Is the Acura RDX the Most Reliable Luxury SUV in Its Class?
A manufacturer can add all the heated leather seats or the largest touchscreens in the world, but if it’s always in the shop, where’s the fun in that? That’s why we like to look at reliability of an SUV. There are a number of ways to measure it, and several sites rank compact luxury SUVs differently. But, one seems to top several of the lists, the 2023 Acura RDX.
What’s new for the new 2023 Acura RDX?
Acura launched the third generation of RDX for the 2019 model year, and itwas refreshed in 2022. At the time, the company made a big deal of its sporting intentions, and it generally delivers on that with its 272-horsepower turbocharged engine, and its sport-biased SH-AWD system. For 2023, it gets AcuraLink phone apps standard, as well as a new complimentary maintenance package.
The base RDX SUV, in front-wheel drive trim starts at $41,350, and all-wheel drive is a $2,000 option. You can order the RDX with a technology package, the A-Spec appearance package, and an Advance package and each slightly different options. But, all RDXs get a 10.2-inch screen, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as AcuraWatch, which is the brand’s suite of driver’s aids.
The RDX luxury SUV should be reliable and have fewer expensive repairs
The RDX tops the list in its category at RepiarPal, which rates repair expenses and frequency. The RDX earns 4.5 of 5.0 stars in the site’s reliability rating breakdown, which means it’s 1st of 11 in the category. But, the RDX impresses with a lower annual repair cost than others in the class, as well. Overall, RepairPal says the annual repair cost for the RDX is much lower than other vehicles in the class, as well as a lower frequency of repairs.
iSeeCars calls the RDX the most reliable luxury small SUV. In the rankings at iSeeCars, it beat 28 others, and earns a reliability score of 8.2 out of 10. Interestingly, though it tops its category, it doesn’t even come close to the big, three row, MDX for reliability, which has a score of 9.3 of 10.
J.D. Power says the RDX is reliable. But there are better SUVs.
While it scores very highly at other sites, at the best known, J.D. Power, it simply earns a “great” score for quality and reliability. While a “great” score of 81 of 100 isn’t bad at all, the BMW X4 and X3 beat it by a couple of points, while it ties with the Mercedes-Benz GLC for a third place. But it does beat the Porsche Macan for quality and reliability. The quality and reliability scores at J.D. Power measure the number of defects, malfunctions, and design flaws in the vehicle as reported by owners. The scoring covers the whole vehicle, not just the engine.
While the RDX earns top marks for reliability, that’s not all to this SUVs story. In fact, it seems to be lacking in features and the class that other luxury SUVs in this class offer.