2013 Acura RDX highlights myth that turbo engines are more fuel efficient
The 2013 Acura RDX has proven to be an excellent test case to prove or disprove manufacturers’ claims that small turbocharged engines deliver the same power and better fuel economy. Many manufactures even go further saying that the turbocharged small engine delivers a better driving experience than the larger, normal aspirated engines from the same line of cars. It is easy to assume this is all true, but is it? Let’s take a look at this model closely and pick one other for comparison to see if the turbo engine is really more efficient and if customers prefer its driving dynamics.
A few years back when Acura introduced the RDX it highlighted two main things; the Super Handling All Wheel Drive system and the new turbo 4-cylinder engine. This was a new path for Honda/Acura, who had always been a normally aspirated engine company in the US until this point in time. This was about the same time that Acura had just about completed killing off its best-selling car model the Integra, which was later rebadged and restyled. Acura chose to abandon this premium pocket rocked market to pursue clients that had a little more education, years lived, and better zip codes on their addresses. Acura thought that the new engine might be well received by its upscale targeted cliental. When the vehicle was driven by customers and the motor press the overall impression was positive. Sales were never tremendous, but it was not a flop. Now Acura has introduced almost exactly the same body style, but with a totally different personality.