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The '''Acura RDX'''(Chassis Code TB1) is [[Acura]]’s first [[compact SUV|compact]] [[Crossover (automobile)|crossover SUV]]. Originally previewed as the Acura RD-X [[concept car]], the production RDX had its debut at the 2006 New York Auto Show and went on sale on August 11, 2006.
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The '''Acura RDX'''(Chassis Code TB1) is [[Acura]]’s first [[compact SUV|compact]] [[Crossover (automobile)|crossover SUV]]. Originally previewed as the Acura RD-X [[concept car]], the production RDX had its debut at the 2006 [[New York Auto Show]] and went on sale on August 11, 2006.
   
The RDX takes over from the [[Acura MDX|MDX]] as Acura's entry-level crossover SUV, as the MDX continues to grow in size and price. Although the dimensions of the vehicle are similar to that of the [[Honda CR-V]], the RDX uses a unique platform developed to handle the vehicle's advanced [[all-wheel drive]] system.<ref>{{cite web | url=http://www.autofieldguide.com/articles/060601.html | title=Acura RDX Purpose-Built For The Urban Environment (Where Most SUVs Tend To Tread) | date=2006-06-01 | author=Gary S. Vasilash | publisher=Automotive Design and Production | accessdate=2007-01-15}}</ref>
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The RDX takes over from the [[Acura MDX|MDX]] as Acura's entry-level crossover SUV, as the MDX continues to grow in size and price. Although the dimensions of the vehicle are similar to that of the [[Honda CR-V]], the RDX uses a unique [[automobile platform|platform]] developed to handle the vehicle's advanced [[all-wheel drive]] system.<ref>{{cite web | url=http://www.autofieldguide.com/articles/060601.html | title=Acura RDX Purpose-Built For The Urban Environment (Where Most SUVs Tend To Tread) | date=2006-06-01 | author=Gary S. Vasilash | publisher=Automotive Design and Production | accessdate=2007-01-15}}</ref>
   
 
A facelifted 2010 model went on sale in August 2009, adopting Acura's power plenum grille seen on its sedan models. Front-wheel drive was also added.
 
A facelifted 2010 model went on sale in August 2009, adopting Acura's power plenum grille seen on its sedan models. Front-wheel drive was also added.
   
 
== Engine ==
 
== Engine ==
The RDX is powered by one of Honda's very few [[turbocharged]] [[gasoline]] engines. The 2.3-litre [[straight-4]] [[Honda K engine#K23A1|K23A1]] engine has all-[[aluminum]] construction, an [[i-VTEC]] head, and dual balance shafts. It is also one of the first and only [[Straight-4|four-cylinder]] powered luxury SUVs. Honda's variable flow turbocharger reduces [[turbo lag]] by using a valve to narrow the exhaust passage at low [[rpm]], increasing the velocity of the exhaust flow and keeping the turbine spinning rapidly. At higher rpm, the valve opens to allow more exhaust flow for increased boost. The engine also features a top-mounted [[intercooler]] which receives air from the grille, channeled by ducting under the hood. The Acura RDX engine is rated at {{convert|240|bhp|kW PS|1|abbr=on}} at 6000 rpm with a [[torque]] peak of {{convert|260|ftlbf|Nm|abbr=on}} at 4500 rpm. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimated fuel mileage is {{convert|19|mpgus|L/100 km mpgimp|abbr=on}} city and {{convert|23|mpgus|L/100 km mpgimp|abbr=on}} highway miles per gallon. Driving style and the terrain plays an important part in this Vehicle's fuel economy. Uphill driving, frequent lane changes and sudden accelerations can increase turbo usage to increase torque output to the SH-AWD system and thus cause much higher fuel consumption. New more recent EPA mileage estimates as of February 2007 are {{convert|17|mpgus|L/100 km mpgimp|abbr=on}} city and {{convert|22|mpgus|L/100 km mpgimp|abbr=on}} highway. The recommended fuel is premium 91 octane unleaded.
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The RDX is powered by one of Honda's very few [[turbocharged]] [[gasoline]] engines. The 2.3-litre [[straight-4]] [[Honda K engine#K23A1|K23A1]] engine has all-[[aluminum]] construction, an [[i-VTEC]] head, and dual [[balance shafts]]. It is also one of the first and only [[Straight-4|four-cylinder]] powered [[luxury SUV]]s. Honda's variable flow turbocharger reduces [[turbo lag]] by using a valve to narrow the exhaust passage at low [[rpm]], increasing the velocity of the exhaust flow and keeping the turbine spinning rapidly. At higher rpm, the valve opens to allow more exhaust flow for increased boost. The engine also features a top-mounted [[intercooler]] which receives air from the grille, channeled by ducting under the hood. The Acura RDX engine is rated at {{convert|240|bhp|kW PS|1|abbr=on}} at 6000 rpm with a [[torque]] peak of {{convert|260|ftlbf|Nm|abbr=on}} at 4500 rpm. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimated fuel mileage is {{convert|19|mpgus|L/100 km mpgimp|abbr=on}} city and {{convert|23|mpgus|L/100 km mpgimp|abbr=on}} [[highway]] [[miles per gallon]]. Driving style and the terrain plays an important part in this Vehicle's fuel economy. Uphill driving, frequent lane changes and sudden accelerations can increase turbo usage to increase torque output to the SH-AWD system and thus cause much higher fuel consumption. New more recent EPA mileage estimates as of February 2007 are {{convert|17|mpgus|L/100 km mpgimp|abbr=on}} city and {{convert|22|mpgus|L/100 km mpgimp|abbr=on}} highway. The recommended fuel is premium 91 octane unleaded.
   
