The revised 2013 Acura RDX has found at least one happy customer, and it's an important one: Consumer Reports. The editors at CR gave the RDX crossover their top rating of "Recommended" after Acura ditched the turbocharged four-cylinder that had served as the RDX's sole powerplant since its launch in 2006.

Praise was heaped upon the new powertrain, which features the Honda corporate 3.5-liter V6 in a 273-horsepower state of tune mated to a six-speed automatic. But CR was unimpressed with the new, less-sophisticated all-wheel-drive system in the RDX, which was slow to transfer power rearwards.

Editors liked the redesigned RDX's softer ride, but were much less enthusiastic about its handling, which was judged inferior to the BMW X3 and Audi Q5. The BMW scored highest in the magazine's testing and the Audi also received a Recommended rating. The X3 was not recommended due to an inability to predict the reliability of BMW's new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

CR called the RDX's 22 mpg combined fuel economy "respectable" and predicts that its reliability will be "average or above," leading to the magazne's new endorsement.

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      FuelToTheFire
      • 2 Years Ago
      I pretty much agree with CR. I don't understand any of the bitching by the so called "car enthusiasts" on AB and Jalopnik. The RDX may have had SH-AWD and all earlier, but the fuel econmy was compromised and so were sales. What Honda did with this generation was to make it appeal to a broader range of customers, and with that they succeeded. I'm starting to see these everywhere around San Francisco. That doesn't mean that they compromised anything with this generation, though. Being a Honda product, it will undoubtly come with master engineering, solid performance, and will be fun to drive, with engaging steering, while returning excellent performance and being very practical, and of course, coming with Honda's low TCO, low maintainance costs, an bulletproof reliability. I think I might just be the target demographic for this. We have a 3 year old and a 14 month old infant. We currently have a Jeep Cherokee. It's been a great truck, returning decent mileage, and so far it's been really reliable, but I just think with our two young kids we might need a little bit more space. The Cherokee also is a little bit rough riding on city streets. I could use a softer ride in my next car, and I wouldn't mind paying a little bit extra for some bells and whistles. So far, this seems like a great pick for me.
      Walt
      • 2 Years Ago
      I thought this was an auto site. Even mentioning the "CR" words makes it less so.
        BTCC
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Walt
        Autoblog has far less credibility than Consumer's Report.
          Walt
          • 2 Years Ago
          @BTCC
          Really? I take it you've looked into CR's annual survey methodology and how they report results? CR is nothing but a feel good wrapper for those that have been duped into buying Asian vehicles and shouldn't even be mentioned on any respectable auto site.
      EChid
      • 2 Years Ago
      It deserves it. This was a well thought-out, well redesign of a car that wasn't selling well. Yes, it may not appeal as much to the enthusiast sole now, but the product is simply a better one and one that is far better matched to NA. For all of its missteps lately, this was one of Honda/Acura's better moves.
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        ClementZ
        • 2 Years Ago
        Why does everything need a diesel engine?
          • 2 Years Ago
          @ClementZ
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        BG
        • 2 Years Ago
        For the demographic at which this thing is aimed? They would not know how to shift. They would get confused at the gas station.
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      Nick
      • 2 Years Ago
      Acura may not be the true enthusiast brand it once was, but they're still making good vehicles. This was a brilliantly executed redesign. They're selling like hot cakes. Maybe they'll replace the AWD for the superior SH-AWD as a upper package in the future. That way the base model could still keep the good FE.
      Gordon Chen
      • 2 Years Ago
      The turbo engine was too thirsty, so smart move to get rid of it. My mom has an RDX and she's fortunate her commutes are short distances. I still wish they kept the SH-AWD.
        seanleeforever
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Gordon Chen
        there is a SH-AWD option
          seanleeforever
          • 2 Years Ago
          @seanleeforever
          what the hell are your auto moron talking about? can't you even google before posting random BS? google acura rdx sh-awd and the first you see is "305-hp, 3.7-liter, V-6 with SH-AWD®. Starting at $35705" and yes, they have both FWD and AWD versions.
          ClementZ
          • 2 Years Ago
          @seanleeforever
          No there isn't.
          night_flight
          • 2 Years Ago
          @seanleeforever
          seanleeforever, not everything you read on the internet is true. It's well known that the 2013 RDX has a cheapened AWD system similar to the Honda CRV. Go to Acura's website and you will not find any SH-AWD references on the RDX specification pages. Acura's site refers to the RDX having "AWD" with no "SH" next to the description.
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      Bill
      • 2 Years Ago
      I just bought my RDX a month ago and I love it - sure the ride is a little softer - but after comparing with the Q5, XC60, and X3, I could not justify the price differential for stiffer steering in daily traffic or the thought of owning another unreliable German car or Chinese Swede with terrible gas mileage. The ELS sound system is incredible and the car is pin drop quiet at highway speeds. All the technology is great...including the cylinder deactivation which is a boat load of fun if you are a wanna-be hypermiler! I'm averaging better than published gas mileage on the highway, but I also don't drive it like a crazy man. In short, the car does almost everything right and it reminds me of the build quality I knew from older Honda models like my family's '93 Accord where everything felt solid.
        Connor Murphy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Bill
        Not sure why Consumer Reports would even compare the RDX to the X3. The obvious target the RDX was going after was the Lexus RX. Size, engine, everything down to the way the rear seats lay down is similar to the RX but priced $10,000 less. Great job by Acura, and I sell both them and Lexus.
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