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 2 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 2014 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

"Problem related to previous problem and replaced"

William R., VA (2014 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)
Shocks or struts

"In 2016 had front left shocks and struts replaced. Auto was shaking and making sounds and car failed state inspection. This month same situation with rear and both shocks and bushing were replaced"

William R., VA (2014 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Loud thumping sound in rear when going over small bumps"

Stephen M., ON (2014 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Rattling noise in the front passenger wheel area started at about 20k miles and progressively got worse. Strut was replaced which eliminated the noise"

Anonymous, OH (2014 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"shock absorber was defective or broken"

Anonymous, CO (2014 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Had noise under car. Carried to dealer they identified noise was under warrant y so was fixed at no cost to me"

Anonymous, SC (2014 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"on our third set of rear shocks"

Peter F., KY (2014 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"The two rear were replaced under warranty. Noise continued so I took it back and they replaced the passenger side front strut"

Anonymous, TX (2014 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"had to replace 3 shocks"

Anonymous, NE (2014 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Shocks were too quickly worn fit a newer vehicle"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Needed to replace rear shocks during warranty period"

Anonymous, CT (2014 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Rattle in the rear end when going over bumpy road. Dealer said the right rear shock was defective. They replaced both rear shocks under warranty. Rattle was eliminated"

Anonymous, GA (2014 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"The rear shocks needed be replaced after only 14,000 miles"

Anonymous, NY (2014 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"The suspension is very noisy when one hits a concave dip in the road, like a man hole cover. I sounds to me like a vehicle with at least 150000 mile on the original equipment! The dealer has replaced the struts and the shocks, but the noise is the"

Dan H., CO (2014 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Rear struts made bad clunking noise both were eventually replaced, one still on rare occasion still makes noise"

Keith L., GA (2014 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Right front strut determined to be defective. Apparently this is not uncommon with this year and model, per technicians"

Anonymous, TX (2014 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Replaced front driver's side strut. Was covered under warranty"

Steve C., MO (2014 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Rear shocks rattle Have been replaced three times in less than two years"

Fred H., GA (2014 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Bad rear shock. Dealership replaced"

Anonymous, OH (2014 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"faulty rear strut; it had to be replaced"

Anonymous, CO (2014 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"The car was in for oil change and they said the shocks needed to be replaced (there had been problems with them, and Acura was replacing the shocks with an updated shock. They were replaced. No problem"

Anonymous, IA (2014 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"shocks were defective"

Anonymous, QC (2014 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)
Springs or torsion bars

"Heard noise in passenger side rear tire area. Dealer investigated and replaced broken spring under warranty"

Anonymous, KY (2014 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Rattling noise in the front end. Under warranty, dealer went fishing for source. Replaced tie rod. Replaced steering assembly. Neither solved the problem. Replaced front strut assembly. Total time in the shop - 14 days"

Anonymous, ID (2014 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)
Alignment

"Came from factory with bad alignment, was fixed"

Keith L., GA (2014 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)
Wheel bearings

"for 10000 miles the right rear bearing hummed. The hum became louder until it was a grinding. The dealer replaced the wheel bearing. Unusual for a car with only 35000 miles"

Anonymous, ID (2014 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

Display screen freezes up

"The GPS screen freezes when I go to use NAV Traffic or NAV weather. I have to pull over to the side of the road and turn off the car to reboot the entire system"

Anonymous, MS (2014 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"GPS locks up/freezes. It has been reset, replaced, and still does it. Acura is working very hard to fix it, but it is still frustrating. The GPS will also change settings with no apparent rhyme or reason"

Anonymous, MS (2014 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"System has many areas and addresses that it can not identify...even in established city streets. Dealor has no resolution. New CD update made no improvement"

Rick D., OH (2014 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"The system Did not include major roads that opened more than 5 months before the vehicle was built. Requires a paid update two years later to include these main local roads and exits. Previous car (Mini) self updated, just as GM and other systems do"

Samuel N., NV (2014 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"In dash GPS is a major disappointment! When searching for a destination, we are typically directed to a town over 1000 miles away instead of the location which is within 10 miles. Voice commands are impossible to use"

Anonymous, NJ (2014 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Complicated"

Anonymous, AB (2014 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)
CD player

"Very difficult to delete albums Difficult to organize albums"

Frank G., FL (2014 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Unit replaced"

Anonymous, GA (2014 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"iPhones do not set automatically to the #1 driver phone"

Frank G., FL (2014 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Can only connect smart phone via Bluetooth. Vehicle does not recognize my phone when hardwired with USB. Dealership says my iPhone 4G is "too old.""

Tom R., IN (2014 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"The car won't pair to my iPhone therefore there is no hands free option and the service center can't seem to fix it and don't really care about trying to fix it"

Anonymous, ON (2014 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Voice quality for other party is poor. Dealer has attempted repair multiple times including software and hardware. Still unresolved"

Anonymous, WA (2014 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Bluetooth paired well with iPhone 5 but has some problems with the iPhone 6. I have read others are having difficulty with the Acura and iPhone 6"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Reception is terrible when the car is moving. System is unUSble"

Anonymous, MA (2014 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)
Radio

"Loss of memory"

Anonymous, GA (2014 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)
Voice control commands

"Voice commands are never recognized by the system. We paid for something that is impossible to use"

Anonymous, NJ (2014 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

"Acura knew there was an issues with the break pad composition so fix it!!!!!!!! but not at my expense"

Peter F., KY (2014 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Result of sticking caliper"

Anonymous, NB (2014 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Front brakes and rotors failed during first 13000 miles driven on this car"

Anonymous, NJ (2014 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"The rear brake pads were worn prematurely. The dealer replaced them without any charge or cost to me. I'm satisfied with the action taken"

