Acura introduced its second generation RDX crossover, the 2013 Acura RDX, at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show, and the automotive press salivated over the completely redone engine, transmission and extremely responsive all-wheel-drive system. The luxury SUV will be produced at Acura’s East Liberty, Ohio, plant. Pricing will be released closer to the RDX’s spring on-sale date, reports Automotive News.
An under-the-hood makeover
The turbocharged 2.3-liter engine from the 2012 Acura RDX has been pulled off the table, to be replaced by a 3.5-liter V6 that cranks out 273 hp, 33 more than last year’s standard engine. The 2013 Acura RDX will feature a six-speed automatic transmission that comes with a lockup torque converter that has not previously been seen on RDX models. The AWD unit weighs considerably less than previous models.
That decrease in weight contributes to greater fuel economy in the FWD version of the 2013 Acura RDX, with 20 mpg city and 28 mpg highway. The AWD model will clock in at 19 mpg city and 27 mpg on the highway. According to Acura, the RDX offers optimal fuel economy among all other gas-powered luxury SUVs in its class.
On course and ready to go
The 2013 Acura RDX will also feature a stable ride over the most difficult road conditions, thanks to four-wheel independent suspension with MacPherson struts in the front and rear. The new RDX has a lower center of gravity, which helps keep the vehicle on course. Plus, with Amplitude Reactive Dampers and power steering, it’s easier for the driver to maintain control of the vehicle.
Comfortable, high-tech interior
Acura puts the luxury in luxury SUV with its assortment of interior touches, notes Car and Driver. The 2013 RDX has more sound-dampening material surrounding the cab for a quiet ride, while increased door size, passenger room and cargo space make the RDX the most comfortable SUV crossover model in its class.
Additional technologies that should help make the 2013 Acura RDX a popular choice for consumers that want something extra from their SUV include a power tailgate for loading convenience; keyless entry; a three-view rear camera for backing into and out of tight spots; and communications and navigation systems that are second to none.
The AcuraLink communications system connects drivers with Pandora radio, up to 15 gigabytes of hard drive space for their music collection and a voice-to-text feature for sending text messages safely while driving. The RDX’s navigation system also works via voice recognition, with all the real-time traffic, weather and GPS information a modern driver would expect.