When the Acura RDX first appeared in 2006, it was supposed to become a huge success. Unfortunately, the crossover didn't stand up to expectations. Over the past half-decade, it faced low sales. According to Consumer Reports, it all is because of stiff riding, unrefined design and unimpressive fuel efficiency. Yet unlike the first-gen Acura RDX, the new CUV was recommended by Consumer Reports.
The CR gave the compact SUV the top rating of 'Recommended.' The main reason for it was that Acura gave up the turbocharged four-cylinder in favor of the new 3.5-L V6 engine. During the test drive, the V6 proved to have sweeter sound, give plenty of power and generate quicker acceleration. The revised RDX also sports a simpler AWD system. It is not as helpful on the race-track as the SH-AWD used in the first-gen CUV, however it significantly reduces weight. The above upgrades made the ride quality better than before and also helped the vehicle to show improved fuel economy numbers. The new RDX is also said to have a roomy interior with enough features for the price. Front seats offer a great blend of comfort and support, while the rear seats are spacious enough for three adults.
The Audi Q3 and BMW X3 are the only rivals to the RDX. Editors at CR report that the RDX still has room for improvement, however, only the Acura RDX and Audi Q3 got a Recommended rating, while the X3 didn't as it was hard to predict reliability of its new 2.0-L turbocharged four-cylinder engine.