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Re: 3rd Generation Acura RDX Reviews    (Score: 1, Normal) 06-05-2018 22:56
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I agree w you. I think the tech packages for all manufacturers must cause them issues. As a small example, my issue with Honda+Acura is that I had a '16 Pilot and it's Nav showed the speed limit on the nav ... pretty handy. Jump in my '17 MDX SH and you would think it would be same features or similar but there's no speed limit on nav. Jump in a '19 RDX, it's nav shows the speed limit on the dash/nav (or maybe hud?) - can't recall for sure but it did show it... Why is that?

And, I like not having 100s of buttons, I'd say the RDX center stack and it's having +/- button for fan speed for climate is more amiable / practical / functional than the digital screen on the MDX

Small issues but things I thought about some.

MDX needs more than RDX imho too so whatever they do next model '19 or '20, they need to be at least what RDX does or more

and that audio sys in RDX, I turned mine on and up and I'd say RDX seemed better to me too! That's not right! :)
I also liked those alum covers and where they placed the speakers. Wood touch was really nice and MDX needs all of those placements.

It was slick for sure.

re: hybrid

I'd say this - I never even thought of ever seriously buying a hybrid. The only reason was the Sport portion. However, to me, it's a brilliant system that I'm avg 25.7 mpg, 29k miles in a year, 71 tanks.
For an MDX and it's size, that's incredible if you ask me. And, it's quick!

Acura should push Sport+Hybrid + SH-AWD on anything [maybe that might be going too far?] they do but their systems seem common sense and practical.

anyway, I'm excited about the RDX for sure.


bnilhome wrote:
Your experience really aligns well with what I just commented on above. The MDX hybrid has some advantages but you can also feel the heaviness from it, and it's not as modern as the new RDX. I would really like to see the sports hybrid system in the RDX as that thing could really take on some of the performance lines of the German carmakers while delivering better MPGs. I also would love to see the MDX redesign debut at an auto show in early 2019 as opposed to early 2020.


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Re: 3rd Generation Acura RDX Reviews    (Score: 1, Normal) 06-06-2018 08:01
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http://www.autotrader.ca/expert/20180606/first-drive-2019-acura-rdx/
Replacing the 3.5L V6 from last year’s model is a new 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder as the only engine available. Starting out as the same celebrated powerplant from the Honda Accord, it’s tuned here to put out 272 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. While down a bit in horsepower from the V6, the torque is up a notable 28 lb-ft and both figures better the outputs of the RDX’s key competitors from Audi, BMW, Mercedes, and Volvo.

What’s more, the power curve is much flatter than before, making the Acura more driveable in normal conditions. The power-to-weight ratio of the RDX is better than its competitors, also lending to better performance. Our drive around western Vancouver Island showcased the little engine’s flexibility as we hurried the Acura up and down the twisting mountain roads and around the endless flow of dawdling tourists.

There’s a new 10-speed Sequential SportShift automatic transmission that helps the RDX’s driveability, too. While I was never impressed by Acura’s nine-speed found in the TLX, this new 10-speed never seems to be caught hunting for the right gear.

Acura claims this new transmission provides a first gear that’s 15 percent lower than last year’s, which helps the RDX energetically jump off the line from a standstill, and four-gear downshifts are programmed in for when they’re needed to really get the hustle on a passing manoeuvre. More importantly, under normal operating conditions, the shifts go mostly unnoticed, but during more energetic driving, gear swaps happen with immediacy.

Unsurprisingly, the combination of smaller engine and 10-speed gearbox nets appreciable fuel efficiency benefit. Roughly 10 percent better than the old RDX, the new one is rated at 11.0 L/100 km city, 8.6 highway and 9.9 combined.




