2014 Acura RDX Owner Satisfaction - Consumer Reports
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

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"I am very happy with my mileage, and extremely happy with the handling and acceleration. This car moves when needed!"

S G., CA (2014 Acura RDX)

"Acceleration is great but handling is loose like most SUVs"

Anonymous, TX (2014 Acura RDX)

"Power"

Anonymous, TX (2014 Acura RDX)

"The RDX has good handling and acceleration but lack storage and long driving comfort"

Anonymous, MD (2014 Acura RDX)

"Excellent acceleration and handling while stable on highway."

Anonymous, MI (2014 Acura RDX)

"1. Initial throttle response is too strong - and is not adjustable. 2. Shifting of transmission is erratic and relatively hard to manage."

Anonymous, FL (2014 Acura RDX)

"Acceleration, handling and gas mileage are great"

RASHEED A., FL (2014 Acura RDX)

"Visibility is so bad that the vehicle is dangerous. I would not buy the car again for this reason. Additionally, an Ipod crashed the computer system of the Acura."

MORT S., NY (2014 Acura RDX)

"Car handles great and has terrific acceleration."

RICHARD G., MD (2014 Acura RDX)

"good acceleration"

RICHARD D., NY (2014 Acura RDX)

"I've experience some shuddering when driving for a while with the gear shifter in the sports mode then shifting back to the normal drive mode. I had to pull to the side of the road, turn the motor off, and then restart the engine to eliminate the shuddering. This leads to the engine losing its power. It was my second experience with this problem. The first happened one year ago on a trip to Canada and was repeated exactly one year later to the date."

Anonymous, NY (2014 Acura RDX)

"Engine started running really rough, one time only, coming down a mountain pass."

ALAN A., WA (2014 Acura RDX)

"Great"

Anonymous, TX (2014 Acura RDX)

"The ride borders on Rough off main roads."

DAVID K., MD (2014 Acura RDX)

"Gas pedal very sensitive, wheels will lose traction if gas pedal is pressed too hard."

Anonymous, SC (2014 Acura RDX)

"For a crossover the RDX can move quickly when needed, no hesitation in passing or merging. AWD handles very well in heavy rain we can get here in Florida, I confident in the road feel and brakes of this car."

Anonymous, FL (2014 Acura RDX)

"The RDX has great acceleration, very quick. It is fun to drive and secure in how it handles."

Douglas W., OH (2014 Acura RDX)

"Surprisingly fast. Handles like a good car should"

William H., CA (2014 Acura RDX)

"The AWD is seamless and the vehicle handles fantastic regardless of weather conditions. V6 engine is very smooth and responsive. Suspension seems a little harsh over rough spots, but overall good balance of handling and comfort."

Anonymous, IL (2014 Acura RDX)

"Powerful and handles well."

Anonymous, CA (2014 Acura RDX)

"Great acceleration and handlng"

Anonymous, PA (2014 Acura RDX)

"Great mid-sized SUV feel, great acceleration, nice handling, quiet ride with comfortable seats."

Peter H., SD (2014 Acura RDX)

"Handles well"

Peter S., NJ (2014 Acura RDX)

"Acceleration is excellent! Lots of pep. Handling is great for most things and it has a super turning radius. I had 6 European sedans previously so hate the winding road handling."

Anonymous, TX (2014 Acura RDX)

"Very solid on the raod. both highway and city driving"

Anonymous, KS (2014 Acura RDX)

"Smooth, quiet, refined acceleration delivered with the excellent V6 and 6 speed automatic. Glad there is no Turbo."

Anonymous, TN (2014 Acura RDX)

"Very fast acceleration and stable handling."

Anonymous, IL (2014 Acura RDX)

"Easy to handle, quick response. Excellent acceleration."

Anonymous, LA (2014 Acura RDX)

"Very good acceleration for the RDX. Handling could be better on curves."

David H., MA (2014 Acura RDX)

"Acceleration is very good and the handling is excellent for a large vehicle."

Frank P., IL (2014 Acura RDX)

"Handing is responsive with some over steer. Acceleration is great, passing is no problem. The six cylinder is great. Only two negatives. It uses primum fuel and seems jerky between 30 and 40 mph. I think the transmission is trying to figure out which gear to be in."

