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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Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 329,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2020 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA 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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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2011 Acura RDX owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

"It appears to have failed this week and us in the shop toda"

Anonymous, MA (2011 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Compressor stopped working. Had to be replaced."

Anonymous, AZ (2011 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The issue was at 94,000 miles and Acura covered under warranty"

Jim T., FL (2011 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Same thing as previous response. I don't know where the problem is in the car. But A/C not working and air flow weak"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The air-conditioning in this vehicle has been terrible. Replaced completely 3 times. Totally unreliable whether it will work throughout the summer"

Anonymous, MD (2011 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Had to be replaced"

Anonymous, (2011 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Compressor failed and was replaced ($2200 expense)."

Anonymous, (2011 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Needed to replace compressor and additional A/C components"

Anonymous, (2011 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Automatic climate control

"This has been a problem area since we purchased the car and the dealer was never able to resolve. Sometimes the climate control simply doesn't work and produce cold air regardless if it's in automatic or manual mode. And then after a while it starts working again. And in all honesty the manual mode seems to work better than automatic."

Anonymous, WA (2011 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The cabin temperatures were not consistent with temperature settings when the system was in "Auto" mode. We had noticed that the outside temperature sensor was either not working or not reading correctly.The dealership replaced the sensor under war"

Anonymous, MB (2011 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"It has not been repaired yet. It doesn't have strong air flow and the air is not cold. It had similar problem when car was first purchased by us and was repaired at dealer. We don't know exactly what the issue is this time"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Automatic climate control settings don't always work. Appears to be an intermittent issue"

Anonymous, WA (2011 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

"Rattles in the glove box area which required all new insulation, and rattles in the dashboard from the gauges"

Natasha K., OR (2011 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"needed new barribgs"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"I think this has more to do with the vehicles ride which has always been on the stiff side, and combine that with our areas horrible roads and that's a recipe for the squeaks and rattles that have gotten worse with time."

Anonymous, WA (2011 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"We have had many issues with rattles and have had it to the dealer many times. They can never fix it. Noise is coming from the back tailgate area. Once the extended warranty went out, we gave up and are going to sell the vehicle."

Anonymous, AZ (2011 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Both were rattles, one was a suspension component that had broken, the other we've been unable to isolate as of yet. But it is going to the repair shop soon and they'll be looking into it"

Anonymous, WA (2011 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Squeaks in the front dash and glove box. Acura re-insulated the entire front dash"

Natasha K., OR (2011 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Always from some location inside the car"

Kenny R., FL (2011 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The glove box rattled and the dealer told me it couldn't be repaired but had to be replaced at a cost of $550 as it was off warranty! I went wild and complained loudly. They finally agreed to comp most of the repair cost but it still cost me $50"

Anonymous, CT (2011 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

"The headlight has a leak, no damage to it, just a leak and now foggy lens"

David C., AZ (2011 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Moisture was collecting inside the headlight"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Keyless entry

"Very difficult to pair even with Acura Service Techs assisting"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Remote engine starter

"During extended rain or snow, the interior and exterior lights will flicker. The door locks will also cycle. This has been an ongoing problem that appears to be either the alarm or remote start system. Acura hasn't fixed it yet"

Stefen M., PA (2011 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Tire pressure monitor

"Tire Pressure Monitor genrally comes on after 30+ minutes of driving but with no actual error in Tire Pressure"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Warning lights

"a squirrel chewed on the engine electrical wiring"

Anonymous, MD (2011 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

Display screen goes blank

"gps locked up - replaced by acura under warranty"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Apparently a common issue, the DVD player for the Nav system died, rendering the display useless for both Navigation and all other inputs (stereo controls, etc). At $500+ for a refurbished player, we are not fixing it"

David M., NJ (2011 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Handsfree link used too much energy and drained the car battery"

Anonymous, MD (2011 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Since this car is now 4 years old it seems that sometimes the bluetooth shows on dash but does not connect. At times the buttons to advance song on iTunes does not work. When I hook up to USB it corrects itself"

Cynthia W., FL (2011 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Speakers

"A simple fix...the drivers side tweeter housing on the windshield column popped out, Dealer replaced this under warranty"

Anonymous, MB (2011 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Voice control commands

"computer does not understand my commands. In calling with Handsfree Link I ask to speak to a name and it comes back wrong"

Cynthia W., FL (2011 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

Calipers

"The caliper became locked due to debris -,leaves stuck and I thought the warranty should cover it as I had no control over normal road conditions"

Anonymous, MA (2011 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Normal routine brake wear

"The brakes were the original ones that came with the vehicle. They were wearing down, and I had them replaced before I had any major problems."

