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.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"This vehicle does not handle road bumps very well. The car ride is not smooth and I understand the vehicle is built around a truck chassis. I tend to drive fast and have had a couple of issues hitting bumps while turning a corner. I would prefer An SUV that drove like a sports car… LOL!"

Constance S., PA (2013 Acura RDX)

"The acceleration and handling of the RDX are both outstanding. It performs very well overall."

Anonymous, MA (2013 Acura RDX)

"See comments in previous section"

Anonymous, BC (2013 Acura RDX)

"Dropping out of gear at low speed. Not engaging (hesitating). Could be dangerous if not aware that this happens. Seems to be happening on Honda CRV as well."

Anonymous, TX (2013 Acura RDX)

"Driver is in control."

Anonymous, IL (2013 Acura RDX)

"Excellent V6 can get up and go. Handling very good."

Anonymous, FL (2013 Acura RDX)

"It has get up and go!"

Anonymous, SC (2013 Acura RDX)

"acelleration is excellent"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Acura RDX)

"All wheel drive (AWD) and very strong acceleration with V6 engine make for a joyful driving experience. WIth Michelin Tires, handling is controlled and safe."

Anonymous, AL (2013 Acura RDX)

"Love the acceleration and it corners better than most SUV's."

Anonymous, OK (2013 Acura RDX)

"The steering is sloppy compared to other calls I have driven"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Acura RDX)

"Excellent acceleration and very responsive."

Anonymous, VA (2013 Acura RDX)

"most are surprised by the acceleration of my RDX, and it handles corners very well, very satisfies with the RDX capabilities"

Terry K., NV (2013 Acura RDX)

"The RDX has good acceleration and hugs the road - good handling."

Denis J., MN (2013 Acura RDX)

"The handling can best be described as ponderous, which is strange for a car / SUV that’s not that big. There is a rubbery quality too, with the ride, on rough services"

Anonymous, MA (2013 Acura RDX)

"Very good!"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Acura RDX)

"good engine power to car size"

James P., GA (2013 Acura RDX)

"Good acceleration, handles well, good rice"

Fred M., PA (2013 Acura RDX)

"This SUV is fast. Overall ride and handling is great for today's streets."

Philip K., OK (2013 Acura RDX)

"Engine is terrific: it is spirited and doesn't have to work hard across a variety of acceleration environments while providing reasonable mileage for a six cylinder. Transmission and drive train are also very good and mated well with the engine for effortless routine performance, with a hint of athleticism. Suspension tuning leans more to a firmer ride vs. smooth/silky, which is fine for me and spouse as we have been driving Hondas. The RDX loses a bit of its secure feel in sharp cornering and quick avoidance moves which can surprise you relative to its seemingly more taunt feel in avg. driving."

Doug W., KS (2013 Acura RDX)

"Strong acceleration but handling could be better"

Brian H., CO (2013 Acura RDX)

"Acceleration is very good. Handling is good."

Paul M., NL (2013 Acura RDX)

"very good v6"

Anonymous, AB (2013 Acura RDX)

"Very satisfied, especially with me all wheel drive in snow."

Robert D., CA (2013 Acura RDX)

"Great driving car. Smooth, comfortable and quiet with lots of reserve power. Love the smooth, powerful 6 cylinder engine."

Albert M., MO (2013 Acura RDX)

"Smooth acceleration and shifting. Effortless handling. Fun to Drive."

Wayne M., OH (2013 Acura RDX)

"Acceleration is satsifying Braking is responsive and controlled Cornering is level Steering is precise although feedback is minimal"

Anonymous, GA (2013 Acura RDX)

"Drives like a cas not an SUV"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Acura RDX)

"it is a very dependable car at a good value with many standard features that are extras on other cars"

Anonymous, IL (2013 Acura RDX)

"Smooth handling with excellent acceleration. Gets to highway speeds easily and can maintain speed up hills without any problems."

Dan A., AZ (2013 Acura RDX)

"I love the acceleration of the V-6 engine and I still get decent gas mileage, on a trip average 28 and around town 20"

Alan S., FL (2013 Acura RDX)

"Great acceleration and overall handling. Engine from previous MDX in a lighter frame equals good acceleration and drivability. Gas mileage...not so much."

Murray T., VA (2013 Acura RDX)

"Handles well, more than sufficient power. Confident in handling corners."

Anonymous, CA (2013 Acura RDX)

"Transmision is rough."

