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

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
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.
NA
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
NA
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 2015 Acura RDX owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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 difficult to see

"Difficult to find navigation options with buttons"

Carl R., VA (2015 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Same issue as with Bluetooth. I've tried connecting a phone to play music but it continually disconnects. Impossible to use. Very annoying"

Anonymous, MA (2015 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"While driving my music (iPod) would just stop playing and "USB error" would display on screen. We took car to dealer twice for this issue but it still happens once in a while. If I restart the car it fixes the problem but the car is only 10 mo. ol"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Inaccurate. Takes us to the wrong place or sends us the wrong way approximately 50% of the time. Voice commands to it are very difficult. Very clumsy trying to enter a destination"

Anonymous, CT (2015 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Bluetooth won't work properly with an iPhone"

Anonymous, NY (2015 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Bluetooth connection is totally unreliable. It frequently disconnects for no reason. The dealer insists it is my phone's problem, but this happens with my Android, my husband's iPhone and both kids' iPhones. It is basically useless"

Anonymous, MA (2015 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"The device that pairs the phone to the car failed and had to be replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, PA (2015 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Do not always get a usb connection with the phone for playing music. The music cannot be manipulated"

Carl R., VA (2015 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)
Radio

"AM FM did not work"

Neil L., NY (2015 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"piece of s**t"

Anonymous, ON (2015 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)
Voice control commands

"Completely useless. Doesn't recognize commands. Goes through several steps when you should just be able to give it a command. Very non-intuitive"

Anonymous, CT (2015 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

"You can hear the wind noise coming in on the driver's side door; the Dealer was unable to fix it. It is a defect"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Trim around driver window not sealing. Getting air whistling through it"

Warren H., LA (2015 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Driver window seal defective"

Anonymous, PA (2015 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"Intermittent brake squeak"

Stuart S., MI (2015 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Rattle in dashboard area that took 3 visits to dealer to locate and fix"

Dawn L., CA (2015 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"The rear suspension bottoms out when going over bumps. It makes a thud sound"

Harold T., MA (2015 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"a suspension banging sound coming from the rear drivers side"

Anonymous, NJ (2015 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"floor on passenger side squeaks when you step on it. Brakes sometimes squeal"

Anonymous, CA (2015 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

Rotors

"I needed to replace 4 brake pads and rotors on the front tires due to normal wear etc after about 30,000 city miles"

Anonymous, IL (2015 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)
Squeaking

"Breaks always squealed backing up and were grabby. Acura replaced the rotors and pads which fixed the problem"

Anonymous, NV (2015 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Front brakes"

Anonymous, NY (2015 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"There was maintenance alert on the RDX. I found out because the brakes were screeching all the time. Dealer replaced front rotors and break pads - problem mostly solved"

Anonymous, MD (2015 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Wear sensors squeaking"

Anonymous, VA (2015 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

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

Shocks or struts

"Constant thump in rear suspension even over the smallest of bumps"

Anonymous, WI (2015 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Rear struts had to be replaced within the first year due to noise/clunking sound. Front struts had to be replaced in year 2 for the same reason"

Anonymous, NY (2015 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"At very low speed (while rolling) there was a noise like muffled popcorn popping. Dealer determined strut assembly even after tightening. Fully replaced & resolved issue immediately"

Anonymous, DC (2015 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

"same as previous statement. they can't find the problem. just the AC doesn't work at times"

Anonymous, TX (2015 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)
Automatic climate control

"upon occasion it doesn't work. they can't find the problem"

Anonymous, TX (2015 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

"I had on going slow refrigerant leak problem since the RDX was purchased. It was not fixed until 2016. I had to take it into the dealer 3 times since it was new to finally fix the problem"

Tim M., TX (2015 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

Keyless entry

"Apparently, the key fob is programmed to lower the windows and raise the sunroof if the unlock button is depressed for a certain period of time. Unfortunately, it happens unintentionally. I have to be very careful about handling and storing the ke"

Elizabeth M., SC (2015 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)
Warning lights

"Light indicated a battery failure, a sensor was replaced under warranttee"

Anonymous, CA (2015 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

Fuel cap

"Warning light comes on says to tighten fuel cap"

Anonymous, CA (2015 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

Slipping transmission

"Two days after purchase, the transmission had trouble shifting gears. I brought it back to the dealer who said the electronics in the transmission needed a reboot. It has been fine ever since"

Anonymous, CT (2015 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

Driveline vibration

"Wheel bearings had to be replaced within 4 months of purchasing the car"

Anonymous, MO (2015 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)

"My battery is being replaced and covered by waranty, it is not keeping charge"

Anonymous, WA (2015 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.

Engine Minor

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

Engine Cooling

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

Paint/Trim

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

Exhaust

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

Engine Major

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

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