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Old 08-27-2018, 10:12 AM
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Old 08-27-2018, 10:43 AM
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^^ That last video really shows the negative effects altitude has on engine performance. Car hardly moves at all after he hits the accelerator until the turbo spools up.
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I was reading the comments from Alex and Sofiyan's last review and a gentleman responded to some: "How do I like the RDX? I literally could not be happier with it. The build quality is superb, the performance from the turbo four with its 280 foot pounds of torque combined with the 10-speed tranny and its low 1st and 2nd gears make it crazy fast when the light turns green (if you’re into that sort of thing), and the cool features that come with the Advanced trim such as the HUD, 16-way adjustable front seats, touchless rear lift gate and others make me feel like I’m driving a $75,000 machine. I was very picky about the exterior and interior colors and trim that I wanted and had to wait almost a month for the RDX to be built and delivered to my dealer in the Bay Area from Ohio, but it was well worth it. I don’t notice anything that could be described as “harsh upshifting.” But I have only had the car for 10 days and am still getting acclimated to the 10-speed transmission. From my perspective, everything about “my” RDX is about as flawless as it can be. The workers and robots that put it together on July 22nd (its build date) apparently had an excellent day."



I thought to share with you here. I think it's an excellent piece of info for the serious buyers.
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Comparison between Infiniti , Lexus and Acura RDX ..
Poor Infiniti and Lexus .. They got road killed
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Great video. I was waiting for this video

Go Acura Go!!
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You notice that he is smiling the entire time that he is driving the RDX!
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He was really, really liking the QX50....err, until it "completely died" three times in a row off-camera (at full-throttle at a freeway on-ramp, no less). Ouch.
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With an Infiniti engineer right next to him, which can not explained why it die
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Itís funny but I am not surprised lol!

For me no matter what website with what data talk shit about the reliability of Acura. I wonít buy it. Acura failed in the design and novality departments for the past 8-10 years. But what kept the company alive: itís the reliability and resale value.

All brands and cars will have their issues. But Acura is definitely superior than Infiniti when it comes to reliability and resale. That said, Acura is back with 2019 RDX. Canít wait to see the TLX, MDX, RLX, ILX and many more to join the RDX path. By 2020, Acura will be in a good spot.

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Quick question: honestly there are over 50 articles and videos about the new RDX. I love it but do you guys think These are paid reviews or genuinely reviewers make these videos. For example,Alex and Redline have at least 6-7 reviews about RDX.

of course the Canadian and US sales numbers show the success of the car but just curious.
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Would anyone happen to have a clue what is taking so long for Consumer Reports to deliver their Road Test review of the 2019 RDX, or when it could be expected? In has been "In Test" for months. I e-mailed them, and they wouldn't provide an estimate.
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Old 09-10-2018, 08:35 AM
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they are trying to decide how much they hate the touchpad and the shifter.
Even if everyone else loves the RDX, I would be surprised if CR shared the love.
I actually subscribe to the online but cancellation is coming soon....they are very inconsistent and many of my experiences are exactly the opposite of CR
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Well. Itís a publication and many of their subscribers simply rely on their recommendations without an interest to figure things out themselves. They have to cater to their larger population. They never liked the button shifter for good reasons.

I care are less about their opinions on looks and designs but more on reliability and safety ratings.


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they are trying to decide how much they hate the touchpad and the shifter.
Even if everyone else loves the RDX, I would be surprised if CR shared the love.
I actually subscribe to the online but cancellation is coming soon....they are very inconsistent and many of my experiences are exactly the opposite of CR
In fairness, the focus from CS has always been long term usability and reliability. Even from a first drive review.
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Well. Itís a publication and many of their subscribers simply rely on their recommendations without an interest to figure things out themselves. They have to cater to their larger population. They never liked the button shifter for good reasons.

I care are less about their opinions on looks and designs but more on reliability and safety ratings.


oh I hate the shifter button set up as well....would much rather have the tiptronic shifter in my TL....or better yet a 6 speed manual.
I just have been burned so many times by following their recommendations for items based upon reliability. The only reason that I subscribe is to read user comments which in many cases contradict the CR scores. I realize that it is just a snapshot. Mine is just a prediction of their feedback about the RDX.
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2019 RDX is a finalist for North America's Truck/Utility of the Year. Last year's winner in this category was 2018 Volvo XC60

https://northamericancaroftheyear.or...sts-announced/
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2019 RDX is a finalist for North America's Truck/Utility of the Year. Last year's winner in this category was 2018 Volvo XC60

https://northamericancaroftheyear.or...sts-announced/
Every year I look at those lists and find it mind boggling to try to figure out what criteria is used to come up with the finalists.