Anonymous, TX (2013 Acura RDX)

"It has very good handling good speed"

Frank R., TN (2013 Acura RDX)

"Acceleration and overall handling are god. Very harsh ride and allot if road noise from the front driveeheels."

Matthew W., PA (2013 Acura RDX)

"I like the fact that the 6 cylinder has plenty of power, especially in Sport mode with paddle shifter option to mimic manual driving . The feature that shifts to 4 cylinders in cruising mode works effectively also without interfering with driving experience to increase fuel economy."

Anonymous, NS (2013 Acura RDX)

"The RDX is a sleeper. It is very quick and handles well."

Anonymous, IL (2013 Acura RDX)

"In its size group it is a very good value. 6cylinder engine much appreciated over competitor 4s. I wish it was a better long trip vehicle. Based on past ownership of BMWs this could be improved with a better rear suspension system I believe."

Mark A., MA (2013 Acura RDX)

"Acceleration is very quick for this class of vehicle, and the cornering is very tight, if they don't come out with driverless cars before I buy my next vehicle, I will most likely buy a new RDX"

Terry K., NV (2013 Acura RDX)

"Good handling, acceleration and gas mileage"

Anonymous, NC (2013 Acura RDX)

"Acceleration is very good from stop and quiet engine at all cruising speeds. Excellent 5 speed transmission is smooth with well spaced shifts. Good quality tires with excellent wet and dry traction are helpful with competence of daily driving and starting off on wet pavement. Average cornering for this class of vehicle, even though suspension is firm."

Doug W., KS (2013 Acura RDX)

"It handles very precisely and the 6-cylinder engine gives it much better pickup compared to its sister the Honda CRV"

MARK H., NH (2013 Acura RDX)

"Handling braking and acceleration is very good"

JOHN G., NC (2013 Acura RDX)

"Very quick, powerful but poor mileage So boxy, can't estimate front bumper Turns are not tight enough"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Acura RDX)

"Good power, would like a bit more, but acceptable. Handling is pretty good. Would prefer the super handling option of previous year's model, but not and option anymore"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Acura RDX)

"The RDX is fun to drive. Its V-6 is powerful and geared right."

GEORGE P., TX (2013 Acura RDX)

"good acceleration from the strong V6, transmission shifts smooth, steering is nimble-almost sports car like"

Anonymous, SC (2013 Acura RDX)

"This SUV has amazing acceleration and handling for a crossover SUV. Comfortable with good power and handling, I give an A rating."

DOUGLAS D., MI (2013 Acura RDX)

"Seems to be good in snow. Great passing acceleration. Steady ride at 75-80 MPH"

Anonymous, CT (2013 Acura RDX)

"Excellent acceleration and long distance tourer."

J B., ON (2013 Acura RDX)

"Acceleration is crisp and smooth and definitely can move when you need to punch it."

Anonymous, IN (2013 Acura RDX)

"The RDX has amazing acceleration considering it get about 22 mpg. Handling is good if a little remote."

EDGAR S., PA (2013 Acura RDX)

"Very difficult to get. Smooth acceleration from starting with this system."

Anonymous, NC (2013 Acura RDX)

"Great acceleration for merging into fast moving traffic."

Anonymous, OR (2013 Acura RDX)

"Acceleration and breaking are great. Handling is a little soft, and ride could be smoother over bumps, etc. i.e. they should improve the suspension. Also, the ride should be quitter."

Anonymous, OR (2013 Acura RDX)

"The acceleration is erratic, almost as if it is missing out. At highway speed, the engine and tach shows a pulsing. Under extreme load uphill at slow speed, very noticeable, almost alarmingly so."

Anonymous, SC (2013 Acura RDX)

"Very responsive handling. Excellent acceleration."

GERALD R., TX (2013 Acura RDX)

"handles very well on long road trips"

RUTH S., BC (2013 Acura RDX)

"Numb on center ceiling; wanders from on-center"

Anonymous, GA (2013 Acura RDX)

"good acceleration and comfortable seats"

Anonymous, NC (2013 Acura RDX)

"Acceleration is exceptionally responsive. Has plenty of HP if you should need it. Brakes = everyone says they are touchy, but, I am accustomed to the feel. Handling is spot on. I don't take corners as fast as I used to in my sedan. This vehicle is taller, and feels less stable, but I never pushed it. I love it, though"

CHERYL K., CA (2013 Acura RDX)

"Quality, good value, comfortable ride"

JAMES P., GA (2013 Acura RDX)

"very good on wet/icy surface, good acceleration, very comfortable ride"

PAUL M., IL (2013 Acura RDX)

"Great acceleration for its class"

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Acura RDX)

"quick acceleration"

ALLEN T., MI (2013 Acura RDX)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Seats continue to be very comfortable. However, as the car ages we have noticed more road noise and more rattles, etc."