Robert Z., WA (2014 Acura RDX)

"more than enough power / acceleration for around town and highway driving: never a worry when merging, stopping, steering."

Philip S., PA (2014 Acura RDX)

"in general, a pleasure to drive"

Anonymous, TX (2014 Acura RDX)

"Acceleration is sufficient, however handling can be better, turning radius is average to poor. Brakes are pretty sharp and start declining fast, I'm a cautious driver and yet I seem to be lacking confidence on the roads when it comes to braking."

Anonymous, NY (2014 Acura RDX)

"Excellent handling vehicle!"

Ben W., VA (2014 Acura RDX)

"Excellent handling, except not rail confident at extremes."

Ralph S., NY (2014 Acura RDX)

"always has reserve acceleration power when needed. sometimes hard to see back blind spot"

Anonymous, NC (2014 Acura RDX)

"Good brakes. Good acceleration. Sturdy ride."

Anonymous, CA (2014 Acura RDX)

"The acceleration is great"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Acura RDX)

"Acceleration and handling"

Anonymous, NC (2014 Acura RDX)

"car is smooth. Car has stability."

Anonymous, CA (2014 Acura RDX)

"Good acceleration with the 6-cylinder engine. No complaints whatsoever."

Anonymous, TX (2014 Acura RDX)

"quick"

Peter K., IN (2014 Acura RDX)

"Smooth healing, great in bad driving conditions."

Anonymous, CT (2014 Acura RDX)

"The car has a smooth ride; however it is not very fun to drive. It feels very clunky when taking turns and when occasionally initially stepping on the gas at a stop sign/light, the car leaps forward."

Anonymous, CA (2014 Acura RDX)

"Great handling vehicle. Outstanding excelloration and superb handling. A great vehicle. I love driving it. Very comfortable."

Michael S., NJ (2014 Acura RDX)

"Plenty powerful and handles well along with good drive comfort for an SUV (much better than the CRV it replaced)"

Richard B., CA (2014 Acura RDX)

"This was an emergency 2nd car fro me. I needed more space and comfort for aging parents. I did my best not to like this SUV and I fell in love with it. Great Steering and comfort. I have to remind myself that I should drive the Benz more often."

Anonymous, FL (2014 Acura RDX)

"Excellent acceleration. Need to take it easy when starting to move or you will spin the front wheels."

Anonymous, AL (2014 Acura RDX)

"The acceleration is smooth and very responsive. While it is a SUV, it handles more like a car when taking turns or change of direction."

Joe M., MI (2014 Acura RDX)

"Good: Acceleration and handling Bad: Road noise, gear shifting is jerky, braking is poor - not consistent, pulsating"

Tina B., KY (2014 Acura RDX)

"This car has great accceleration and handles very well on tight turns, fits easily in parking spots and makes good uturns. Enjoyable to drive for the class of vehicle."

Susan B., CA (2014 Acura RDX)

"Very responsive acceleration and good handling."

Anonymous, KY (2014 Acura RDX)

"I appreciated the great acceleration and handling, particularly during a recent emergency maneuver when I had swerve to avoid another vehicle pulling in front of me without warning. The AWD braking kept my correction in control."

Anonymous, CA (2014 Acura RDX)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"The leather seats are subpar. The seats on my older Honda Pilot held up better with 2 dogs for 10 years than the Acura's after one year and one dog. Also, there is no direct heating or cooling potential for the rear seating."

KARREN C., RI (2014 Acura RDX)

"Good lumbar support"

Anonymous, FL (2014 Acura RDX)

"Drivers seat is uncomfortable for me. Spouse is OK with it. Seems like it needs more padding over frame."

Anonymous, GA (2014 Acura RDX)

"The RDX is unpleasantly noisy for a car in this price range. Side view mirrors reset position whenever you put car in reverse."

DAVID M., CA (2014 Acura RDX)

"Ride is firm, and a bit noisy. Seats are firm, and not comfortable on a long haul."

