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The All New 2013 Acura RDX

The 2013 Acura RDX AWD is a sharp looking SUV/Crossover with an emphasis on the S…as in Sporty. Its 6 cylinder, 3.5 liter V-6 puts out 273 horsepower giving this model more power and better fuel economy than its predecessors. Carrying a 4 year/50,000 mile warranty and a 6 year/70,000 mile power-train warranty, this luxury crossover has become a leader in its class and an eye-catcher on the street. 

Not really compact and certainly not a “big” SUV, the RDX just may define what this class should be. The elegance of the lines are beautiful and don’t over power the sporty features like the strong, blocked fenders and the now more formal looking rear end. The cats eye headlights are a winning touch that only adds to the style.

Acura RDX 2013 Model2013 Acura RDX – First Impressions

The first time you see the RDX, you immediately notice the mainstream, contemporary lines of the overall design. The look is definitely sporty with the classic larger rear body giving way to an almost sharp front angle.

Taking a closer look, the fit of the body panels is tight and the 18” wheels just look like they belong there. The low profile spoiler is icing on the cake and further emphasizes the Acura RDX’s sporty look and feel. It simply looks fast. Did I say sporty?!

2013 RDX Interior

Acura’s take on luxury is evident from the first time you take your place in the driver’s seat in the RDX cabin. Luxury and functionality are a beautiful couple when its done right, and Acura has it down pat. From tilt and telescoping steering wheel to ventilated and heated front seats, the list is extensive when it comes to the RDX’s amenities. Quality and finish can be found just about every way you turn and the list of goodies is extensive.

  • Power moon-roof
  • Memory seats
  • Auto-dimming rear-view mirror
  • Sound system with MP3 decoding
  • 7 speakers and steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Tasteful high quality synthetic and metal accented interior
  • Well designed placement of dashboard controls
  • Dual front and side airbags
  • Remote key-less entry

RDX Driving Impressions

The biggest improvements over the 2012 Acura RDX and the rest, can best be felt on the open road. Much of the improvement is hidden under the hood or in the drive-train, but take it for a spin and they become obvious.

  • Brake assist
  • ABS brakes
  • Traction control
  • Electronic stability
  • Variable valve control
  • Sequential sport shifting

2013 Acura RDX Final Verdict

Like the RLX models, the six-speed transmission and 24 valves on the 2013 RDX deliver smooth power and acceleration whenever you need it. The cornering is tight even without the typical SUV top heavy feel. Low speed driving is distinctly smooth and braking is quick and very responsive. The rest is just gravy!