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Re: 3rd Generation Acura RDX Reviews    (Score: 1, Normal) 06-06-2018 11:17
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Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!
TSX69
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Re: 3rd Generation Acura RDX Reviews    (Score: 1, Normal) 06-07-2018 07:33
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Re: 3rd Generation Acura RDX Reviews    (Score: 1, Normal) 06-08-2018 11:38
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Re: 3rd Generation Acura RDX Reviews    (Score: 1, Normal) 06-08-2018 11:48
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^ Looks good there.
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Re: 3rd Generation Acura RDX Reviews    (Score: 1, Normal) 06-10-2018 11:54
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Here is another really strong review of the RDX from Forbes. It's nice to see Acura not simply focusing on its Japanese counterparts but also going for European competitors, and with a product that is in such hot demand (crossovers). I do what Acura sedans to improve too, but crossovers are where its at now.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/samabuelsamid/2018/06/09/2019-acura-rdx-a-spec-a-return-to-form-for-hondas-performance-division/#206ade7442f8



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Re: 3rd Generation Acura RDX Reviews    (Score: 1, Normal) 06-11-2018 17:53
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Love the A-Spec styling.

Hate the mudguards.

Honda and Acura Canada add mudguards as standard equipment.

Of course, can be removed.

But seeing as car design is rolling advertising, they should go out. Takes away from of design flow. Don't like aesthetic add-ons. ;-)

TSX69
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Re: 3rd Generation Acura RDX Reviews    (Score: 1, Normal) 06-12-2018 19:34
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Re: 3rd Generation Acura RDX Reviews    (Score: 1, Normal) 06-20-2018 15:06
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Are these out in the press fleet yet? I'm curious when we'll get a more deliberate head-to-head outside of impressions from sampling competition at the Acura press event? About a week ago MotorWeek aired a Luxury Small SUV Comparison and they had a lot of new players, including the QX50. They probably filmed it only weeks before the RDX came out; a shame because it probably would've done quite well and it will be at least a year until they do another one of those comparisons.


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Re: 3rd Generation Acura RDX Reviews    (Score: 1, Normal) 06-21-2018 10:09
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Several new owner reviews on acurazine now. Some are conquests from BMW 340i xDrive sedans so it was good to hear they like the "fun to drive" factor and handling dynamics of the RDX.

"Driving at 8/10ths, the RDX is nearly as fun to drive as my 340 was. Obviously, its four-banger can't keep up with the power or smoothness of the 3-liter inline 6, but it's worlds better than the 2018 RDX I test drove, not to mention the Infiniti QX50 (weak engine, terrible CVT) and Lincoln MKC 2.3 (which, despite claiming to have 280hp, felt much slower than the RDX)."

JeffX
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Re: 3rd Generation Acura RDX Reviews    (Score: 1, Normal) 06-21-2018 11:18
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gofast182 wrote:
Are these out in the press fleet yet? I'm curious when we'll get a more deliberate head-to-head outside of impressions from sampling competition at the Acura press event? About a week ago MotorWeek aired a Luxury Small SUV Comparison and they had a lot of new players, including the QX50. They probably filmed it only weeks before the RDX came out; a shame because it probably would've done quite well and it will be at least a year until they do another one of those comparisons.




I should be getting my hands on one next week. So start listing your specific questions and requests here and I'll try to get answers.

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Re: 3rd Generation Acura RDX Reviews    (Score: 1, Normal) 06-21-2018 13:09
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http://www.businessinsider.com/2019-acura-rdx-review-2018-6#so-whats-the-verdict-28
I'd buy one. Seriously, I enjoyed the RDX immensely in the week that I drove it around the Jersey 'burbs and the mean streets of New York City. But I tend to respond quote favorably to Acuras. For whatever reason, I think they combine a high level of luxury and value with legendary reliability and fun motoring that isn't too demanding.
If you just love to drive, something from BMW, Mercedes, or Audi might be more your bag. If you want absolutely bulletproof luxury, then look to Lexus (and be a bit less stimulated by exceptional engineering). If beauty is a must, turn to the Jaguar F-Pace.
But if you desire an excellent premium crossover SUV that will carry a family of four around in style, you'll be hard-pressed to do better than the new RDX.
With my colleague Ben, I agree that the new infotainment system is a work in progress. But it's a big improvement over the previous generation and a step in the right direction.
Acura has a way of being all things to all people, without causing that benefit to render its cars bland. Anybody who prefers to go Sport-Plus mode on the Dynamic selector will find that their luxury SUV can delivery more than a splash of snarl and attitude. (And maybe too much, as both Ben and I detected some harshness in the transmission's friskier shifts.)
The steering isn't mushy, and neither are the brakes. The torque-vectoring through the AWD drive system made the RDX feel genuinely sure-footed and composed when cornering, and the engine isn't cranking so much power that you feel you have to lay off in the curves, to avoid losing control.
Of course, where Acura truly shines is in the quality-to-price ratio. It's hard to obtain a better compact luxury SUV for this kind of scratch. Comparable German brands go for thousands more, similarly equipped. You're buying Acura's commitment to fine engineering and reliability, with just enough zip thrown in to remind you that you aren't driving a Lexus.
Bottom line: the 2019 Acura RDX is a purchase I can recommend you consider — without hesitation.


