Having test driven a variety of its competitors, including some SUVs up-market as well as down (GLK, X3, Q5, Highlander) as well as being a former MDX owner, my wife and I were equally impressed with the RDX, albeit for very different reasons. He: Love the performance, 0-60 in about 6 seconds - very impressive, and surprisingly nimble, a very fun car to drive. The stereo is equally impressive, sounds great and free 12 months subscription to satellite insures something for everyone to listen to. She: The cargo space handles weekend shopping and family upkeep with ease. Crash test ratings help keep the kids safe
Having used these reviews in my decision, I'm repaying my debt to the forum. Great car, would buy it again. I would recommend to anybody looking for something fully loaded for base price, V6 power in a V4, and luxury without the price. Five months and 8,000 miles later, I can appreciate the quality and workmanship even more.
The RDX is exeptional in every way...I'd recommend it to anyone. The quality is second to none. But I want to stress the superiority of the NAV package. After a recent road trip in a friend's Lexus, I am embarrassed for Toyota. The Honda Navi is far superior...the joy stick, zoom in/out, changing addresses on the go, categories of attractions, etc. The Acura Navi is intuitive, easy to use, fun and informative. I only have Lexus' to compare it to, but that Toyota's is a total waste of money.
I finally found it, a compact crossover SUV that has the right combination of luxury, comfort, and drivability at a reasonable price. My daily big city commute requires superb acceleration and smooth handling to ensure a safe drive. The Acura RDX gives me this, is fun to drive, and gets reasonable gas mileage. The seats are wide and welcoming for my 50+ year old body. The RDX is a very good value compared to other luxury SUVs. The base model cost 10-15% less than the other SUVs that I considered, yet had all of the features that I wanted. And when I sit in it, I can tell that Acura delivers a high quality product.
I've driven it for a year and I LOVE it. I wondered if I would miss my bigger SUV after the "new car" was gone, but I don't. This is a great car. Fun to drive, sporty, and easy to fit into any parking place. MPG could be better, but on the highway I do a little better than 21 MPG so no complaints. The Navi is superior to competitors' systems for ex, don't have to be in park to enter a new destination, etc. With seats folded down, I can fit anything I have needed to carry. MPG is the ONLY draw-back. I think a 4 cylinder should do better (even if it drives better than a V6) but that's just me. I just wanted to assure readers that the car is worth the money. I'd buy it again!
The traction control system works very well to quell (invisibly) the RDX's runaway wheelspin with VDC off. It took several attempts to beat the system, so it'd be easier to leave it on. Some torque-induced nibble (but not torque steer). Power wanes only slightly near redline. Upshifts could be smoother, but there's no denying the RDX is quick.
Gravelly-sounding tires seemed to hunt for traction and stops were not arrow-straight - some veered right, some wiggled and some stumbled (nearly locked up) from 25-0 mph. Still, inconsistent as it was, stopping distance and fade were acceptable.
Skid pad: Will easily lift and spin inside front tire with VDC off and that's the limiting factor. With VDC on, the throttle closes before this happens and there you are. Steering feel is rather good with appropriate info and effort. Slalom: Pretty darned entertaining with stiff springs and the quick transitions they provide. Steering is light and precise, but as in the skid pad, the limit is determined by the spinning, unweighted front tire. Good rotation without threatening to spin. Speed with VDC on is remarkably close to that achieved with VDC off, so calibration is quite good.