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#114 of 293 Re: RDX owner potential disappointments [kreozz]
Jun 21, 2012 (11:53 am)
It is a great car, thus far one of the best I've owned. I traded in a 2009 RDX w/Tech Pkg.
I love the car...far better looking, smoother & a much quieter ride. I find the phone & navigation system to be terrible compared to my previous RDX & my wife's MDX. Due to safety considerations by Acura one cannot change the GPS or access the phonebook while the car is moving. And only being able to vioce tag 20 contacts in the phonebook makes the system practically useless. This compared to 50 voice tags in the previous RDX and the 2012 MDX.
#115 of 293 Re: RDX owner potential disappointments [kreozz]
Jun 21, 2012 (12:08 pm)
If you read earlier posts you'll see some frustration/confusion over the fact that the VCM engine on the RDX doesn't really "coast" like you might expect it to depending on how your previous car behaved. For me, it's counterintuitive and has meant changing the way I drive, i.e., keeping my foot on the accelerator more than I feel I should, because taking my foot off the accelerator feels almost like downshifting, like the car almost lurches. I've had to learn to drive differently to prevent passengers from feeling nauseous.
I don't know if anybody else has experienced this, but compared to my old TL, the seats on the RDX are a little "flatter" and have proven to be a pretty unreliable place to put anything down. Groceries, papers, whatever... If I just put it on the seat, there's a decent chance it's going to end up on the floor before I get home.
The other deficiencies vs. the competition are more transparent, and things you would know before buying. Limited speed dials, No rear vents, no rear 12V outlet, no grocery hooks, no reclining rear seats, no fold-flat seats, no really functional cargo compartment or net to hold small things.
Still a great car and a great value.
#116 of 293 Re: RDX owner potential disappointments [kreozz]
Jun 22, 2012 (7:15 am)
If you happen to be thinking of relying on a decently functional F/awd (SH-AWD) system in the new RDX then you are flat out of luck. The RDX F/awd system has been down-graded to the level of, equal of, the one in the Ford Escape.
Life is full of trade-offs, more "expensive" motor, cut cost corners elsewhere.
#117 of 293 Re: RDX owner potential disappointments [quakerwildcat]
Jun 22, 2012 (7:22 am)
"...doesn't really coast..."
Unlike the current crop of hybrids the RDX cannot generate "fuel" during coastdown periods. But what it can do instead via using the new full fuel cut technique is conserve fuel. Take your foot completely off the gas pedal for coastdown and the engine goes into the coastdown full fuel cut mode.
The car will downshift sequentually as roadspeed declines in order to keep the engine turning over above stall RPM.
#118 of 293 Re: RDX owner potential disappointments [wwest]
Jun 22, 2012 (7:42 am)
Yes, it and a few minor changes are a downgrade, but the improved ride, noise reduction and fuel economy are worth the trade off. To me the new navigation and Bluetooth systems are a real negative and actually do not improve safety in anyway. Having to pull over on an interstate highway to change the GPS or make a phone call is far from being safe. Going from safe to dangerous
#119 of 293 Re: 2013 RDX Regular Gas [richardyc]
Jun 23, 2012 (12:48 pm)
I have a2013RDX . The manual states that using gas with an octane rating lower than 87 can lead to engine damage. Here in Houston, Shell offers three octane levels 87, 89, and 93. Seems to me the regular87 octane is sufficient. For some reason I have been using the higher grades.
#120 of 293 Re: 2013 RDX Regular Gas [texan8899]
Jun 23, 2012 (1:11 pm)
Use 91. If Acura didn't think the engine needed it they wouldn't recommend it. Your paying nearly $40K for a car there is no use in cheaping out on the gas. In addition, you'll get better gas mileage with the 91 in the RDX
#121 of 293 Re: RDX owner potential disappointments [twwilliam]
Jun 23, 2012 (1:15 pm)
that really does seem silly. way to nanny state.
we looked at an Audi today, and I asked about that. The sales guy said as long as you OK the disclaimer, it would let you make changes on the go.
also, can't you use the navi or phone via the voice commands while moving?
I think a good solution (well, better than what Acura has now) is to tie it into the passenger airbag sensors. If someone is in that seat, allow changes.
Not an issue for me, since if we get one, it won't have the tech package anyway!
Jun 23, 2012 (1:18 pm)
We've had the RDX(awd non-tech) for about 3 months now and have around 3,000 miles. It has averaged 23.2 mpg. Not bad considering the Nissan Rogue we had averaged 1mpg better and had 120 less horsepower, a cvt, and was a lot lighter. The cylinder deactivation works like a charm. You would have no clue that this model even had it if someone didn't tell you. It's like having a super-overdrive but you don't feel anything.
The only downside that we've experienced so far is that my wife's Iphone sounds like crap when using Bluetooth. I haven't tested my Razr Maxx on it yet. On the plus side, we both have been able to stream pandora via Bluetooth.
Overall, very happy with the purchase.