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Re: 3rd Generation Acura RDX Reviews    (Score: 1, Normal) 06-21-2018 16:01
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JeffX wrote:
gofast182 wrote:
Are these out in the press fleet yet? I'm curious when we'll get a more deliberate head-to-head outside of impressions from sampling competition at the Acura press event? About a week ago MotorWeek aired a Luxury Small SUV Comparison and they had a lot of new players, including the QX50. They probably filmed it only weeks before the RDX came out; a shame because it probably would've done quite well and it will be at least a year until they do another one of those comparisons.




I should be getting my hands on one next week. So start listing your specific questions and requests here and I'll try to get answers.


I'd like to know:
1. Coming from a 2G MDX (which with ~100k miles a few ponies have escaped) how would one compare the off-the-line feel, also compared to an Audi Q5 2.0T (I kind of remember their transmission having a slight hesitation at throttle tip-in). Basically does the torque curve of the 2.0T in conjunction with the 10AT 'replace' the V6 off-the-line (understanding that boost levels are very low at that point)?
2. Related to #1, how smooth does it idle compared to the V6, particularly with the compressor running? Did they do enough to not make you realize it's an I4?
3. With Acura trying some new interior materials and perhaps interior construction techniques, how tight is it? Specifically, if you get into a hot car and turn the AC on, do things click/tick as they contract like they do in my BMW? If so, how long does it last?
4. This gen. RDX is bigger than the last. Did two generations of RDX growth bring it close to the 2G MDX both behind the front seats but particularly cargo area? (I know I could look up the numbers but the shape also has a lot to do with it)
Thanks, Jeff!

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Re: 3rd Generation Acura RDX Reviews    (Score: 1, Normal) 06-21-2018 16:19
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JeffX wrote:
gofast182 wrote:
Are these out in the press fleet yet? I'm curious when we'll get a more deliberate head-to-head outside of impressions from sampling competition at the Acura press event? About a week ago MotorWeek aired a Luxury Small SUV Comparison and they had a lot of new players, including the QX50. They probably filmed it only weeks before the RDX came out; a shame because it probably would've done quite well and it will be at least a year until they do another one of those comparisons.




I should be getting my hands on one next week. So start listing your specific questions and requests here and I'll try to get answers.


I'd like to know:
1. Coming from a 2G MDX (which with ~100k miles a few ponies have escaped) how would one compare the off-the-line feel, also compared to an Audi Q5 2.0T (I kind of remember their transmission having a slight hesitation at throttle tip-in). Basically does the torque curve of the 2.0T in conjunction with the 10AT 'replace' the V6 off-the-line (understanding that boost levels are very low at that point)?
2. Related to #1, how smooth does it idle compared to the V6, particularly with the compressor running? Did they do enough to not make you realize it's an I4?
3. With Acura trying some new interior materials and perhaps interior construction techniques, how tight is it? Specifically, if you get into a hot car and turn the AC on, do things click/tick as they contract like they do in my BMW? If so, how long does it last?
4. This gen. RDX is bigger than the last. Did two generations of RDX growth bring it close to the 2G MDX both behind the front seats but particularly cargo area? (I know I could look up the numbers but the shape also has a lot to do with it)
Thanks, Jeff!




