While the RDX doesn't push the envelope in styling, handling or interior quality, it is benign, comfortable and easy to live with. One high point is its smooth and powerful V6, which, when combined with the six-speed automatic transmission, manages a very respectable 22 mpg overall. Handling is sound, but not especially agile and the ride is a little stiff.
Alerts
There are 3 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

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

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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.
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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

While the RDX doesn't push the envelope in styling, handling or interior quality, it is benign, comfortable and easy to live with. One high point is its smooth and powerful V6, which, when combined with the six-speed automatic transmission, manages a very respectable 22 mpg overall. Handling is sound, but not especially agile and the ride is a little stiff. Controls are unusually simple, but interior ambiance is rather plain-Jane for a supposedly luxury-class vehicle. Further, not many upscale comfort and technology features were available for this version. Nevertheless, the RDX proved competent all around and came well equipped for the money.

Navigating the trim lines

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
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3.5-liter V6 (273 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2013 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

Bushings

"Significant noise from rear suspension, dealer wasn't able to correct the issue after six visits. Finally they lubricated one bushing, noise continues"

Anonymous, PR (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)
Shocks or struts

"Left rear shock went bad - warranty replacement to fix bad "clunking" noise"

Brian H., CO (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Left front suspension part went bad causing a loud rattle. Dealer replaced broken part under the extended warranty and the problem was fixed"

S M., IL (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Rear shock failure"

Bonnie S., IA (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Upper mounts on rear struts loose"

Anonymous, TN (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Rear shocks failed"

Vince M., MA (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Very uneven ride over bumps large and small"

Anonymous, NC (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Strut broke, replaced under warranty"

Philip K., OK (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"One rear shock broke and was replaced under the warranty at 10000 miles. The replacement had to be replaced at 90000"

Gerald R., TX (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"For a luxury car, this car fails. Going over any road imperfection is something that we feel"

Anonymous, CT (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Shock leaking"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Left front shock absorber making noise and needed replacement"

Anonymous, OR (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Replaced all 4 shocks"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"At purchase as a used car there was a bumping sound from the rear at low speed. It was fixed under warranty by replacing a rear strut"

Anonymous, AL (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Shock became loose, had to be exchanged. Covered under guarantee"

Leslie S., IL (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Noise/banging from the front right suspension turned out to be a defective shock/strut that was replaced under warranty"

Jeffrey S., CA (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"left front and rear struts replaced"

Karlheinz S., CA (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"The rear shock absorbers have been replaced twice in 65000 kms"

Robert S., ON (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Struts for both rear wheels had to be replaced. Became lose or broken. Warranty covered repair"

John O., TX (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Rattle in the left rear when going over bumps, took to Acura, the shock is being replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, TN (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Rear shocks have had to be replaced three times"

Anonymous, OR (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"shock absorbers failed after 20K miles and normal driving"

Anonymous, MN (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Both rear shocks have been replaced twice. Rear shocks made ratteling noise. Car ride is choppy on any uneven pavement and harsh over any rough surface"

Anonymous, NC (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"The car lost road holding and there were some noises as one goes through a dip in the road. Acura replaced the two rear shock absorbers"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"The car was in the shop 6 times due to various noises from the rear suspension. Adjustments to the rear seat latch, trunk latch, and finally the rear strut was replaced. Some of the noise returned and recently they re-installed the interior compone"

Stuart K., IL (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Clunking sound from under carriage. Dealer service discovered defective right front strut. Covered by warrenty"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Made clunking noise"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Rear left shock had leaks and had to be replaced under warranty. this happened when the car was only 13k miles"

Anonymous, PR (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"3 struts needed replacement"

Kathleen M., CA (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Apparently a known issue on some 2013 RDX and fixed under warranty with no issues or questions whatsoever"

Patrick H., MB (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"had to be replaced"

Anonymous, MO (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"right and left front struts had to be replaced in Feb and March of 2015. Bought the car in July of 2012. Under warranty"

Colleen E., CA (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Rear shocks made clunking noises over sharp bumps. Nothing was ever recalled while hundreds of owners have complained"

L H., NY (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Dealer replaced shocks 3 times since purchase. I have asked for warranty extension from Acura and am waiting on response"

