The well-equipped Acura RDX feels sporty, but its turbocharged four-cylinder engine is less refined than one might expect for the class. Handling is agile, but the ride is stiff. However, the RDX is loaded with high-tech features such as navigation with live traffic data.
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Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
NA
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and ESC standard. Side and head protection air bags standard.
Road Test

The well-equipped Acura RDX feels sporty, but its turbocharged four-cylinder engine is less refined than one might expect for the class. Handling is agile, but the ride is stiff. However, the RDX is loaded with high-tech features such as navigation with live traffic data.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2.3-liter 4 turbo (240 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2007 Acura RDX owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Display screen difficult to see

"Nav screen on the 07 RDX is terrible, it was from the start, otherwise this is a great car, I stopped purchasing Acura's due to the poor quality of this nav"

Edward L., MA (2007 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"This car has an extremely confusing system, not only the gps itself but the radio, checking details. The system is a mess. You have to look at the top dash to see what the heat is on, then look back down to find controls. FYI: I am very tech savvy"

Brett R., RI (2007 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Display screen goes blank

"I had a recent battery failure but got a charge start. Battery was tested and is fine. Now, however, my electronics are all messed up; keeps insisting on my "code" but rejects it. Have no GPS, display, radio and getting strange messages"

Anonymous, NV (2007 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"described in panel before"

Edward L., MA (2007 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Instructions are very confusing and even when following them I still have not been able to activate and use the Bluetooth feature on this vehicle"

Anonymous, ON (2007 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Hands Free Link - It appears to be a very common problem as it will frequently loose connection to the phone and can run the car battery down as it doesn't shut off after the car is turned off"

Anonymous, AL (2007 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Radio failed to work after replacing the battery"

Anonymous, OH (2007 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"In cold weather the radio and speakers have a great deal of static and it takes several minutes before the radio works, also the sound quality is very poor from the speakers"

Anonymous, ON (2007 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Amplifier is going out. All sound is fuzzy"

Donald C., VA (2007 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Speakers

"Fuzzy sound on one side"

Donald C., IL (2007 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Speakers have lost their clarity. Buzzing occurs in both AM and FM operations"

Anonymous, MD (2007 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"4 of the 8 speakers had to be replaced at 59,000 miles / 7 years old"

Judith B., NM (2007 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Per research as with most of the ELS systems in the 2007 RDX 3 speakers are blown"

C W., KY (2007 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Master cylinder

"Master cylinder failed at 130000 miles. Brakes were able to provide stopping, except pedal went close to the floor"

Donald M., NJ (2007 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Normal routine brake wear

"first brake replacement since I have owned the car - took care of all 4 at the same time - normal wear & tear - very happy with how many miles I got out of the first set of brakes - love my Acura RDX!"

Anonymous, NC (2007 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"It's just time, but I have no $$ for new brake pads and need to handle this before rotors are affected. It's just my financial problem, not Acura's"

Anonymous, NV (2007 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Brakes needed to be repaired"

Robert D., NM (2007 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Noise coming from the rear of the car"

Jeffrey H., CA (2007 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Normal wear"

Donald M., NJ (2007 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

"AC was not cooling and only producing warm humid air"

Anonymous, OR (2007 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"the clutch for the air comresser went out at about 9800 mi"

Anonymous, MI (2007 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Automatic climate control

"Ithe ac component stops working occasionally"

Anonymous, CA (2007 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Ac has never been consistently dependable . Air door actuator stuck so ac can not function properly"

Anonymous, OH (2007 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Very expensive repair for premature failure"

Anonymous, OH (2007 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Intermittent cooling, replaced shraeder valves and recharged, replaced diverter door electric controller, recharged 2nd time, added leak detection fluid, leak/problem not yet resolved"

Anonymous, CA (2007 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Alignment

"Need to do alignments"

Anonymous, CA (2007 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"right rear adjusting bolt frozen from corosion"

Kenneth P., NH (2007 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Bushings

"Leaking Tranny seal"

Anonymous, OH (2007 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"came from lack of alignment"

Kenneth P., NH (2007 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Wheel bearings

"It was worm out and needing replacements"

Anonymous, CA (2007 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

"When AC is on, squeaking noise under dash. Like styrofoam rubbing or something loose. Twice looked at at dealer, nothing found"

Michael B., FL (2007 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Inconsistent rattling in the front area around my steering wheel. Dealer told me that it is not worth diagnosing this problem as it would be very costly. Problem is annoying but does not negatively affect drivability of the car"

Niccola E., FL (2007 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Car rides rough - shook something loose deep in the dash"

John P., TX (2007 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Air or water leaks

"During a extreme cold period the vehicle froze up . taking out the radiator, battery, altinator, transmission fluid in excess of 2k. This vehicle has always been serviced by the dealer"

E M., NY (2007 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Alternator

"The alternatpr failed and had too be replaced"

Anonymous, NJ (2007 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Alternator failed which killed the battery and the resulting power loss dropped the transmission offline and the power brakes. Fortunately this happened in a parking lot as it could have had been catastrophic on the freeway"

Anonymous, WA (2007 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Starter

"Starter went after 8 years, no biggie"

Michael B., FL (2007 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Electrical failure

"Lingering electrical problem eventually resolved by replacing alternator and serpentine drivebelt"

Greg C., NH (2007 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Multiple A/C relay failures over the past ten years of ownership as well as one failure of the A/C compressor clutch mechanism. Very disappointed with the A/C system, in an otherwise very reliable vehicle"

Anonymous, TN (2007 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)
4WD/AWD components

"continually get warning light for SHAWD that shuts off the four wheel drive due to check engine emissions due to some sort of turbo problem that dealer says requires new turbo. Current turbo functions fine"

Anonymous, FL (2007 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Headlights

"Front headlight ceased to work. Purchased new halogen bulb for $99 but the bulb is not the problem. Dealer has told me that it will cost $2000 to fix my headlight. One headlight. Needless to say, I am very unhappy"

Niccola E., FL (2007 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Wiper motor or washer

"Wipers either didn't work or worked erratically and stopped in center of windshield"

Anonymous, CA (2007 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine mounts

"Engine mounts was the closest I could find: the actual problem was with the frame, where a bolt holding the sub-frame and frame together sheared off for no apparent reason resulting in the metal bouncing on metal and risking significant other damage"

Anonymous, WA (2007 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Water leak through roof rack mounting bolts causing electrical corrosion"

Anonymous, VA (2007 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"Engine had to be pulled to fix - $2,500"

Edward L., MA (2007 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Locks and latches

"Electric door locks failed for both driver and front passenger doors"

Anonymous, CA (2007 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Transmission leaks

"rear seal failed and had to be replaced. cost $1700"

Anonymous, SC (2007 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Loose/rattling heat shield

"The attachment points to the cat heat shield failed.Allowing it to come apart and rattle"

Anonymous, PA (2007 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

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