"Acura concept innovations are all over the RDX from the 'diamond pentagon grille' outside to the sci-fi 'trigger' transmission inside. But the real tell is when you get behind the wheel.
"This ute's got NSX soul.
"Barreling over the roller-coaster roads of Whistler, British Columbia, ski country, the RDX's only peers are the BMW and premium-wannabe Mazda CX-5. The latter's buzzy, 187-horse drivetrain can't play in the luxury class, so Bimmer 'n' RDX walk away when the road straightens out. Credit, too, the Acura's buttery 10-speed tranny and NSX-inspired Sport Plus mode.
"Push the trigger tranny's center button and the little ute quivers with anticipation. The steering tightens. The exhaust rasps. Floor me now!
"This eagerness is especially noticeable in the A-Spec model I tested. Like cheek paint on Tom Brady, A-Spec's black trim means it's game-ready."
-- Henry Payne, The Detroit News