What's Wrong With This Picture: Turbocharging Das Truth Edition

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer
what s wrong with this picture turbocharging das truth edition

Note to Volkswagen marketing: it’s important to know your competition. The Acura RDX is a compact SUV that comes with a standard turbocharged engine, a fact that makes your already-questionable marketing claim look just plain stupid. Alternatively, this is yet more proof that Acura is the most invisible brand in America. [Hat Tip:Alex Rashev]

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  • Accs Accs on Jun 28, 2010

    False advertising pisses me off. 1. Who actually looks at the motor of their SUV / CUV and goes oh look.. its a turbo charger!? 2. Who actually buys these damn things.. cause its got a turbo charger. 3. Who actually puts it together.. that a SUV and a CUV are two different animals.. REGARDLESS of how GM falsely advertises.. EVERYTHING. As Philadlj says..its a jacked GOLF, and as far as Im concerned with the RDX.. its a CRV. 4. BOTH aren't worth the price of admission, reguardless of the motor in the unit. Its not going to do as designed.. and those who drive it.. drive it because they know no better. 5. Just another piece of stupid marketing from automakers.. who force crap on people who dont know any better.

    • Signal11 Signal11 on Jun 28, 2010

      All valid points, except for number 3 - SUV vs CUV. If you're a person to whom the difference matters, then you're already going in with the knowledge of what you don't want. Everybody else needs a CUV. If they get the two mixed up, no harm, no foul because they were never going to take it on an axle twister anyway.

  • John R John R on Jun 29, 2010

    "Alternatively, this is yet more proof that Acura is the most invisible brand in America." Talk about a missfire. The RDX might be a swell rig but that motor should have been placed in the TSX for a type-s version before they put it into a CUV.

    • Accs Accs on Jun 29, 2010

      If that were true.. Acura should have kept the car the same size as the first gen.. AND TURBOED THAT! The CR-V / RDX suffers from ailments that are not of its own design.. but are because of its own design.. and size v weight v cost comparos against the Toyota garbage. Cant see them being in comparo against a jacked Golf. Then again.. Id have to be snipped to drive either (so thats neither here or there.)

  • Art Vandelay Interesting, the Polestar 2 I had as a rental utilized Android Automotive which is what GM said it is going to exclusively, yet it still offers Apple CarPlay according to this. Wonder if GM will do the same.
  • Stuart de Baker EVs just aren't ready for prime time for those with a single car and who take road trips. Being able to charge as soon as you arrive at a charging station, and even the chargers working on your car is a crapshoot. In the former case, you could have to wait for nearly an hour while someone else is charging.I also don't find EVs particularly fun to drive (I've driven a Tesla Model S and an Ionic 5.) I LOVE driving my '08 Civic (stick). I love the handling, the feel and responsiveness of the engine, the precise steering (the Michelin Pilot Ultra Sport tires help, but even with the snows on, the car is a joy). I have 152k on the clock, and hopefully another 25 years or so of driving (I was born early in the Eisenhower Administration and I have exceptionally healthy habits), and I'm going to try to keep the Civic for the duration.My Civic causes a less global warming emissions than some of these humongous battery operated trucks.
  • FreedMike They should throw in a Lordstown pickup with every purchase. Make it the “vapor twofer.”
  • Random1 Pretty excited about this update, I didn't see it available in mine this morning, but any day now... I think only Apple maps will be on the center display, and not Waze yet, but I assume that'll come soon enough. As to the unnecessary Tesla comment above : I'll take the build quality, the looks, and generally normal items that all cars should have over the M3 any day of the week.
  • Jonathan H. The ES production is going back to Japan so it's safe to assume its assembly building will be utilized for the new EV. Seems like a good fit for what will probably be fairly low volume compared to the Camry/Rav4 assembly lines.