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Old 09-14-2018, 09:22 AM
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Every year I look at those lists and find it mind boggling to try to figure out what criteria is used to come up with the finalists.
I feel its like the Oscars sometimes. At least you know who's voting here: https://northamericancaroftheyear.org/jurors/
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Club Lexus compared the NX, QX and RDX... Guess who won?

https://www.clublexus.com/articles/2...mpaign=content
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Shocking. I was sure they would rationalize that the Lexus was better.
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Just read that yesterday. Nice review. Wish they would have included the Q5.
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Old 09-27-2018, 09:25 PM
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Consumer reports posted their review for the RDX.
Pretty positive. Stuff they don't like are general stuffs like the
Sh​​​​​​ifter, infotainment, etc. They like the sportiness. Acceleration is slightly slower than the Q5 but slightly faster than the X3.
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Consumer Reports doesn't like any infotainment system so that's a meaningless observation on their part. For that matter anything that takes them more than 5 seconds to learn and get comfortable with gets a 'thumbs down'. It's just the way they are.
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Consumer Reports doesn't like any infotainment system so that's a meaningless observation on their part. For that matter anything that takes them more than 5 seconds to learn and get comfortable with gets a 'thumbs down'. It's just the way they are.

Agree, it really doesn't matter what they say, as long as we like it. I was actually waiting for their performance number, number is more objective, and I think they are pretty good at keeping a consistence methodology to get their numbers.
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The various press people like to get in a car knowing nothing before hand, and have complex things work easily, so they can forget them when they leave and get into the next car.

I recall seeing all this with the iDrive in my 535. Yea, there was a learning curve, but the tremendous added capability was well worth it.
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Consumer Reports doesn't like any infotainment system so that's a meaningless observation on their part. For that matter anything that takes them more than 5 seconds to learn and get comfortable with gets a 'thumbs down'. It's just the way they are.
True words spoken right there. Anything remotely different from a completely blank center console with 3 or 4 buttons, a dial here or there, and a small to medium-sized screen is "too complicated," "unintuitive," "hard to use," "intimidating learning curve," blah, blah, blah.

In this regard, they are like aliens from a different planet or stubborn, progress- or change-averse old stuckies. I'm to the point where I ignore CR totally, cars or whatever. Everything they complain about, I call forward-thinking or onward movement. I've seen how technology has evolved and advanced and what they say I should like is totally opposite of what I actually do like or want in my car's infotainment system.

Their pleading, incessant emails to renew my subscription goes straight to the trash or junk mail.
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I find it interesting that, with the many complaints on this site about the infotainment system, I really don't see any that concern learning to use it. Yet, that seems to be the major hang up of reviewers. I pretty much had it figured out on the test drive and I am an old codger.
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What's up with this complaint in the CR review?

Phone We found it annoying that there isnít a button on the steering wheel to initiate, accept, or reject calls. Instead, drivers have to press a button labelled ďAppsĒ and then scroll to access the phone function, which is an additional distraction. Drivers with Apple devices should use Siri Eyes Free for phone functions to bypass this built-in system.

I don't have an RDX yet, but the user manual claims that you simply do this:

Left Selector Wheel
ē When incoming call: Move to the right to answer the call. Move to the left to decline the call.


Can anyone confirm?
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I find it interesting that, with the many complaints on this site about the infotainment system, I really don't see any that concern learning to use it. Yet, that seems to be the major hang up of reviewers. I pretty much had it figured out on the test drive and I am an old codger.
My RDX is the 27th vehicle I've owned.

The most advanced feature on my first car was an AM radio. My first computer loaded programs from cassette tapes and used a television as a monitor. My first cell phone required a bag to carry around the handset, transceiver, and battery.

