Not only the worst Acura I have ever owned (this is 4th, two MDXs and one TL), its seriously the most poorly engineered car i've had the misfortune to own. Hyperactive turbo charger fully engages at the slightest touch. Tranny needed to be replaced at 45k miles - Japanese engineering, this is where you've ended up? gas mileage is beyond bad for a 4-banger. Both front windows are loose/rattle. The interior controls are so complicated as to feel like you are on camera and the joke is on you. Only feature i can really commend is the handling, which is excellent. However, ultimately this just feels like a new concept (small crossover SUV) that was done quickly, and thus poorly, which may explain its utter lack of marketplace acceptance
I bought this after driving an 2008 Infiniti EX35, and I totally regret the purchase. The good thing is it's a bit cheaper on the 36 month lease, but performance is unwieldy and I'm not happy with the interior build quality.
Nothing in particular stands out.
Again, coming from an Infiniti EX35, the technology on the RDX is somewhat dated and unimpressive.
Some improvements have already been made on the 2013 version.
The turbo 4 cylinder is a terrible engine.
No torque in low rpms and then the turbo kicks in wildly causing annoying understeer.
Keyless ignition was also added for 2013.
I hadn't used an actual key in 6 years before I bought the 2012.
I traded my '07 BMW X3 for the '12 RDX. I wanted reliability in a small luxury SUV - which I expect from and Acura and was not getting from BMW. I expected the RDX to be a bit of a let down from the X3 from a driving perspective, but I was way wrong. I absolutely love driving the RDX! It's peppy, has a lighter, crisper feel, and I love the interior, which has very comfortable seats. No complaints from me. This has turned out to be a very good choice. (BTW, the '13 RDX was revealed at the Detroit Auto Show this week. IMO, the new body is very generic and too rounded. Get thee to an Acura dealer fast if you want the current RDX's distinctive look and lines.)
Exterior and interior design.
Perforated leather used for the upholstery.
Overall feel in the cabin.
More area in the drivers side floor for foot movement and placement.
Better gas mileage.
My first choice was a BMW X3 or Audi Q5, but the price was about 9K to 10K more than the RDX. The car is sporty, fun to drive, good seating confort in the front and rear seats. Love the surround sound stereo, Nav and Blue Tooth. The voice commands to operate most controls is hit or miss. Have about 3K in miles so far, average about 19 to 20 in town driving. The ride is a bit stiff, but NVH is good. Have owned 4 Volvos, the RDX is much more compliant with impact harshness than any of my Volvos. Yeah, I hate the beak front end, but at least is does not look like the Nissan Joke, I mean Juke. Most Japanese cars lack the sense of design when to BMW or Mercedes.
Likes, turbo is smooth and fast. Front seat room and comfort. Stereo, NAV, the center console is huge, HID head lights are great, very bright. Cargo area is roomy for the compact size. Overall the RDX is fun to toss around, agile.
The 2013 RDX is supposed to be all new, have to see what improvments Acura makes. I would like to see direct injection, seven speed auto, improve the interior plastics, the look is cheap on the top of the dash. Sham on Acura for the hard plastic on the rear interior door panels, cheap looking carpet, a hood prop rod instead of gas struts, no rear hatch unlock button on the key fob for the tailgate, no rear seating area air vents. These are big omissions in my view. In my opinion, Acura does not compete with the luxury SUV's from Europe, they have a long way to go in build quality. Acura, I think is an upscale Honda. A nice car but......