ROBERT V., MA (2014 Acura RDX)

"Road noise on interstate makes it hard to hear sound system. Passenger seat does not have height adjustment."

Anonymous, VA (2014 Acura RDX)

"The seats are not as comfortable as I think they should be. I need to get out and stretch at least every 1.5 hours."

RICHARD G., MD (2014 Acura RDX)

"seats are quite comfortable and the controls are exactly where the driver wants them. The acceleration hesitates a bit when trying to pass someone."

DIANE C., PA (2014 Acura RDX)

"smooth ride and quite"

Anonymous, TX (2014 Acura RDX)

"great styling and comfort"

Anonymous, GA (2014 Acura RDX)

"ride"

DONALD T., DE (2014 Acura RDX)

"We've noticed on a long car drive that the seats aren't quite as comfortable after a while as in our RX Lexus. The bottom one we sit on isn't as cushioned or something."

Anonymous, KY (2014 Acura RDX)

"Drivers seat dose'nt go back far enough"

RICHARD D., NY (2014 Acura RDX)

"Very comfortable and great handling"

Anonymous, VA (2014 Acura RDX)

"After about 2.5 years, the leather on the driver's seat needed to be replaced because it was wearing out. The dealer replaced at no charge because the vehicle was still under warranty."

Anonymous, PA (2014 Acura RDX)

"Ride is a little hard. Feel every crack in the road. Great car to drive otherwise."

JOHN M., BC (2014 Acura RDX)

"Largest cargo in class, very comfortable long distance tourer, excellent acceleration, excellent handling on twisting roads, best-in-class ground clearance, very stable and safe on show and ice, warm in winter and cool in summer."

Anonymous, MI (2014 Acura RDX)

"Ride is rough on roads that aren't smooth"

ROBERT S., OH (2014 Acura RDX)

"Back seat is tight for 3 adults. No separate climate control for back seat."

Anonymous, NY (2014 Acura RDX)

"When driving long distances, the seats get very uncomfortable. The seat warmer is slow to heat up."

KEITH C., OH (2014 Acura RDX)

"Does not have rear seat air condition vents"

MIKE C., SC (2014 Acura RDX)

"After long trips, my husband is not in pain as he has been in other vehicles. Very comfortable seats."

Anonymous, CA (2014 Acura RDX)

"Very roomy. Excellent leg room, head room, in front seats and in rear seats. Very quiet."

BEN W., VA (2014 Acura RDX)

"The car does not have climate control vents in the rear seat area. It would be a better design if they have included venting to the rear seats."

Anonymous, NC (2014 Acura RDX)

"Legroom. Seat doesn't go back far enough for taller people (e.g., 6'-2"+)"

Anonymous, VA (2014 Acura RDX)

"noisy bumpy ride blind spots n,"

Anonymous, FL (2014 Acura RDX)

"Sometimes the seat feels like it is bottoming out."

RONALD C., NV (2014 Acura RDX)

"Ride is excellent, seats are comfortable but road noise is louder than other cars"

Anonymous, NY (2014 Acura RDX)

"The ride is choppy/abrupt on even slightly irregular pavement under 20mph but control is still excellent."

Anonymous, TN (2014 Acura RDX)

"Very quiet ride. Because of multiple positions, seats are good for long rides"

Anonymous, NY (2014 Acura RDX)

"comfortable & supportive"

Peter K., IN (2014 Acura RDX)

"Very comfortable ride, noise level is actually lower than the Acura TL (2009) that we had. Sound system is great."

Anonymous, BC (2014 Acura RDX)

"Noisey ride, vibration at hi-speeds...dealer says no problem."

Anonymous, CA (2014 Acura RDX)

"The RDX is a great vehicle for both short and long road trips. The seats are have just the right support."

Anonymous, CT (2014 Acura RDX)

"Seats are very comfortable, little road noise. Enjoy the quick response when passing. AC and heater are well balanced with control for each front seat. Only negative is getting into the car. I am 5ft 11 inch and I bump my head getting into drivers seat."

Robert Z., WA (2014 Acura RDX)

"easy on my arthritic joints--don't feel rough roads. love having individual control of the temperature."

