2008 Acura RDX Consumer Reviews

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2008 Acura Rdx
4.2
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Fun to drive

by from Tucson, AZ on May 22, 2011

I recently bought a gently used 2008 Acura RDX Tech model with 11,000 miles (lease return) and paid a fair price back in April for this single owner vehicle ($27.6k). I think a big part of my enthusia...
I recently bought a gently used 2008 Acura RDX Tech model with 11,000 miles (lease return) and paid a fair price back in April for this single owner vehicle ($27.6k). I think a big part of my enthusiasm for this car is that I basically got a new vehicle for $10k less than the comparable 2011 model, which has many of the same features. Besides the super fun turbo charged engine and the sh-AWD handling, the ELS premium sound system is AWESOME when using high quality DVD-A discs, which are not easy to find. I mostly just drive it to work (15 miles one-way) on surface streets and my wife drives it around town for errands. The pluses are Acura quality and its sporty drive, the minuses are a turbo lag, which can be ignored if you drive it correctly, very tight suspension, which can lead to some bumpy rides on bad rounds, and only one super comfortable seat - the drivers seat. Overall, I feel like I got a cool Acura with all of the bells and whistles, which make it a lot of fun to drive, and highly recommend looking for a low mileage used model rather than paying full price for new.
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Great car!

by from Salt Lake City on May 29, 2011

I have been so pleased with this vehicle. It is so much fun to drive. That little turbo gives you the extra kick when you need it. Drives great on snow and ice too. The best part is all of the voice ...
I have been so pleased with this vehicle. It is so much fun to drive. That little turbo gives you the extra kick when you need it. Drives great on snow and ice too. The best part is all of the voice command functions. My wife has a Lexus and mine is so much easier to use. Also, everything shows minimal wear. They really used high quality materials throughout.
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2008 RDX - Powerful, stylish, poor fuel efficiency

by from Chicago, IL on May 13, 2011

I really enjoy driving this car--the turbo gives it great power, the interior is stylish and the controls are easy to maneuver once you grow accustomed to them. The only complaint I have with the car ...
I really enjoy driving this car--the turbo gives it great power, the interior is stylish and the controls are easy to maneuver once you grow accustomed to them. The only complaint I have with the car is the horrible gas mileage it gets, especially for city driving. I am getting about 13.5 mpg in Chicago and with gas prices the way they are, that really adds up. So I overall like the vehicle, but am hesitant to give a strong recommendation due to the price of fuel.
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Fun SUV- Great Performance for the Money

by from Carlsbad (San Diego), CA on October 13, 2012

I've loved my RDX the last 3 years. It has been a fun car to drive- much more performance compared to other SUVs. I test drove quite a few before purchasing this one. The only ones that compared in ac...
I've loved my RDX the last 3 years. It has been a fun car to drive- much more performance compared to other SUVs. I test drove quite a few before purchasing this one. The only ones that compared in acceleration, cornering and braking were Mercedes, BMW (and probably the porsche cayenne) but all out of my price range. Other SUVs tend to be sluggish by far. The RDX feels like a large sports sedan and has nice finishing inside- good quality leather and trim. It's held up to babies turning preschoolers. Yes, it is smaller than some other SUVs, but you need to decide if you want cabin space vs performance. Get the MDX if you want a bigger vehicle. In terms of reliability, it's had few problems-- still under the 5 yr warranty. Just a speaker replacement and mirror replacement. Gas mileage-- it's pretty standard for an SUV. I get about 18 MPG, comparable to other SUVs. If you really want better gas mileage, than the tradeoff is performance and size of vehicle. would definitely recommend to a friend.
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Turbo AWD Fun for the Whole Family!

