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 no longer seeking young professional males looking for sportiness; instead it's going for those with kids--and empty-nesters. And it shows with a design that's smooth and stylish but simply not at all edgy.
From the front, the new RDX loks muscular, but the somewhat controversial bright 'beak' grille is toned down here. Smooth curves and sleek proportions give the RDX the look of a smaller vehicle in some ways, especially the arch of the glass along the roof line. More powerful fenders and a standard crossover ride height give a sense of off-road capability, though the RDX is no true SUV--its roofline is low and arched, really more like that of a wagon.
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. Layout-wise, there's none of the claustrophobic wrap-around feeling you get in some sporty crossovers--even though the center controls are positioned out a bit toward the driver.