2013 Acura RDX

2013 Acura RDX

2013 Acura RDX

By Steve Kursar –

The Acura RDX is an unsung hero of the compact luxury crossover segment. Long hiding in the shadows behind its more popular competitors, the RDX deserves much more respect. And, with a total makeover for the 2013 model year, expect to see more of these Acuras popping up in your neighbor’s driveways. It’s always been a fun car to drive. But now, it’s roomier and far more fuel efficient.

The first generation Acura RDX was a bit of late-comer to the market when it came on the scene in 2006. By that time, the other luxury brands had already introduced a compact crossover and breaking into a crowded field was difficult for the RDX. As a result, it has always lagged behind in sales. And, although it’s Honda’s cousin, the CRV, the RDX comes across as a very different machine.

The 2013 RDX is a big step up from the old model with new styling, a roomier interior plus a bigger, more fuel efficient engine. The folks at Acura have done a great job with this new vehicle. First off, let’s take a look at the powertrain. The old four-cylinder turbo-charged engine has been replaced with a non-turbo 273 hp, 3.5-liter V6 engine. Mated with a new six-speed transmission, this Acura delivers an EPA estimated fuel economy of 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway and will get you from 0-60 in six and a half seconds. The Acura engineers are able to deliver better fuel economy with a larger engine due to cylinder deactivation while in cruising mode. The new RDX also has a different all-wheel drive system called “AWD with Intelligent Control” that serves up a smoother ride along with better fuel economy.

The RDX exterior reflects a toned-down futuristic design trend that reached across the Acura model lineup. It’s different but not off-putting. The interior, however, is roomy and inviting with loads of technology that’s easy to grasp without poring through an owner’s manual.

Even buying a new Acura RDX is simplified due to their pricing packages. Instead of opting for a base vehicle, and then, adding individual options, the RDX is sold in one of four packages starting with a base MSRP of $34,520, then adding a load of options for the higher trims ending with a fully loaded top trim. It’s a refreshing way to buy a new car.

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