Anonymous, GA (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Rear driver strut replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, NS (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Report to dealer that the rear suspension was making a creaking noise and was slightly rough"

Bryan M., FL (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)
Springs or torsion bars

"worn bushing and replaced"

Allen S., AR (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"1 spring needed replacement"

Kathleen M., CA (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)
Tie rods

"Sway bar bushing/link replaced due to knocking noise"

Anonymous, NL (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Creaking from the front end making a slow turn into driveway"

J B., ON (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)
Wheel bearings

"Passenger side rear bearing made noise and was getting worst"

Regent L., ON (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"Air leak sound was caused by loose front passenger floor cover"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"right rear car door was not sealed properly at time of delivery of vehicle. It took the dealer several tries to fix this factory defect"

Richard M., MA (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Loud wind noise coming in around weather stripping on passenger door. Tried to fix three times at dealer without success"

Tad F., VA (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"vibration felt under the chair in the middle of the car"

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Irritating squeak coming from steering wheel. Fixed, was hard to find"

Philip K., OK (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Sunroof rattles"

Vincent P., CA (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Rear area near tailgate/rear seat has always rattled and moaned. No fix from dealership, and gave up"

Anonymous, MB (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"left side mirrow replaced"

Karlheinz S., CA (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Piece was broken in rear suspension. Covered under warrenty"

Anonymous, OH (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"There is a light, vibrating noise in the passenger side of the cabin. We cant find the cause"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Irritating squeak in steering wheel, solved by sticking a wad of paper in crack of air bag and wheel. Dealership just had no idea what to do"

Anonymous, OK (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"choppy cheap feeling ride especially over anything but perfectly smooth pavement"

Anonymous, NC (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Annoying rattle/vibration in drivers side dashboard at low speed on slightly rough pavement"

J B., ON (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Rear seat squeaks and groans continuously. Issue has been fixed last fall but it recently started doing it again. Not that big an issue but I find it irritating considering it's a luxury brand. Our other Acura has never had a rattle"

Patrick H., MB (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Brakes"

Anonymous, VA (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)
Wind noise

"The car is not much quieter than my old Honda CR-V. Road noise from tires and wind noise through windows/doors even when closed"

Jay L., NM (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"not a major issue but wind noise is occasionally irritating during highway driving"

Anonymous, AZ (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Road/wind noise is loud, worst on freeway. Have to increase volume on radio"

Anonymous, OH (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"occurs around 60-65 mph"

Anonymous, PA (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"WIND NOISE PASANGER SIDE FRONT DOOR. AT FIRST DEALER WOULD NOT ACKNOLEGE THEN TRIED MANUFACUTRES SUGGESTION BUT WE STILL HAVE NOISE"

Arthur B., MO (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"ABS light indicated a problem. The Acura service department assessed the reason for the light coming on and determined that the ABS system needed replacing"

Anonymous, AB (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)
Calipers

"right rear stuck and wore the pads out"

Anonymous, MI (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)
Master cylinder

"When stopped on an uphill grade the Master cylinder vacuum booster makes a belching sound when the brake peddle is depressed"

Anonymous, GA (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)
Premature brake wear

"My brakes started squeaking after about 1 year. Dealer told me it was due to wet weather, cold weather, hot weather. My car began shaking badly when I lightly applied the breaks at 4 years-needed to replace warped rotors, and break pads. On my Toyota Highlander, I replaced the pads after 7 years of use including a teen driver-much better quality on Toyota"

L B., MO (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"When the car only had 12,000 miles on it, I was told that the brakes were warped and would have to be replace at a significant cost. It was only after raising a stink and pointing out that brakes should warp with such low mileage did they finally of"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"At checkup Dealership noticed excessive rear brake pads wear for the low milage. They replaced the worn parts under warrenty"

Anonymous, NL (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Rotor wear and vibration at 45000 km"

Robert C., ON (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Rear brakes were worn bare at approx 40.000KMS and front pads worn at approx 50,000KMS. Both issues under warranty"

Jim M., ON (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Brake pads needed to be replaced after 18 months...seemed premature"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Front rotors were replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, TN (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)
Rotors

"Had to replace front rotors because they were warped which caused pulsating when braking"

Jim S., PA (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Needed replacement due to stuttering when stopping"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"they warped at 29000 had to be turned"

