Weekend Athlete: 2007 Acura RDX

I took the RDX to my favorite triathlon, just over the border in Kenosha, Wis., followed by a weekend of camping at a state park another three hours away, so for once the car and I both got a good workout. The RDX was a nice companion, but not spectacular as a cargo vehicle. It doesn't offer more space or utility than others I've tested, so it's not the new champion, but there are some interesting twists to it.

For starters, someone at the triathlon said it looked fast. It is. Especially with Sport mode engaged, there's enough oomph for passing and maneuvering on the highway. The best part is the whistling of its turbo — I could not get enough of that.

Rating: 6.5 out of 10

It wouldn'€™t be my first choice for a car to take me to a race ... unless I were late, in which case the RDX would scoot right to the top of my list. But I write Weekend Athlete, not Boy Racer, so the RDX gets a 6.5. It'll take you to a race or campground quickly, and it's a lot of fun, but it's not overwhelming as a utility vehicle. 

With a base price of almost $33,000, I really can't say it's something a Weekend Athlete wants to put on the shopping list. If you'€™re a Weekend Athlete, you don'€™t need to spend all the money to get all the niceties and luxury features the RDX has.