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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There are 3 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

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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 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

Alignment

"Road work near home"

Alan J., FL (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"The alignment has always been bad, even if I take it to the shop. Horrible."

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

"Dealer found the car was severely out of alignment"

Joseph J., FL (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)
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)

"One rear strut needed to be replaced. We replaced both of them. Not at the dealer, however. Too expensive."

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

"Noise in the rear. Strut replace under recall. We asked that the other rear strut be replaced under this recall' dealer DENIED. sURE 'NUFF, 4000 MILES LATER THERE IS A NOISE IN THE REAR. Have not taken it in yet, pretty sure same problem."

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

"One strut failed"

Alan J., FL (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Premature wear, resulting in harsh, noisy ride. Acura refuses to acknowledge problem despite CR rating identification."

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

"The shocks have been replaced by the dealer 3 times since I’ve had the car. This past year I had my local repair guy replace the shocks again. The new shocks are not Honda equipment and seem to be a lot better."

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

"I replaced these struts 3 times. First time under warrentee, the 2nd and 3rd time out of pocket. Hundreds of dollars each time."

Susan S., CT (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Does not handle uneven pavement such is small dips. Does ok on smooth road/interstate. I have talk to dealer about it and they don’t see anything wrong. Not sure it shocks or struts but something is causing rough ride when I drove across dips and uneven areas. My husband’s 2006 Toyota is much smoother."

Joan H., FL (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)

"Left rear strut bushing had to be replaced"

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

"car has periodic bottoming (oversensitive to any small road irregularity) on rear passenger side that seems to appear the most in cold weather, but appears unpredictably otherwise.) Dealer has been unable to fix though bushings, shocks, struts have been replaced and springs inspected."

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

"The rear shocks have had to be replaced twice since new. The front struts have had to be replaced once since new."

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

"One back strut replaced under recall. We asked that the other back strut be replace. Dealership said no. It then failed 5000 mi later; we still haven't fixed it; it's just irritating thumpumping"

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

"rear strut seal failure. replaced once under warranty failed again 15 months later"

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

"Shocks would clank when going over rough spots"

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

"Twice under warranty, the rear shocks were replaced"

Patrick S., TX (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Strut was making a popping noise on right front"

Joseph J., FL (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"thumping noise in the rear. First time strut needed to be replaced. Brought it in again this year for a similar noise and there was a service bulletin for this problem. So the same strut had to be fixed twice"

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

"I HAVE HAD THE REAR SHOCKS REPLACED 4 TIMES SINCE I HAVE HAD THE CAR."

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

"I've owned 3 Acura's since 1996. All have needed shocks and struts much more than any vehicle I've owned. There are sqeaks and hard rides throughout the driving experience"

Helena R., AL (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)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"The rack and pinion was damaged despite no accidents or physical issues."

Anonymous, CO (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)

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

"notex Some steering difficulties, then later a burning smell .drivers side front wheel very hot. Caliber repaired.with8n a few months noted steering difficulties and went directly to repair shop- needed other caliper replaced."

Rosemary G., PA (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"right rear stuck and wore the pads out"

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

"2 locked calipers in last 12 months required replacement and new rotors since the calipers gouged them"

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

"After only one year the calipers froze and I wasn't able to pass NY State inspection. Cost $300 to repair"

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

"Rear Caliber locked up the rear brake pad against the rotor causing it too wear out the rear pads on the left side of the car."

Anonymous, ON (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)
Normal routine brake wear

"Normal service issues.also had to replace electric start and alternator"

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

"Had the original brakes replaced. Rotors needed sanding down and one caliper replaced. After that servicing had squeaking for a few weeks which required another trip to Acura. Acura made a few adjustments and fixed it."

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

"When driving on the freeway, and I would need to apply normal pressure on the brakes, there would be some vibration"

Terry K., NV (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)

"We bought the top of the line "awd techno". The door rubber is letting road noise in. Also the brakes wear out quicker than other vehicles"

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

"squeaking and grating sound. repair and replacement was made by the dealer at no cost to me."

