This review is on my moms 2007 Rdx, bought new in 2006 on my recommendation, which I have driven on and off over the past 10 years, including 10 hour road tips, mountain ski trips in the snow, etc. She now has around 100k miles on it and has not had a single trip for unscheduled maintenance in that time. Acceleration is quick for an suv and the handling is sporty and precise. Ride is quite firm, you will feel every bump in the road, but the chassis feels solid. The sh-awd handles great in the snow and it was a great vehicle to take on ski trips. Passenger and cargo space is reasonable and visibility is good. Stereo is good and materials are nice but not overly luxurious. Only negatives are requiring premium fuel for the turbo engine, and averaging only around 18mpg (90% stop and go city driving.). Road trips to the mountains I would be lucky to eek out 23-24 mpg. Buy this for its Honda reliability and being fun to drive, not for its gas mileage.
The 2007 4 C Turbo eats premium gas in daily city grinding/driving. HOWEVER - exceptional reliability, incredible performance in torrential rain (Upstate New York), lots of snow (upstate & downstate- NY blizzards), cruised through major hills (Smokey Mountain), saved my life as well! The exceptionally strong metals used around the "passenger cage" deflected a blown Truck Caliper that sharded and exploded ahead of me - tore through two other cars then into mine - did not penetrate into the cabin - only deflected through a part of the undercarriage and did minimal damage under the passenger door side. 138K miles, still runs beautifully. Only major change was to the front struts recently (GET THE KYOBI BRAND MONROE DOES NOT FAIR WELL IN THIS CAR)- NYC POTHOLES) and all discs and Break pads from www.handa-accessories.com. Mobil Synthetic Oil - car still runs like new.
Check engine light came on at 92000 miles. The dealer diagnosed a failing turbo, around $4500 to fix. I don't expect a premium car to fail at this mileage. Also the ride is fairly harsh as is road noise. Fun to drive though. New Mercedes is so much nicer it revealed to me how crude this is and how much fatigue it caused on long trips.
The 2007 model drives and handles like a 5 series BMW. The seats hold you securely on spirited curves. Later models were softened up and "family car" dumbed down. If you want fun, get a 2007. If you want a polite quality family car, get a later model.