Last year, Acura brought some new meaning to its crossover offerings with the second-generation RDX. With a fresh exterior, updated interior, and revamped purpose, the RDX is striking out in a more traditional direction. It shows with a design that's smooth and stylish but simply not at all edgy.
Acura has toned down the beak-like front end on the RDX, to good effect. Sleek proportions and smoothed-over curves give the RDX the look of a smaller vehicle in some ways, especially the arch of the glass along the roof line. The RDX isn't an SUV in the traditional sense, but it has some of the proportions of one, with a slightly raised ride height and powerful fenders. The low, sloped roofline gives it away as more of a wagon at heart.
And now that we've seen the upcoming, step-larger 2014 Acura MDX, the two designs fit very well side by side--with the RDX looking just a little leaner in profile and stance.
There's a more mature look inside, where the RDX trades some of its flashier bits from the previous generation for more mature matte finishes. The claustrophobic sensation of some sporty cars isn't found here, though the center console and controls do bend a bit toward the driver.