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I’ve been doing practical w 4dr SUVs for so long, I think my next vehicle will be a car with 2 doors, maybe only 2 seats.  Buck the trend.  Defy the odds. Go against the flow.  

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12 hours ago, regfootball said:

Per Car and Driver

2018 Mazda6 signature

C/D TEST RESULTS:
Zero to 60 mph: 6.4 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 16.0 sec
Zero to 130 mph: 33.3 sec
Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 6.7 sec
Top gear, 30–50 mph: 3.2 sec
Top gear, 50–70 mph: 4.2 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 14.9 sec @ 97 mph
Top speed (drag limited, mfr’s claim): 149 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 184 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.81 g

C/D FUEL ECONOMY:
Observed: 21 mpg
75-mph highway driving: 36 mpg
Highway range: 590 miles

 

 

2018 Buick Regal Sportback FWD (just sayin)  Mazda continues to underwhelm, all the time, time to stop glorifying their run of the mill

C/D TEST RESULTS:
Zero to 60 mph: 5.6 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 13.8 sec
Zero to 130 mph: 28.8 sec
Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 6.1 sec
Top gear, 30–50 mph: 2.9 sec
Top gear, 50–70 mph: 4.0 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 14.2 sec @ 101 mph

Top speed (governor limited): 131 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 162 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.87 g

C/D FUEL ECONOMY:
Observed: 24 mpg
75-mph highway driving: 31 mpg
Highway range: 490 miles

And this is what Car and Driver wrote about both (pure numbers don't tell the whole story):

Buick:

HIGHS: Dapper styling, hatchback versatility, compliant ride, peppy turbo engine.

LOWS: Middling interior materials, heavy (manual) liftgate, uninspiring dynamics.

Mazda:

HIGHS: Superb driving dynamics, class-above interior look and feel, pretty darn pretty.

LOWS: Virtually no options, no hybrid or plug-in versions, top turbo engine lacks real verve.

VERDICT: A sports sedan impersonating a mid-size family sedan.

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Sorry, even according to C&D not even close

 

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11 hours ago, William Maley said:

Is the review in question? 2018 Buick Regal Sportback FWD

I'm going to burst some bubbles here. I recently just sat in a Regal Sportback over the weekend at a local auto show (more on that in an upcoming Afterthoughts) and I hate to say it, I was disappointed. Many of the plastics used were somewhat middling and didn't feel as nice as the one found in the Mazda, let alone the recent Hyundai Sonata and even the Toyota Camry XSE. For a car that stickered around $38,000, it made me shake my head. The cars just listed - sticker between $2,000 to $6,000 less.

Now I'll give the Regal that it has the easier infotainment system to use. I'm quietly hoping that Mazda gets their act together and introduces something modern in the next year.

Is the Mazda6 the be all, end all midsize sedan? No. There are some areas that would make me hesitate to recommend the 6 like the stiff ride. It does some things quite well that it has earned a place in the sedans I would recommend which includes the Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid and Hyundai Sonata.

I'm withholding comment on the driving dynamics of the Regal till I can get my hands on one. On paper, it may seem like the better car. But I have a sneaking suspicion that I would still pick the 6. 

You’re right about the Regal interior.  It does come off better in the tan combo. The 6 is one of that cars strong points. 

I just keep seeing The 6 get praised so much in buff books and the whole ‘when the  Mazda 6 gets a turbo it will the king ‘ and they finally put something other than their mid pack base engine in there and it isn’t near as fast as GM’s ubiquitous 2.0. 

That was sort of the main point. 

Buicks handling is not sporting material but it’s a decently quiet cruiser. 

11 hours ago, A Horse With No Name said:

Honest question where does the Camry fall short compared to the 6 the Malibu and the Sonata?

I find the Fusion awkward enough that I told the rental car company to stop sending them to me for our school debate trips.

DTS was a nice car. I like them.

I think the new Camry with sport package and v6 got some decent buff book reviews lately so yes that is a completely legit question. 

I want to see this new Altima coming out.  Accord is fugly and deceptively tight inside. New Altima with turbo is worth waiting to see imo 

30 minutes ago, ykX said:

And this is what Car and Driver wrote about both (pure numbers don't tell the whole story):

Buick:

HIGHS: Dapper styling, hatchback versatility, compliant ride, peppy turbo engine.

LOWS: Middling interior materials, heavy (manual) liftgate, uninspiring dynamics.

Mazda:

HIGHS: Superb driving dynamics, class-above interior look and feel, pretty darn pretty.