Janis F., IL (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)

"Rotors were warped as they were aftermarket. installed Acura rotors and pads."

Anonymous, NY (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)

"When I would be driving very slowly like in a drive thru, the brakes would squeak"

Terry K., NV (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)

"When raining, water leaks from somewhere in the roof console."

Anonymous, (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)

"replaced rear shocks and the problem was corrected"

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

"Discussed in previous comment. Have not had the rear noise diagnosed yet."

Philip K., OK (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)

"Noise in back of car"

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

"minor rattle on very cold days"

Anonymous, ON (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)

"Not the quietest car I’ve ever had. People sitting in back seat have trouble hearing people in front seat. Wind seems to come in around back windows. Shocks & suspension are not good in this car. Car is small for 2 people. It is a one person car."

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

"Thought I discussed this earlier. Back seat is noisy, people sitting in back have trouble hearing people in front seat."

Joan H., FL (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)

"Wind noise in the passenger side b pillar. It took months and several trips, but the problem was completely resolved."

Anonymous, CO (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

CD player

"Disk jammed.probably my fault."

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

"The navigation system has poorer directional intuition than my 2003 MDX. Setting a location to travel to does not always give you the most efficient directions. I have tried adjusting many of the settings, but it does not change. Lastly, sometimes the GPS will show my car going through neighborhoods or across rivers, even though I am on a road -- it loses its position on the map."

Richard G., VA (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)

"What have had vehicle in to company several times from day one and they have not been able to correct the problem. The connection is so bad and garbled that one can not understand the person in the vehicle. We have tried different phones different locations and they claim they replace the unit but it still does not transmit understandable voice quality."

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

"Phone pairing was horrible the first three years with calls being dropped, not connected, etc. Once I got the iPhone 8, the problems have pretty much gone away. I repeatedly asked Acura to fix the problem, but they could not."

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

"Acura priced its updates at $90.00 per year. That's outrageous."

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

"Way, way too complex and multi-stepped."

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

"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)

"Had to replace the switch"

Anonymous, NJ (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)

"had to replace the driveshaft that was bent - I think this was present from the time the car was new"

Anonymous, PA (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)

"THIS DID NOT HAPPEN IN THE LAST 12 MONTHS... WAS DURING SECOND YEAR OF OWNERSHIP. Passenger side REAR wheel bearing failed. Happened sufficiently slowly that noise emitted warned us of impending failure and dealer fixed problem without serious consequences. Under warrantee, handled well by dealer and staff"

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

"The bearings in the rear axle on the drivers side had to be replaced"

Anonymous, FL (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)

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)
Rough shifting

"Rough and erratic shifts when accelerating."

Charles S., FL (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Rough shifting is caused by the faulty torque converter locking/unlocking constant under load. Very annoying problem, seems to be an issue with this model year."

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

"Since I purchased the vehicle I noticed the rough shifting issue. I took it to the dealer and they said that they didn't notice anything, which is a lie. I later read in some forums that many other Acura drivers were experiencing the transmission problem, but Acura had no solution. I am eager to sell that vehicle as soon as I pay it fully."

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

"transmission is junk. bad shift points, lurching"

Anonymous, PA (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)

"The transmission wouldn't allow me to drive it at all. It wouldn't stay in gear and was impossible to drive. The slipping was caused by linkage being out of adjustment."

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

"After warranty, we started having problems with the transmission. It seemed to be slipping as we went uphill towards our home. It was diagnosed or misdiagnosed as a solenoid, clogged filter and finally a $ 1200 trans computer"

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

"While driving at highway speeds, with a steady foot on the gas, the tachyometer needle would waver and you could feel the car having very slight surge, then drop, then surge, then drop. I believe this is sometimes called juddering. It also began to experience some rough shifts. This was resolved with a transmission software update at the dealer under a TSB."

Jennifer A., GA (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"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)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"on a long trip, transmission started making a loud noise, felt it unsafe to drive, had it towed"

Anonymous, VA (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)

"Front bumper /valance is popping loose on the sides. We noticed it on a neighbors 2014 which is the same vehicle as they didint change it form 2013"

Anonymous, CA (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)

"Roof near rear hatch paint is peeling away. First noticed a year ago. Dealer stated it was not a defect although it was not caused by any action on my part."