Anonymous, (2011 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Rotors

"Rotors badly warped at 45000 miles"

Anonymous, OH (2011 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Squeaking

"rust damage"

Anonymous, CO (2011 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Brake line problem"

Anonymous, (2011 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

CV joint

"Joints worn causing shuddering under accelerating"

Anonymous, PA (2011 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Driveshaft or axle

"Rear wheel bearing had to be replaced"

Anonymous, SK (2011 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Vibration at 40KM/h. Dealer reported that drive shaft required replacement under extended warranty"

Simon V., ON (2011 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"I had to have new front axles or at least that’s what the repair shop said. Also a new alternator, which I couldn’t determine how to mark in your lists."

Anonymous, AZ (2011 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Electrical failure

"Had to replace alternator."

Anonymous, SC (2011 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

Power steering pumps and hoses

"Power steering pump went bad and needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, CT (2011 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"leaking fluid, Acura dealer recommended to replace. Was fairly expensive for a car with only 60K miles"

David P., TX (2011 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Leak in rack....had to be replaced."

William H., FL (2011 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Steering wheel vibration

"Bad front axles; replaced them twice"

Anonymous, MA (2011 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

"Window molding had to be replaced"

Karen B., CA (2011 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"Seals on rear doors come loose frequently"

Anonymous, BC (2011 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"A spot on the front quarter panel developed with a spider web looking pattern"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The trim paint has completely faded"

Anonymous, FL (2011 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

Seat controls - temperature

"The back rt seat back heats up even though it isn't on."

Anonymous, NE (2011 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Windows

"Sometimes the windows roll down when they haven't been activated."

Anonymous, NE (2011 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

"I felt it was premature to have a Transmission solenoid fail on a car that at the time had under 65k miles on it"

Anonymous, WA (2011 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

Starter

"Starter had trouble engaging properly."

Anonymous, MA (2011 Acura RDX None 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

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.

Engine Minor

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

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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Recalls
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AIR BAGS:FRONTAL:DRIVER SIDE:INFLATOR MODULE
Mar 06 2019
An explosion of an inflator within the driver frontal air bag module may result in sharp metal fragments striking the driver, front seat passenger or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
Summary:
Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling specific 2003 Acura 3.2CL, 2013-2016 ILX, 2013-2014 ILX Hybrid, 2003-2006 MDX, 2007-2016 RDX, 2002-2003 3.2TL, 2004-2006, and 2009-2014 TL, 2010-2013 ZDX and 2001-2007 and 2009 Honda Accord, 2001-2005 Civic, 2003-2005 Civic Hybrid, 2001-2005 Civic GX NGV, 2002-2007 and 2010-2011 CR-V, 2003-2011 Element, 2007 Fit, 2002-2004 Odyssey, 2003-2008 Pilot, and 2006-2014 Ridgeline vehicles. The affected vehicles received a replacement driver air bag inflator as part of a previous Takata inflator recall remedy or a replacement driver air bag module containing the same inflator type as a service part. Due to a manufacturing error, in the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver frontal air bag, these inflators may explode.
What should you do:
Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver's air bag inflator with an alternate inflator, free of charge. The recall began April 10, 2019. Honda owners may contact customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda's number for this recall is O41. Acura owners may contact customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Acura's number for this recall is U40.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 19V182000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1101534
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL:DRIVER SIDE:INFLATOR MODULE
Feb 03 2016
In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver's frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
Summary:
Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling certain model year 2007-2011 Honda CR-V, 2011-2015 CR-Z, 2010-2014 FCX, and Insight, 2009-2013 Fit, 2013-2014 Fit EV, 2007-2014 Ridgeline, 2013-2016 Acura ILX, 2013-2014 Acura ILX Hybrid, 2007-2016 RDX, 2005-2012 Acura RL, 2009-2014 Acura TL, and 2010-2013 Acura ZDX vehicles. The affected vehicles are equipped with a dual-stage driver frontal air bag that may be susceptible to moisture intrusion which, over time, could cause the inflator to rupture.
What should you do:
Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the inflator, free of charge. The recall began March 2017. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda's numbers for this recall are JY0, JY1, and JY2.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 16V061000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 2232187
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