I can actually take a shot at these right now, and then come back and update as necessary.

1. IMMEDIATE punch off the line probably isn't quite like the 2017 MDX with 9AT launching in 1st gear - there's a tiny pause but then the torque hits hard
2. Probably not quite as smooth. I will pay more attention next week as to how it feels when the AC compressor cycles on/off. I didn't really notice it at all when we were in Whistler.
3. It's pretty hot here so hopefully next week I'll be able to tell you more about this
4. It hasn't grown that much. It's not tremendously different from the current RDX.

gofast182
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Re: 3rd Generation Acura RDX Reviews    (Score: 1, Normal) 06-21-2018 20:56
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JeffX wrote:
gofast182 wrote:
JeffX wrote:
gofast182 wrote:
Are these out in the press fleet yet? I'm curious when we'll get a more deliberate head-to-head outside of impressions from sampling competition at the Acura press event? About a week ago MotorWeek aired a Luxury Small SUV Comparison and they had a lot of new players, including the QX50. They probably filmed it only weeks before the RDX came out; a shame because it probably would've done quite well and it will be at least a year until they do another one of those comparisons.




I should be getting my hands on one next week. So start listing your specific questions and requests here and I'll try to get answers.


I'd like to know:
1. Coming from a 2G MDX (which with ~100k miles a few ponies have escaped) how would one compare the off-the-line feel, also compared to an Audi Q5 2.0T (I kind of remember their transmission having a slight hesitation at throttle tip-in). Basically does the torque curve of the 2.0T in conjunction with the 10AT 'replace' the V6 off-the-line (understanding that boost levels are very low at that point)?
2. Related to #1, how smooth does it idle compared to the V6, particularly with the compressor running? Did they do enough to not make you realize it's an I4?
3. With Acura trying some new interior materials and perhaps interior construction techniques, how tight is it? Specifically, if you get into a hot car and turn the AC on, do things click/tick as they contract like they do in my BMW? If so, how long does it last?
4. This gen. RDX is bigger than the last. Did two generations of RDX growth bring it close to the 2G MDX both behind the front seats but particularly cargo area? (I know I could look up the numbers but the shape also has a lot to do with it)
Thanks, Jeff!




I can actually take a shot at these right now, and then come back and update as necessary.

1. IMMEDIATE punch off the line probably isn't quite like the 2017 MDX with 9AT launching in 1st gear - there's a tiny pause but then the torque hits hard
2. Probably not quite as smooth. I will pay more attention next week as to how it feels when the AC compressor cycles on/off. I didn't really notice it at all when we were in Whistler.
3. It's pretty hot here so hopefully next week I'll be able to tell you more about this
4. It hasn't grown that much. It's not tremendously different from the current RDX.


Thank you, sir! Looking forward to more updates/impressions when you get your hands on one.

TSX69
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Re: 3rd Generation Acura RDX Reviews    (Score: 1, Normal) 06-23-2018 06:16
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Is this not poster Colin? Do not think he has posted here in a while:


JeffX
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Re: 3rd Generation Acura RDX Reviews    (Score: 1, Normal) 06-25-2018 13:00
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gofast182 wrote:
JeffX wrote:
gofast182 wrote:
JeffX wrote:
gofast182 wrote:
Are these out in the press fleet yet? I'm curious when we'll get a more deliberate head-to-head outside of impressions from sampling competition at the Acura press event? About a week ago MotorWeek aired a Luxury Small SUV Comparison and they had a lot of new players, including the QX50. They probably filmed it only weeks before the RDX came out; a shame because it probably would've done quite well and it will be at least a year until they do another one of those comparisons.




I should be getting my hands on one next week. So start listing your specific questions and requests here and I'll try to get answers.


