The RDX doesn't push the envelope in styling, handling or interior quality, but it's benign, comfortable, and easy to live with. One high point is its smooth, powerful V6, which, combined with its 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.

Reliability

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, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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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 420,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2019 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 2016 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

"Auto collision avoidance system went wonky.. Simple dealer fix . All is ok now"

Chris G., TX (2016 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Front Sensor is inconsistent. Alarm goes off when no objects present or fails to signal when object present"

Frederick S., FL (2016 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)
Display screen difficult to see

"In beige color, screen can't be brightened to see choices"

Frederick S., FL (2016 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Numbers and letters on display screen were jumbled and not readable. Received prompt and corrective action from ACURA dealer"

Robert K., AR (2016 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)
Display screen freezes up

"The screen would freeze and or show jibberish"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"The pre-set channels came up blank, wrong, or late. The dealer replaced the unit and it works ok now"

Counseling C., ID (2016 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)
Display screen goes blank

"I've taken the RDX in numerous times, but nothing has been done to stop the issue. I provided photos and a video of the screen going black. The bottom line is this- planning on trading it"

Anonymous, FL (2016 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"I had some issues continuing the SIRIUS XM on the car past the free period. It also loses my speed dials and contacts"

Anonymous, VA (2016 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Interface with iPhone does not work - requires a Pandora app that doesn't work. USB regularly cuts out with iphone and disconnects. Blue tooth is very slow reaction"

Dennis Q., VA (2016 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Pandora connection is very poor. Interface does not sync consistently with current selection"

Anonymous, VA (2016 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Nav has numerous errors such as incorrect street names, exit names and numbers"

Anonymous, NY (2016 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"You need to learn Acura language, it is totally useless when driving using voice commands and not much better when stopped and using on screen controls. Only way I can even begin to use it without wasting time is through Acura Link which I can then forward to the vehicle, then it works. In contrast I rented a 2017 Ford Escape, that took me 30 seconds to learn, it understood my voice commands even when I wasn't very clear!"

Gerry S., SK (2016 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Nav system does not work with toll roads even though there is an option for it"

Anonymous, VA (2016 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Most of the time having trouble with incoming and out going phone calls"

Anonymous, IL (2016 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Android phones keep dropping and reconnecting on conversations"

Bart C., FL (2016 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Occasionally I have to pair my phone to the Bluetooth. It should stay paired al the time. not worth going back to dealer for"

Harvey S., MA (2016 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)
Radio

"Sometimes radio would show information in what looked like Japanese characters versus English"

Anonymous, SC (2016 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Screen displayed unknown characters/symbols instead of the station call numbers, i.e. 92.9 FM etc"

Anonymous, AB (2016 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)
Voice control commands

"Same issue as Navigation system, needing to use Acura language - useless!"

Gerry S., SK (2016 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

"AC condenser water caused gurgling noise in vents. Dealership mechanics trying to fix left inside hose open which leaked. Issue was that water pipe from condenser had a crimp near back of vehicle from factory and water could not drain fast enough"

Rosanne L., NY (2016 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"There was a rattle in the dash. It was eventually fixed at the dealership the 3rd time we took it in"

Jay P., NC (2016 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"There is a loud squeak in the Dash for the past 30 days. I have not had the vehicle serviced yet to see if Acura can diagnose the issue"

Segaul F., FL (2016 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Squeak around the dashboard"

Anonymous, VA (2016 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)
Wind noise

"car is noisy going down the road. hear noise from tires to body"

William D., TX (2016 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"This has been consistent since purchase. Outside wind noise at certain speed"

William L., AB (2016 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

Automatic climate control

"Climate control system would not blow cool air but only warm air because it was sensing the outside cool temperature and over compensating"

Anonymous, AB (2016 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Does not maintain heater tempersture"

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"a/c stopped working. Car was under warranty. Dealership diagnosed the problem and made the repair. Easy Peasy. They even gave me a nice loaner car to use while my car was worked on. Great Customer Service"

Donald B., FL (2016 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Took it to a Acura dealership and they found that the coupling was loose which caused the refrigerant to leak. Repair was completed in about 3 hrs and under factory warranty. Has been fine since then!"

Anonymous, TN (2016 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

Premature brake wear

"service team detected a scratching on the brake pad and replaced them at no charge"

Anonymous, ON (2016 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)
Squeaking

"Made a clunking noise when braking. They replaced the pads and rotors"

George H., FL (2016 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"After numerous attempts by Acura to fix the squeaking problem they now say there's nothing more they can do until manufacturer comes out with a fix. This issue is annoying given this is brand new car!"

Sandy D., WA (2016 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Approx every 5,000-7,500 the brakes start sound squeaking and grinding type noise. First time, the dealer said brakes were glazed and they resurfaced them, second time they replaced front rotors and pads, have not returned for recent noises yet"

Anonymous, CA (2016 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

"Water was entering the car due to a seal on the trim"

Anonymous, MD (2016 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"White car. Bumpers faded to light-yellow"

Anonymous, MD (2016 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"The clear coat on the front bumper (and only the front bumper) began to separate from the color coat beneath it in more than a dozen places. This was especially true around the sensors. To be fair, I should mention that the bumper also was damaged by many chips in the paint due to driving in construction areas. The dealer, with no hesitation, expertly repainted the front bumper at no cost and provided a free loaner as needed. We were positively impressed"

Dale B., IN (2016 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"paint separating on the bumper around the sonic sencors"

Anonymous, FL (2016 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

Tire pressure monitor

"Tire pressure varies up and down while operating the vehicle. Each tire can vary as much as 4 psi from one another"

Bart C., FL (2016 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"IN COLD WEATER TIRE PRESSURE LITE COME ON IN WARMER WEATHER LITE GOES OUT"

Robert T., NY (2016 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

Oil leaks

"The gasket for the plug into the oil pan failed--so there was a leak. VERY minor problem BUT--I had to take it in and have them discover the problem and resolve it. It took an hour even though they gave me loaner car assuming it might be more serious. Basically a false alarm. No system failures. It followed an oil change"

Anonymous, WA (2016 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.

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.

Engine Major

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

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

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

Exhaust

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

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.

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

Engine Cooling

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

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Recalls
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AIR BAGS:FRONTAL:DRIVER SIDE INFLATOR MODULE
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:FRONTAL:DRIVER SIDE INFLATOR MODULE
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
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