2013 Acura RDX Review

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Acura is well-known for bringing some of the finest sporty yet luxurious vehicles with their saloons and SUVs always managing to strike the right balance and deliver exactly what buyers expect. Entry level luxury then should be a problem for them at all and the 2013 Acura RDX clearly seconds that notion.
With a complete redesign for this model year, the 2013 Acura RDXis set to raise the bar. Gone is the old turbocharged engine and in comes a smooth V6 with an automatic transmission and a choice of two or four wheel drivelines. The compact utility vehicle also gets a lot of essential equipment and takes interior comfort and practicality as well as dynamic performance up a notch.

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2013 Acura RDX – Performance:
One of the biggest changes for the 2013 Acura RDXis the new engine. A 3.5L V6 VTEC motor fits snugly under the hood and brings more horsepower and refinement to the package, making it quicker off the line too. Peak output is now 273 hp at 6,200 revs while the peak torque of 251 lb-ft comes in at 5,000 rpm. The 6-speed automatic transmission is silky smooth and delivers almost imperceptible shifts. The Sequential SportShift paddles are also present for those looking for a more involving drive. The paddles have a excellent response time and are fun to use as well.

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The 2013 Acura RDX can be ordered with either front wheel drive or all wheel drive; the latter using a front-biased intelligent control system which delivers 100% power to the front wheels in normal conditions but can send 50% of the torque to the rear wheels when the situation calls for it. The system also makes use of Grade Logic and Shift Hold Control making it easier to get moving off an incline in difficult terrain or weather conditions.
Acura’s engineering technology results in improved fuel consumption for the front and all wheel drive models with just 1 mpg separating the two. The FWD model weighs in at around 3730 lbs with the AWD model being 120 lbs heavier and the impact of fuel consumption is rather negligible with the 2013 Acura RDX FWD returning 20 mpg in the city, 28 mpg on the highway with a combined 23 mpg. The AWD delivers up to 19 mpg in the city, 27 highway mpg and a combined 22 mpg.

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2013 Acura RDX – Safety:
Acura’s reputation for safety is one of the company’s many highs and the 2013 Acura RDX looks set to maintain their high standards. The body is constructed using Acura’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering to ensure maximum protection for the passenger cell. Vehicle Stability Assist monitors a number of parameters to maximize stability during cornering and overtaking as well as on rough terrain. The brake assist technologies use antilock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution which help to rein in the big RDX without skipping a beat. Large 18-inch wheels with all-season tires together with a tire pressure monitor ensure you always have optimal grip and performance.
The 2013 Acura RDX makes use of active restraint systems with pretensioner and load limiter equipped seat belts, active front head restraints and a sophisticated airbag system making use of an Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS) and a total of six airbags with the front, side and curtain airbags deployed instantly as required. OPDS considers the size of the front passenger and decides whether the front passenger should be deployed or if it will do more harm than good if a child or someone of a short stature is seated.
Opting for the 2013 Acura RDX with the optional Technology package adds xenon HID headlamps and a Navigation system with real-time traffic and weather updates.

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2013 Acura RDX – Exterior, Interior and Technology:
The 2013 Acura RDX has been completely redesigned and now features even sharper detailing while featuring smoother lines which soften the shape a lot better. The new front grille is typically Acura, flowing into the headlamps which lead to a rising shoulder line accented by the flared wheel arches front and rear. The rear quarter panel is slightly narrower and together with the thickened rear pillar gives it a butch look while complementing the subtle sloping roof.
The interiors of the 2013 Acura RDX now offer a choice of single or dual tone layout with black or beige. The dashboard is well laid out and functional with the big multi-function steering wheel ahead of the well-lit instrument cluster. There aren’t too many buttons on the center console and the controls are intuitive and easy to get used to. The perforated leather seats are ergonomic and offer good support with comfort high on the priority list. The powered front seats include a 10-way adjustable driver’s seat with a 4-way adjustable passenger seat. There is a good amount of room front and rear and the interior has an airy feel. Cargo volume is good with 26 cubic feet of space available with the 2nd row up. Folding down the 2nd row of seats frees up 61 cubic feet of space with up to 76.9 cubic feet available with the front seats moved forward.
The feature list for the 2013 Acura RDXincludes everything you would need for a city commute or drive out of town. You get a keyless access system with push-button ignition; dual-zone automatic climate control; multi-view rear camera; an 8-speaker audio system with USB and iPod integration and XM radio as well as Bluetooth connectivity with HandsFreeLink.

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Opting for the 2013 Acura RDX with the Technology package gets you the Acura Navigation System with real-time updates for traffic, traffic rerouting, weather and automated appointments along with a voice recognition system for the navigation, audio and climate control systems. You also get Acura’s Dolby ProLogic II certified ELS surround sound system with hard drive storage and multiple format playback. The package also adds xenon HID headlamps and a remote linked power tailgate.

2013 Acura RDX – What Others Are Saying:
The Auto Channel: “Excellent performance. Strong acceleration. Quick shifting.” “2013 Acura RDX distinguished itself with great style; a quiet, comfortable interior and excellent performance.”
Automobile Magazine: “Considerably smoother powertrain and incredible ride and handling very impressive for a crossover.”
Autoblog: “Well-executed styling evolution. More refined and comfortable with plenty of get up and go.” “…improved aesthetics and sedan-like fuel economy.”

2013 Acura RDX – Pricing:
The 2013 Acura RDX is available from $34,320 with the AWD model costing an additional $1,400 while the Technology package costs $3,700. The top-end 2013 Acura RDX AWD with Technology package costs $39,420.
There are a number of accessories available to personalize your RDX ranging from various roof attachments to a trailing hitch which helps utilize its 1500 lbs towing ability.

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