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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Reliability Trouble Spots
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.
NA
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.
NA
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 , Front
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 2010 Acura RDX owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

Power steering leaks

"On vacation ,far from home, it became difficult yo turn steering wheel. Nearest Acura dealership was far away. I went int Tire Kingdom and they flushed the system and put in new steering fluid which they said solved the problem but it only made it"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Shocks or struts

"Both shocks and both struts had to be replaced. Mechanic said it was normal at 50k miles, but don't know"

Martin M., AL (2010 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"During a routine oil change, a leak of power steer fluid was noted. I noted no difficulty with steering. I trust the mechanic"

Carl G., MN (2010 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The rack and pinion needed to be replaced due to a leak"

Anonymous, TX (2010 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Leaking seals requiring replacement soon of the rack & pinion. Cost will be <$1000"

Anonymous, MN (2010 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Tire wear is uneven

"According to the mechanic this is a result of the struts being bad"

Martin M., AL (2010 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 sensor or solenoid

"Would not change all gears. Fixed when solenoid replaced"

Anonymous, OH (2010 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"A pressure sensor failed resulting in rough shifting and delayed shifts. I had it replaced"

W R., VA (2010 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"faulty sensor, replaced by dealer"

Anonymous, NC (2010 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Bad shift sensor. Repair bill > $ 700"

Anonymous, MD (2010 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

"Brake pedal goes straight to floor, master cylinder was replaced and issue still not fixed. Dealership refusing addition work as they blame the brake pads which is bs"

Anonymous, PA (2010 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"It (or something down the line) was frozen in the on position meaning that there was always some break applied to the right rear wheel. The break pads had almost warn down. This was picked up at a regular check during an oil change and repaired"

Anonymous, PA (2010 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Normal routine brake wear

"Acura dealer replaced front brakes and advised replacing rear brakes. Independent tire shop inspected rear brakes and advised against replacement (only 40% wear)"

David K., CA (2010 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Squeaking

"brake pad were worn down and replaced along with struts and shocks. 72k mileage"

Anonymous, TX (2010 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

"Molding came off of rear right rear door. Ordered and replaced by Acura dealer costing me approximately $190"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"The rubber trim on the rear door does not seal and has come loose which allows water and road grim to collect and sit. It has been replaced but I am concerned about rust etc as I do not know how long it has been loose"

Anonymous, AB (2010 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Clear coat appears to be "weathering" (dealer told me it was due to black car siting in sun all day). The effect is a crackle paint look. The paint has lost its luster despite cleaning, polishing, and waxing"

Valerie S., CO (2010 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"had to have original factory paint re-done on hood and front feners"

Anonymous, PA (2010 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

Driveline vibration

"Had to replace both half-shafts at 66000 miles to resolve engine vibration with acceleration. Cost was about $1400"

Anonymous, VA (2010 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Driveshaft or axle

"Both front axles went bad. Second time this happened. Second time Acura was no help"

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Electrical failure

"relay switch failure"

Pedro R., FL (2010 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

A/C compressor

"AC stopped working, Compressor hd to be replaced"

Anonymous, AZ (2010 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Refrigerant leaks

"7 years old. Freon was 1/2 lb low. minor issue"

Anonymous, TX (2010 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

"Condensation or moisture in the passenger side headlight assembly. It needs to be replaced per Acura but the cost is prohibitive at $1100"

Anonymous, MN (2010 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"One lense was leaking, had to replace the exterior lense and the HID ingnitor for a total of 2100.00 USD"

Anonymous, PA (2010 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

"The leather seat has begun to squeak loudly on the driver seat. The cause is unknown. The dealer says the entire seat must be replaced to repair the problem"

Anonymous, TX (2010 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

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

In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"The navigation system became increasingly inaccurate (it would get lost), and started rebooting. Acura replaced it under the extended warranty"

W R., VA (2010 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.

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

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.

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.

Engine Cooling

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

Exhaust

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

Engine Major

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

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