The newly redesigned Acura RDX is impressive on the road. Agile handling, a new powertrain, and standard advanced safety gear make it an appealing SUV. However, frustrating infotainment controls and a tricky gear selector may make it less desirable.

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    • Mike Scott
      Mike Scott

      Nice to see they employ retired art teachers to do car reviews.

      about 14 days ago
    • Steven R.
      Steven R.

      Wow, this person should be reviewing shopping carts and paper towels.

      about 2 months ago
    • Amol Pathak
      Amol Pathak In reply to Steven R.

      This quite literally is the funniest and the most accurate comment!

      about 20 days ago
    • herster10
      herster10

      I bought the SH-AWD Advanced and I love it. I find nothing complicated about the controls. Yes, there is a learning curve but cars are more technologically advanced these days. If you want something simple, buy a Chevy Spark. 4 buttons for the gear selector is as easy as it gets. I don't listen to CR anymore. They produce narrow minded reviews.

      about 7 months ago
    • Eric Recio
      Eric Recio In reply to herster10

      herster10 Any issues since your purchase? I’m in the market and looking to make my purchase within the next few weeks. Thanks.

      about 1 month ago
    • Rav Gill
      Rav Gill

      Honestly, these people haven’t driven the RDX for over a day. I got used to the touchpad interface almost instantly (coming from a touchscreen) and it is HANDS DOWN safer and more convenient. The screen is placed at a perfect spot to avoid being overly distracted and would be annoying to incorporate a touchscreen. I swear, all these reviewers have jumped on the bandwagon without having actually learned the system🙄

      about 7 months ago
    • Barry Boo
      Barry Boo

      I just bought my wife the advanced model. Silver with mocha interior. Drives like a sports car!

      about 8 months ago
    • Eric Recio
      Eric Recio In reply to Barry Boo

      Barry Boo I’m in the market for this CUV. Any issues/concerns to speak of since your purchase? Your feedback would be much appreciated.

      about 1 month ago
    • Barry Boo
      Barry Boo

      Last time I look at anymore of her reviews. Seems to have an ax to grind. Or just plain out of touch!

      about 8 months ago
    • StevieP
      StevieP

      If you’re already in gear, why is the comment made about “taking your eye off the road” to sort out the gear shift...kind of a useless point...

      about 9 months ago
    • Mike M.
      Mike M.

      Tricky gear selector??? You select P for Park, R for Reverse and D for Drive. What kind of moron couldn't figure that out! I'm surprised you didn't say the tires were too round.

      about 9 months ago
    • gt6339a
      gt6339a

      Don't you guys know 2019 rdx has 2-3 gear transmission issue? even acura acknowledges the problem.. but they cant fix it!

      about 10 months ago
    • Will Yang
      Will Yang

      Assembled in the USA...

      about 11 months ago
    • Dan Chesney
      Dan Chesney

      If I want to know what my retired aunt thinks of a car, I go right to Consumer Reports. With a 65 Bel Air as the baseline, I get a real feel for how the car stacks up.

      about 11 months ago
    • RB Zee 🛡️🛡️🛡️
      RB Zee 🛡️🛡️🛡️

      CR reviewers seem to find ANY setup that isn't 20 years old 'confusing.'

      about 11 months ago
    • CONSOLETHUMBS -
      CONSOLETHUMBS -

      I swear people don’t want to learn anymore your buying a new car of course there is a learning period with controls 😂

      about 1 year ago
    • CONSOLETHUMBS -
      CONSOLETHUMBS -

      Personally the infotainment controls are simple just like anything you will learn within 2 days or your first week with the car.

      about 1 year ago
    • ammomeister
      ammomeister

      LMAO you got a senior citizen doing a test review and not a tech oriented person providing a negative feedback. C'mon CR get someone behind the wheel that doesn't drive a Buick! smh

      about 1 year ago
    • Mario Lopez
      Mario Lopez

      I don't know if you ask your CR respondents their age or technical ability when asked a product question.
      Manufacturers are gradually incorperating more tech in their vehicles especially in the infotainment units. Therefore the baby boomers did not essentially grow up with a cell phone as a lifestyle product as did the up and coming millenials. Therefore the ages below the baby boomers and lower are going to adapt to electronic touchpads and systems more quickly. Manufacturers have done their homework and they know a younger buyer with a longer buying cycle is going to ask what technology options does the vehicle have first, then they will ask the usual non tech car questions. The more tech laden and challenging a device is the more enjoyable and attractive it is to the younger crowd. This is done to attract younger buyers who like feature rich tech and who can quickly plow through various steps (apps/windows) without really struggling or really taking their eyes off the road since they are doing this anyway with their hand held devices. Its the digital age and certain manufacturers are just fulfilling a need that a younger buyer wants and it may not be particularly attractive to the older generation, but its here to stay. Some of us will take longer to adapt but once the learning curve is established the user has a sense of fulfillment and accomplishment that he or she made adjustments via the infotainment unit. This in a strange way adds to the enjoyment of driving a vehicle in today's world.

