Five Asian brands show their stuff during RMDE's offroad rally
Rather than rate them by an arbitrary and subjective evaluation, we will simply address these vehicles in alphabetical order pointing out how they performed as TN contributor Denis Flierl and I took turns driving and riding shotgun in all five vehicles.
The 2013 Acura RDX did provide the highest level of comfort and power of the five cars in the rally group. It took the twists, turns and bumps at a high rate of speed, smoothing them out and flying over them with the least impact to driver and passenger out of the bunch.
Of course, at a base price of $32,320 and being the only luxury brand in the group, that was something to be expected. It is powered by a 273-hp, 3.5-liter, i-VTEC V-6 engine, rated 27-mpg on the highway for the all-wheel-drive variant. In braking for tight curves on sandy surfaces, the ABS would kick in even when the pedal was briefly depressed.
Is this a sign the Acura technology works overtime to insure the safety of the occupants? It could well be – in the many cars driven on this course during the three events since RMDE was founded in 2010, it is the only time we’ve noted ABS intervening at all.
The Honda CR-V may have been the least suited to this kind of trial, but we admire the brand’s bravery in providing the model at this venue. The CR-V has just set a sales record for the month of May – over 5,000 units beyond any preceding May total.