The 2007 Acura DRX, a SUV that beats all competition.

For car maniacs around the world, it was quite some news the Honda would built it’s first production turbocharged engine, and mount it on a crossover country, the 2007 Acura DRX.

Acura DRX - exterior

The Acura DRX is built on the platform as the new Honda CR-V, is a nice all-wheel-drive vehicle, no too big not too small. Launched last summer, the Acura DRX is powered by a 2.3-liter turbocharged and intercooled four-cylinder, that makes all-in-all an impressive 240 hp at 6000 rpm and 260 lb-ft of torque at 4500 rpm. Considering facts only, the Acura DRX matches the Mazda CX-7, the two cars also being almost the same size, the Mazda CX-7 wheelbase having only an extra 4 inches longer the Acura’s.

In car-tests, the RDX did quite well on the track, in straight-line tests breaking the 7.0-second mark from 0 to 60 mph ( the Mazda CX-7 did the CX-7 7.72 seconds ). The RDX did however need long pauses for cooling down, to reach high speeds at top performance afterwards. Concerning brakes, the Acura RDX stopped nicely in 129 feet from 60 mph, but smoking brakes and cooling brakes were required.

Acura DRX - interior

Buyers all agreed that speed and handling are the best parts of the Acura DRX, and interior aspects aren’t all that bad either, the seats are conformable, stereo system of good quality and styling tops competitors CX-7 and the BMW X3. Setbacks seem to be the lack of separate climate controls for rear passengers and no light in the cargo area, and poor memory function for the driver’s seat. Consumption is okay too, at 19 mpg for city.

1 Response

  1. Laurence:

    You made some good points there. I did a search on the topic and found most people will agree with what your saying.

    Posted on February 27th, 2009 at 11:53 pm

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