Early this spring, Acura dealerships will obtain the all-new, 2013 RDX crossover. The second generation “right-sized” premium utility has gone through some significant changes to stay fresh in a highly competitive segment. Most notable can be found under the sculpted hood and around the chiseled fenders as the new model has received new power while adopting a more Acura-family theme. Running straight after the likes of the BMW X3 and Audi Q5, the Japanese rocket wagon should have what it takes to return solid sales, especially with a base MSRP of $34,320.
“Based on changing consumer preference, small is becoming big in the eyes of today’s consumers,” said vice president of Acura sales, Jeff Conrad. It may still be tidy, but the 2013 RDX is longer and wider than its first generation predecessor. An all-independent suspension remains with struts up front and multi-link rear while a new Motion Adaptive Electric Power Steering replaces the older hydraulic unit. Making sure that the Acura grabs each and every apex are new Amplitude Reactive Dampers and a aerodynamically improved body. Looking like a downsized MDX, the littlest crossover adopts Acura’s signature thick-bar grille and wide-mouth fog lamps. In profile view, the 2013 appears longer than before with lengthened overhangs and a flatter roof line. The sleek new body should also help the RDX achieve class leading fuel economy when in front drive form: 20 mpg in the city, 28 mpg on the highway.
Another aspect changed can be found under the hood. Gone is the first generation’s cool but odd 2.3 liter turbocharged inline four cylinder and in its place is a more sensible six cylinder. Displacing 3.5 liters, the DOHC with variable valve timing engine pumps out a stout 273 horsepower and is shared with numerous other Honda vehicles. Compared to the entirely too exclusive turbo block, the big six puts 33 more horses to the ground via a new six speed automatic. The 2013 can either spin the front wheels or for $1,400 extra, all four by way of an improved and thus lighter all wheel drive system. As of yet, this will be the only RDX powertrain.
In order for the new model to be a proper Acura, standard features must be premium and plenty. Consumers shouldn’t be disappointed with such base items as leather and heated seats, power moonroof, a 360-watt stereo, Pandora Internet Radio, text messaging read back, keyless entry, Active Noise Control and a back up camera system. Available options include the $3,700 Technology Package which brings AcuraLink Satellite Communication System, navigation with real-time traffic and weather, 60 gigabyte hard drive, dual zone climate control, Acura/ELS surround sound, power lift gate and projector headlamps with HID bulbs. The most expensive 2013 Acura RDX, the AWD Tech Package, will cost $39,420.
“The right-sized 2013 RDX adds increased comfort, utility and power, along with class-leading fuel economy,” said Conrad.
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