For 2013 Acura has completely redesigned the RDX crossover to better compete with German luxury rivals. With a smoother, less bulbous design, a new engine, and better interior, the RDX is a more refined entry into this popular segment.
While the 2013 RDX uses the same platform as the 2012 model, it features all new sheet metal that looks more substantial. The hood now features a power dome, and the bulging fenders flow into the body lines. The rear tailgate has been smoothed out with some chrome trim accentuating the width of the rear. An integrated rear spoiler gives the rear end a clean, sporty look
Inside the RDX Acura has upgraded the materials with a soft touch dashboard and nice leather-like door trim. Metallic colored plastic trim and chrome help break up the cabin design and give it a bit of flair. The seats are comfortable with enough legroom in the rear for adults to sit comfortably. The cargo area is well packaged and features two handles to fold the rear seatbacks flat. This is definitely convenient when attempting to load larger items.
While many automakers are moving to smaller turbo four-cylinder engines, Acura has given the 2013 RDX a 3.5-liter V-6, producing 273 horsepower and 251 pound-feet of torque. Power is handled by a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters for those who want to shift for themselves. In front-wheel drive trim, the RDX is now rated by the EPA at 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. Adding all-wheel drive merely drops the fuel economy to 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.
Acura has finally made the RDX as fun to drive as the BMW X3, and has also increased its engine size while improving its fuel economy rating. At the end of the day the 2013 RDX is a sporty crossover with a refined ride and terrific features for a fair price.
For more information on the 2013 Acura RDX be sure to read our full review.