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Acura RDX



  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Congrats on your new RDX!!

    I hope you'll drop by our Dealer Ratings & Reviews page to write up your experiences with both dealers.
  • Hi all. I've got 3 drivers and 2 cars. Need some new wheels. I've driven the RDX, Outback XLT, Audi A-4 quattro, and BMW X-3. The outback is nice and quick but I can't get over the image thing. The Audi and BMW are also nice but am concerned about long term reliability. I really liked the RDX (currently own a TSX) but wonder if the stiff ride and on or off turbo personality will get old. Any comments? Thanks! :confuse:
  • The turbo is barely noticeable as long as you don't floor the gas pedal at low speeds.

    The sporty ride isn't for everyone. If you're looking for something more cushy, try the Lexus RX.
  • The Lexus RX is nice and cushy but not sporty enough. Guess I'm searching for the perfect car: sporty, reliable, drivable in occasional snow, etc. etc. etc. Not sure such a vehicle exists but I want to find one that comes close.
    Thanks for your input.
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    But if you need a truly FUNCTIONAL AWD system the RX is not it, not even close. Certainly not in comparison to the RDX's SH-AWD system.
  • Sounds to me that the RDX is perfect for you. You can also look at the Infinitis, but those will have less cargo space.
  • I agree the RX system is reactive and not very good at reacting either. The RDX system is proactive at least to some extent.
  • I am leaning more and more toward the RDX. The Infinitis are nice also but I don't care for the styling. Also, I have had a great experience with the local Acura dealer with my TSX.
  • h2k2f2h2k2f2 Posts: 44
    I've had the opportunity drive the '08 over some of Houston's rough streets. I'm originally from the Midwest, which has some rough streets and the Houston streets that I drove on seemed to be quite bad in comparison. Still, I found the ride of the RDX to be quite comfortable. For the life of me, I really can't understand why people seem to complain so much about the RDX ride. It's quite nice IMHO.
  • stathisstathis Posts: 32
    People who complain about the RDX ride, usually compare against slow, unsporty cars, with "comfy" suspensions.
    The RDX has a sportier suspension. I too think it rides fine the way it is. But in addition, it handles really well.
  • mvs1mvs1 Posts: 462
    So the wife and I went out yesterday to test drive the RDX one last time before leasing or buying it. We had a last quote of $1000 over invoice inclusive of CT's $199 doc fee, and were confident that we could trim some more off the price in future discussions.

    Well, after the test drive (2nd time), the wife stated she no longer liked the vehicle. :confuse: Her comments are mainly subjective, but honestly who's are not in purchases such as these. She is of the opinion that the RDX is confused (I've heard this comment about Acura in general and are purchase is getting more confusing by the day). From her perspective spending the additional dollars between the RDX and CRV (another of the vehicles she likes) is something she just can not do. Even with the tech extras and more powerful engine, they do not separate the two enough in her mind. We also test drove a BMW X3, which we both agree handles better than an RDX. In her words, the RDX is jumpy and hyper as opposed to feeling glued to the road. She had other comments along these lines as well.

    We then headed over to Audi (she currently drives an A4), VW, for a Toureg2 and Passat, and then test drove an Acura MDX (this has potential).

    So after a fun day :sick: , she's still undecided, her criteria is simply :P , fun to drive and room for a new family addition (i.e. storage for baby stuff).

    Cars now under consideration; MDX, RX350, CRV, and a player yet to be named.

    UGH, I don't think I'm going to make it!
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    Yes, if the new nicer looking CR-V had the SH-AWD system I might consider a trade myself.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587 list a sporty SUV, a near-luxury SUV, and a mainstream compact SUV.

    You gotta narrow it down a little. :P
  • mvs1mvs1 Posts: 462
    Yeah I know...I know. But it's her car so she weighs the pros and cons of each. Her ideal vehicle (from what she's described) is a small SUV with high reliability, safety, AWD, and drives like a german sedan.

    She (we) also weigh value overall. For example is an RDX leases out similar to say an MDX or Lexus RX, then we'd opt for the vehicle in the class above. Thus far with just fees down these cars are all within $50 per month, The quote we received on an RX at invoice leases out at $587.XX per month, 36M, 12K miles, (CT taxes included, with the dealer marking up the money factor slightly). She's confirming a RDX w/Tech today, I think it's in this range as well. MDX w/TECH $600.XX per month 39months, 12K miles (CT tax included and same inception fees)

    I think her eyes may be falling on the soon to be released Infiniti EX.

    She's giving the RDX another try this week, as it does actually meet her criteria.

    UGH :sick:
  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    Wives should never be given car-buying decisions! :P (Unless she is paying for it completely out of her own money. Not joint account money, not matrimonial asset, but her money , ie. inheritance :P )
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Dunno about the drives like a german sedan part, but maybe I could agree with drives like a german SUV.
  • mvs1mvs1 Posts: 462
    UGH! :cry:

    I'm going to convince to just pick a car with one part made in Germany.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Well, technically, I'm wrong, the Touareg for instance isn't the least bit sporty IMO.
  • "So after a fun day , she's still undecided, her criteria is simply , fun to drive and room for a new family addition (i.e. storage for baby stuff). "

    That sounds similar to my situation. Its not that I don't care about performance, but I have to temper that with practical needs about safety, cargo room and reliability, and price. But before all that, I have to like how the car looks or what's the point? So performance ends up kind of the bottom of the list.

    The funny thing is, this isn't just a female thing to care about looks over performance--my husband and I both liked how the CX-7 drove, but he thought the interior was too cheap and tacky feeling.

    Just curious about why you ruled out the A4 Avant, seeing as how your wife drives the A4 now..or even the A6 avant. Do you really want a taller car for the storage or for the ...SUVness of it? I ruled the A4 Avant out because of lack of availability (not many wagons on the lots), and it was a bit small for how much money it cost. The A6 was out of the price range new, and again, we just can't find any used to even see how they are. And a few people have warned us about the reliability of audi's.

    I haven't driven the MDX yet, but I plan to try that and the RDX next. The CRV just feels so econo-sparse on its interior, that I was the one saying it was too "blah" for us.

    We both really liked the Infinti FX, but the new ones aren't in our price range, which starts the typical issues of trying to find a good used one.
  • Consumer Reports has the 2008RDX again on the recommended list, along with most of other Acura models.
    Reliability still above average, solid red (=good) for the important areas, engine/transmision/electrical, and only one black for the stereo. Very acurate and unbiased.
    I've realized that insurance is relatively high for the RDX. Best quotes for my area: BMW540 $1,000/yr, MDX $1,200/yr, RDX $1,400/yr.
    I know that SUVs cost more to insure than cars. But why would the RDX insurance be higher than the (huge) MDX?
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