Long-term Update 3: 2007 Acura RDX

The little 'ute that thinks it can

Ron KiinoFeb 1, 2008
With a little over 8000 miles on the odometer, the RDX transported photographer Brian Vance and a couple friends to Northern Nevada for a "helping of genuine off-roading" while in search of "a hot-spring tub in the East Walker River Canyon." Though the RDX is more soft-roader than hard-core rock-climber, it impressed Vance with its "gripping abilities," which managed to maneuver the little luxury 'ute "off the beaten path and down a skinny, steep, rocky trail." Unfortunately, "At one point, the terrain became more than the Acura bargained for. I stashed it on the side of the path and hopped into my friend's Ford Ranger 4x4."
When not noting the RDX's off-road abilities, Vance was keen to observe its "luxury aspirations (or lack thereof): The cargo area is poorly lit, with no lamp above the area or on the inside of the hatch; no auto headlamps, yet the less-expensive 2008 Accord has them; the nav system is slow to zoom in and out; and the hood isn't equipped with struts but rather a prop stick like the CR-V. " At the end of the trip, Vance began to wonder, "If you just spent $36,500 on this entry lux 'ute but have to turn on your own headlights and prop up the hood for oil checks, have you spent too much?"
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The RDX's second service made us feel like we spent too much indeed. Just shy of 12,000 miles, the Acura's on-board diagnostic computer informed us a "B1" service was due, so we took it to Acura 101 West in Calabasas, which, for $177.91, inspected the front and rear brakes, performed an oil change (with requisite Mobil 1 synthetic oil), and rotated the tires.

2007 Acura RDX
Months/miles in service 5/11,701
Avg econ/CO2 17.7 mpg/1.10 lb/mi
Unresolved problems None
Maintenance cost $294.33 (2 oil change/inspection/rotate tires)
Normal-wear cost $0
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