Andrew F., TX (2013 Acura RDX)

"Excellent- very quiet and seats are comfortable"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Acura RDX)

"Just feels good to drive...with many positions of seat... steering wheel is comfortable...and easy to go to radio, AC heat controls..."

Anonymous, MD (2013 Acura RDX)

"Great handling, Comfortable seats but only a 4 way control on the passenger side seat is a glaring oversight for a top line Acura."

Tom M., WA (2013 Acura RDX)

"Great comfort. There's very little noise coming into the cabin."

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Acura RDX)

"It has an enjoyable, comfortable ride, hugging the road without being too stiff. Seats are comfortable and adjustable to each driver and passenger, and there is very little road noise."

Denis J., MN (2013 Acura RDX)

"seats need additional padding for drives over 2 hours"

Anonymous, IN (2013 Acura RDX)

"Basically copying BMW, and earlier Porsch. Power/handling good, but loacks "feel" and intuitive "fun" compentent, well made, but uninspiring."

Anonymous, BC (2013 Acura RDX)

"A little on the noisy side for a luxury vehicle, but not bad for one 5 years old"

Anonymous, OK (2013 Acura RDX)

"Elevated driving position compared to sedans;"

Anonymous, MI (2013 Acura RDX)

"The car is very comfortable to drive and all the seats (front and back) are spacious and fit well. In addition, outside noise is very low and the ride is smooth."

Richard G., VA (2013 Acura RDX)

"Seats hard and not comfortable on long trips."

Anonymous, CO (2013 Acura RDX)

"Very comfortable seats. Road noise is good. Ride is a bit stiff for a luxury vehicle."

Paul M., NL (2013 Acura RDX)

"Too stiff of a ride."

Anonymous, MI (2013 Acura RDX)

"Quiet, smooth ride"

Michael H., TN (2013 Acura RDX)

"Somewhat athletic feel when accelerating and passing as this six cylinder engine is excellent. Generally comfortable driving, though ambient cabin noise is typical Honda and is more than it should be for an up level brand. Straight line and wide curve driving have a deceptively more firm athletic/sporty feel as apposed to smooth and buttoned down; however, on harder/sharper cornering stability and confidence is not inspiring. Dry traction is very good, wet traction is avg. to good with quality tires that are rated well for we traction. Driver and passenger seats are comfortable for road tripping and have average adjustment capability. Second row seating has good leg room and the seats are comfortable."

Doug W., KS (2013 Acura RDX)

"The seats and driving position is very nice. I can drive for 4 hrs straight, and when get out I am not sore or stiff."

Philip T., IL (2013 Acura RDX)

"Very comfortable seats and like the higher view from this SUV."

Rick J., SK (2013 Acura RDX)

"The ride is a little stiff compared to the higher-end MDX but I like the sporty feel of the vehicle. The seats are very comfortable, especially the driver's seat with lumbar support. There's a little more road noise transferred to the cockpit than I prefer but it's not bad."

Anonymous, MA (2013 Acura RDX)

"Too much road noise"

Denis D., BC (2013 Acura RDX)

"Minimal cabin noise and smooth ride."

Anonymous, VA (2013 Acura RDX)

"The car is quiet and comfortable with an outstanding sound system and very good gas mileage. The car is ideal for multi hour several hundred mile journeys"

Anthony M., NY (2013 Acura RDX)

"Seats are hard and ride is too firm. Had shock problems"

T G., TX (2013 Acura RDX)

"Comfy vehicle, but can be a bit snug for larger passengers."

Anonymous, TX (2013 Acura RDX)

"The driver's seat is very comfortable and easy to adjust. However, the passenger seat is too low and has no height adjustment. The car is reasonably quiet inside. The ride is on the firm side but still acceptable considering that it is an SUV."

S M., IL (2013 Acura RDX)

"It's a little noisy, and the ride is firm. I don't mind much because it's my car and I'm mostly alone when driving it. It's definitely sporty."

James P., VA (2013 Acura RDX)

"Seats fit well and are comfortable. Light leather seats and interior easy to clean. Have put car through some hard use and interior still looks good."

Anonymous, CA (2013 Acura RDX)

"Very quite cabin with little road noise, very smooth 6 cylinder acceleration and very comfortable sport leather seats with sufficient adjustment settings."

