2011 Acura RDX SUV Technology Package 4dr SUV (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5A)
I wanted a small SUV for more utility, ability to go through flooded streets and for a change of lifestyle. Was in a Camry for many years but hated not having no power and feeling like a old man. Printed a bunch of pictures of SUVs and showed it to my girlfriend. She Pick the Acura and I went down and got it. I think it was good decision as it is upscale and I needed to treat myself to something more than another Toyota. Reliable, safe, fun to drive, and that Turbo 4 is nice change of pace. Fuel economy is about what I expected around 18-19 range city. It uses premium fuel. When new the fuel economy was down to 16-17.
Power. I love that I have a turbo 4 with ample power. Backup camera. Its an Acura. Tech package. Reliable. Have not had any repairs. Styling. The front is controversial but its not like you can see the front from the drivers seat. Heated outside mirrows. Auto climate system. Exclusivity. Dont see too many RDX running around.
Seats are a little hard. A remote trunk release is biggest gripe. There is no remote release in the passenger compartment and not on key fab. For the price, they could have built it with power assist tailgate opener. Window door frames sometimes rattle when windows are down. Temp gauge is buried in a menu instead of being in gauge cluster. Not sure why temp gauge is hidden.
A little too much plastic interior pieces. Interior trunk cover easily scratched.
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.
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.
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.
2011 Acura RDX SUV SH-AWD w/Technology Package 4dr SUV AWD (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5A)
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.
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.
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.
2011 Acura RDX SUV SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5A)
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.
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.
Blue Tooth, Paddle shifters in Sport mode, little body movement/roll cornering, comfy & grippy seats, fairly luxo
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)
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)