I'd like to know:
1. Coming from a 2G MDX (which with ~100k miles a few ponies have escaped) how would one compare the off-the-line feel, also compared to an Audi Q5 2.0T (I kind of remember their transmission having a slight hesitation at throttle tip-in). Basically does the torque curve of the 2.0T in conjunction with the 10AT 'replace' the V6 off-the-line (understanding that boost levels are very low at that point)?
2. Related to #1, how smooth does it idle compared to the V6, particularly with the compressor running? Did they do enough to not make you realize it's an I4?
3. With Acura trying some new interior materials and perhaps interior construction techniques, how tight is it? Specifically, if you get into a hot car and turn the AC on, do things click/tick as they contract like they do in my BMW? If so, how long does it last?
4. This gen. RDX is bigger than the last. Did two generations of RDX growth bring it close to the 2G MDX both behind the front seats but particularly cargo area? (I know I could look up the numbers but the shape also has a lot to do with it)
Thanks, Jeff!




I can actually take a shot at these right now, and then come back and update as necessary.

1. IMMEDIATE punch off the line probably isn't quite like the 2017 MDX with 9AT launching in 1st gear - there's a tiny pause but then the torque hits hard
2. Probably not quite as smooth. I will pay more attention next week as to how it feels when the AC compressor cycles on/off. I didn't really notice it at all when we were in Whistler.
3. It's pretty hot here so hopefully next week I'll be able to tell you more about this
4. It hasn't grown that much. It's not tremendously different from the current RDX.


Thank you, sir! Looking forward to more updates/impressions when you get your hands on one.



Here's an update - it appears that the car that was supposed to be coming to me this week (an RDX Advance) has been temporarily taken out of commission. There's an A-Spec heading to the fleet but there's no solid ETA on that one yet. With a family vacation coming up shortly, I may not be able to get into an RDX for another 3 or 4 weeks.

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Re: 3rd Generation Acura RDX Reviews    (Score: 1, Normal) 06-25-2018 16:41
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How is the paint quality on the new RDX? Is it improved as Acura claims?
TSX69
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Re: 3rd Generation Acura RDX Reviews    (Score: 1, Normal) 06-27-2018 18:13
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https://www.freep.com/story/money/cars/mark-phelan/2018/06/27/review-value-power-drive-2019-acura-rdx-suv-forward/733128002/
Quick and sleek, the ★★★ 2019 Acura RDX SUV is a major step forward for Honda’s long-suffering luxury brand.

The RDX parlays a new platform and a new design theme into a good-looking, high-value SUV that gives Acura its first serious player in a white-hot market segment.

The verdict

Value and power put the RDX in the game versus leading compact luxury SUVs, but its fuel economy and touch pad keep the new Acura from leadership.


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Re: 3rd Generation Acura RDX Reviews    (Score: 1, Normal) 06-27-2018 23:01
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Reasons to buy: Looks; interior materials, value

Shortcomings: Controls; handling; fuel economy


I’m surprised they had handling as a shortcoming...reviewer mentioned body lean...first I heard of that and even still this thing has SH-AWD...I just don’t get it.




TSX69 wrote:
https://www.freep.com/story/money/cars/mark-phelan/2018/06/27/review-value-power-drive-2019-acura-rdx-suv-forward/733128002/
Quick and sleek, the ★★★ 2019 Acura RDX SUV is a major step forward for Honda’s long-suffering luxury brand.

The RDX parlays a new platform and a new design theme into a good-looking, high-value SUV that gives Acura its first serious player in a white-hot market segment.

The verdict

Value and power put the RDX in the game versus leading compact luxury SUVs, but its fuel economy and touch pad keep the new Acura from leadership.







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Re: 3rd Generation Acura RDX Reviews    (Score: 1, Normal) 06-28-2018 02:17
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iNteGRaz92 wrote:
Civicb18 wrote:
I welcome this system given I absolutely HATED the dual screen setup! What I find funny is the people here who are downplaying the new setup they've never used...

it's tov, people gotta hate on SOMETHING. that's just the way it is around here.



We've been at TOV for the same amount of time (roughly 16 years), and you haven't changed one bit.

garoto wrote:
I like it. And it doesn’t have the ZF shit in it. Too bad it doesn’t have a shifter gate - I HATE those buttons. Don’t trust them one bit. I also dislike the roof shit going on. But overall, seems great! sH-AWD is welcomed back.