Anonymous, NC (2014 Acura RDX)

"Lumbar support for driver"

Anonymous, PA (2014 Acura RDX)

"Great value for all others"

Anonymous, NJ (2014 Acura RDX)

"Very comfortable, and supportive seats. Drivers seat is ideal."

Ben W., VA (2014 Acura RDX)

"better value pricing than its competitors also, handling and acceleration are enjoyable"

Anonymous, CO (2014 Acura RDX)

"Great comfort. Lumbar support adjustment for the driver"

Anonymous, PA (2014 Acura RDX)

"Acura driver seat showed signs of wear within one year. Acura replaced under warranty. Driver seat is OK, front passenger seat noticeably less comfortable, back seats ok. Ride and road noise qualities are good."

Anonymous, MO (2014 Acura RDX)

"We've owned 5 Honda/Acura products. This vehicle has the most road noise of any. Low rumble form the rear. I do not think there is sufficient insulation/noise repression for the rear of the vehicle."

Benedict Z., NE (2014 Acura RDX)

"front seats very comfortable ample second row seating for 2"

Jeff R., FL (2014 Acura RDX)

"Ride is somewhat stiff and bumpy. Seats are very comfortable Noise is acceptable"

Anonymous, BC (2014 Acura RDX)

"the car is noisy, I wish I had bought a quieter car, will do so net time. Just take it to the store so this is not much of a problem."

Pat R., CA (2014 Acura RDX)

"Fits my body frame"

Anonymous, NC (2014 Acura RDX)

"Good thought out design, comfort, and styling. High quality. Sturdy. Secure."

Anonymous, CA (2014 Acura RDX)

"Multi-position seats are comfortable for longer distance drives of over two hours. Back seats are also very comfortable. Road noise is average, suspension and handling are excellent."

Anonymous, CA (2014 Acura RDX)

"Super comfortable an quiet while driving"

Ronald B., NB (2014 Acura RDX)

"the ride is not comfortable on long trips"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Acura RDX)

"The seats are vey comfortable. I have short legs and the seat allows my feet to touch the floor, not hit the middle of my calf. The head rest is also at a good angle so my head is straight not bent at an uncomfortable angle. The noise level could be better."

Susan B., CA (2014 Acura RDX)

"One of the best seats in any vehicle in a very long time. For the same year comparing this Acura seat to the honda CRV. Night and day."

Anonymous, OH (2014 Acura RDX)

"Very comfortable and quiet"

David J., OR (2014 Acura RDX)

"A well driving, comfortable, and good looking vehicle."

Peter P., NC (2014 Acura RDX)

"Seats are very comfy and perfectly height positioned for easy in and out. Optional positioning is good. I have back issues and the seats are great"

Anonymous, TX (2014 Acura RDX)

"The driver seat does not provide good support for my back."

David M., AL (2014 Acura RDX)

"The front seats are wonderful, comfortable, etc. we have had many complaints as to how uncomfortable the back seats are particularly on long drives."

Anonymous, VA (2014 Acura RDX)

"Very comfortable seats make it a pleasure on long trips"

Anonymous, OH (2014 Acura RDX)

"Positive driving experience on long trips."

Anonymous, VA (2014 Acura RDX)

"Front seats are too firm for me, especially the seat back. Cabin is quiet. Ride is on the firm side."

Anonymous, TX (2014 Acura RDX)

"A very comfortable SUV. Road noise is minimal and the overall ride is great -- firm but not too firm. Car handles well & has good power & acceleration."

Mark R., BC (2014 Acura RDX)

"My wife is the primary driver and she feels the most positive aspect of the RDX is the comfort and ride qualities. She much prefers to take it on road trips."

Richard H., WA (2014 Acura RDX)

"multi adjustable"

Anonymous, NC (2014 Acura RDX)

Value

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

What Owners Say

"Great value, AWD, great gas mileage, comfortable ride"

Anonymous, CT (2014 Acura RDX)

"No problems whatsoever, other than airbags need to be replaced"

DOUG W., IL (2014 Acura RDX)

"A solid car with good features but not overly fancy. Handling is solid and comfort is excellent. MPG is greater and accelerations is faster than comparable brands we looked at, such as BMW, Audi, and Lexus, for thousands less."

