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2011 Acura RDX SUV

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Huge bang for the buck
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By tpf1979
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2011 Acura RDX SUV 4dr SUV (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5A)


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With BMW, Audi, and Mercedes getting all the attention in the luxury crossover market, the RDX is too often overlooked. I have owned my 2011 RDX base (front wheel drive) for 8 months and love it. You get a lot for your $30,000. Stellar acceleration and handling, all the creature comforts, and a premium feel (though not quite as "premium" as the German competitors). If you want to save a few thousand dollars and still get an excellent vehicle- give the RDX a long, hard look before jumping into that BMW. If you do not live in Alaska or extreme north east, consider front wheel drive for even a better value. I live in NJ and am getting through the winter just fine with my front wheel drive RDX.


Favorite Features

The engine! Hard to notice that its a turbo 4 banger. Turbo lag almost non-existent. Puts out big torque (I think more than what Honda says). Could use direct injection though... Handling is far superior than most other crossovers (except BMW). Has an almost sports car feel to it. Steering wheel provides positive feedback. The ride is not too jarring, as others have suggested. Its a perfect balance between sport and comfort. Base model is very well equipped- heated seats, ipod connectivity, backup camera (in the mirror). I love the exterior styling, but gave it 3 stars because its highly subjective- some say it looks like a minvan from the back.


Suggested Improvements

The engine, while a gem, would benefit by the use of direct injection. This would significantly increase fuel economy, lower emissions, and keep things running cooler. When I try to think of a reason why Honda did not use DI, I scratch my head in utter confusion. Also, that transmission....It's a slushbox in the most basic sense. While using the "S" mode allows for your own gear changes- the shifts are slow and sloppy. At the very least, Honda could have put a 6 speed instead of a 5, or better yet- a stick shift! But, considering the price of the RDX, its not a huge surprise. Honda has always been cutting edge with its engines, not so much with its automatic transmissions.


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Mostly Up
16 of 16 people found this review helpful
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By farrellg
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2011 Acura RDX SUV SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD w/Technology Package (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5A)


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Mostly a good experience, but small cargo capacity, small place for driver's stuff. Backup camera not good in bright sunlight. Nice drive with turbo and shifting, but poor mileage + uses high price gas. With Honda/Acura reliability, it should be very good. Would make changes in seating. Hard ride for all. Guess the MDX might have been a better choice. Should get better mileage.


Favorite Features

gas mileage readout and how many miles to E. Headlights and Fog lights awesome. Fast sports car handling and shifting/automatic. Nice finish, radio,CD sound quality is good.


Suggested Improvements

Use rear sensors not camera - rear visibility is somewhat impaired. More space in shift area of console for always used items. GPS could be more accurate, seats could be more comfortable. Improve mileage and make it less expensive to own. Solid car, but with 4 cyl you hear the engine shifting.


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4 Wheeled Vette
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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By thumper16
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2011 Acura RDX SUV SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5A)


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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.


Favorite Features

Handling and power and comfort


Suggested Improvements

none that I can think of.


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2011 RDX FWD Base w/Roof Rack
5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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By drr98
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2011 Acura RDX SUV 4dr SUV (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5A)


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With Roof Rack (Installed - $667MSRP) $30,500 - sales price $33705.31 - w/tax, reg, lic, transfer, titling, Ca tire, doc prep & dmv e filing fees... Worked with the two Internet guys at Niello Acura in Sacramento. Both of these men made it so easy. Emailed what I wanted. Got a quote back. A few back and forths, a test drive and only 1 hour of office time. Found setting the c/c and varying gears (3,4,5,4,3...) using s mode is a great way to allow you to varying rpm (for proper break-in) while keeping the same speed while crusing the hiway. We are very happy with the RDX and the great price we got. Can't really review the Reliability when its not even broken in.


Favorite Features

Blue Tooth, Paddle shifters in Sport mode, little body movement/roll cornering, comfy & grippy seats, fairly luxo


Suggested Improvements

Acura Why? 1 - The hand brake has gone missing. What is that thing hitting my left foot when I'm streching my toes? Put it back where it belongs, next to the shifter. (Kind of a big thing) 2 - Hood prop rod vs gas struts. (minor) 3 - Console cover - MDX style uses 2 half lids that open in the center, RDX - 1 full size lid, opening toward the driver, hinge on pass side. When pass goes to hook up the ipod, can't see over the lid without leaning into the drivers space(med) 4 - Steering column won't extend out far enough for me (6'2") to be ergo perfect(minor) 5 - Rubber Shifter cover vs Leather(med) 6 - Back windows don't go completly down(minor) 7 - Needs Auto hatch lift(med)


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Great Car for the $
30 of 73 people found this review helpful
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By ljb5966
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2011 Acura RDX SUV SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD w/Technology Package (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5A)


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I was deciding between the Outback (steering wheel issues) and the Prius (breaks, etc.) and reliability was the reason I looked elsewhere which is the #1 thing I have to have in a car, so I turned to Acura which currently has the best reliability rating of all manufacturers. I don't love the car, but we needed towing and I wanted a hatchback and this fit the bill at a decent price, and my husband is a Honda/Acura loyal follower. It is very nice car inside, but it is lacking in some areas.


Favorite Features

Red Pearl paint, steering wheel, paddle shifters, NAVI (the best out there), comfy seats, AWD, handling, wheels, being able to program door locks, lights, etc., great service, reliability.


Suggested Improvements

CUP HOLDERS! Acura's cubholders in all the cars are excellent, but for some strange reason their 2 SUV's have terrible (too shallow) cup holders - regular water bottles just topple over? They don't even have back-up holders in the doors. There is no sensor or button on the door handles to open the doors - you have to use the keyfob. It would be nice if the hatch had a button to pop it from the inside and it should be powered. I was fully aware all of these issues (at least for me) before I bought it, but hopefully Acura will listen. If it had great cup holders, I could forgive the hatch issue. Gas should be better for a 4 cyl car.


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