The RDX replaced my 2011 Q5. I bought it because it had more standard features than a Q5, was $5000 less than a Q5 and positive reviews. It is a good car in many respects but the suspension, interior quality and road noise reduction are not quite as good as the Q5. However, my biggest issue involves a subtle but obvious drive train vibration that occurs at certain speeds and RPMs. Acura is aware of the problem, claims it is "normal" but is working on a fix. If you do a lot of driving between 35-50 mph I would wait to buy a RDX until this annoying problem is fixed.
Cargo layout and space
Rear seat room
Fix drivetrain vibration
Make fog lights standard
Better rear suspension
Better road noise reduction
Improve interior quality
Make power lift gate standard
I have a 2013 Tech and no drivetrain vibration. Acura's are far superior quality over Audi. Perhaps, yours is 1 in a million issue. I looked at Audi Q 5 but they nickle and dime you for every option like BMW and the price skyrockets. Acura has a good formula. Base is loaded with options and the Tech has the premium features. You being a Audi owner should have sprung for the Tech Package. I think you would appreciate the SUV alot more.
I have 2014 Acura RDX AWD with 1500 miles and I have same problem with drive train vibration with speeds ranging from 20 - 45mph 1200-1500 rpm, trans jigs from time to time also. Does is more often when she is cold. Rear shocks clank, Very disappointed with acura. Have Honda CRV for 5yr 65k and no single issue...NONE, have appointment with dealer tomorrow- will see.
I have a similar vibration problem with 2014 RDX AWD.
I run premium, have had the tires balanced, the propeller shaft replaced, but still it vibrates from about 60MPH on up.
Not severe, but noticeable. Takes all the fun out of long distance driving.
I am having the same vibration problem with my 2013 RDX AWD.
The dealer is stating it is the deactivation of cylinders and is normal.
Acura will not search for a fix unless there are enough complaints made to the NHTSA.
I have submitted a complaint and am calling Acura directly to file a complaint.
I recommend anyone having this problem do the same so that they aggressively search for a fix.
My 2014 RDX has a significant engine vibration at 1400 RPM, at 40, 60 and 80 KM/hr speed, more noticeable at slow speed. At the dealership 3 times, no fix. I think it may be a type of knocking, but it is at times very severe. It goes away with any acceleration and only occurs at constant speed. I also have a transmission that does not fully engage if I start driving quickly after starting. Both problems are very concerning, but no answers.
Update....the dealer was able to duplicate engine vibration, that is what they wrote: Duplicate cust concern on test drive. Found S.B.14-001 vibration happens at highway speed during vcm operation. The rubber in the companion flanges absorbs the vibration poorly in cold temps.
REPLACED THE PROPELLER SHAFT. Test drove car vibration is now gone. 2191w4 1.0 04501.
I put 6k miles after they fixed this problem and it helped. No more vibration. BTW trans still jigs from time to time and shocks clanks. Trans hard to duplicate in the dealership. It does not happens often but it does.
1 in a million? Yeah right!!! I lost a few grands when I decided to dump my RDX (for X3) due to [mainly] the VCM BS vibration. well, honestly it had quite a few issues: clunky & stiff rear suspension, jerky and hesitating trans in stop/go traffic, uncomfortable seats, no passenger seat adjust, lack of rear vents, very unstable at high speeds (>90mph) -> Had a hard time with this issue [I can get my bimmer to 100mph and it feels very planted], crappy part-time AWD, ancient atari-like NAV with useless voice commands, numb steering, very annoying vibration at highway speeds felt at steering, gas pedal and gear shift, not so good visibility, and a few others that i cannot recall now.
Basically my worst vehicle purchase ever; the only good thing about this car are the supposedly long term reliability (I personally doubt that with the crappy VCM system and all the problems above stated) and how fast is this vehicle (the big plus in my opinion).
Very disappointed. Dont buy this crap