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2007 Acura RDX

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$4,455 — $12,119 USED
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Sport Utility
5 Seats
21 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Lots of standard features
  • Manageable dimensions

The Bad

  • Unknown reliability
  • Less cargo capacity than some competitors

What to Know

about the 2007 Acura RDX
  • New for 2007
  • Smaller than MDX
  • 240-hp turbocharged engine
  • Standard all-wheel drive

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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By David Thomas
The compact luxury SUV segment wasn't even worth calling a segment a few years ago; it was more of a niche. Now, with the Acura RDX joining the BMW X3 and the upcoming Land Rover LR2, there's healthy competition to win over upwardly mobile folks in need of utility in a small, nicely appointed package.

That's exactly what Acura delivers in the RDX. It has utility and the near-luxury appointments you'd expect in an Acura, but it has two additional plusses: a reasonable price and the fact that it's the most enjoyable Acura to drive.

Super Handling All-Wheel Drive, Super Turbo
Two important components make the RDX so much fun to drive. First is its all-wheel-drive system, which Acura calls Super Handling All-Wheel Drive. I'm guessing that whatever translates as "super" has a slightly less ostentatious meaning in Japanese, but in reality the system is pretty darn excellent.

My week in the RDX included driving in light snow and subfreezing temperatures in Chicago, but in covering more than 100 miles, I never felt a flaw in the SH-AWD. When folks write "confidence-inspiring" in car reviews they mean you'll never worry about taking a turn faster than you planned, because the car can handle it, even if it wasn't meant to. That happened a few times with the RDX, and I grew very attached to the system. It was unobtrusive, yet it worked every time. There's even a diagram that shows which wheels are getting what proportion of power at a given ti...

The compact luxury SUV segment wasn't even worth calling a segment a few years ago; it was more of a niche. Now, with the Acura RDX joining the BMW X3 and the upcoming Land Rover LR2, there's healthy competition to win over upwardly mobile folks in need of utility in a small, nicely appointed package.

That's exactly what Acura delivers in the RDX. It has utility and the near-luxury appointments you'd expect in an Acura, but it has two additional plusses: a reasonable price and the fact that it's the most enjoyable Acura to drive.

Super Handling All-Wheel Drive, Super Turbo
Two important components make the RDX so much fun to drive. First is its all-wheel-drive system, which Acura calls Super Handling All-Wheel Drive. I'm guessing that whatever translates as "super" has a slightly less ostentatious meaning in Japanese, but in reality the system is pretty darn excellent.

My week in the RDX included driving in light snow and subfreezing temperatures in Chicago, but in covering more than 100 miles, I never felt a flaw in the SH-AWD. When folks write "confidence-inspiring" in car reviews they mean you'll never worry about taking a turn faster than you planned, because the car can handle it, even if it wasn't meant to. That happened a few times with the RDX, and I grew very attached to the system. It was unobtrusive, yet it worked every time. There's even a diagram that shows which wheels are getting what proportion of power at a given time, although this was a tad distracting to look at.

The other pleasing driving experience comes from the turbocharged four-cylinder engine. It produces 240 horsepower, which is slightly weaker than the less-expensive Mazda CX-7 and its turbocharged 244-hp engine, but there are still plenty of thrills under the RDX's rippling hood.

Power doesn't come immediately when you're driving with the automatic transmission in standard drive. There's a sport shift setting, however, that allows the driver to control shifting via paddles on the back of the steering wheel. Starting off in the manual 1st gear gives added off-the-line excitement that's missing from the standard operation. Shifts through the gears are above-average, but not quite as good as some I've driven in Volkswagen and BMW cars.

Non-sporting enthusiasts most likely won't care about the paddle shifters, and the automatic works fine for the everyday driver, with the turbo kicking in when you need it in passing situations. At the end of the day, the RDX gives a sporting feel when you want it, but doesn't give up anything for an everyday commuter or errand-runner.

Steering is a breeze, and the wheel isn't heavy, like the BMW X3's. Navigating crowded parking lots is almost a joy, and the little RDX is nimble and easy to parallel park as well, especially with the optional rear-mounted camera and parking sensors. The ride is definitely carlike, with its low ride height, but the seating position offers terrific front visibility and there are no blind spots over either shoulder. Bumps intrude a bit more than I'd like, but if you want this kind of handling and performance, ride comfort always suffers a bit. The tradeoff is very minimal.

