by Nelson Ireson
The compact sport luxury SUV niche was not so long ago a non-existent thing, though recent years have seen an increasing number of entrants, including German, Japanese and American offerings. The next several years will see even more added as Mercedes brings its GLK to the mix and Audi rolls out the Q5. With so many cars vying for a relatively small portion of overall sales, the competition is fierce, and small weaknesses can be magnified. It’s a case of automotive survival of the fittest.
So can the RDX hold its own in the increasingly intense sub-genre it has chosen for itself? Or will its flaws render it incapable of survival in the harsh automotive and economic conditions of the oil-crunch marketplace?
At almost the same size as a mid-size hatchback - parked side-by-side, one would need a tape measure to distinguish it significantly from a Mazda3, for example, except in height - the RDX isn’t packing a whole lot of cargo space into its repertoire....