BY H. THROTTLE
The wind was swirling around E470, but this 2019 Acura RDX all-wheel drive hardly felt the touch of the icy winds. The 272-hp turbocharged engine and 10-speed transmission kept pace with the fast-moving toll road traffic. Driving this American made beauty was a real treat with final assembly of this Acura was completed in East Liberty, Ohio. The transmission and engine were both manufactured in the good old U.S.A.
Acura is a luxury brand of Honda, a Japanese auto manufacturing company that really has their act together. This RDX all-wheel drive has a suggested manufacturers price tag of $45,500 that includes all of the options and accessories, and there are many on this 2019 model.
The 272-hp engine is simply amazing with the power with and without the turbo-charge sport and sport-plus options. Driving in the comfort mode was powerful enough without turbo boosting. However, entering the traffic high-speed flow on E470 the sport mode gave this RDX a powerful boost of energy. Chrome paddle wheel shifters assist the three different drive modes in changing gears and a center dial quickly adjusted the mode selection. The push-button transmission worked fast, smooth and efficient. Fuel economy ranged from 21 in the city to 26 on the freeways. No safety rating issued yet on this brand-new 2019 model but loaded with airbags, cameras, LED lights and four-wheel disk brakes. Should pull a perfect safety score.
This is a connoisseur’s car, 10 forward gear selection, buttons and control devices located on the steering wheel and dashboard. The RDX can do about everything but fly. The electronics are many and somewhat complicated with lane departure, forward collision radar controls, and a camera located in front of the rearview mirror to give traffic safety alerts. The vehicle also has a crash recorder that keeps track of speed and driving conditions and can be used in traffic court for evidence on accidents.
The car feels solid, the seats are comfortable, and the doors close like vaults. The drive is awesome with electric power steering and the feel of power emanating from the engine and transmission. You feel like you have complete control of the highway and the traffic flow and congestion.
This is really a high-performance car, to not only drive, but to enjoy, and feel safe and secure within the solid frame surrounded by multiple airbags while listening to the 16-speaker sound system.
This Acura is special and worth the extra price to move up into this luxury car category. This is a car beyond just transportation.
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