STEVE T., WA (2014 Acura RDX)

"Good ride."

Anonymous, MO (2014 Acura RDX)

"Fully loaded (including navigation system) for a price less than competitors."

Anonymous, CA (2014 Acura RDX)

"WE were only looking. The dealer made us an offer that we couldn't refuse. (We were replacing another Acura)"

DAVID B., MA (2014 Acura RDX)

"It was a better overall value than comparable luxury small SUV's such as BMW or Audi"

Anonymous, CO (2014 Acura RDX)

"Expensive for a 15 year old design."

RONALD C., NV (2014 Acura RDX)

"Great car for the value. Comes very well loaded."

Anonymous, VA (2014 Acura RDX)

"Most midsize SUV for the money, paid about 35k. Engine tranny combo is fabulous, smooth and powerful, yet still delivering 26 MPG."

ROBERT V., MA (2014 Acura RDX)

"For the price, I expected better finish."

KARREN C., RI (2014 Acura RDX)

"Great value if you do not get the top end package. Luxury vehicle features for average new vehicle pricing."

Anonymous, IL (2014 Acura RDX)

"Excellent all around SUV with good handling, acceleration, very comfortable seats, good legroom in the back. Price was $10K less than comparables from Audi, BMW, Lexus."

Steve T., WA (2014 Acura RDX)

"Looked at other SUV's and kept coming back to the Acura. The V6 engine along with the high level of technology basically was $10,000 more in other similar sized vehicles."

Anonymous, CT (2014 Acura RDX)

"Very reliable requiring only basic maintenance."

Anonymous, CA (2014 Acura RDX)

"Does everthing I ask it to do"

Peter K., IN (2014 Acura RDX)

"nice features/amenities for the money good value"

Jeff R., FL (2014 Acura RDX)

"A good price for a next step tier SUV (mid 30k)"

Anonymous, NJ (2014 Acura RDX)

"great economy"

Peter K., IN (2014 Acura RDX)

"Acura RDX has more features as standard compared to the competition. In addition to a good ride quality and power to weight ratio. Acura needs to get it right with the braking system, especially the rotors which warp over time"

Anonymous, NY (2014 Acura RDX)

"Lots for the money and only new tires and front pads in 54,000 miles!"

Ralph S., NY (2014 Acura RDX)

"Really great car for the money I paid Reliable Comfortable Drives week especially long trips"

Anonymous, OH (2014 Acura RDX)

"I think the electronics in this car are some of the worst on the market."

Anonymous, MN (2014 Acura RDX)

"The quality of the vehicule is superior"

Ronald B., NB (2014 Acura RDX)

"When purchased best bang for the buck."

Anonymous, LA (2014 Acura RDX)

"comparable across the board to its competitors but at a lower price"

Anonymous, CO (2014 Acura RDX)

"Got a great trade-in, good monthly payments."

Anonymous, CT (2014 Acura RDX)

"good acceleration and handling, quiet and smooth ride, for much less than other luxury brand vehicles"

Philip S., PA (2014 Acura RDX)

Styling

How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"sleek"

Anonymous, GA (2014 Acura RDX)

"Bad - I like to drive with the window cracked open regardless of the weather. After it has rained, I have to drive with the windows closed until I've made enough right or left turns for the water on the vehicle to roll off, otherwise it gets into the vehicle all the place. Or while it's raining lightly, water gets into the vehicle and gets the controls on the driver side wet. I have to keep a rag there most of the time to collect the water. I never had to do that with my Honda CRV because it was"

Anonymous, IL (2014 Acura RDX)

"Not crazy styling, fairly conservative"

DOUG W., IL (2014 Acura RDX)

"Very attractive car...stylish."

BEN W., VA (2014 Acura RDX)

"It fit in my garage"

MICHELLE C., CO (2014 Acura RDX)

"roof line is cut to low for front passengers. Somewhat difficult to get in and out of front seats."

WAYNE K., CA (2014 Acura RDX)

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