Anonymous, CT (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"During checkup Dealership noticed uneven wear on rear rotors. fixed problem under warranty"

Anonymous, NL (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)
Squeaking

"Comes and goes. Dealer can't find any problem"

David J., TX (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Car with 20600 had squeaking brakes. Dealer said that the pad were 'glazed due to lack of driving (Acura of Ocean, NJ). Had to replace pads and had surfaces serviced"

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"auto had defective brake pads which were replaced by dealer under warrenty"

Anonymous, CT (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"brake pads squealed at times"

Anonymous, CT (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"this was actually more of a clunck than a squeak"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

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

External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"doesnt work half the time"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Sometimes one of my speakers makes noises & crackles when I'm listening to music via my iPhone"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"The routing algorithms used by this GPS gives wildly inaccurate routing options, forcing manual waypoint entries to get reasonable routing"

Anonymous, CO (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Absolute design disaster. Voice commands required when vehicle moving, but the system provides only limited capability in this mode. Very distracting and a safety hazard in itself even though it was intended to make the car safer"

Richard T., WA (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"The location of the car on the map is off many times. In addition, when navigating to a destination it will make very poor direction decisions and miss turns that are obviously there. Works worse than my 2003 MDX navigation system"

Richard G., VA (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Inaccurate directions"

Dennis O., FL (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"The GPS info was outdated in the first week of use"

Anonymous, NM (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"GPS consistently provides ridiculous and unUSble directions to destinations. Requires me to manually put in waypoints to get reasonable, shortest routing. Acura said system is working, yet acknowledges routing are not right"

Anonymous, CO (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"sometimes drops off"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"My iPhone constantly is disconnected from my car system while I'm using it. It fades on & off periodically during a phone call"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Asked dealer to do Apple upgrade to pair iPhone with car. Took car in on a Saturday and dealer did not have experienced techs in on Saturday and they blew out the entire bluetooth system trying to install the update. Had to go back another day thro"

Anonymous, OH (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)
Voice control commands

"this function is almost useless, never been able to make it work"

Anonymous, NM (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Difficult to be heard using hands free system when calling other people and when using voice controls. Took the car in for service twice to replace the microphone and it wasn't fixed"

Tad F., VA (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

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

4WD/AWD components

"AWD inidicator light came on which automatically switches vehicle to two wheel drive. Took in to dealer. Needed system upgrades installed"

Anonymous, MN (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"dash message suggested maintenance on AWD, but there were no noticeable difference driving car and dealer could not find fault. Acura replace unit anyway under warranty"

David B., AB (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)
CV joint

"Noise from the rear wheels. Took to dealer. Both rear wheel bearing deemed "bad". Replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, WA (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)
Differential

"We were slightly overdue for changing differential fluid when a light came on. We bought fluid after the dealer looked at vehicle saying it could be 'sensor' for diff. Light came back on w/in week so they said not to change fluid, it would be covered when they replaced sensor. No light since"

G S., MI (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)
Driveline vibration

"Significant vibration was remedied by Acura by replacing Propeller Shaft. Under warranty"

Anonymous, CT (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"at 1500 RPMs the drive line would vibrate. The dealership installed a counter weight? to the drive shaft to reduce/eliminate this vibration"

Kyle S., WI (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)
Driveshaft or axle

"U joint failed. Complete driveshaft assembly replaced"

Paul M., NL (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Mild vibration under low power at 1500rpm"

Robert S., ON (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Right side rear bearing failed, replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, DE (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Required changing. Vibration on highway"

Peter C., ON (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)
Traction control

"The design flaw of not being able to drive the car at 5 or less miles per hour when going down a hill under snow conditions. Car would automatically shift to sped to 15 miles per hour--would have to use brake. Such a serious issue, I sold the car"

Anonymous, CO (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Rear panel was loose by trunk"

Richard L., NC (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"A trim piece on the passenger door came loose and was repaired under warranty"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Loose weather stripping creating airflow noise in the cabin. Quickly resolved"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Paint was chipping away in the seam of the the roof and rear hatch liftgate. Since I have all my service done at the dealership, they paid to have a body shop repair the chipping paint - about $1500 in repair work"

Rick G., VA (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Chipping"

Anonymous, OH (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"paint bubble around one inch diameter on the hood"

