This car is perfect! Traded my '07 MDX for better gas mileage and because I only used 3rd row twice last year. The RDX is so much better than the Lexus RX that I was considering. RX may have a few more options but the Lexus RX ride is "mushy" compared to the quick and nimble Acura RDX. My husband, who drives a BMW 535i, LOVES my RDX - he always wants to switch cars! The RDX is roomy yet sporty; super smooth, agile and quick. We have 3 kids and they fit comfortably in the back seat (my oldest is 5'7"). I would have like one more option pkg (heated steering wheel, heated 2nd row seats, wood grain trim) but not a deal breaker. We are very happy for the value of the RDX for the price.
Major improvement in comfort & gas mileage on 2013 model
written on 04-26-2012
I've had my 2013 RDX AWD for two weeks now. My lease was up on my '09 Murano SL AWD & I wanted something a little different. I drove the RDX in 2009 & felt the ride wasn't comfortable & the gas mileage wasn't great. On the 2013, these two issues have been 100% corrected & it's a far more comfortable vehicle to drive. The V6 performance is more than adequate, handling is stable & it's fun to drive. A few features I'd like to have are missing on the base AWD but I wasn't willing to spend the $3400 more for the Tech package when I don't need the navigation system. Compared to the BMW X3 or Q5, I'm pleased with the value I got here & lots of extra comfort features are included. Way to go!
We bought this for my wife to drive. She was driving a 2012 Honda Pilot. In the past few years she has had a Honda CR-V, Lexus RX350 and a Honda Pilot. The comfort and quite has impressed us the most. I researched the 2013 RDX hard before we made our decision. Great choice. All of the websites said the the average price paid (TMV) for this model was a little over $37K. I was able to get it just a little under $36K. I would compare this to a Lexus RX350, it's a little smaller, but about $9K less. Great decision....
We purchased the new RDX AWD with Tech in early July and have just driven from Minnesota to Arizona. The vehicle is most everything we hoped it would be. We compared and drove most every compact suv and picked the RDX because we felt it was the best value for a well equipped suv. While the RDX is not the most nimble handling in its segment it is IMO the most comfortable. We averaged 28.6 MPG on the trip, better than I hoped for. This car is a great road trip car, again comfortable, quiet w/ very little driver fatigue after hours behind the wheel. The smooth and plentiful power of the V6 was a joy in the mountains and passing. We like the car and would make the decision to buy [it again.
After a year and two road trips, here are my general impressions. Pros: Great mileage (28 mpg on the road), comfortable ride, good acceleration, good audio system, good dash/control layout, great ergonomics. Cons: Interior finish uninspiring, fit and finish from factory not in the same class as other luxury brands, rear hatch can only be opened with dash control after all the doors have been unlocked. We've had the car in for two fit and finish repairs. It took the dealer three tries to a problem with the front bumper cover coming loose from fender (dealer didn't want to replace broken cover). Then the passenger roof rain gutter molding was loose, causing a horrible vibrating noise.
Technology Package ($0 -- includes Acura navigation system with voice recognition, AcuraLink real-time traffic with traffic rerouting, AcuraLink real-time weather, Acura/ELS Surround premium audio system with 410-watt digital sound-processor amplifier, 10 speakers, DVD-Audio, CD player, MP3, WMA and DTS player, Dolby ProLogic II, XM radio with note function music reminder, USB port and aux jack connectivity, and 15GB of hard disk drive (HDD) media storage, Pandora Internet radio interface, SMS text messaging feature, GPS-linked, solar-sensing, dual-zone automatic climate control system)
Naturally aspirated, port-injected V6, gasoline with cylinder deactivation
SOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, variable intake + exhaust-valve timing and lift
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
273 @ 6,200
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
251 @ 5,000
Six-speed automatic with steering-wheel-mounted paddles
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
There's about a tenth or three to be gained with generous pedal overlap and the front tires even bark a little bit. Upshifts at WOT (in both D or S) are smooth and reasonably quick and exactly at redline, hence no need for Manual. I didn't sense (feel or hear) any telltale VTEC cam changeover - odd, no?
In "normal" driving, the brake jump-in is pretty abrupt with only a small amount of pedal travel. In "panic stops," the pedal feels softer with more travel. Tire and ABS both make an audible protest. Straight, fade-resistant brakes.
"Skid pad: Very little ESC intervention if any. Very communicative steering that isn't unnecessarily heavy or light. Very nice. Steady moderate understeer on the limit.