keep track of the position of the sun. It combines this information with a solar sensor on the instrument panel, and automatically adjusts temperature, fan speed and vent position to balance the temperature on both sides of the vehicle. The 410-watt Acura/ELS sound system was developed by Grammy-winning producer/engineer Elliott Schiener. It can play DVD audio discs, which Acura says are 500 times clearer than CDs, and it delivers eight discreet channels instead of the regular two.

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