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Front and rear bumpers - White paint has chipped/peeled off revealing black finish below. I feel this will get worse over time"

D H., AB (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Gear selector or linkage

"Recall on shifter: had to replace a pin to prevent unexpected shift into gear in cold weather"

Anonymous, MI (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)
Slipping transmission

"Transmission shifted very hard. Corrected by replacing oil pressure sensors. Still shifts hard but not as bad"

Robert A., MI (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"The dealership service department explained the transmission "power flush" we had performed by another provider is not factory recommended. The multiple flush method the dealership performed remedied the surging transmission"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)
Transmission computer

"Car want to lunge sometimes when you first turned it on"

Anonymous, IL (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"I had difficulties shifting in and out of 2nd gear. A re-programming of the computer corrected the problem"

David R., WV (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)
Transmission leaks

"Seals on front wheel drive train leaking and replaced"

Edward C., MI (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

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

Body control module

"the master control switch completely broke and the car was not even 4 years old and had to be replaced for $500. Sunroof has issues closing when its hot. Cheap plastic on inside breaks/or fails under very delicate use. Acura/Honda uses inferior product inside cabin of car but charges luxury pricing"

L B., MO (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)
Remote engine starter

"Remote starter is a joke. We added this on at time of purchase and were not told we would have to carry TWO remotes because it was not factory-installed. Also, as soon as you open the door, the engine shuts off. Very disappointing"

Evan M., MN (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"A bad starter button caused my car battery to go dead several times before the dealer's service dept. was able to diagnose a bad starter button and I had to wait 10 days for the replacement part"

Carol M., MO (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)
Wiper motor or washer

"Motor had to be replaced"

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

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

"The AC was not cooling the air in the cabin. Initially it was thought that refrigerant leak was the culprit, but when valve/fittings were replaced and the the system recharged with refrigerant, the AC was still blowing hot air. So the compressor was deemed bad and replaced. The car was barely out of warranty, so Acura/Honda did all the repairs for only a $500.00 out-of-pocket cost. The total repair cost would have been $1750.00"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)
Blower (fan) motor

"Blower motor had a "dead" spot on the armature. If the motor stopped on that area, it wouldn't restart"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"defective blower motor which was replaced by dealer under warrenty"

Anonymous, CT (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

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.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"WERE GETING FUEL CAP LOOSE INDICATION. TOOK IT TO DEALER 4 TIMES TO HAVE IT FIXED AND NOW SO FAR IT HAS WORKED"

Arthur B., MO (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)
Fuel cap

""Tighten fuel cap" message displayed multiple times"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)
Fuel pump

"Fuel pump quit in 2014 and was replaced. Fuel pump quit three times in 2015 with a faulty pin/harness!"

J T., SK (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"Needed replacement after dealer and local specialist troubled shot the "Check Engine Light" more than once. Acura covered replacement by warranty simply, quickly, and no hidden fees"

T M., TX (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)
Other/unsure

"When I upgraded to the new iPhone 6, the acura link can no longer hold the connection. It is constantly loosing connection with my phone. Acura has not been able to fix the issue"

Richard G., VA (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"We have tried numerous times to get AcuraLink to work and have never been able to get it functional. Also, the GPS system is constantly saying "Entering Unverified Area" while driving on roads that are 150+ years old. We live in a small town"

Evan M., MN (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

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

Mirrors

"Right side mirror chattered when tipping down when reversing"

James C., CA (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)
Sunroof

"Sunroof would, at times, not close all the way. One would have to manually push on the mechanism to get it to close"

Santiago A., FL (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)
Windows

"broken windshield, needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, DC (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Torque converter

"Torque converter constantly shifted from "locked" to "unlocked" position while driving down the highway. Dealer kept the car for 3 days to gain enough evidence of the problem and got Acura corporate to replace torque converter under existing warranty"

Steven C., MO (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Drive noise"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

"Leaking Oil fouling spark plug"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)
Timing belt or chain

"The factory recommends timing belt replacement prior to 100,000 miles. We experienced timing belt noise/slippage at 110,000 miles on a daily basis"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

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

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"Battery was draining completely after sitting for a while"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine mounts

"The engine would shake and make the rest of the car shake. It took some time to diagnose the issue. A week later a significant part was replaced"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

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