2011 Acura RDX

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$32,895

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2011 Acura RDX
2011 Acura RDX

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Interior fit and finish
  • Manageable dimensions
  • Passing power
  • AWD handling
  • IIHS Top Safety Pick
  • Reliability

The bad:

  • Less cargo capacity than some competitors
  • Gas mileage
  • Nearly 40-foot turning circle
  • Cabin materials not as premium as some competitors

2 trims

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Notable features

  • Smaller than MDX
  • 240-hp turbocharged engine
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control

2011 Acura RDX review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview

The Acura RDX is a compact crossover luxury SUV that competes with other small luxury SUVs, such as the BMW X3 and Land Rover’s LR2. The RDX seats five and has a turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

New for 2011
There are no significant changes.

Exterior
Fresh front styling for 2010 gave the RDX a large Acura-family grille, the last model in the brand’s lineup to get that look. Other changes for 2010 included new headlights and taillights, and a restyled rear end to make the RDX look beefier and more closely resemble its Acura siblings.

Exterior features include:

  • Dual exhaust pipes
  • Liftgate spoiler
  • Xenon headlights
  • Side mirrors with integrated turn signals
  • 18-inch wheels
  • Fog lamps

Interior
Two front bucket seats and a 60/40-split folding rear bench seat provide seating for up to five people. The driver faces a three-pod instrument cluster.

A rearview camera, electronic compass and ambient footwell lighting are standard, along with a USB input to connect and charge MP3 players. On models with the optional navigation system, the rearview camera display moves from the rearview mirror to the 8-inch navigation screen.

Standard features include:

  • Leather upholstery
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Heated front seats
  • Moonroof

Under the Hood
The RDX comes with front-wheel drive or what Acura calls Super Handling All-Wheel Drive, which can manage torque distribution to the front and rear wheels and between the left and right rear wheels. The system is designed to improve the RDX’s handling response.

Standard features include:

  • 240-horsepower, turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder with 260 pounds-feet of torque
  • Variable valve timing with Acura’s Variable Flow Turbo to reduce turbo lag
  • Five-speed automatic with paddle shifters behind steering wheel

Safety
The RDX’s safety features include:

  • Antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability control
  • Active front head restraints
  • Side-impact airbags
  • Side curtain airbags

 

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.6
  • Interior design 4.4
  • Performance 4.6
  • Value for the money 4.4
  • Exterior styling 4.3
  • Reliability 4.8

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

Most reliable car Ive owned. Seriously

Besides a bad ax condenser, in 200k miles I haven’t had any problems. That’s hard to find nowadays. Quite an amazing vehicle if you ask me

4.7

Premium Gas but great ride

I ended up with my RDX while on vacation in Alabama. My trans went out on my MDX and so with the opportunity, I downsized to the RDX. The car performed wonderful for the 8 years 194K that I owned it. I did religiously fill it up with the premium gas that was required due to the turbo. I kept it maintained as required and the only issue that I had with this vehicle was after I replace the tires for the 1st time with RDX recommended tires, the car would shake when accelerating between 40 - 60. This only happened when accelerating. Changing tire, aligning, nothing really ever fixed this. Even after I changed the tires for the 2nd time and went with different brand RDX recommended tires I would still get the vibration, not as bad, but it still was not a smooth ride. So, if gas prices and taxes did not continue to rise, I would probably still be driving my RDX. But in my getting older age, I opted to trade out for a hybrid. Loved my Acura!

3.6

Fun 4-cyl TURBO Vehicle to own!

I owned this Acura for over 2 years, and loved it. The turbo was responsive and fun to drive and I never had any mechanical defects with the vehicle. I owned this vehicle from 50K miles through 90K. It was great in the snow and rain, and never let me down.

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Acura Precision
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
48 months/50,000 miles
Corrosion
60 months/unlimited distance
Powertrain
72 months/70,000 miles
Roadside assistance
48 months/50,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
6 years old and newer from their original in-service date, with 80,000 miles or fewer at time of vehicle delivery.
Basic warranty terms
2 years/100,000 miles
Powertrain
7 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
182-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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