Acura releases full specs for facelifted RDX crossover

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A more fuel efficient front-wheel-drive model is being added to the lineup for 2010

A more fuel efficient front-wheel-drive model is being added to the lineup for 2010

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Acura has finally released details for its facelifted RDX, which for 2010 gets a fresh new exterior look, a more luxurious interior, and a host of new technology features. For 2010, the RDX is also available with a two-wheel drive option which offers improved fuel economy and a lower price point over its SH-AWD counterpart.

Externally, the 2010 RDX receives numerous changes resulting in a more aggressive, sportier appearance. Exterior changes include redesigned 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, new front and rear bumper fascias, Acura's signature design front grille, revised headlights and taillights, new exhaust tips and satin trim accents.

The 2010 model also features revised braking system components that deliver better feel and enhanced durability. Also for 2010, the RDX receives several new standard interior features including a rear view camera system, electronic compass, a pull handle to make closing the rear hatch easier, auto-function headlights, ambient footwell lighting, a center console storage tray, improved cupholders, USB-port connectivity, and Note function for XM Radio.

Standard features include Bluetooth handsfree, a 7-speaker sound system, and a new USB port that allows the connection of (and charging of) items such as an iPhone or iPod.

Power comes from the familiar 2.3L turbocharged four-cylinder engine. For 2010, the turbo system makes use of a new inlet pipe that is thicker to reduce noise during high boost situations and the RDX incorporate a dual-stage radiator fan to further reduce cabin noise. Output stands at 240hp at 6,000rpm and 260lb-ft of torque at 4,500rpm.

The EPA city/highway fuel economy rating for the two-wheel drive model comes in 19/24mpg, while the AWD model comes in at 17/22mpg. A sequential five-speed auto remains standard.

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