      about 1 year ago
    • F L
      F L

      2:30 Something BMW has been doing for quite a while already.

      about 1 year ago
    • Blake Swan
      Blake Swan

      Hate the shifter buttons. Just give me a lever.

      about 1 year ago
    • Light23K
      Light23K

      Why the complaint of the infotainment? once you buy or lease the car you will have plenty of time to learn it. That's what's cool about it. You speak like my dad who just drive and nothing else. I love the tech though and can't wait to learn it.

      about 1 year ago
    • mikeceli
      mikeceli

      The "PRNDL" gearshifts used since the 1950's are just fine. NO need to look at IT OR take your eyes off the ROAD. CR is spot on about Acura' push-button shift. An awkward "solution" for a PROBLEM THAT DOESN'T EXIST!

      about 1 year ago
    • Rav Gill
      Rav Gill In reply to mikeceli

      What about the rotating knobs that luxury manufacturers have, such as Land Rover? Don’t see people complaining about those

      They all work fine, as long as you’re willing to spend LITERALLY 5min to learn as opposed to hate any changes🙄

      about 7 months ago
    • Naeem Cassim
      Naeem Cassim

      FFS if that gear selector is tricky to use then you all should lay off the booze! Each button LITERALLY has a different shape/angle to differentiate them from the other. If you can't figure out four buttons forget about anything with a touch screen.

      about 1 year ago
    • Derek Krucelyak
      Derek Krucelyak

      Honda. It’s. A. Car. STOP WASTING MONEY MAKING “push me rub me stare at me here” garbage. You can’t re-engineer basic human ergonomics. Spend the extra money on quality. It’s called...shifter and 1 radio screen...keep the rest...

      My conversation with an Acura product planner once. “But people like the push button.” “No they don’t. And you make a shifter on lower trims...so you’re designing 2 systems...just to do it. Ridiculous. Make the rest of the car BETTER.” Stared. Confused🤷🏼‍♂️

      about 1 year ago
    • T455
      T455

      Wow the automatic shifting into park while the car is rolling when the door is opened seems like a really bad solution. Doesn't that ruin the parking gear, and why didn't they just design it to automatically apply the brakes (or even the parking brake) instead?

      about 1 year ago
    • CONSOLETHUMBS -
      CONSOLETHUMBS - In reply to T455

      toronado455 I asked my local dealer that for the same concern but they said it applies the rear E brake until its at a complete stop then puts it in park

      about 1 year ago
    • Won Choi
      Won Choi

      It doesn't look like luxury car. It looks cheap.

      about 1 year ago
    • Robert Chong
      Robert Chong

      Why use a touch pad? It's a step backwards from using touchscreen on a luxury like this.

      about 1 year ago
    • Mike M.
      Mike M. In reply to Robert Chong

      @Rav Gill You are absolutely correct on all 3 points.

      about 4 months ago
    • Rav Gill
      Rav Gill In reply to Robert Chong

      I much rather prefer this system for multiple reasons;
      1) stays cleaner vs fingerprints on the screen (something most people tend to forget)
      2) safer, as where the screen is placed, it doesn’t distract nearly as much as a touchscreen would and having the controls right by your hand make it convenient
      3) ease; once you’ve gotten used to it (literally 5min if you operate ANY smartphone), it’s much faster than reaching over for a touchscreen and hoping a bump doesn’t through your touch off. Here the touchpad aligns directly with the screen (imagine a screen instead of the touchpad, but it lights up on the actual screen to show where you’re at) and it has support so a bump doesn’t through your touch off

      about 7 months ago
    • roguedogx
      roguedogx

      DAM IT! I really wanted the information system to work well. It seems Honda has no issues making cutting edge technology.... so long as it doesn't interface with a human.

      about 1 year ago
    • Miguel Ircontar
      Miguel Ircontar

      I’ll take one

      about 1 year ago
    • B Robertson
      B Robertson

      Think it needs a bigger grill badge as that 10" one is just not enough....And that infotainment really does suck as much as Lexus ..Sad..

      about 1 year ago
    • Mr21scott
      Mr21scott

      This car just does not look luxurious to me. Frankly the Mazda is better all the way around and for less money.

      about 1 year ago
    • Lloyd Y Benoit
      Lloyd Y Benoit

      I think that the gear selector is awesome , I get used to it within 15 minutes. You open the driver's door car or you turn off the ignition, the tranny goes automatically to park. The infotainment system needs to be upgrade bc I got my A -spec in June ,this ids the third time that it freezes. You just have to reboot the system and you r back in business ,the radio is great , drivability is great.

      about 1 year ago