The Acura 2012 RDX was rough, balky, and awkward as much as it was peppy, fun, and high-tech; times have changed with the arrival of the new 2013 Acura RDX. The new RDX should prove more popular with a broader range of consumers; the car is a complete departure from the model it replaces, representing a shift toward a target market that favors more luxury, more utility, and more conventional styling.
The key objectives of the RDX are to build on the previous generation RDX and ensure that it’s stylish and sexy. With the 2013 Acura RDX price starting at $40,990, the new RDX is larger, more aerodynamic, offers increased power with reduced fuel consumption, and these are the attributes that most resonate with its intended buyers.
While the wheelbase is up only 1.4 inches, and the new 2013 Acura RDX grows an inch or less in every other direction, it looks larger and more elegant. Likewise, the cabin feels more expansive despite modest leg, hip, and shoulder-room increases in front. To counter the noise, vibration and harshness that become a factor when the number of active cylinders changes, Acura has adopted an active noise cancelling system and active engine mounts.
The cabin noise levels in the 2013 Acura RDX is achieved via thicker side glass, active noise control, higher density carpet and hood lining, additional dampening materials throughout the vehicle and the above-mentioned floating front sub frame.
It’s not difficult to rationalize the changes Acura implemented in the 2013 Acura RDX that better targets the needs of real buyers. By going to a 3.5-liter V-6, an awkward move against the trend of downsized turbocharged engines, Acura was able to net an additional 33 bhp (273 bhp total) while dramatically improving fuel efficiency for both all-wheel-drive (19 city/27 highway) and front-drive (20 city/28 highway) models.
Acceleration, however, is quick and relatively effortless. Part of this comes from the 2013 Acura RDX weight, which is now 3,700 – 3,900 pound, depending on equipment and choice of front- or all-wheel drive, and part comes from lower gear ratios through fifth, with a taller sixth for gas mileage.
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2013 Acura RDX Competitors
The compact crossover space is crowded and it’s difficult to stand out, in the meantime some direct competitors for the 2013 Acura RDX include the Audi Q5 and BMW X3. Acura had comparable models of each on hand for us to demo and upfront we’ll say that the new RDX holds its own against these worthy competitors, though we’ll hold back from saying any one of the three vehicles is superior in every way.
One feature you won’t find on the 2013 Acura RDX that is available on the X3 and Q5 is a panoramic sunroof; the RDX only offers a standard sunroof above the front cabin. Acura also brought an Acura 2012 RDX to Arizona for a direct comparison; driven side by side, the new 2013 Acura RDX specs is obviously improved.
A bold move by Acura, it’s not unusual for an automaker to bring along a few competitive vehicles to a drive event like this, but almost never there is a previous generation model so we can see the improvements prove to be less than dramatic, or the previous generation car is better.
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