2013 Acura RDX Overview
2013 Acura RDX Overview
The 2013 Acura RDX is a fully-redesigned vehicle for the premium small crossover segment, retaining the company’s past reputation for performance, luxury, and generous amounts of standard features. It’s one of the luxury brand’s best selling vehicles and this pedigree shows in the new upgrades for 2013.
All but the most serious of driving enthusiasts will enjoy the changes Acura has made to this crossover. Offering plenty of seating, a very nicely appointed interior and strong upscale roots, the 2013 Acura RDX is a premium crossover most will find appealing.
New for 2013
Most of the vehicle’s interior and exterior has seen changes in this design refresh.
- A new engine, better seating, and a more upscale look are but a few of the differences.
- Significantly, fuel economy and a more responsive all-wheel-drive system have been added
- The interior’s roominess has expanded
The exterior changes to the 2013 RDX are extensive, bringing an entirely new look and feel to the crossover’s appeal. It is far sportier and much more aerodynamic in look and function while retaining the signature Acura front grille and the powerful stance of an SUV. Trim levels for the RDX affect only interior components, so on the outside, the base, AWD, or Technology packages see little difference excepting badges.
However, the Technology package does add xenon headlamps, fog lights and a power lift gate.
Interior & Cargo
The interior of the 2013 Acura RDX is very refined and well made. In keeping with Acura’s reputation, it is upper-level even for its premium, luxury segment. Compared to others with higher price tags, the RDX offers more standard features than most. The base package includes 18-inch wheels, heated mirrors, rear privacy glass, automatic headlights, and a rearview camera. Also included are a sunroof, keyless ignition and entry, dual-zone climate control (automatic), power front seats (eight-way driver, four-way passenger), heated front seats and leather upholstery. Moreover, tilt-telescope steering, Bluetooth, seven-speaker sound with CD player and satellite, integrated iPod/USB and Pandora interfaces, and an auxiliary audio jack are also standard.
Adding the Technology package adds a navigation system (with real-time traffic and weather), GPS-linked and solar-sensing automatic climate control, and a ten-speaker Acura/ELS surround-sound stereo system with built-in 15GB of storage space. For most, all of this luxury technology is also notably user-friendly, setting it apart from some rivals.
The inside of the 2013 RDX is roomy, comfortable, and very well appointed. It rides smoothly in all seating positions and has ample cargo room for everything from the daily grocery and kid shuttle runs to the weekend camping excursion.
The 2013 Acura RDX is standard with anti-lock brakes, stability and traction control, front side airbags, side curtain airbags and active front head restraints. A rearview camera is also standard. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the 2013 RDX its highest possible score in all tests.
Braking distances are slightly worse than average, but not outside of safety expectations. Its 60-to-zero mph stop time is 128 feet.
The four-cylinder engine formerly offered in the RDX has been replaced with a more efficient V-6, naturally-aspirated at 3.5 liters and delivering 273 hp, but boosting fuel economy by several points over the outgoing four-cylinder. In front-wheel drive, the 2013 RDX sports 20/28 mpg city/highway for a combined 23 mpg. This delivers better performance and pep but utilizes forward-looking technologies like cylinder deactivation and a better six-speed automatic transmission to achieve higher efficiency.
For the driver, this means better get-up-and-go and a sportier feel to the pedal work and seat-push, but with fuel savings that directly impact the bottom line. The all-wheel drive version has slightly worse economy, but Acura has shed the SH-AWD system previous used in favor of the more efficient all-wheel drive used in its cousin, the Honda CR-V. This has improved performance, but sacrifices some handling, though only real driving aficionados will likely notice. However, the greatest improvement this gave is more ride refinement, which everyone sitting in the RDX will appreciate.
The 2013 Acura RDX has a pleasant driving demeanor compared to many in this class with just enough car feel to be sporty but not so much as to lose its SUV credibility. It’s a definite standout in the competitive class of luxury crossovers.
Key Competitors of the 2013 Acura RDX
- Audi Q5
- BMW X3
- Volvo XC60
- Cadillac SRX