2007 Acura RDX 2.3 turbo from North America

Summary:

Acura out did itself

Faults:

Nothing has gone wrong with the car.

General Comments:

I had to get out from my BMW X5 due to repair costs; wanted to get something that doesn't break. Looked at and drove Toyotas and Hondas, and when I drove the RDX, I was in love.

This car does everything; best of all worlds. I live in Montana, and have snow and long road trips. I've owned Acuras in the past, and loved them. It's quick, quiet, tight, and sharp.

I just did a full tune up, since the car has 20k miles and I wanted to know where I stand. Kind of a pain with the spark plugs, since they are under the cooler, but got it done in an hour.

These must be rare, because I don't see them around.

Drives much better than my past BMW X5's and Audi A6 quattro.

Sound system is amazing, and it has a comfortable ride.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th January, 2013

16th Jul 2018, 16:59

Recently tested out a 2007 Acura RDX at the local BMW dealer. The car had about 132,000 miles on it and was priced about 7499.00 before California taxes and fees... which add about another 10-12 percent to the price. They let me have it for 5 days to see if I liked it or not. The RDX of 2007 was based on the older Honda CRV/Civic platform. So it's smaller than the newer 2007 and up Honda CRV which had more room inside. The car was a lot of fun to drive. It was like a little SUV sports car. The turbo charged engine is a delight, but it does have some flaws to it.

PROS:

Great tight chassis with very little noises from squeaks or rattles.

Turbocharged engine 240HP 260lb torque engine is fun to drive.

Fit and finish on the car are 1st rate.

High performance tires.

Fun, small, quick little SUV for short trips, especially around town.

Leather interior was well put together.

Body and wheels held up very well for an 11 year old vehicle.

Great seats with plenty of controls for them.

Good riding position up higher than a regular car.

CONS:

Suspension is hard.

Wind noise.

Terrible nav with climate controls on the tech model... non tech model would be better.

Dark blue attracted a lot of dust after sitting out one night.

Engine would be a nightmare to work on; no room to work on anything in there... if a turbo went out or a starter/air conditioning compressor went out... you would be in big time trouble.

Speakers on this car need to be updated to better speakers.

Interior of the car is very tight... just not a lot of room in there.

If you are looking for a sporty fun 4 door SUV that drives like a sport car... then this is the vehicle. The car does have its flaws. This is a dealership car. And the price was 7499.00 plus fees... but I sense you can buy it from a private party for a lot less... maybe in the 5000-6000 dollar range. With the money saved you can upgrade the turbo to 300 HP unit... update the stereo and speakers and put top of the line tires on it.

I returned the car, not because I didn't like it, but there were noises coming from the turbo unit or accessories around it, and you couldn't get to it to see what it was. Also the dark blue just gets too dirty out here in the high deserts of California. The nav/air climate system was a mess. But I will miss that little sporty SUV with the nice turbocharged engine. What a fun little SUV, even with those flaws it had. I also tested a 2009 Lexus LS460 and a Honda 2011 Accord at the local Carmax dealership. Will write those reviews soon.

2007 Acura RDX Tech 2.3 turbo from North America

Summary:

Well crafted machine with nice options

Faults:

Brake rotor was warped, and the front seat heater was not working. Dealer repaired both under warranty.

The running boards get easily corroded in the winter.

General Comments:

The performance from the turbo is awesome.

The transmission occasionally shifts to a higher gear in city traffic and lugs.

Even with all the adjustments, I personally find the seats a little uncomfortable.

The shocks are quite stiff like my Volvo, but it never seems as jittery on the bumps.

The SH-AWD is really great, and this thing corners like crazy. The vehicle feels like you will never really push it to its limits, which builds confidence.

The cabin is very nice, and it takes a while to get used to all the buttons.

I personally do not like the heater controls, except the dual climate is great.

Stereo system is unreal.

Storage is adequate, but can be a little tight with two kids and a dog.

We had deep snow last week, and we were able to easily plow through some horrible ruts and deep shifting snow.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th January, 2011

31st May 2017, 18:51

200,000 km update. Still going strong. I did have to book it in for its first repair though. :(

Apparently the air conditioning clutch is on its way out. It seems to be a common problem and Acura did extend the warranty on this part to 160,000 km, but I'm way over that LOL.

2008 Acura RDX Tech Package 2.3 turbo from North America

Summary:

Fantastic

Faults:

Absolutely nothing.

General Comments:

This is a great vehicle. It handles like a car, has storage like a SUV (a small one), and has tons of power.

The interior is absolutely gorgeous and well laid out.

The AWD works well in winter conditions.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th January, 2011

27th Mar 2012, 11:53

Just a quick update. Turned over 115,000kms this week. Still runs like a top. No repairs so far.

25th Jul 2013, 10:29

140,000km update. Still no repairs. Averages 11-12L/100km around town. 8-9L/100km on the few highway trips we take.

It seems to eat through tires in ~60,000km, but other than that, we've had no issues.

Runs like a top. I'll be running this one to 300,000km at this rate.

5th Jan 2014, 21:57

Another update, 156,000 km. No issues or repairs. Even the brake pads are original.

I'll be looking for another set of tires in the spring. This last set got about 80,000 km and are worn right out.

17th Sep 2015, 03:23

Thanks for updating... :)

22nd Apr 2017, 20:44

No repairs at 150000 km: just another Honda fan day dreaming.

19th Sep 2018, 17:48

Another update.

Currently around 225,000km. I replaced the A/C compressor clutch around 200,000km. No other problems other than the sunroof motor that sometimes takes a few tries to close.