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

"peeling paint between top and tailgate"

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

"rust around tire rims"

Tony A., VA (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)
Headlights

"Headlight replacement cost was $250!, for one headlight"

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

"The headlights are anemic and very weak. I had the problem looked at and was told by the dealer that the entire headlight assembly needs to be replaced."

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

"some kind of damage to the headlight unit (probably moisture getting inside) caused serious deterioration of headlight brightness. Safety issue! Needed to replace the entire assembly."

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

"One of the headlights just went out."

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

"Replacement bulb was$250 to install. If the light control was damaged it could have been over $1000. Seems very high"

Anonymous, BC (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)
Keyless entry

"Rear driver side lock does not unlock as programmed."

Charles S., FL (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)

"Nearly from the beginning the AC was inadequate"

Kenneth K., NY (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)
Automatic climate control

"AC worked fine while vehicle in motion. When you slow/brake, temperature of air coming from AC increased and increased humidity - like it was coming directly from outside (even though in recirculate mode). No problem found by the dealer, although they finally admitted they could duplicate problem - and found same in another used car they had of same model and year. Acura AC system should work better than this."

Anonymous, FL (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)

"had to replace it because of loud noice"

Anonymous, AB (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)
Condenser

"According to repair tag leak at condenser"

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

"After market condenser leaked Pureon. Vehicle had been in accident and insurance company would not purchase OEM parts."

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

"Hose fittings developed leakage"

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 harness

"Engine was generating an error message and wouldn't start. Engine harness was completely replaced under warranty - problem was never found but replacing the entire harness fixed the issue."

Anonymous, CO (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"One spark plug (# 3) suddenly fouled up causing engine to run very rough with loss of power. Dealer replaced the plug. Cause of fouling was not determined."

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

"Spark plugs misfiring"

Anonymous, KS (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

"Takata air bag recall by Acura"

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

"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)

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)

"Torque converter was replaced under warranty after failure at 68000 miles. The exact same problem has developed again, this time we will have to pay approximately $3000 to fix it."

Anonymous, 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)

"The car would slam into second gear when the temperature dropped below about 20 degrees. It took over 1 year and 3-4 different trips to the dealership before they finally diagnosed the problem. During that time I had several very dangerous incidents with the vehicle shifting very hard in traffic or causing the vehicle to slide on icy roads.When the problem was finally confirmed by the dealer I had to fight with them very hard to honor the warranty (which had expired during the year they were refusing to recognize the problem). They only paid 2/3 of the cost of a replacement transmission."

Anonymous, NJ (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)

"Sometimes the car would not start right away and sometimes it would start immediately. The car would always start despite the fuel pump failing."

Vincent R., AZ (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)

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)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"Miss fire in the engine Change pistons, Problem solved. Jerking transmission"

Anonymous, (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)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine knock or ping

"After warming up engine sputters on excel, light pedal."

Roberta W., CA (2013 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)
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.

What Owners Say

Overheating

"Too much heat coming from the engine"

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

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Recalls
PROVIDED BY
AIR BAGS
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
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
POWER TRAIN
Apr 15, 2013
If the gear selector is moved from the park position without pressing the brake pedal it can allow the vehicle to roll away, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Honda is recalling certain model year 2012-2013 CR-V, Odyssey, and model year 2013 Acura RDX vehicles. During sub-freezing temperatures, the brake-shift interlock blocking mechanism may become slow and allow the gear selector to be moved from the Park position without pressing the brake pedal. As such, these vehicles fail to conform to the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 114, "Theft Protection and Rollaway Prevention."
What should you do:
Honda will notify owners and instruct them to take their vehicle to a Honda or Acura dealer. The dealer will install an updated brake shift interlock blocking mechanism free of charge. The recall began on May 13, 2013. Owners may contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009. Honda's campaign recall numbers are S96, S97, and S98.
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: 13V143000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 204169
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