LOWS: Virtually no options, no hybrid or plug-in versions, top turbo engine lacks real verve.

VERDICT: A sports sedan impersonating a mid-size family sedan.

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Sorry, even according to C&D not even close

 

I never said the Buick with 2.0 was a sport sedan. I was merely pointing out that Mazda’s turbo is still not fast after all this time waiting for it  

If you’re looking at 35k for a Mazda it’s maybe time to look into a near Lux marque or just get a CPO Audi or BMW. 

 

And mazda JUST NOW getting CarPlay SMH

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23 minutes ago, regfootball said:

 

If you’re looking at 35k for a Mazda it’s maybe time to look into a near Lux marque or just get a CPO Audi or BMW. 

 

And mazda JUST NOW getting CarPlay SMH

Unlike Audi or BMW Mazda will not require thousands of dollars to keep it running, $35k is average now for a loaded mid size sedan.

You are right about Carplay/Android Auto, GM did great by offering it one of the first manufacturers.  But Honda for example just recently started to offer it also, and Toyota starting to do it just now as well.  Mazda is tiny compared to all these giants.

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14 hours ago, dfelt said:

FYI, I have been in the CT6, very nice car, but the rear I cannot fit in without the front seat pulled up and I slouch. Still not big enough for my body. Yes I am the exception to many here.

If you're too big for the back of a CT6 then why do you even care about the ATS and CTS, let alone a Mazda 6.I have to believe the CTS is larger than a Mazda6. 

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5 minutes ago, ccap41 said:

If you're too big for the back of a CT6 then why do you even care about the ATS and CTS, let alone a Mazda 6.I have to believe the CTS is larger than a Mazda6. 

The Mazda 6 has 99.7 cubic feet of interior volume, the CTS has 97.    

The Mazda 6 has 3 inches more rear leg room, and about the same hip, head and shoulder room.  (all within an inch).   

So they are very close dimensionally for rear cabin dimensions.

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9 minutes ago, Cubical-aka-Moltar said:

The Mazda 6 has 99.7 cubic feet of interior volume, the CTS has 97.    

The Mazda 6 has 3 inches more rear leg room, and about the same hip, head and shoulder room.  (all within an inch).   

So they are very close dimensionally for rear cabin dimensions.

Good to know. Good to know.

And I assume the CT6 is even larger than the Mazda6? 

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11 hours ago, A Horse With No Name said:

Honest question where does the Camry fall short compared to the 6 the Malibu and the Sonata?

 

The Camry has a few issues. One is that it doesn't feel as solid as the other three. Close the door on the Camry and it has a very tinny-sound. The other three don't that. Next is the value argument. That XSE I drove awhile carried a pricetag of $35,333 for the four-cylinder. If I want the V6, I need to add another $2,000. That price doesn't include everything you might want such as navigation, heated rear seats, etc. It gets worse as you climb down the lineup as some models don't get certain features. For example, if you want two USB ports, you need to get into the XLE or XSE - otherwise, you're only getting one.

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16 minutes ago, ccap41 said:

If you're too big for the back of a CT6 then why do you even care about the ATS and CTS, let alone a Mazda 6.I have to believe the CTS is larger than a Mazda6. 

While I am very tall and muscular, as we well know, the bulk of America is getting bigger in girth and as such, I tend to think about everyone when it comes to a car, CUV, SUV, Truck that can hold people comfortably. 

I believe that all levels of auto's can be built to hold people comfy and not just be a driver focused auto. The only way change comes about is by pounding the drum for change.

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6 minutes ago, ccap41 said:

Good to know. Good to know.

And I assume the CT6 is even larger than the Mazda6? 

Yes. 

CT6:
Rear Head Room 38.00 in 
Rear Leg Room 40.40 in 
Rear Shoulder Room 56.20 in 
Rear Hip Room 53.50 in
and XTS:
Rear Head Room 37.80 in 
Rear Leg Room 40.00 in
  Rear Shoulder Room 56.30 in
Rear Hip Room 54.30 in

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2 minutes ago, Cubical-aka-Moltar said:

Yes. 

CT6:
Rear Head Room 38.00 in 
Rear Leg Room 40.40 in 
Rear Shoulder Room 56.20 in 
Rear Hip Room 53.50 in
and XTS:
Rear Head Room 37.80 in 
Rear Leg Room 40.00 in
  Rear Shoulder Room 56.30 in
Rear Hip Room 54.30 in

Wow, those are very similar. 