Anonymous, NS (2013 Acura RDX)

"LOUD, LOUD road noise/car noise. Comfortable seats. I like the memory feature tied into the key fob."

Murray T., VA (2013 Acura RDX)

"Overall very good but would appreciate lumbar support for the passenger too."

Patricia M., MA (2013 Acura RDX)

"ride is rough"

ROGER D., PA (2013 Acura RDX)

"No rear vents for passengers in the back seat, it gets warm back there."

KELLY B., CA (2013 Acura RDX)

"Everyone who rides in my RDX, says Whoa, how nice...never knew. I love it too."

Anonymous, TX (2013 Acura RDX)

"Multi purpose control knob on the dash is awkward to use."

FRANK P., VA (2013 Acura RDX)

"seating very comfortable and plenty of room for driver's left leg"

Anonymous, NC (2013 Acura RDX)

"Overall vehicle is solid, comfortable & quiet"

Anonymous, AB (2013 Acura RDX)

"Car is great for the 2 front passengers, however, for the money spent on the vehicle it has little to no comforts for backseat passengers, such as cup holders, or additional rear air vents, two items that could easily have been a part of the rear of the front seat arm rest."

Anonymous, VA (2013 Acura RDX)

"Rides like a dump truck"

Anonymous, OH (2013 Acura RDX)

"Very choppy ride due to short wheelbase and 18" rims"

Anonymous, SC (2013 Acura RDX)

"No folding exterior mirrors."

DAN C., IL (2013 Acura RDX)

"The seats and climate control are excellent. I think the ride, how it takes bumps, could be better."

EDGAR S., PA (2013 Acura RDX)

"Very comfortable seats, road noise could be less"

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Acura RDX)

"I didn't appreciate, in advance, how significantly the ride would differ driving a vehicle built on a truck chassis. After riding in a new Lexus RX350, the difference is staggering in terms of ride and road noise. For that, the Lexus is worth $10K more."

Anonymous, PA (2013 Acura RDX)

"Car does not adequately damping out road bumps."

JOHN R., VA (2013 Acura RDX)

"Passenger seat sits very low and it can't be raised. The seat warmers barely get warm on "High" and once you feel the warm they start a cycle of shuting down for a few minutes, then warm again, then shut down."

BROOKE B., CO (2013 Acura RDX)

"Passenger seat does not elevate--is way too low. And suspension is too way too stiff!"

REID A., RI (2013 Acura RDX)

"Seats are uncomfortable after 2-3+ hours of driving. OK at first but not on long trips."

MITCH G., BC (2013 Acura RDX)

"It has the typical Honda clunk over jointed pavement. irritating."

Anonymous, CO (2013 Acura RDX)

"Easy to adjust forward/backward and back positioning; love heated seats; cools and heats quickly. Comfortable ride"

Anonymous, DC (2013 Acura RDX)

"TOO much road noise (Wind, turbulence) entering into cabin at all speeds! Sealing poor."

JOHN G., SC (2013 Acura RDX)

"Front seats are very comfortable for long trips. Plus, the climate controls are easy to use."

Anonymous, FL (2013 Acura RDX)

"Seats are not comfortable for me."

JOHN G., NC (2013 Acura RDX)

"I would like the car better if the passenger side front seat had all the adjustments that the driver's side seat does."

Anonymous, IL (2013 Acura RDX)

"Seats very comfortable. child Seat with anchors fit well. Is not too big, not too small. Visibility is great. This last year have noticed noise with body integrity. makes me sad, because I love a super quiet car. Although very happy with the car, ever since I bought it I have felt something funny in the ride, not sure if is with the wheels or the road. maybe just the road. Never annoying enough to take it in."

CHERYL K., CA (2013 Acura RDX)

"While the Acura is certainly more comfortable than the Jeep the shorter wheel base makes it less comfortable than a van."

SUZANNE B., GA (2013 Acura RDX)

"Excellent lumbar support. Crisp handling and acceleration."

GERALD R., TX (2013 Acura RDX)

Value

Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"Excellent value"

Richard C., NY (2013 Acura RDX)

"Very reliable car with many convenient features and good gas milage"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Acura RDX)

"for the price I paid for my Acura RDX, I feel I am receiving a great value, no problems, just routine maintenance, starts when expected, gets me to where I need to go, never any issues"

Terry K., NV (2013 Acura RDX)

"very reliable, dependable and good riding car"

James P., GA (2013 Acura RDX)

"This car has been awesome. It's now more than 5 years old with 90,000 kms and it still feels, drives and looks new. I have always had it serviced by the dealer and it has been more expensive to do this but it does pay off I think. It's a great car."