Anonymous, ON (2014 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"We took the car in for the squeals and were informed that the brakes were wearing down"

Anonymous, TX (2014 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)
Rotors

"braking pulsation started at about 15k miles and is due to warped front rotors"

Anonymous, OH (2014 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"rotors warped prematurely"

Anonymous, NY (2014 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"The car was sitting in my driveway for 2 weeks while I was on vacation during the hot weather. When I returned the rotors were warped"

A R., NY (2014 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Rotors "warp" and brakes pulsate when applied"

Richard A., OH (2014 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Because of premature brake wear rotors had to be replaced also"

Anonymous, NJ (2014 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Bad squeaking from front brakes at certain times. Dealer replaced front pads and machined rotors. Problem still exists and dealer has elected to longer try to correct the problem"

George P., FL (2014 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"The brakes squeal and at times had a grinding sound when we braked suddenly"

Anonymous, TX (2014 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"front brake pads squealing upon brake application"

Mark M., NC (2014 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"They replaced everything pertaining to brakes, ie rotors, pads etc"

Ronald B., NB (2014 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)
Calipers

"Caliper on one wheel was sticking causing wear"

Anonymous, NB (2014 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Calipers seized for no apparent reason resulting in expensive repair"

Anonymous, ON (2014 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

"squeaks and rattles have been a consistent and very annoying problem with this car. Some have been fixed by the dealer but dealer has not been able to resolve all"

Anonymous, TX (2014 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Rattle from the rear when going over bump"

Anonymous, OH (2014 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Right Front Shock absorber failed"

Anonymous, WI (2014 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Rear shock replaced"

Anonymous, NC (2014 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Always some noise in different interior locations"

Kenny R., FL (2014 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Minor rattle in driver's door panel"

Anonymous, CO (2014 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"something in the rear end of the car rattles when you dive over any small bump in the road I discovered at the dealers that I had a broken shock absorber and a weaken one.They replaced both of them at no cost to me"

Richard D., NY (2014 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Moon roof would not close properly"

Anonymous, NJ (2014 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)
Wind noise

"Sunroof misalignment/rubber seal"

Sean C., GA (2014 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Unable to drive with windows open as it creates an air pressure issue that hurt the ears"

Tom P., MN (2014 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

Driveshaft or axle

"viabration"

Barbara C., MA (2014 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Bad half shaft bearings"

William Z., TX (2014 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Concerning vibration was apparent on day of purchase and got worse over time. Dealership offered explanations ranging from "cold engine" to "manager doesn't notice anything." Finally agreed it was a loose driveshaft and replaced it"

Tom R., IN (2014 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Almost as soon as I got the car, I noticed a vibration between 4--50 mph. I learned that Acura knew about the problem, but had refused to fix it. I complained to my dealer and three months later Acura fixed the problem"

Anonymous, NY (2014 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"The variable cylinder created a vibration when going to 4 cylindars"

Tom P., MN (2014 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)
4WD/AWD components

"AWD relay"

Michael S., IL (2014 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 interior trim or moldings

"Loose door rubber molding"

Anonymous, MA (2014 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Chrome trim on rear tailgate was bubbling with pock marks due to magnesium chloride on roads. Never had that problem in 15 years of owning Acura TL"

Anonymous, CO (2014 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Rear passenger door trim came loose. Fixed immediately by dealer"

Anonymous, NJ (2014 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Fender over right front tire became separated at joint, screw attachment failed"

Donald B., BC (2014 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

"AC wouldn't blow cold at all - required to "topped off" with refrigerant - my only car to have problem ever"

Anonymous, VA (2014 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Cold air would stop coming out intermittently and would only blow out hot air. it took several trips to dealer before problem was fixed"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"A/C comes on full blast when internal temperature is not hot or even close; possible because dash is matte black and absorbs heat from the sun, but interior of car still doesn't warrant arctic blast"

Anonymous, CO (2014 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

Horn

"Honked spontaneously and would not shut off. Was necessary to remove fuse"

Anonymous, NM (2014 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Car would not lock when it was purchased"

Anonymous, GA (2014 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)
Tire pressure monitor

"During colder months the tire indicator will give low pressure even though the pressure is not having issues"

Anonymous, TX (2014 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

Sunroof

"Sunroof would not close unless you held down the wind deflector. You needed 2 hands to close it"

Anonymous, CO (2014 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)
Locks and latches

"Hood release defective - when pulling release from inside cabin, it would not release hood. Dealer had vehicle for 3 days - cut cable to release, ordered new part and changed complete hood release mechanism"

Anonymous, BC (2014 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

Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Bad sensor advised false warnings"

Ralph M., PA (2014 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 computer

"The MAP sensor went bad and was causing problems with the emission, AWD, engine, and drivetrain"

Steve K., MA (2014 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"The car came with Sirius XM radio. It would not pick up XM stations when outside of my home area. They replaced the radio with a "repaired" radio (to save them warranty money). It introduced new problems, so they finally replaced the radio with a"

Anonymous, IA (2014 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

Starter

"The starter malfunctioned and The car would do nothing. Took Acura approximately 10 days to figure out the problem. At first I thought it was computer related and only after it continued to malfunction did they determined that it was the starter. This was an in warranty repair and Acura provided a loaner car during this time"

Anonymous, NC (2014 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

Rough shifting

"The car will occasionally not shift from 1st to 2nd gear. Rev's up to 5000rpm;s. It happens randomly. When I took it in to the dealer they couldn't help because it didn't happen during the test"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Torque converter

"Felt the issue when purchased the vehicle (used). Was under warranty. Dealer said they didn't find an issue. Issue got worse. Took it back and dealer found it this time, replaced under warranty with about 1,000 miles left on the warranty"

Anonymous, TX (2014 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.

Engine Cooling

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

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