What's Wrong with the Acura RDX?

Owners of this CUV have sent in 114 complaints with an overall PainRank™ of 5.15. That ranks 17th in reliability out of 21 Acura models.

Problems to Expect with the RDX

RDX owners generally have the most trouble with brakes problems, followed by the accessories - interior and electrical.

  1. RDX Squealing Brakes

    There's something funky with the brakes in the 2013-2019 RDX. Owners complain early and often that the brakes squeal and squeak so much that they often duck down when stopp  

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  2. Takata Airbag Inflator Recall

    A large number of Acura vehicles have been recalled because they contain dangerous airbag inflators made by Takata. The shrapnel-hurling inflators have been recalled in over 37 million vehicles (and counting). 

    Published in #airbags-seat-belts on

  3. Infotainment Freezes

    An Acura RDX infotainment lawsuit alleges the systems suffer from problems with the radios, backup cameras and the audio and navigation systems. The 2019-2020 RDX SUVs are allegedly a danger to drive because of the distractions caused by th... 

    Published in #interior on

RDX Generations

Generations are groups of model years where the vehicles are continuously produced, using similar engineering and shared features. Generation data isn't always cut-and-dry and is often different for different countries. When in doubt, we use North American generation data.

  1. 3rd Generation RDX (2019—2020)

    This generation ranks 26th in reliability out of 35 generations.

  2. 2nd Generation RDX (2013—2018)

    This generation ranks 27th in reliability out of 35 generations.

  3. 1st Generation RDX (2007—2012)

    This generation ranks 24th in reliability out of 35 generations.

Most Common Complaints

Brakes
10 owners have complained about "brake squealing." This problem is filed under Brakes issues and can cost an average of $350.00 to fix.
Brakes
5 owners have complained about "brakes squeak." This problem is filed under Brakes issues.
Interior
5 owners have complained about "navigation system not working properly." This problem is filed under Interior issues.
Interior
5 owners have complained about "infotainment not working." This problem is filed under Interior issues.
Engine
3 owners have complained about "lost acceleration "limp mode"." This problem is filed under Engine issues.
Electrical
3 owners have complained about "battery keeps going dead." This problem is filed under Electrical issues.
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RDX in the News

2019

2016

  • Acura Among 2.2 Million Recalls for Takata

    When a storm cloud starts dropping rain, you can only dodge the drops for so long. Such is the case for another 2.2 million Honda and Acura vehicles that are now involved in one of the largest and most dangerous recalls in automotive history.

    Published in #recall on

2015

  • Some Acuras are Detecting Collisions That Aren't There

    The 2014–15 Acura MDX and RLX have a 'collision mitigation braking system' that watches the road and hits the brakes if you’re about to crash. And that’s great when you’re about to slam into somebody’s bumper, less so when the system gets confused by a shiny guardrail that’s 100 feet away.

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Recalls, Investigations, and Technical Service Bulletins

RDX Recalls

There are 5 RDX recalls and the following years are involved in the most campaigns.

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Complaints
2007 2
2008 2
2013 2
2010 1
2011 1
2016 1
2009 1
2014 1
2015 1
2017 1
2012 1

RDX Investigations

There are 0 RDX investigations.

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Complaints

RDX TSBs

There are 239 RDX TSBs and the following years are involved in the most.

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Complaints
2016 91
2014 87
2013 80
2015 68
2007 64
2008 61
2017 49
2009 46
2010 44
2012 43
2011 41
2019 38
2018 17