by from Chicago, IL on October 2, 2015

If you like boost and getting up to speed quickly, then this is the car for you! I purchased a certified 08 RDX w/Tech package in 2011 with 42K. We had a HonData flash and CPE intake which kicked up t...
If you like boost and getting up to speed quickly, then this is the car for you! I purchased a certified 08 RDX w/Tech package in 2011 with 42K. We had a HonData flash and CPE intake which kicked up the rev limiter, boost, and hp (which we highly recommend). We drove it like crazy and traded it in with 102K June 2014. I missed having a crossover (and driving an automatic once in awhile), so we picked up an 08 RDX w/Tech today with 47K on it. This is a great mom/small family vehicle. Our son will be getting his permit soon, and we like the idea of him learning how to drive in a safe vehicle. My husband and I both drive high horsepower, awd, turbocharged cars. The RDX is by far a larger vehicle that pleases all of our performance needs (without spending crazy $ on the purchase or gas), space (husband in 6'4"), and family needs.
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RDX Fan

by from New Jersey on November 12, 2010

We love everything about the car. Great look. Handles well. Very cool interior and the tech package is easy to use for anyone that is comfortable with computers. The only drawback is the gas mileage....
We love everything about the car. Great look. Handles well. Very cool interior and the tech package is easy to use for anyone that is comfortable with computers. The only drawback is the gas mileage. We are getting around 17.9mpg overall.
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Great Value Car

by from national city ca on February 21, 2014

Purchased this car as a first time buyer and I am thrilled with the features that it comes with for such a great price! It has a luxury feel without such a "luxurious" price. It has the technology pac...
Purchased this car as a first time buyer and I am thrilled with the features that it comes with for such a great price! It has a luxury feel without such a "luxurious" price. It has the technology package including navigation, back up camera, sunroof, Bluetooth, etc. I had a great experience with the dealership. Even though it took a few hours to get the deal done, it was worth it because I got what I wanted and they listened. They worked with what I have and got me a great deal. I will recommend this dealership to my friends and family!:)
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RDX 2008

by from Columbia, MD on May 2, 2011

I like this car a lot, few pros and cons are below: Pros - VERY FAST - sweet looking from outside and inside - complete package with GPS and Backup Camera - good performance overall - decent MPG compa...
I like this car a lot, few pros and cons are below: Pros - VERY FAST - sweet looking from outside and inside - complete package with GPS and Backup Camera - good performance overall - decent MPG compared to the power it brings Cons - Like all other Acura models during 2004-2008, this one has the side mirror problems every now and then, where either the mirror assembly or the actuator peice craps out and the mirros don't respond to memory settings or don't go down when put in reverse. Comes and goes with weather and temperature changes until one day they (WILL) need replacement - Brakes are not brembo, makes it harder to stop the car from high speeds - windsheild design creates a whisteling sound when driven above 80 MPH - I think this one has a CHAIN and not the timing belt, that makes the engine louder compared to other Acura models that have a timing belt. Give n take i guess - NOT MADE IN JAPAN (big downside to most of these Acura models) which makes the parts around window pane and the glass itself rattle on highway speeds and over bumpy roads. Even the rear glass brake light has a rattle issue. All these parts seem very weak in quality and it's the same problem in my 2008 TL Type S.
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I was surprised

by from Chicago, IL on November 21, 2008

This car is so much fun to drive and so easy on a long trip. I had a high performance car before and this is just as fun to drive.
This car is so much fun to drive and so easy on a long trip. I had a high performance car before and this is just as fun to drive.
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2007 been great toy

by from Naperville, IL on June 1, 2010

Bought mine in 4/07. Nothing gone wrong except corrosion on tire rims, had 2 replaced and others fixed for leaks in winter. Maintance will cost you and you need dealership to do so they can fix comput...
Bought mine in 4/07. Nothing gone wrong except corrosion on tire rims, had 2 replaced and others fixed for leaks in winter. Maintance will cost you and you need dealership to do so they can fix computer in car to stop annoying you. Sooooofun to drive. Drinks gas, but can use midgrade instead of premium per many ee's at dealerships. Performance may not be as good they say. Passenger seat is manual. Can be a pain. We own two diff Acura's. Both have not had any major repair. I really only go in for maintance and free car washes. Great car.
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