29 years later, my vehicle now accelerates, steers, and brakes on its own. I can run an EKG of my heart at any time using the Apple Watch on my wrist. My iPhone streams any song, TV show, or movie in cinema quality wherever I go and takes better photos than my $2,000 DSL from ten years ago. I control my home, get answers to questions, and order products using only my voice.

So, you could say I've run the gamut from the first cordless phones to experiencing things I never dreamed were possible.

With that said, I find Acura's True Touchpad to be the most appropriate, usable interface yet installed in any vehicle at any price range from any manufacturer. Was there a learning curve? Yes - it took all of a minute or two to realize the concept of 1:1 mapping of the touchpad to the display. Once I understood that basic level of interaction, it's like the heavens opened and rays of golden sunlight shined down while harps played in the background. While the software needs some refinement, the fundamental concept is terrific.
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What's up with this complaint in the CR review?

Phone We found it annoying that there isn’t a button on the steering wheel to initiate, accept, or reject calls. Instead, drivers have to press a button labelled “Apps” and then scroll to access the phone function, which is an additional distraction. Drivers with Apple devices should use Siri Eyes Free for phone functions to bypass this built-in system.

I don't have an RDX yet, but the user manual claims that you simply do this:

Left Selector Wheel
• When incoming call: Move to the right to answer the call. Move to the left to decline the call.


Can anyone confirm?
What isn't clear to me is whether you have to be in the Bluetooth app in order to accept the call with one touch. What if you are, say, listening to the radio when a call comes in?
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I don't get many calls but I just flick the left hand scroll button to the right and it answers the call and when I am through, I flick it to the left to hang up. Your phone has to be connected through blue tooth but you can be listening to the radio or have the navigation screen on. To make a call, I just hit the voice button. I have no idea what CR is complaining about. Perhaps they don't read owner's manuals?
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What's up with this complaint in the CR review?

Phone We found it annoying that there isn’t a button on the steering wheel to initiate, accept, or reject calls. Instead, drivers have to press a button labelled “Apps” and then scroll to access the phone function, which is an additional distraction. Drivers with Apple devices should use Siri Eyes Free for phone functions to bypass this built-in system.

I don't have an RDX yet, but the user manual claims that you simply do this:

Left Selector Wheel
• When incoming call: Move to the right to answer the call. Move to the left to decline the call.


Can anyone confirm?
Your findings are correct. Of course this assumes you have the phone paired to the car. Just another example of C.R. doing a cursory looks at something and not learning how it works.
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What isn't clear to me is whether you have to be in the Bluetooth app in order to accept the call with one touch. What if you are, say, listening to the radio when a call comes in?
This is correct. I would say it is SLIGHTLY confusing. In my old Acura, there were dedicated "pick up" and "hang up" buttons. Now it is relegated to an unlabled rocker switch. The center screen (between the tach and speeo) has an indicator that a call is coming in with arrows left and right to accept or decline, but it isn't super clear what to move to do that. The right rocker? Once you know the button, its obvious, but my dealer had to point it out to me, or I would definitely have had to go read the manual.
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Wall Street Journal: 2019 Acura RDX: Have High Tech Interfaces Gone Too Far?

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I'd say the CR ratings just illustrate that it's very crowded at the top of a very competitive field. And that's a good thing. There's lots of good options with a slightly different balance of performance / luxury / utility between them. Pick the flavor you find most appealing. And decide whether you want to lease a vehicle for a few years or hang onto it forever.

It's easy to forget that this is a market segment that didn't even exist a couple decades ago. Now luxury compact "SUVs" ( crossovers ) are red hot and Acura is duking it out with the German brands. Go figure.
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This is the money quote, IMO. Some people, especially car reviewers
expect vast functionality with zero learning curve.

It takes a bit of learning, is all.
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I would hate to suggest that some car manufacturers make their controls deliberately "unique" so that customers, having somehow managed to adapt over years of brand ownership, will return to the brand rather than having to re-adapt themselves to another manufacturer's "unique" controls.

This is likely to be a huge turn-off for people who drive cars from many different manufacturers. Frequent renters and car reviewers, for instance.
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I think that car makers for top line cars think that the people who they expect to buy the cars are of a class of people sufficiently capable of learning new systems, and their engineers do the best they can to make each brand’s sustem work the way they want it to work. It is true that sometimes they hit, and sometimes they miss.
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CR dislikes any infotainment system....unless of course it's German.
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