The redesigned Acura RDX is here, boasting improvements in just about every major area. Sound intriguing? Read on for more.
Acura RDX Trims and Features
The RDX is a luxury compact crossover with seating for 5. For 2013, RDX receives a quieter, less harsh ride, improved fuel economy, and all-around refinement, as opposed to a more performance orientated personality. That said a new V6 replaces the turbocharged 4-cylinder engine of old, producing more horsepower and reducing MPG’s. And gone is the well-known Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system; Acura still offers all-wheel drive, though it takes the form of a lighter, less expensive version.
Drivers can choose between the base RDX and RDX with AWD, and each version can be had with the Technology Package. The RDX with Technology Package adds navigation, solar sensing climate control, and an Acura/ELS 10 speaker surround sound system. The 2013 RDX starts at $34,320, and adding AWD plus the Technology Package will escalate the price to $40,000 plus.
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Acura RDX Performance
For 2013, the RDX gets a 3.5 liter V6 that produces 273 horsepower and 251 lb.-ft. of torque. Replacing the turbocharged 4-cylinder from last year, RDX’s new V6 boasts improved horsepower alongside better fuel economy. The 2013 RDX has a 6-speed automatic transmission with steering wheel mounted paddle shifters and ‘Drive’ and ‘Sport’ modes. Drivers of the RDX receive front-wheel drive standard, with the option for all-wheel drive. Fans of Acura will notice that the popular SH-AWD is missing, and that’s because Acura has borrowed a lighter 4WD system from the CR-V.
And, not that it will matter to most owners, but the tow capacity for RDX is 1,500 pounds.
Acura RDX Fuel Economy
A new engine plus Acura’s Variable Cylinder Management assist in giving the 2013 RDX better fuel economy than last year’s model. The front-wheel drive RDX receives an EPA estimated 20/28/23 (city/highway/combined) MPG, with the all-wheel drive RDX not far behind; opting for 4-wheel power shaves just 1 MPG off each category for 19/27/22. Both numbers are gauged using premium fuel.
Acura RDX Interior Highlights
Acura has opened up the RDX’s cabin, creating more space, particularly up front. And, thanks to the more refined V6, RDX passengers receive a quieter cabin experience. The upscale feel is highlighted by standard leather (with heating up front) and an attractive, easy to use dash. Drivers receive a 10-way adjustable power seat and access to a multi view backup camera and power liftgate (both standard), as well as GPS linked climate control, navigation, and surround sound audio with the Technology Package. Rear seat legroom is a comfortable 38.3” and cargo room has been widened to accommodate 61.3 cubic feet with the rear seats folded (76.9 total, including floor space & front row storage), or 26.1 cubes with all seats upright.
Acura RDX Safety
Standard safety tech for 2013 includes antilock disc brakes with brake assist, stability control, and 6 airbags- including 2-row side curtain bags. Every RDX also comes with a multi-view rearview camera (on a 5” standard screen or 8” screen with navigation) and HID headlights. Some reviews have pointed out that a lack of extra tech like rain sensing wipers, blind-spot and lane departure warning, and park assist systems may hurt the RDX competitively, though it could be that we’re all getting just a little bit spoiled.
Crash test ratings have yet to be released on the 2013 RDX.
Acura RDX Summary
The redesigned RDX has been built to appeal to couples without kids, and the softer features should help boost sales. When you consider a relatively low starting price compared to rivals like the Lexus RX, BMW X3, and Audi Q5, the 2013 RDX packs enough of an elegant punch to make most people happy. We’ll have to wait to see if sales numbers make Acura happy. Help the cause by buying the 2013 Acura RDX now, at CarWoo!