2013 Acura RDX
With most manufacturers going to smaller turbo-charged engines, it seems odd that the 2013 Acura RDX actually trades its turbo I4 for a V6. And, the big reason for doing that is that Acura sees more sales potential in people that are downsizing from larger crossovers than from entry-level buyers. With V6 power, the RDX can offer those people a smaller footprint, but with the same capabilities and feel that they are used to.
But, this is the second generation RDX, and it’s not just about a bigger engine. The RDX has also gotten bigger all around, although just barely. Wheelbase is up by 1.4-inches while overall length grows by an inch for a total of 183.5. It’s also wider and taller. And of course, that allows for much more room inside as well, as just about every measurement front to back is best in class.
The bigger is better theme continues throughout the RDX; the rear hatch opening has been widened to improve access, and rear seats fold with a new one touch lever. Many features that mid-size crossover buyers have come to expect such as moonroof, push button start, heated leather seats, back-up camera, Bluetooth, and 18-inch wheels are all standard. The only option available is a Technology Package that adds navigation, HID headlights, and a power lift-gate. The RDX’s suspension has been thoroughly revised to give a more substantial ride, and that 273-horsepower V6 gives more than adequate power.
BRIAN ROBINSON: The RDX really blurs the line between compact and mid-size crossovers. It does feel more mid-size and is almost as roomy, but all-wheel-drive is still more for on road safety and towing capacity is only 1,500 pounds.
Pricing for the Acura RDX begins at $35,000 and it’s on sale now.
Price: Begins at $35,000