2013 Acura RDX Consumer Review: '13 Non Tech AWD RDX

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'13 Non Tech AWD RDX
By clquake1 on


2013 Acura RDX 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)


As an owner of an '08 RDX and a '13, I can tell you the ride quality is much better, don't let the harsh reputation of the outgoing model discourage you.
It's also not a floaty car, if you want that, go with a Lexus, or '70's-'80's Cadillac.
Despite my very heavy lead foot, averages 21 mpg in heavy city/stop & go driving.
This is not a CRV as another commenter/troll said, who clearly does not own any RDX.
Uses premium gas, don't listen to a) the sales guy or b) someone who thinks they know better that the teams of engineers that designed it.
Brakes are a bit touchy.
Materials quality not on par with MB/Audi, but also not priced like MB/Audi.

Best Features

Keyless Entry. Performance & retuned handling. Rear seat space. Gas mileage. Standard backup camera.

Worst Features

Power liftgate should be available on non tech models. Rear cargo cover is flimsy, outgoing model uses a sturdier cover that doubles as a shelf. Needs height adjustment for the passenger side. No cooled front seats, no rear seat air vents. Haven't seen an option to turn off the irritating alarm when you walk away from the running car with the key. Bluetooth voice dialing no longer dials by saying the numbers. Put this back, the screen dialing seems archaic and only works when the vehicle is stopped. "Needs" heated steering wheel option. Foglights should be standard on non tech models.
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By evadslayer
on 02/18/13 03:43 AM (PST)

But the commenter is correct. The RDX is indeed a Honda CRV under its skin. This is a fact not only from Consumer Reports, but from other sites such as Car and Driver. It is quite common for car makers to use the base structure and put a different body/interior to make an upscale model. That is done to lower manufacturing costs. Development of a base structure costs millions of dollars.

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