 
== Drivetrain ==
 
== Drivetrain ==
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== Interior ==
 
== Interior ==
 
[[File:2010 Acura RDX -- 04-14-2010.jpg|thumb|left|2010 Acura RDX]]
 
[[File:2010 Acura RDX -- 04-14-2010.jpg|thumb|left|2010 Acura RDX]]
The RDX seats five and comes standard with leather seating, a moonroof, automatic climate control, and all the expected power features. The RDX 7-speaker audio system features an in-dash 6-CD changer, which is capable of playing standard Audio CDs, and Data-[[CD]]s burned with either MP3 or WMA files, it also plays DVD-A type CDs. The RDX's sound system also includes XM Satellite Radio with a complimentary 3-month subscription.
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The RDX seats five and comes standard with leather seating, a [[moonroof]], automatic climate control, and all the expected power features. The RDX 7-speaker audio system features an in-dash 6-[[CD changer]], which is capable of playing standard Audio CDs, and Data-[[CD]]s burned with either [[MP3]] or [[Windows Media Audio|WMA]] files, it also plays DVD-A type CDs. The RDX's sound system also includes XM Satellite Radio with a complimentary 3-month subscription.
   
Much of the interior technology introduced in the RL sedan is found in the optional "Technology Package". This package includes the latest version of Acura's [[navigation system]], complete with a rear view camera, XM Nav-Traffic real-time traffic monitoring, and Zagat restaurant reviews. The package also features a 10-speaker Acura/ELS audio system with Digital Theater System and Dolby Pro Logic II surround sound. The audio system plays DVD-Audio discs as well. Both stereos come with a 1/8" auxiliary input jack, which may be used to plug in external sources such as iPods. For 2007, Acura also offered an iPod adapter for the RDX, which was wired into the [[glove box]], and allowed the iPod to be controlled through the RDX's sound system interface. Due to hardware incompatibilities the Honda/Acura iPod musiclink has been discontinued as of model year 2008. Current (2011) models come standard with a USB connection that interfaces with Apple inc.® iPod® players and other USB mass storage devices, such as flash drives that contain MP3, WMA6 or AAC music files while being stored in the center console.
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Much of the interior technology introduced in the RL sedan is found in the optional "Technology Package". This package includes the latest version of Acura's [[navigation system]], complete with a rear view camera, XM Nav-Traffic real-time traffic monitoring, and Zagat restaurant reviews. The package also features a 10-speaker Acura/[[ELS]] audio system with Digital Theater System and Dolby Pro Logic II surround sound. The audio system plays [[DVD-Audio]] discs as well. Both stereos come with a 1/8" auxiliary input jack, which may be used to plug in external sources such as iPods. For 2007, Acura also offered an iPod adapter for the RDX, which was wired into the [[glove box]], and allowed the iPod to be controlled through the RDX's sound system interface. Due to hardware incompatibilities the Honda/Acura iPod musiclink has been discontinued as of model year 2008. Current (2011) models come standard with a USB connection that interfaces with [[Apple inc.]]® [[iPod]]® players and other USB mass storage devices, such as flash drives that contain MP3, WMA6 or AAC music files while being stored in the center console.
   
   
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