Certified Pre-Owned 2008 AcuraRDX Technology Package SUV

  • VIN: 5J8TB18538A016438
  • Stock: 10280N
Acura RDX
        
  
 
Odometer
142,762 miles
Fuel Economy
17.0/22.0 mpg City/Hwy
Exterior Color
Black
Interior Color
Black
Body/Seating
SUV/5 seats
Transmission
5 speed automatic
Drivetrain
SH-AWD all-wheel drive
Engine
2.3L L4 MPI DOHC 16V / ALL WHEEL DRIVE
Acura RDX

Highlighted Features

  • Navigation system
  • Leather upholstery
  • Automatic temperature control
  • Power moonroof
  • Wireless phone connectivity
  • Front dual zone A/C
  • Speed sensitive wipers
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
Odometer
142,762 miles
Fuel Economy
17.0/22.0 mpg City/Hwy
Exterior Color
Black
Interior Color
Black
Body/Seating
SUV/5 seats
Transmission
5 speed automatic
Drivetrain
SH-AWD all-wheel drive
Engine
2.3L L4 MPI DOHC 16V / ALL WHEEL DRIVE

Dealer Notes

RAMSEY CORP IS HOME OF GUARANTEED CREDIT APPROVAL! THIS VEHICLE COMES WITH A FREE 3 MONTH WARRANTY; EXTENDED WARRANTIES AVAILABLE.

Leather / Heated Seating 
Rear Parking Camera 
Xenon Headlamps 
Navigation 
Sunroof 
2008 ACURA RDX TECHNOLOGY
5J8TB18538A016438
4 DOOR SPORT UTILITY 2.3L L4 MPI DOHC 16V
ALL WHEEL DRIVE
2008 Acura RDX

This review was written in February 2007 about the 2007 Acura RDX. Little of substance has changed with this year's model. To see what details are different this year, check out a side-by-side comparison of the two model years.

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.

Detailed Specifications

  • 1-touch down
  • 1-touch up
  • Air conditioning
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Automatic temperature control
  • Driver door bin
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Front beverage holders
  • Front dual zone A/C
  • Garage door transmitter: HomeLink
  • Illuminated entry
  • Memory seat
  • Navigation system
  • Overhead console
  • Passenger door bin
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Power moonroof
  • Power windows
  • Rear beverage holders
  • Rear door bins
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Speed control
  • Telescoping steering wheel
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Alloy wheels
  • Four wheel independent suspension
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Rear anti-roll bar
  • Speed-sensing steering
  • 1st row LCD monitors: 1
  • AM/FM radio
  • CD player
  • DVD-Audio
  • MP3 decoder
  • Speakers: 13
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Wireless phone connectivity
  • Front center armrest
  • Front seats: bucket
  • Heated front seats
  • Leather shift knob
  • Leather upholstery
  • Max seating capacity: 5
  • Power driver seat
  • Rear seat center armrest
  • Rear seats: split-bench
  • Split folding rear seat
  • Compressor: intercooled turbo
  • Cylinder configuration: I-4
  • Drive type: SH-AWD all-wheel drive
  • Engine liters: 2.3
  • Engine location: front
  • Fuel economy city: 17mpg
  • Fuel economy highway: 22mpg
  • Fuel tank capacity: 18.0gal.
  • Horsepower: 240hp @ 6,000RPM
  • Limited slip differential
  • Manual-shift auto: SportShift
  • Number of valves: 16
  • Recommended fuel: premium unleaded
  • Sequential multi-point fuel injection
  • Torque: 260 lb.-ft. @ 4,500RPM
  • Transmission: 5 speed automatic
  • Variable valve control
  • Approach angle: 28 deg
  • Departure angle: 22 deg
  • Ground clearance (min): 159mm (6.3")
  • Ramp breakover angle: 19 deg
  • Bumpers: body-color
  • Door mirrors: body-color
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Power door mirrors
  • Spoiler
  • Turn signal indicator mirrors
  • Air Pollution Score (AP): 7
  • Compression ratio: 8.80 to 1
  • Curb weight: 1,790kg (3,946lbs)
  • Engine bore x stroke: 86.4mm x 99.1mm (3.40" x 3.90")
  • Engine displacement: 2.3 L
  • Engine horsepower: 240hp @ 6,000RPM
  • Engine torque: 260 lb.-ft. @ 4,500RPM
  • Exterior body width: 1,869mm (73.6")
  • Exterior height: 1,656mm (65.2")
  • Exterior length: 4,590mm (180.7")
  • Front headroom: 983mm (38.7")
  • Front hiproom: 1,382mm (54.4")
  • Front legroom: 1,062mm (41.8")
  • Front shoulder room: 1,478mm (58.2")
  • GVWR: 2,220kg (4,894lbs)
  • Greenhouse Gas Score (GG): 5
  • Interior cargo volume: 787 L (28 cu.ft.)
  • Interior maximum cargo volume: 1,716 L (61 cu.ft.)
  • Passenger volume: 2,871L (101.4 cu.ft.)
  • Payload: 395kg (870lbs)
  • Rear headroom: 973mm (38.3")
  • Rear hiproom: 1,346mm (53.0")
  • Rear legroom: 958mm (37.7")
  • Rear shoulder room: 1,430mm (56.3")
  • Towing capacity: 680kg (1,500lbs)
  • Turning radius: 6.0m (19.6')
  • Wheelbase: 2,649mm (104.3")
  • Front fog lights
  • Front reading lights
  • High intensity discharge headlights
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Outside temperature display
  • Rear window defroster
  • Rear window wiper
  • Speed sensitive wipers
  • Tachometer
  • Trip computer
  • Variably intermittent wipers
  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • ABS brakes
  • Anti-whiplash front head restraints
  • Brake assist
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Electronic stability
  • Ignition disable
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Overhead airbag
  • Panic alarm
  • Perimeter/approach lights
  • Security system
  • Traction control