8 minutes ago, dfelt said:

While I am very tall and muscular, as we well know, the bulk of America is getting bigger in girth and as such, I tend to think about everyone when it comes to a car, CUV, SUV, Truck that can hold people comfortably. 

I believe that all levels of auto's can be built to hold people comfy and not just be a driver focused auto. The only way change comes about is by pounding the drum for change.

You're going to be disappointed in 100% of autos that aren't full size SUVs. 

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2 minutes ago, ccap41 said:

Wow, those are very similar.  

Interesting also that the CT6 has a wheelbase almost 11 inches longer than the XTS, yet much the same rear seat space.  The difference being RWD proportions vs FWD proportions. 

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2 minutes ago, Cubical-aka-Moltar said:

Interesting also that the CT6 has a wheelbase almost 11 inches longer than the XTS, yet much the same rear seat space.  The difference being RWD proportions vs FWD proportions. 

Almost all of that is in moving the front wheels forward on the CT6

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58 minutes ago, ccap41 said:

Good to know. Good to know.

And I assume the CT6 is even larger than the Mazda6? 

The CT6 is larger, but the CT6 has a 'big hood'.....CT6 has a large back seat but not entirely as much as one would believe with the wheelbase and size of the car.

A car like the S class has always bragged about leg room in the back seat being a big deal.  So maybe not in midsize class, but for sure in the lux class, it is fair to say that if someone is looking at a luxury car, leg room is a big consideration.

57 minutes ago, dfelt said:

While I am very tall and muscular, as we well know, the bulk of America is getting bigger in girth and as such, I tend to think about everyone when it comes to a car, CUV, SUV, Truck that can hold people comfortably. 

I believe that all levels of auto's can be built to hold people comfy and not just be a driver focused auto. The only way change comes about is by pounding the drum for change.

CAFE and government pressure to keep making vehicles smaller is why mainstreams cars are getting whacked in size.  If you want size, then you must pay (suburban, big crossovers, etc.)

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2 minutes ago, regfootball said:

The CT6 is larger, but the CT6 has a 'big hood'.....CT6 has a large back seat but not entirely as much as one would believe with the wheelbase and size of the car.

A car like the S class has always bragged about leg room in the back seat being a big deal.  So maybe not in midsize class, but for sure in the lux class, it is fair to say that if someone is looking at a luxury car, leg room is a big consideration.

CAFE and government pressure to keep making vehicles smaller is why mainstreams cars are getting whacked in size.  If you want size, then you must pay (suburban, big crossovers, etc.)

So true and spot on in regards to rear seat and leg room.

Yup you have also nailed it for cafe, as to why all I own is SUV's.

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46 minutes ago, regfootball said:

CAFE and government pressure to keep making vehicles smaller is why mainstreams cars are getting whacked in size.  If you want size, then you must pay (suburban, big crossovers, etc.)

I'm pretty sure CAFE has to do with footprint and that's why vehicles have gotten larger and not smaller.

@Drew Dowdell(It won't allow me to tag anybody else for some reason) but  doesn't CAFE have to do with the footprint of the vehicle as well as the fuel economy? Isn't that why we need a CAFE score of like 50mpg and not literally 50mpg. 

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3 hours ago, William Maley said:

The Camry has a few issues. One is that it doesn't feel as solid as the other three. Close the door on the Camry and it has a very tinny-sound. The other three don't that. Next is the value argument. That XSE I drove awhile carried a pricetag of $35,333 for the four-cylinder. If I want the V6, I need to add another $2,000. That price doesn't include everything you might want such as navigation, heated rear seats, etc. It gets worse as you climb down the lineup as some models don't get certain features. For example, if you want two USB ports, you need to get into the XLE or XSE - otherwise, you're only getting one.

If I go for a mid sized sedan and want to keep it a long time...do you think these trade offs are worth it for long range durability and resale or would I be better off to look at something else?

Agree on the Camry not feeling as solid...

Thinking BRZ or Miata may well be next car...but seriously thinking Sedan also.

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8 minutes ago, A Horse With No Name said:

Thinking BRZ or Miata may well be next car...but seriously thinking Sedan also.


I'm so disappointed in the BRZ...

I think they're great looking cars but I looked into getting more power out of them and they're basically dogs unless you throw boost at them and that's disappointing. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWcGW-wlOEg

 

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1 minute ago, ccap41 said:


I'm so disappointed in the BRZ...

