The full production-spec of the RDX was launched at last month’s Chicago Auto Show but already, the 2013 Acura RDX is set to arrive in dealerships very soon. In fact, it will start selling next month, with a starting price of $35,305 (which includes destination costs). Acura revealed that production of the new model has begun this week.
The second generation model will be rolled out together with the Honda Crosstour and CR-V crossovers from the East Liberty, Ohio plant. Production was moved there from the Marysville, Ohio plant, which built the first generation Acura RDX compact utility vehicle beside the Acura TL and Honda Accord.
Acura announced that most of the new car will use U.S.-made components such as engines built in nearby Anna, Ohio, and transmissions that come from Russells Point, Ohio. Honda is about halfway through an expansion and retooling of the East Liberty plant that has a total cost of about $166 million.
Honda aims to cope with the rising demand for the CR-V while this also makes the plant more efficient. Honda is hopeful that the demand for the Acura RDX will also improve as consumers look at the redesigned model.
The RDX was designed to be simpler. The company removed the previous model’s intricate and costly turbocharged four-cylinder engine and torque vectoring Super Handling All-Wheel Drive. Instead, the vehicle gets a far less complicated but more potent 3.5-liter V-6 (which also offers better fuel economy) as well as a simplified all-wheel drive setup.
The 2013 RDX model comes with advanced features such as 4-wheel independent suspension with a MacPherson strut at the front and a multi-link suspension design on the rear end. The improved foundation of the new RDX will significantly improve its handling and riding quality as well as bring down its center of gravity. The wheelbase is longer and the track is wider than that of the outgoing models. Other significant features to watch out for include new chassis technology including the Acura-exclusive Amplitude Reactive Dampers and the Motion Adaptive Electric Power Steering System. It comes in all-wheel drive and front-wheel drive variants.
2013 Acura RDX’s standard features include advanced 4-wheel disc brakes that come with EBD (Electronic Brake Distribution), ABS (Anti-lock Braking System), and Brake Assist. It has brand new 5-spoke 18-inch wheels for better performance. The brake system gives you a better riding experience as it lessens the incidence of brake drag and improves fuel economy.
The outgoing RDX model has a turbocharged 2.3-liter inline 4-cylinder. The 2013 RDX model is a much improved version. Among its standard equipment is a 3.5-liter V6 engine producing 273 horsepower. It uses an all-new 6-speed automatic transmission that comes with a lock-up torque converter. It has a new and even lighter all-wheel drive system. These features help in saving fuel and at the same time improving the car’s overall performance.
The front-wheel-drive of the 2013 RDX model has a fuel economy rating of 20/28 mpg. The all-wheel-drive models have a fuel economy rating of 19/27 mpg. Of all the gasoline-powered V6 luxury SUVs, the 2013 Acura RDX offers the best fuel economy.
Latest RDX model is far from being the sporty type wheel. It is more formal in terms of appearance, considering its longer and sculpted hood. It has a sleek body, which gives it a beautiful and timeless appeal.