2018 Acura RDX Reviews, Ratings, Prices - Consumer Reports
Based on the previous generation Honda CR-V, among compact luxury SUVs, the RDX is benign and unassuming. While it lacks the agility and top notch interior quality of its peers, it's functional, reliable and relatively fuel efficient. One high point is its smooth, powerful V6, which, combined with its six-speed automatic transmission, manages a very respectable 22 mpg overall.

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.
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.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
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.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).

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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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
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. FCW and AEB standard from 2019.
Road Test

Based on the previous generation Honda CR-V, among compact luxury SUVs, the RDX is benign and unassuming. While it lacks the agility and top notch interior quality of its peers, it's functional, reliable and relatively fuel efficient. 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. Controls are frustrating with convoluted touchscreen logic and interior ambiance is rather plain-Jane for a supposedly luxury-class vehicle. Few upscale comfort and technology features are available. Nevertheless, the RDX proved competent all around, and it comes well equipped for the money. 

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD, Front
Warranty
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

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.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3.5-liter V6 (279 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2018 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 freezes up

"The hard drive had to be replaced under warranty."

Sumner H., FL (2018 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Terrible interface, very confusing. Freezes frequently."

Anonymous, FL (2018 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"the navigation system shuts off along with the radio and then reboots itself and comes back on by itself. I took the car to the Acura dealer and they were able to replicate the problem. The dealer contacted Acura Canada and they told the dealer to replace the navigation system under warranty. i have presently been waiting six weeks for the part . I personally called Acura Canada but I am still waiting, I am not real pleased with this kind of service."

Anonymous, ON (2018 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"The basic system does not find the best route to take. There is an option to connect to Acura Link to get optional routes but this fails some times and works other times"

Anonymous, ON (2018 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"does not recognize some addresses. Does not understand voice commands"

Anonymous, FL (2018 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"In dash navigation problem was connected to antenna problem and non-receipt of update software"

Anonymous, NC (2018 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Intermittently and at one point for 3 consecutive days during a 1300 mile trip, the GPS could not connect with Acura's Acuralink system."

Anonymous, (2018 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"The hard drive had to be replaced as the there was no correct navigation."

Anonymous, FL (2018 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Vehicle simply loses connections with two iPhones owned by household members. Reconnecting is time-consuming and does not always work. This is a chronic issue."

Anonymous, MI (2018 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Acura infotainment is set up to work primarily with Android phones. The best they could do with Apple was a Siri derivative which is an abysmal failure 50% of the time. This has been ongoing and is a major reason this will be my last Acura after 17 years of Acura products 1-TL, 3-RDXs"

Anonymous, (2018 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)
Radio

"It does not clearly play certain FM radio stations that work fine in other vehicles."

Anonymous, IL (2018 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Poor reception on a few radio stations that I do not experience with our Toyota."

Anonymous, IL (2018 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)
Routine software updates

"RDX's were recalled for faulty antenna's but ours was never recalled until we complained about lack of updates to Navigation"

Anonymous, NC (2018 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Car is leased. But company wanted me to pay for gps upgrades. I refused and either used suv or my phone to get directions"

Anonymous, NY (2018 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)
Voice control commands

"Navi system does not have good recognition of spoken language. Mistakes numbers for names. User has US midwestern accent. There is no way to verbally cancel a route once vehicle thinks it has correct info - even though it has used a number as the name of street. For example-spoken word BAYWOOD has consistently been heard as 81. This is just plain annoying!"

Anonymous, MI (2018 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 compressor failed within 6 months - Dealer replaced compressor under warranty."

Anonymous, AB (2018 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)
Blower (fan) motor

"Noisy at slow speed Motor replaced under warrantee"

Anonymous, ON (2018 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)
Heated or cooled seat controls

"Buttons are located at the worst p,ace. Constantly getting bumped and turned on. Quick working after 10k miles. Although under warranty, dealer was refusing to fix"

Anonymous, IN (2018 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

"AC did not function on spring trip to BC where AC required. Dealer in BC would not help - dealer in Alberta recharged system and installed UV leak indicator - still waiting for resolution."

Anonymous, AB (2018 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

"First rain I drove in, a few months after buying. Water leaked during driving in the rain. Dripped from roof near top of driver side pillar. Took it to the shop that day,and they dismantled but could not find a problem, but cleaned the drain. Have not experienced since, but it rains infrequently in Reno."

Anonymous, NV (2018 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"There is a rattle that appears when you go over 55 mph that seems to be coming from below the right seat or right door. I could not find an obvious cause and a local mechanic was not enthusiastic about looking"

Anonymous, NJ (2018 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"The airbag cover mounted in the steering wheel caused a terrible squeaking on bumpy roads"

Anonymous, CA (2018 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

"Noticed a puddle of oil on the garage floor, took the vehicle to the dealership and they replaced the left rear strut immediately under warranty with an apology. Told me it should have never happened, a defective part. I'm very pleased with the resolution process"

Anonymous, ON (2018 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"car developed a thumping, knocking noise coming from left front strut"

Anonymous, MD (2018 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"About a day after an alignment, the RDX went out of alignment such that the steering wheel had to be turned 10-15 degrees to drive straight."

Anonymous, TX (2018 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

Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

"The alarm would sound without any reason. It could only be stopped by disconnecting the battery. It was taken to Acura dealers approximately 11 times in 16 months due to this problem."

Anonymous, (2018 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"i can start i engine can start without key if car opened the radio turned on when the car was locked light in cabine blinks and alarm honking in raining weathrr"

Anonymous, (2018 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)
Keyless entry

"some time the car do unlock self"

Anonymous, (2018 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

Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"Button to open is in illogical location. Open sporadically which in turn causes it it hit things and. Hip paint"

Anonymous, IN (2018 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"The rear lift gate mechanism failed causing the tailgate to close on you while you are loading or unloading the vehicle. Dangerous and frustrating it failed so quickly. Expensive repair covered by warranty, but gives me concern on how long I will keep this vehicle."

Anonymous, PA (2018 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

"Loose wheel trim I.i. Mud guards from factory"

Anonymous, OH (2018 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"I have owned Acura automobiles for the last 20 years, this is the first time the paint chipped. I may stop purchasing Acura automobiles because of this problem."

Mark K., CA (2018 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

Squeaking

"The bakes squeak all the time and Acura will not do anything about the problem."

Ken M., CO (2018 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

"The brakes began squealing intermittently at 7,000 miles and after multiple trips continued. Acura finally redesigned the brake pads and caliper clips, which solved the problem. This is unacceptable on a brand such as Acura."

Anonymous, TX (2018 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Transmission was replaced by the dealer with the Manufacturer approval. It runs fine now. Good service by Dealer."

Anonymous, FL (2018 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"Periodically quit working altogether."

Myron L., NC (2018 Acura RDX None 3.5-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

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

Transmission Minor

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

Engine Major

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

Engine Minor

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

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.

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