I think they're great looking cars but I looked into getting more power out of them and they're basically dogs unless you throw boost at them and that's disappointing. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWcGW-wlOEg

 

You are soooo right...absolutely.

Two things drive me that direction-would like to start autocrossing again and that particular chassis does well at a lot of venues here in Ohio.

Also, wife and family like them so it is a much easier sell at home than a Camaro, Mustang, Miata, or Focus ST.

Were it just me and I had my choice of anything it would be mustang GT first Choice Civic Type R second choice...Golf R might well come in third.

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14 minutes ago, A Horse With No Name said:

If I go for a mid sized sedan and want to keep it a long time...do you think these trade offs are worth it for long range durability and resale or would I be better off to look at something else?

Agree on the Camry not feeling as solid...

Thinking BRZ or Miata may well be next car...but seriously thinking Sedan also.

You have or had a Miata previously, right?   

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10 minutes ago, A Horse With No Name said:

You are soooo right...absolutely.

Two things drive me that direction-would like to start autocrossing again and that particular chassis does well at a lot of venues here in Ohio.

Also, wife and family like them so it is a much easier sell at home than a Camaro, Mustang, Miata, or Focus ST.

Were it just me and I had my choice of anything it would be mustang GT first Choice Civic Type R second choice...Golf R might well come in third.

Right?!?

I thought about looking into a used one as a toy last week and thought I'd look up what can be done to get about 200whp and a couple grand gets you almost jack sh!t?!? Super disappointing.

Does your future toy need to have a back seat? I would think the Mustang's V8 would make it an easy sell to the kiddos...less so to the wifey... 

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I've thinking a lot about the toy thing lately...for summers on Ohio backroads. 

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16 minutes ago, ccap41 said:

Right?!?

I thought about looking into a used one as a toy last week and thought I'd look up what can be done to get about 200whp and a couple grand gets you almost jack sh!t?!? Super disappointing.

Does your future toy need to have a back seat? I would think the Mustang's V8 would make it an easy sell to the kiddos...less so to the wifey... 

Kids love love love the idea of a Mustang GT...wife feels the exact opposite.

15 minutes ago, Cubical-aka-Moltar said:

I've thinking a lot about the toy thing lately...for summers on Ohio backroads. 

Foe me...it is how bland everything else on the market is...I am only going to live so long.

28 minutes ago, Cubical-aka-Moltar said:

You have or had a Miata previously, right?   

A couple of them. Would not mind an S2000 either.

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1 minute ago, A Horse With No Name said:

Kids love love love the idea of a Mustang GT...wife feels the exact opposite.

Foe me...it is how bland everything else on the market is...I am only going to live so long.

Yeah, I'm approaching 50...I want to have fun again driving.  I love driving my Jeep, but really want a sports car of some sort. 

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      Hyundai has a very compelling package in the Kona. There is an excellent performance from the turbocharged engine, impressive driving dynamics, easy to use infotainment system, and a long list of standard equipment. There are some drawbacks with the small cargo area and rear legroom topping the list. If you need the space, a Honda HR-V would be my first pick. The dual-clutch transmission still needs a bit more work to iron out the hesitation issues I experienced. 
      That first impression I had still stands and moves the Kona not only being the best in the class at the moment, but also onto a very rarefied list; a vehicle I would considering buying.
      How I Would Configure A Kona: The only reason I see buying the Ultimate is for the adaptive cruise control as most of the other safety equipment such as blind spot monitoring, parking sensors, and forward collision avoidance are available on other models. So if I wanted the Turbo engine, then I would step down to the Limited at $26,100. For those who think that is a tad expensive still should consider the SEL Plus as it comes very well equipped for $23,950. You do sacrifice the turbo engine for the 2.0L four-cylinder which is fine if your planning to drive mostly around town. Add an additional $1,400 for all-wheel drive.
      Disclaimer: Hyundai Provided the Kona, Insurance, and One Tank of Gas
      Year: 2020
      Make: Hyundai
      Model: Kona
      Trim: Ultimate
      Engine: 1.6L Turbocharged DOHC 16-Valve GDI Four-Cylinder
      Driveline: Seven-Speed Dual-Clutch, All-Wheel Drive
      Horsepower @ RPM: 175 @ 5,500
      Torque @ RPM: 195 @ 1,500 - 4,500
      Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 26/29/27
      Curb Weight: 3,276 lbs
      Location of Manufacture: Ulsan, South Korea
      Base Price: $29,150
      As Tested Price: $ 30,380 (Includes $1,095.00 Destination Charge)
      Options:
      Carpeted Floor Mats - $135.00
    • By William Maley
      2021 is going to be a very interesting year for the Mazda3 as two more engines become available.
      According to separate reports from Jalopnik and Hagerty, Mazda will be dropping in the turbocharged 2.5L four-cylinder found in the 6, CX-5, and CX-9. The engine produces 227 horsepower on regular or 250 on premium. Like other Mazda models with this engine, the 3 will have it paired only with a six-speed automatic. Both reports say the engine will have AWD as standard. According to Hagerty's source, the engine will be available on a new trim called Premium Plus - likely taking the top spot in the 3's trim lineup. The source also confirmed this engine will not mean the return of the Mazdaspeed name for a hot variant. 
      The other engine is a 2.0L four-cylinder that Jalopnik reports is only for the sedan. Hagerty believes this engine is the SkyActiv-G used in the previous-generation 3, not the SkyActiv-X with its compression-ignition system.
      Not surprisingly, Mazda said they "“have not announced any details for the 2021 Mazda3," when asked about this.
      Source: Hagerty, Jalopnik

