Purchased my 2011 as an off-lease Acura certified SUV. Got it for just under $23k with 30k miles and warranty good until 65k miles.
Bought it Fall of 2014 and used it thru a tough winter, the SH-AWD was great! Has 36k miles now so have had it enough time to get very familiar. Do a mix of local and highway driving and it handles both well. With the rear seats down, plenty of room to haul things, the dog, etc.
This is a good used car buy if all maintenance and servicing has been done. Turbo engines need on time oil changes. Buying as certified used from Acura is a good way to make sure this is the case.
Turbo engine is nicely responsive, been getting 18.5 to 19.1 mpg with mixed driving. I get the best mileage with the tires at 34 psi cold. Like the transmission gearing too, set just right for lower speed good pickup.
A nice feature, the rear storage security cover fits down on the rear floor if not needed. Great self storage, something you would expect in a Honda/Acura design.
Overall the cabin and dash is well thought out too, very comfortable in day to day use.
Minor gripes -- without the Technology Package the rear view camera is part of a larger oversized rear view mirror. Can be hard to see the image in bright light.
The front windows rattle a bit when down and inch or so -- this is a common complaint with the RDX and the Honda CR-V too even when new.
Wish there were cup holders in the doors and more cubby storage areas to stash things. The center armrest bin is very deep, almost overdone and easy to loose things.
Haven't had this thing long, but what a step up from an underpowerd Honda CRV. Handling, power, fit and finish, all first class. Don't buy it if your looking for smooth. It is sportscar all the way. Drove the Infinity, Benz, and Lexus, all 10 grand or more expensive. I'm 6'2" and have plenty of room. Acually bought it for my wife and we arm wrestle for the key. If they could make this thing get 30mpg's it would be just about perfect.
So far, so good! Moved up from CR-V. The Acura has been fabulous to drive, very quiet and smooth. Interior is much more practical than CR-V and easier to adjust various things, and the engine/pick-up goes w/o saying. Exterior seems nice, get lots of compliments. Looked at Q5 and X3, for the money I think I got the best deal. Only complaint is the gas mileage. Yes, it is turbo charged, but a combined mpg around 23 would be more reasonable for a 4cy. On 5 tanks I get b/w 18-25mpg with 60% highway/40% city driving and not engaing the turbo charger as hard/often. Most weeks are lower end of range 18-20mpg. OEM tires seem OK so far, won't know for sure until Winter hits.
Turbo charged engine - pick up and handling is perfect on highway and great in regular traffic. Smooth ride, convenient features in cabin/dash.
Increase in MPG, illuminated blinker and light components - currently they are black with white paint - does not light up/hard to see in dark.
After considering a number of different vehicles I finally narrowed it down to the RDX, the Nissan Murano and the Audi Q5. I thought the Audi was the nicest of the trio but the price and the long term reliability concerned me. The Murano was also very nice, however, I have heard there have been numerous problems with the CVT transmission. I believe the Acura gave me the best bang for the buck due to their proven reliability, 4 year warranty and convenience of getting a loaner in case anything significant is wrong with the car.
The seats are very supportive. I like the tinted glass in the rear.
The radio is so so, the ride can be a little jarring at times and the chrome grill resembles a beak.
This car looks small and drives like a small car but interior/cargo space is plenty. I am 6'2 and i have plenty of rooms to spare. Acceleration and handling is great and coming from Civic Si and evo IX, this car definately deserves the title of sportiest CUV in the market. I opted for AWD without the technology package and it has everythingy. I cannot justify the price of $3000 on navigation. Overall, excellent vehicle with great value.
SH-AWD, Turbo Engine, Bluetooth audio, phone, HID lights
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