Acura RDX - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Acura RDX owners have reported a total of 412 problems for their cars built in the 13 model years listed in the chart below. The chart shows the number of problems reported across all service years for each given model year of the Acura RDX. The 2014 Acura RDX cars have the most problems reported (70 problems).

Table 1. Total number of problems by model year for Acura RDX

Model Year Number of Problems
  2019 RDX
13
  2018 RDX
16
  2017 RDX
21
  2016 RDX
23
  2015 RDX
45
  2014 RDX
70
  2013 RDX
65
  2012 RDX
18
  2011 RDX
16
  2010 RDX
20
  2009 RDX
15
  2008 RDX
33
  2007 RDX
57

  Common problems of Acura RDX

The following chart shows the 21 most common problems for Acura RDX cars. The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's air bags (175 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's electrical system (33 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Acura RDX

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Air Bag
175
  Electrical System
33
  Equipment
31
  Service Brakes
26
  Power Train
20
  Vehicle Speed Control
17
  Engine And Engine Cooling
15
  Structure
14
  Visibility
14
  Suspension
13
   
  Steering
12
  Seats
7
  Seat Belt
6
  Exterior Lighting
6
  Other Fuel System
6
  Wheel
5
  Tire
4
  Electronic Stability Control
4
  Child Seat
2
  Forward Collision Avoidance
1
  Gasoline Fuel System
1

  Compare Reliability Across Model Years Using PPMY Index

It would not be fair to compare the Acura RDX of an older model year to newer model years since older vehicles have been in service longer and thus are expected to have more problems. In order to compare the reliability across RDX model years, we use the PPMY index which is defined as the problems reported per thousand vehicles per Year. A smaller PPMY index indicates greater reliability of the given model year cars.

    PPMY = P / S / Y * 1000,

where P = total problems reported during the life of a Acura RDX model year; S = total units sold of the model year; Y = years since the debut of the model year (the age of the vehicle).

The results are shown in Table 3.

Table 3. Use PPMY Index to Compare Reliability Across RDX Model Years

RDX
Model Year
Problems Sales [1] Vehicle
Age
PPMY Index
  2018 1627,4411    
0.58
  2017 2164,7862    
0.16
  2016 2350,1063    
0.15
  2015 4550,7594    
0.22
  2014 7043,5315    
0.32
  2013 6545,0016    
0.24
  2012 188,8807    
0.29
  2011 1615,5928    
0.13
  2010 2014,1179    
0.16
  2009 158,69010    
0.17
  2008 3321,27411    
0.14
  2007 5725,16312    
0.19

  Number of Problems Reported During the First Year

Another way to measure the reliability across the model years of the Acura RDX is to use the total number of problems reported during the vehicle's first year in service, as shown in the Table 4.

Table 4. Number of problems in vehicle's; first service year

Model YearProblems Reported
  2019 RDX
1
  2018 RDX
13
  2017 RDX
11
  2016 RDX
11
  2015 RDX
9
  2014 RDX
11
  2013 RDX
8
  2012 RDX
2
  2010 RDX
3
  2009 RDX
2
  2007 RDX
2


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