2014 Acura RDX Review

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The automobile industry has been through so many changes, with a paradigm shift in focus from outright power and straight-line performance to maximum efficiency, lower emissions and fuel consumption, while still retaining that essential feel that makes a car what it is. Yes, you can still have a car which is extremely practical by modern-day standards, while exceeding your expectations in design, driving pleasure, comfort and safety. The 2014 Acura RDX is a prime example of not having to trade the values brought strength and identity, to meet the needs of the modern, contemporary car buyer; one who wants car-like handling and occupant comfort and protection, while also getting a rugged, tough and all-weather capability without a hiccup. But in a competitive market, what is it that makes the 2014 Acura RDX special; different from the whole crop of premium crossovers available?

2014 Acura RDX – Performance

The 2014 Acura RDX is positioned as a small premium crossover; one which offers a blend of sportiness and luxury in an aesthetically appealing package. A car built to meet the expectations of an active family will need to have some heart. And that is exactly what it gets. Bringing the power is an all-aluminum 3.5L V6 engine which makes 273 hp and 251 lb-ft of torque. Power delivery is dynamically adjusted to be linear or immediate, depending on the situation. This is thanks to its globally-renowned i-VTEC technology. This also allows the engine to rev freely, making it just as capable and fun during spirited driving spells. Helping with the experience in no small part is the 6-speed automatic transmission with Sequential SportShift paddles, so you can bring on the manual-like gear shift controls when the sporty side of you surfaces. The transmission also features Shift Hold Control to better the experience as well as Grade Logic control to help take-offs from inclines.

The 2014 Acura RDX may seem to be a tempting package, but look at the available options and you may just want to tick that little box which says ‘AWD’. The all-wheel-drive system ensures that handling is taken up several notches with a power split of up to 50:50, besides being even more effective with the vehicle stability assist system in rough weather and on challenging surfaces.

It terms of economy, the 2014 Acura RDX has efficiency well-covered too. For a powerful and rev-happy V6 engine, it comes as a pleasant surprise to see figures of 23 mpg. And that’s the combined figure. The 2014 Acura RDX front driven mode delivers up to 28 mpg on the highway, with a city figure of 20 mpg. Add the all-wheel-drive system and those figures drop by 1 mpg each. Not that bad a trade-off for improved handling, stability and added capability.

2014 Acura RDX – Safety

Acurahas always delivered safety technology that ensures maximum protection for every occupant from the driver to the rear seat

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passengers. The new 2014 Acura RDX continues to offer top notch safety technology starting right from the construction. Acura‘s trademarked Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) maximises occupant protection and crash compatibility in frontal impacts by transferring the crash energy away from the passenger compartment. The complex six-airbag setup is the last bit of reassurance anyone would need.

Of course, there’s more to safety technology than just crash protection. Crash prevention has been given just as much thought and the smart systems on the 2014 Acura RDX ensure that every possible means is utilised to prevent an accident from happening in the first place. The ABS and EBD with Brake Assist ensure predictable braking within the shortest possible distance. The grippy tires with a tire pressure monitor ensure maximum grip and let you know when they need attention. The vehicle stability assist makes sure any unnecessary inputs are corrected if they can upset the balance of the vehicle.

Overall, the 2014 Acura RDX is one of the safest vehicle you can buy, and like all Acura vehicles, it does not compromise on occupant safety in the least.

2014 Acura RDX – Exterior, Interior and Features

Sharp lines, bold styling and an aura of elegance come almost naturally to an Acura. The 2014 Acura RDX exudes the same air of confidence and character you would expect from a premium crossover from the Acura line. Visually, the RDX is stunning and encompasses all the styling highlights which make Acuras so unmistakable. The pointed grille, angular headlamps and a rising side profile together with the sweeping roof line are incredibly attractively and purposeful, with good aerodynamic performance. The flared wheel arches are filled with the 18-inch alloy wheels, lending a full look when viewed from the side. At the rear, the chrome strip running across the tail gate flanked by the split tail lamp clusters appear just as sharp. The 2014 Acura RDX sits noticeably high off the ground as well.

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Inside, the cabin of the 2014 Acura RDX makes you want to get in and get going. The choice of interior colours and materials lets you have an atmosphere which is airy, or even sporty. The chunky steering wheel grips well, while the well laid out dashboard is within easy reach, with all functional keys allowing you to come to terms within a short span of time. Alternatively, choosing the 2014 Acura RDX with the Technology Package adds voice recognition to the mix, for the audio, navigation and climate control systems. The seats are wrapped in leather and are comfortable to be in to say the least. The front seats are extremely supportive, and offer multiple powered-adjustment possibilities, delivering exceptional comfort over long drives. The rear seats are just as supportive and offer a generous amount of leg room too.

Information and entertainment technology in the 2014 Acura RDXhttp://ocacurapro.com/contact-oc-acura-pro/ are up there with the best as well. The automatic dual-zone climate control system, multi-view rear camera and keyless operation are standard. The 8-speaker, 360W audio system is a blast too, but choose the Technology Package and you get a 410W surround-sound system with hard drive storage and multi-media capabilities. The headlamps on the 2014 Acura RDX also shift to HID Xenon types with this upgrade. All in all, a simple choice with a package upgrade deal to make it easy to decide which sort of RDX you want to take home.

2014 Acura RDX – What others are saying

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The 2014 Acura RDX is not just another player in the premium crossover segment. The amount of accolades it has received are nothing short of astounding. It is an IIHS Top Safety Pick and a firm recipient of the #1 badge from ALG Residual Value for resale value in its class.

Automobile Magazine says, “Acura did a commendable job of walking the line between comfort and sportiness.”

The Auto Channel says, “Excellent performance; strong acceleration, quick shifts and light ergonomics in control.” They add, “Great style, excellent performance and a quiet, comfortable interior.”

2014 Acura RDX – Pricing

For a premium crossover with generous equal doses of luxury and sporty character, the 2014 Acura RDX is competitively priced and is available with two major options. The standard front-wheel-drive model starts from $34,520. You can add the all-wheel-drive system for $1,400 and the Technology Package for $3,700. To sum up, the top-end 2014 Acura RDX AWD with the Technology Package costs $39,620.

All prices include a 4-year/50,000 mile warranty, with a 5-year/unlimited mileage Outer Body Rust-through warranty. With the convenience, safety and warranty on offer, what else is there to enjoy but complete peace of mind.