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    • By William Maley
      2021 is going to be a very interesting year for the Mazda3 as two more engines become available.
      According to separate reports from Jalopnik and Hagerty, Mazda will be dropping in the turbocharged 2.5L four-cylinder found in the 6, CX-5, and CX-9. The engine produces 227 horsepower on regular or 250 on premium. Like other Mazda models with this engine, the 3 will have it paired only with a six-speed automatic. Both reports say the engine will have AWD as standard. According to Hagerty's source, the engine will be available on a new trim called Premium Plus - likely taking the top spot in the 3's trim lineup. The source also confirmed this engine will not mean the return of the Mazdaspeed name for a hot variant. 
      The other engine is a 2.0L four-cylinder that Jalopnik reports is only for the sedan. Hagerty believes this engine is the SkyActiv-G used in the previous-generation 3, not the SkyActiv-X with its compression-ignition system.
      Not surprisingly, Mazda said they "“have not announced any details for the 2021 Mazda3," when asked about this.
      Source: Hagerty, Jalopnik
    • By William Maley
      For the past decade, Acura has felt lost at sea. Not sure of what it wanted to be as a brand. This was shown by mixed messaging in their lineup as they weren’t sure to focus on luxury, technology, or sport. This muddled mess of identities would cause a fair amount of issues. But in the past couple of years, Acura started to get its act together thanks in part to new leadership. The first fruits of their efforts came last year in the form of the third-generation RDX. 
      It has been over two years since I last drove an Acura, so when the opportunity for an RDX A-Spec landed on my desk, I took it with both hands. It was time to see what Acura has been up to and if they’re taking a step in the right direction. 
      You Want Presence? You Got It!
      The RDX is the first production model to feature Acura’s newest design language and its no shrinking violet. The front end draws your attention with a large trapezoidal grille paired with a massive Acura emblem. Sitting on either side is Acura’s Jewel-Eye LED headlights that add a distinctive touch. My A-Spec tester takes it further with distinctive front and rear bumpers, 20-inch alloy wheels finished in black, and a special Apex Blue Pearl color that is only available on this trim. This crossover garnered a lot of looks during the week I had, something I hadn’t experience in quite some time.
      Cozy, Polarizing Interior
      The RDX’s interior captures the feeling of being in a sports car with a symmetrical dashboard design that cocoons the front passengers. A rotary drive-mode selector found in the center stack echos the design found in the NSX supercar. While it does emphasize the sporty nature of the vehicle, the position of the knob does make the climate controls a bit hard to reach. A-Spec models have some special touches such as red contrast stitching, a suede panel on the passenger side of the dashboard, and new trim for the instrument cluster that help it stand out. Material and build quality are quite close to some competitors from Germany.
      A set of sport seats with increased bolstering and power adjustments come standard on the A-Spec. I found them to be quite comfortable for any trip length and were able to hold me if I decided to be a bit enthusiastic. Back seat passengers will be plenty comfortable with an abundance of head and legroom. I would have like to see the back seat be able to slide forward and back to offer more comfort. Cargo space is towards the top of the class with 29.5 cubic feet with the rear seats up and 58.9 when folded. There’s also a little storage nook under the cargo floor to stash valuables.
      Intuitive Infotainment?
      Acura’s previous infotainment system drew a lot of ire from people. The dual-screen layout was confusing as some functions were split between the two screens such as changing the audio input. Not helping was the two different control methods for this setup; touchscreen for the bottom portion and a controller for the top screen. Thankfully, Acura has introduced a new infotainment system for the RDX. A large 10.2-inch screen sits on top of the dash and is controlled by a touchpad on the center console. Seeing the touchpad for the first time sent chills down my spine as I thought back to my frustrating experiences with Lexus’ Touchpad Controller. But Acura says this controller is much easier and logical to use than competitors. Okay, challenge accepted.