KBB.com Consumer Reviews

Kelley Blue Book - KBB.com
Overall4.4Out of 5
  • Best vehicle I've ever owned!

    By Grizzy on Monday, January 24, 2011

    5.0
    I work in the car industry and thus get to own and drive multiple vehicles. I have owned multiple Lexus SUV's and Infiniti FX35, among many other SUV's of small to medium caliber. I have driven thousands of vehicles for my job. RDX is the best vehicle I've ever driven/owned. Why? Simply because it fits my every need. I love the turbo charged engine in an small suv. I can still jump medians/curbs and have the power, too! Visibility is top notch with no blind spots. Of course, I have the technology package! (Navi, back up camera). What is the point of owning a luxury vehicle without that?? I love the simplicity, the sportiness as well as the luxury all combined in this very cute, yet mean and powerful SUV. Highly recommended. No issues at all. Very, very fun suv! Two things I would change: power passenger seat and fully automatic headlights. Otherwise, A+
  • Best snow and wet road traction of AWD vehicles

    By RDX Rider on Saturday, April 05, 2014

    5.0
    I've owned this car for 7 years. I've never had any quality/reliability issues with it, ever. Great handling car, great brakes, good acceleration. By far, the best snow traction of any vehicle I've ever driven, including other 4wd vehicles. While other trucks and cars are sliding around, this one's SH-AWD sticks to the road like glue. The suspension is stiff, so if you like a soft ride this is not for you. Small and nimble for great cornering and easy parking.
  • Follow up review from march 2008

    By Young Texan on Thursday, January 28, 2010

    5.0
    I have now owned my '07 RDX for over 2.5 years and I can tell you I am still as happy with it now as I was the day I drove it off the lot. I just surpassed 54,000 miles today and the only unscheduled maintenance I have had to perform was a battery replacement about two weeks ago which was 100% covered by the warranty. This vehicle has surpassed every expectation I have ever had regarding maintaining it's value. It still blue books for $23,900 as a private party sell, not that I would EVER sell it. When my '07 is paid off in about 6 months I plan on buying the 2010 model. I have never reset the Trip A on the odometer so I can keep track of the lifetime gas mileage of the car which right now sits at 22.5mpg. I do a lot of mixed city/highway driving. I keep my foot off the pedal as much as possible on the highway but I will pounce on it in the city. Overall the mileage is great compared to similarly sized V6 CUV's. To this day I have never put a non Top-Tier gasoline in this vehicle and I believe that that might have something to do with my mileage. Thank you for reading this and if you are considering a used '07-'09 RDX you should absolutely jump on it. This is a wonderful vehicle and an absolute joy to drive.
 

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