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Outside and in, from the curvy sheet metal to the soft leather interior, to the engine and even transmission, the RDX is all new for 2013. Acura's goal was to make the RDX a more viable choice for professionals in their early 30s who value comfort over sportiness, and who will eventually need extra room for the baby seats.
At its introduction in 2007, few could have imagined that Acura's foray into the compact luxury SUV segment would - within a few short years - essentially define that segment. Combining a car-like platform with upright bodywork, 5-door flexibility and all-wheel drive is a near-luxury framework now used by Audi, Infiniti, Mercedes, Volvo and BMW; only BMW's X3 was in production prior to the RDX launch. Notably, of these mentioned the only ones sharing their platforms with more affordable donors are Acura and Audi, whose main architectures are also used by Honda's CR-V and VW's Tiguan, respectively.
By TK on Monday, July 16, 2012
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 700overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Fun drive, great value, quick passing acceleration"
Cons: "small rear window"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"Been considering a new car for some time. I've had my 1999 4Runner for 13 1/2 years. Considered replacing it with the 2012 4Runner but it is taller and doesnt seem to corner and handle nearly as well as the RDX. Originally the MDX was on my list, but with the RDX being $10,000 less expensive, and better on gas mileage, I am very pleased with my choice. Had the new car almost 2 weeks now and loving it. Only quirk that can be annoying is having to unplug and replug in my Iphone on occassion because of technical glitches, but went back to dealer and they explained to me how to prevent those."
63 people out of 66 found this review helpful
By kaybee on Thursday, November 01, 2012
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 275overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "lots of power, smooth ride, roomy, luxury interior"
Cons: "could have more high-tech accessories."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I bought this car(SUV) after test driving numerous high-quality SUV's. Namely the Infinity FX35,EX35,Lexus RX-350, and the GS350(not an Suv),and the 2012 ACura MDX. I picked out these cars based upon it's quality and realiablity. I would have test driven the Audi and the BMW, but the quality from "Consumer Reports" rated them average to below average.The BMW especially looked awesome but I was looking at reliablity first and then quality,if I'm going to drop this kind of money on any car I really don't want to spend extra money having to fix it over and over again. I found the FX35 has a very nice high quality interior and good strong power, but the ride was just too bumpy and pronounced. I had to keep an intense eye on the road at all times while going through all those bumps. The RX350's interior is just luxurious and the reliability was stellar, but the ride was just too cushiony and soft. You really had to slow down before taking a turn. My wife would like this car but it wasn't for me. The MDX from Acura was the better car I felt after driving the others. The ride was smooth and the handling was exceptional. But this is a 3-row seat vehicle and much too large. I was looking for a 5-seater only. Then, I test drove the Acura RDX. This SUV/car was very smooth and fast. It had great power and handled nicely even in the turns. The steering was a little light but it handled well. It's interior wasn't the best I saw when comparing these cars but it was nicely done and adequate for an upscale car. Looked even better with the optional wood grain steering wheel, wood shifter,console and wood door trims. The all weather floor and cargo mats & cover were nice as well as the mud guards and side mouldings, bumper applique, and all the protection accessories. The fuel economy was also very good compared to the others with it's valve management system of shutting down 2-3 valves when not needed. The paddle shifters were a joy to use in Sports mode, very quick to shift and fun to use after getting to use it. The ride is very comfortable and smooth, although some car magazines and testers said it was bumpy..? Very wrong here, this is very nice and smooth even on bumpy roads, which we have an abundance of. The only question I have is why Consumer Reports has positioned this in the Sports- SUV category? I can see the previous model being in this category, but this model seems misplaced here. It should be in the luxury-upscale,2-row seating SUV category. There are many other suv's that can be placed in the Sports-SUV category other than this model.This is a completely redesigned Suv from the previous model with greater power, interior room and comfort. Test drive one for yourself and you be the judge."
78 people out of 83 found this review helpful
By pabs on Monday, April 29, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Ride, Fuel Efficiency, Value for Money"
Cons: "Air vent for the rear seat"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"We were looking for a SUV that would comfortably carry 5, 4 adults and a child. We own an Audi S4 and initially gravitated towards the Q5. The dealer loaned us a Q5 2.0 for a day and we drove it the whole day around. It was quite unimpressive and the leg room was not very good considering we were in a SUV. We then drove to the BMW showroom and drove the X3. It seemed like a good option considering we were not impressed with the Q5. However, once we drove the RDX, we were very impressed with the ride, space in the rear seat - shoulder & leg room and the overall quality. The air vent for the 2nd row is a bummer, but the car cools down very quickly and has hardly been an issue. We love our RDX and look forward several road trips in it."
17 people out of 18 found this review helpful