Touchpad interface: shit gimmick crap. When are automakers going to understand that touch doesn’t work in a moving vehicle? Technology for the sake of technology. Marketing puffery.



While I don't like car touchpads either, this is absolutely brilliant in terms of Acura trying to conquer Lexus drivers. My friend has a RX350 with touchpad and I suggested since he's younger than me and unmarried (he bought it because he had his mom's RX330 and someone totalled it) that his next vehicle be an NX. Now that the RDX is out, I could imagine him wanting to trade the RX in on an RDX and it would be easy for him to get used to the interface.

May the only German components Honda ever uses again be Continental tires, Continental keys (since they bought Siemens VDO) and the sundry Bosch parts almost every car has. I don't buy cars from Japanese companies to have German maintenance headaches although I did like the QX30 for a while, but the new RDX makes it look a generation behind.

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Re: 3rd Generation Acura RDX Reviews    (Score: 1, Normal) 06-28-2018 19:40
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Selling like hotcakes.

http://www.dispatch.com/business/20180628/acuras-new-rdx-closing-in-on-sales-records?template=ampart

Saw my first one rolling down I-35 South in Round Rock north of Austin about two weeks ago. White Diamond Pearl, non-A-Spec, sharp!

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Re: 3rd Generation Acura RDX Reviews    (Score: 1, Normal) 06-28-2018 22:31
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Selling like hotcakes.

http://www.dispatch.com/business/20180628/acuras-new-rdx-closing-in-on-sales-records?template=ampart

Saw my first one rolling down I-35 South in Round Rock north of Austin about two weeks ago. White Diamond Pearl, non-A-Spec, sharp!


Nice! Line up those coffers and make that low volume sports car to push that performance heritage back. I know the RDX and MDX sells, but I really can't contain excitement with this upcoming revival of the Acura brand with that TLX mule.

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Re: 3rd Generation Acura RDX Reviews    (Score: 1, Normal) 06-29-2018 15:11
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Re: 3rd Generation Acura RDX Reviews    (Score: 1, Normal) 06-29-2018 15:55
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^ Great review of and for the RDX. IMO he does some of the best car reviews out there even if I don't always agree with him.
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Re: 3rd Generation Acura RDX Reviews    (Score: 1, Normal) 06-30-2018 14:11
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Picked up a Platinum Elite (similar to Advance trim + a few goodies) yesterday and this car is pretty darn amazing for its price. The only negative so far is the engine note which isn't the most inspiring. But then I have a CTR and S2K so can't really compare to those lol. It's comparable to most other 2.0T in the market, except it feels faster.
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Re: 3rd Generation Acura RDX Reviews    (Score: 1, Normal) 06-30-2018 19:17
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Congratulations!
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Re: 3rd Generation Acura RDX Reviews    (Score: 1, Normal) 07-01-2018 00:52
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Thank you! Drove more of it today around town...if the other next gen Acura models are similar to the RDX, then Acura is definitely headed to the right direction.
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Re: 3rd Generation Acura RDX Reviews    (Score: 1, Normal) 07-06-2018 09:41
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Acura’s New True Touchpad Interface Provides the Least Frustrating Infotainment Experience on the Road
The organization of all the actual stuff in the display is also greatly improved in the new system. The pad includes two zones that match two separate zones on the display, and you’re able to quickly swap them. (If, for instance, you want to sling the navigation screen to prominence for a moment and then bring the entertainment screen back once you’ve gotten your bearings with the map.) The system offers a mind-boggling degree of customizability, allowing owners to program the information present in both the main display and the smaller instrument cluster display — though people who are easily overwhelmed by tons of options might give up immediately. If you stick with it, though, as owners likely will, you can have this infotainment system dialed in just as you like it, with hand-in-glove precision.

Once I did that and took it out on the road, it became clear that this is easily the most finely-tuned and tunable interface on the road. True, it has its own unique logic and its own quirks, but at the end of the day, no other system really comes close.






 
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