      Acura’s touchpad controller is slightly different from Lexus’ setup as it is mapped to the screen. So if you want to access the navigation, you tap that part of the pad that corresponds to the screen. This removes the dragging of the finger across the touchpad to get it to the selection you want. This seems quite logical on paper, but I found to be somewhat frustrating. It took me a few days to mind-meld with the system as I was still used to dragging my finger across the touchpad to select various functions. This made simple tasks such as changing presets or moving around in Apple CarPlay very tough.
      There is also a smaller touchpad that controls a small section of the screen. This allows you to scroll through three menus - audio, navigation, and clock. This would prove to be the most frustrating aspect of this system as it didn’t always recognize whenever I scroll down on the touchpad to move to another screen.
      Thankfully, Acura has left a number of physical controls for the audio and climate systems. I’m glad that some luxury automakers aren’t falling into the trap.
      Powertrain Goes Back To Its Roots
      The RDX has always found itself with a different powertrain throughout its various generations. The first version used a turbo-four engine, while the second-generation moved to a V6. For the third-generation, Acura went back to the RDX’s roots and settled on another turbo-four engine. The 2.0L engine punches out 272 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. This is paired with a 10-speed automatic and either front or my tester’s Super-Handling all-wheel drive system.
      The turbo-four is quite a potent engine with little turbo lag when leaving a stop and a seemingly endless amount of power for any situation. The ten-speed automatic is very smooth and quick when upshifting. But it does stumble somewhat when you need a quick shot of speed. 
      I did notice that the 2.0L turbo isn’t a quiet engine when traveling on the expressway, going above 2,000 rpm when traveling at 70 mph. This may explain the slightly disappointing 21.7 mpg average I got during the week. EPA fuel economy figures for the A-Spec SH-AWD are 21 City/26 Highway/23 Combined. The standard RDX models see a small bump in their EPA fuel economy figures.
      Capable Driver
      Acura is no stranger to building a crossover that is good to drive, the larger MDX crossover is a prime example. But the RDX A-Spec takes that a step further. This version gets a slightly stiffer suspension setup which negates a fair amount of body roll on a winding road. The steering firms up nicely when pushed through corners. When going through the daily grind, the RDX A-Spec will let in a few more bumps and road imperfections due to its suspension tuning. Road and wind noise are kept to very minimal levels.
      Welcome Back Acura
      The 2020 RDX shows that Acura is starting to figure out what it wants to be; a brand that offers something playful in the class. The RDX certainly has the qualities with a bold exterior, punchy turbo-four, and a surprising chassis that offers sporty handling and a mostly-comfortable ride. The slightly-confounding infotainment system and poor fuel economy figures do sour it a bit. But the RDX is a very compelling alternative to many compact luxury crossovers.
      It does give me hope that Acura is figuring out who it wants to be and excited to see what comes down the road such as the new TLX.
      How I Would Configure An RDX: For me, I would basically take the exact RDX tester seen here. That will set me back $47,195 after adding destination and $400.00 paint option. Everyone else should look at the Technology package that will get you most of the safety equipment that is part of Acurawatch, along with a 12-speaker ELS audio system, navigation, and parking sensors. It will not break the bank at $41,000 for FWD or $43,000 for AWD.
      Disclaimer: Acura Provided the RDX, Insurance, and One Tank of Gas
      Year: 2020
      Make: Acura
      Model: RDX
      Trim: A-Spec
      Engine: Turbocharged 2.0L DOHC 16-Valve VTEC Four-Cylinder
      Driveline: 10-Speed Automatic, All-Wheel Drive
      Horsepower @ RPM: 272 @ 6,500
      Torque @ RPM: 280 @ 1,600 - 4,500
      Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 21/26/23
      Curb Weight: 4,015 lbs
      Location of Manufacture: East Liberty, Ohio
      Base Price: $45,800
      As Tested Price: $47,195 (Includes $995.00 Destination Charge)
      Options:
      Premium Exterior Color - $400.00

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