The 2014 Acura RDX, which is on sale now, is $200 more expensive across the line but the automaker is confident that this price increase won’t have an impact on sales. The RDX was Acura’s top-selling model for the month of March. The 2014 RDX base model is priced at $35,415 (including destination costs).
Apparently, buyers really liked the transformation of the RDX from being a sporty turbocharged crossover into a six-cylinder crossover that’s more middle-of-the-road. The lone distinction between a 2013 RDX and a 2014 RDX is that the Amber Brownstone exterior is replaced by Kona Coffee.
But all 2014 RDX models will be powered by a 273-hp 3.5-liter V-6 partnered with a six-speed automatic transmission. For an extra $1,400, buyers can get the all-wheel drive version. The standard equipment on all 2014 RDXs includes a multi-angle rearview camera, hands-free keyless access with push-button start, leather seats, heated front seats, a moonroof, and a 360-watt sound system with Pandora radio and SMS text messaging features.
It’s likely that majority of 2014 Acura RDX buyers will ask for the front- or all-wheel-drive model with the $3700 Technology package, which includes a navigation system, premium sound system, HID headlights, power-operated liftgate, and front fog lights. The 2014 RDX with the Technology package is priced at $39,115. Meanwhile, the all-wheel-drive with this package then costs $40,515. Similar to the RDX, the new 2014 Acura MDX will be available with a front-drive model so it comes with a lower base price.
The 2013 Acura RDX is the second generation of the five-passenger crossover sports utility vehicle developed by Acura. The carmaker will be employing a new approach to achieve fuel efficiency and advanced performance. It will use a new engine, a new transmission, and a new all-wheel-drive system.
The new RDX runs on a 4-wheel independent suspension featuring a MacPherson strut front and a multi-link rear suspension design. The new car also has a wider track, a longer wheelbase, and a lower center of gravity, all of which provide a foundation for the RDX's much improved ride quality and handling. The 2013 chassis technology, meanwhile, includes the Amplitude Reactive Dampers, which are exclusive to Acura, as well as a Motion Adaptive Electric Power Steering system in lieu of the previous hydraulic steering.
You can avail of the 2013 RDX either as a front-wheel-drive or as an all-wheel-drive variant.
The 2013 RDX's standard features include bold 5-spoke 18-inch wheels, improved 4-wheel disc brakes, and an ABS or Anti-lock Braking System with EBD or Electronic Brake Distribution and Brake Assist. These brakes do not just provide better performance but these also lessen brake drag that in turn promotes improved fuel economy and less rolling resistance.
The new car boasts a 20/28 mpg city/highway fuel economy rating, according to EPA or Environmental Protection Agency estimates. With this rating, the front-wheel-drive variant is widely expected to deliver the best fuel economy for any V6 luxury SUV that is gasoline-powered. All-wheel-drive models, on the other hand, will offer a 19/27 mpg city/highway fuel economy rating as per EPA estimates.
The new RDX sports an elegant yet more aerodynamic body, showing that the model has evolved from being an athletic and compact SUV to being a more formal SUV with a more elegant and sophisticated style and a longer, sculpted hood. This matches Acura's timeless and beautiful design philosophy.
Inside the 2013 RDX are new sweeping shapes, as well as a matte surface trim and the use of leather, all combining to give the interior a luxurious feel and an upscale look. Sound-proof materials and an Active Sound Control system are used to provide a quiet cabin. The car also boasts additional interior features like larger door openings, increased cargo capacity, more passenger room, and a power rear tailgate. These make the car's interior look more accommodating and more flexible.
What's more, the 2013 Acura RDX will be featuring a host of new technologies, such as a Pandora internet radio interface, a Keyless Access System complete with a smart entry and push button start, an SMS texting feature, and a 3-view rear camera.