Robert S., ON (2013 Acura RDX)

"For all the standard features, you would be much more for a Lexus or BMW; styling is great and power is fantastic."

Anonymous, NC (2013 Acura RDX)

"Purchased for a good price compared to competitors. Not quite the top notch luxury of other SUVs but still worth it. Great for road trips, very comfortable. Biggest disappointment was climate control. No back seat vents. Inferior to competitors."

Ralph B., MD (2013 Acura RDX)

"The car's been very reliable, drives well, is quiet and comfortable, and has a premium feel -- well made."

Art W., CA (2013 Acura RDX)

"At the time of purchase, there weren't too many options for compact SUVs. We felt like we got a lot for the money based on features, reliability, and interior quality."

Anonymous, CA (2013 Acura RDX)

"I recently got an estimated trade value and I was surprised how low it was based on the price I paid and the low mileage and condition of my car."

Tom J., WA (2013 Acura RDX)

"Exceptional quality at a reasonable price. Solid car with excellent performance."

Anonymous, FL (2013 Acura RDX)

"Expensive, but not as bad as compared to comparable Lexus or Mercedes Benz"

Anonymous, OR (2013 Acura RDX)

"a lot of car for the money. to me the best value out there"

Anonymous, MA (2013 Acura RDX)

"First model year of current generation. Did not have significant issues and has been a reliable daily driver. While critically panned for generic exterior, it has a hint of sportiness and not a major negative to me. Moderate road noise but not intolerable. Outstanding V6 that is very reliable with assertive acceleration and cruising with respectable gas mileage @~22 mpg city and 24 mpg highway on premium. Handling is very good in normal driving but not as nimble/confident in moderately tight..."

Doug W., KS (2013 Acura RDX)

"The only issue I've had is the trim around the base of the driver seat, it was poorly constructed and I believe they are actually in the process for a remanufacture to replace, and look forward to cooling seats on the next model Other than that, the size, the handling, the acceleration, I feel I have received excellent value, with no problems"

Terry K., NV (2013 Acura RDX)

"This is by far the most bang for your dollar in this SUV's classification. It is as good as or better than the other SUVs in its class for thousands of dollars less."

S M., IL (2013 Acura RDX)

"We received a fantastic experience at the dealership. The entire purchase took less than one hour. The final price of the car was a very reasonable value."

Anonymous, FL (2013 Acura RDX)

"Much better price than a Lexus LS 460. Saved $25-$40k with similar luxury."

JOHN O., TX (2013 Acura RDX)

"reliable-- great quality"

PHIL T., FL (2013 Acura RDX)

"Climate control for passengers in the rear has no access. The vehicle performance is not good as I always have been problems with it."

Anonymous, CA (2013 Acura RDX)

"The Acura RDX only had two levels to choose from, base and with the nav system. Both gave comparable levels of luxury for thousands less than competitive cars (I.e. Lexus, BMW etc.)"

MARK H., NH (2013 Acura RDX)

"A lot of vehicle for the money. Quality is excellent. Next vehicle will probably be an Acura"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Acura RDX)

"The 2013 RDX was too expensive for the ride, Yesterday the inside rear view fell off and the mount took some of the glass with it. Now I have to replace the windshield. We live in south central texas and the outside temp was near 100 F. Should not do this."

Anonymous, TX (2013 Acura RDX)

"Got good value for my money"

JOSEPH S., AL (2013 Acura RDX)

Styling

How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"Overall, nothing! Pretty bland inside and out. NO 'pizzas'!"

JOHN G., SC (2013 Acura RDX)

"Sporty, LED lights are fantastic at night, looks stylish"

JOHN O., TX (2013 Acura RDX)

"Blind spot at right rear due to roofline"

Anonymous, OH (2013 Acura RDX)

"The outside is a perfect combination of sporty and utility. Not too pointy or too boxy. The inside trim is very plain jane for a car at this price point-I don't like that."

KELLY B., CA (2013 Acura RDX)

"very stylish and comfortable. plenty of amenities without paying a steep price,."

PHILLIP Z., IL (2013 Acura RDX)

"Funky delicious, and you don't see yourself driving down the road. If you're a hatchback guy, this is it."

PHILIP K., OK (2013 Acura RDX)

Would you buy this car again?

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