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BUY A LEXUS INSTEAD!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By Sandy Robins
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2013 Acura RDX SUV 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 6A)


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I have owned this car for 1 1/2 years. Soon after purchasing had to have the back shocks replaced (under warranty). The dealer claimed to know nothing about shock problems but the other 4 people that I personally know that have this car have had to have their shocks replaced as well, some more than once. Recently my A/C quit working without incidence or warning. When I called the dealer where I purchased the car I was told "maybe a pebble jumped up and put a hole in your condenser". I dismissed this as very unlikely as I had never heard of such a thing in my 40 years of driving nor did I hear, see or run over anything. Well he was right and since caused by road debris would not honor the warranty. Repair $750. I researched this issue and found that Honda/ Acura had a previous class action suit settled in 2010 for 38.5 Million FOR THE EXACT SAME PROBLEMS!!!!!! Suit claimed placed where road debris can hit it easily and thin metal was used. Said "Parts that fail and they know it". My husband called Acura Customer Service which is apparently a joke. Explained we owned a Honda Pilot and CRV previously and purchased the RDX and TSX to upgrade to a premium car. Again a joke. They refused to fix under warranty or even discount the repair at all. Apparently no concern that we have purchased 4 vehicles. NOT ANYMORE!!!! They apparently are still having A/C condenser failing issues. Any of you Attorneys want a class action?


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First Maintenance Visit
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By traveldr
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2013 Acura RDX SUV 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 6A)


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The RDX with a US News Car Rating of 8.5 was chosen over other vehicles with better US News Car Ratings, e.g., Subaru Outback 8.9, Lexus RX350 8.6, etc. Other vehicles had better Maintenance plans (60000 free maintenance on Outback) and better interest rates (0% vs. 1.9%) First maintenance visit -- had to come back to dealer for replacement of damaged sensor wire -- physical inspection of part shows either misassemble or installation error by tool marks on part + I purchased road hazard insurance and was still charged $185. Car pulls slightly to right after maintenance visit - tires rotated without trueing, rebalance or road check which any reputable tire dealer would hve done


Best Features

1) Spacious/comfortable front and rear seating 2) Good Acceleration / Smooth Transmission 3) Adequate Gas Mileage / ~28 mpg highway 4) Comfortable Ride Quality 5) Decent Sound System 6) Good Camera System


Worst Features

First year Issues 1) Warning Lights activated due to Sensor Wire Damage to left front tire (I was charged $185 and 2 days to repair) 2) Tire cover over Spare Tire warped due to very slight moisture absorption (Ultra cheap construction)/ Needs Rubberized Mat 3) Car pulls to right after tire rotation at first maintenance visit --- not before 4) Air conditioner did not meet specs (Factory error according to dealer not leakage) 5) Door locking/unlocking system is awkward 6) Better Warrenty (New Model)


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Love it!
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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By lisas55
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2013 Acura RDX SUV 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 6A)


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Have had my RDX one month, averaging 25.5 MPG in mixed driving. Very comfortable, nice interior. Good for taller folks - we are both over 5'10'. Great value - cost 6K less than than a comparatively equipped Volvo S60 - which is the other car I looked at - and the gas mileage is much better. I got over 30MPG on the highway. And you never know when the active cylinder management system is in use - it's smooth and seamless.


Best Features

Nice interior, easy to use controls, fits 4 adults comfortably, and great gas mileage.


Worst Features

Ride can be a little choppy over bumpy roads.


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Honest 2013 Acura RDX FWD Base Review
70 of 174 people found this review helpful
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By madrye28
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2013 Acura RDX SUV 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 6A)


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Great overall vehicle. Was a little nervous that they moved to electric power steering and took away the SH-AWD, but this car is SUBSTANTIALLY better than the outgoing 2012 model. The handling is precise and the ride is fantastic....a great balance. Fuel Economy on premium has been 23-25 MPG's on mixed city/highway use,FWD model. Pretty stellar for such a powerful 3.5 V-6. Overall, a fantastic vehicle. Even though some key features are missing (will explain later), you CANNOT get any car in this price class with this amount of standard equipment. Test drove BMW X3, Mercedes GLK and Audi Q5, and neither has the ride quality/handling balance that this car has, AND for thousands less


Best Features

Rear-View Camera, heated/memory leather seats standard. Pandora I-Phone function works quite well too.


Worst Features

Wish this year's model had Xenon headlights and Fog lights standard like last year's model, but considering how much this car is improved, its still an incredible value. No rear seat vents? I know they are going for the whole "empty nesters" with no kids, but still, out of sheer principle....come on! Luckily I don't have any kids and don't really care, lol.


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Basque Red Base
12 of 35 people found this review helpful
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By dorse
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2013 Acura RDX SUV 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 6A)


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Very pleased to find this much power with good gas mileage. Quality is excellent and the car looks great - I especially like the basque red. The cylinder deactivation system is flawless - you can only tell when it is in use by watching the digital bar graph for mileage jump from 20 to 30+. Initial impressions on gas mileage are 19-20 in pure city and 27-28 for all highway. May get a bit better with more miles on it. Car is too new to evaluate reliability - I gave it a 5 since my 98 acura integra has 212k miles on it and has been reliable.


Best Features

Bluetooth phone handsfree is fantastic. Synced easily and imported my android phone book - added voice tags and everything works great every time I get in the vehicle. Tons of power. I like the tire pressure monitoring system that shows pressure in each tire. Good rear seat passenger room - decent space behind the rear seats when they are up. Also like the factory Michelin tires.


Worst Features

Front passenger seat needs height adjustment. Would prefer adjustable rear vents in console rather than ducts under rear seat.


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