Near-Luxury Interior
I read the term "near-luxury" a lot in regard to Japanese luxury brands. I'm not sure if it's some kind of bias by German-car enthusiasts, but it's accurate. The RDX's interior is a step up from a Honda and a few steps up from American competition, but it doesn't compete with BMW, Audi or Mercedes-Benz in terms of high-end look and feel.

That said, the RDX costs almost $5,000 less than the BMW X3 for the base model, and it comes pretty much loaded: It's got a moonroof, which I think could be larger; heated, leather power seats; and lots of safety features. The look of the interior in all black is a bit overwhelming, but I preferred it to the light taupe the company also offers.

My test vehicle also came with an optional technology package that adds a center LCD screen for navigation operation, but it can also serve as a readout for audio controls. I found the screen, while big, hard to read in bright morning light. The controls were awkward, as well.

Steering-wheel buttons that controlled the stereo turned out to be all I needed, and a smaller display screen resting at the top of the dashboard showed me the time, climate controls and radio settings, clearly and legibly. That screen in the middle was simply overkill. If you want a navigation system, though, you'll be stuck with this setup.

The front seats weren't oversized in the least. They still fit my 5-foot 10-inch, healthy-eating frame just fine, with no crampiness in the hip area, where I sometimes notice slender seats. The gauges are well-lit in a calming blue and white, and are easy to read. A center information display tracks mileage.

Putting the Utility in SUV
The RDX is such a fun vehicle to drive I almost forgot it was an SUV. I've tested every Acura in the current lineup, with the exception of the new TL Type S, and can say that the RDX is the most like a sports car — even more so than the TSX and RSX. The added value and convenience of the cargo area could easily sway sedan shoppers.

Compared to other SUVs — and I've tested a lot — the RDX's cargo area is right up there with the best I've seen. To fold the rear seats down, the seat bottoms need to tilt forward; they simply rotate out and swivel forward with just a lift from a free hand — no straps to pull or buttons to push. A button on top of both seats easily drops them into place, creating a nearly flat floor. Only the Toyota RAV4 has a better system going right now, creating a similarly flat floor without having to lift the seat bottoms. Others either give up the flat floor for the one-step seat drop, or are more cumbersome, requiring that the seats be moved forward, taking up more room compared to those that fold flat.

A removable solid cargo cover easily detaches and fits flatly on the floor, with either a carpeted or hard plastic surface facing up.

Safety
The RDX won the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's highest accolade, the title of Top Safety Pick, by earning the top rating of Good in both frontal and side-impact crash tests. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administrations also gave it perfect five-star front and side-impact ratings and a four-star rollover rating.

Standard safety equipment includes side-impact airbags for the front seats, side curtain airbags, antilock brakes, an electronic stability system, traction control and active front head restraints.

RDX in the Market
The RDX competes with the BMW X3 and will soon take on the upcoming Land Rover LR2 in the expanding compact luxury SUV segment. It's a small group for now, but all promise a lot of utility with upscale surroundings. The Acura, though, also offers value with its well-equipped base model and single upgrade feature. Its exciting driving feel and Honda reliability add to an already practical and well-built machine.

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Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.4
36 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.2)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.4)
Comfort
(4.1)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.3)

Read reviews that mention:

(4.0)

Glad to share this jewel with someone else

by Wood's RDX from Johnson City TN on July 25, 2018

Turbo 4cyl takes off when it needs to. Drives in comfort, with leather heated seats, sunroof/ moonroof, not to mention the after- market remote start we installed. We can get where we want to go, with ... Read full review

(5.0)

Strong engine

by Billyo33 from Middleton, ma on April 9, 2018

Handles like a bmw. The handling is amazing SH -AWD is great. For the money well worth it. Basically styling but you won’t complain once you drive it. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2007 Acura RDX currently has 2 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2007 Acura RDX Base

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
acceptable
Structure/safety cage
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
acceptable
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The RDX received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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