After learning lessons from its previous models that vie in the entry-premium crossover segment, Acura comes back with a vengeance with its new RDX model. Most of Acura customers were adamant about driving a crossover powered by a jerky turbo-four, especially if they have experienced driving vehicles powered by the smoother and more powerful V-6 engines. With this in mind, Acura produced a crossover that carries attributes that many customers want -- the new RDX.
The new RDX is powered is by a V-6 engine that boasts of 33 more horsepower than the outgoing version. This power allows the RDX to accelerate from zero to 60 mph 0.3 seconds quicker than the previous version, at 7.3 seconds for front-wheel-drive models.
Acura added a sixth gear ratio to the new RDX. One can use the much shorter five lower gear ratios for quicker acceleration and the taller sixth gear for freeway cruising. The new RDX also offers better fuel economy, thanks to a variable cylinder management. The new RDX features electric power steering and it dons some front suspension pieces, like the torsion bar and lower A-arm, similar to the Honda CR-V. However, the RDX’s shock absorber pistons sports secondary reactive dampers that offers a better ride than the CR-V.
Aside from the engine, the front subframe, rear subframe and suspension of the RDX are different from the CR-V. Acura designed RDX’s instrument panel and center console to carry its design ethos: smartly laid out, technical, with a premium feel in the stalks and buttons.
Standard features of the RDX include a moonroof, 18-inch wheels, heated leather power seats, keyless access and SMS text messaging as well as a 360-watt CD stereo with USB link and Pandora Internet radio. The crossover’s back-up camera display is now integrated into the monitor, rather than on the rear-view mirror. Expect the new RDX, built in East Liberty, Ohio, to be almost $1,500 more expensive than the previous model.
Acura RDX showcases a sleek, more aerodynamic body, evolving from a compact and sporty SUV to one that has a more formal appearance, a more sophisticated and elegant styling, and a longer and sculpted hood, matching the brand’s philosophy of timeless and beautiful design.
Meanwhile, the 2013 RDX’s interior sees new sweeping shapes, a generous use of leather, and a matte surface trim combining to give it an upscale look and a sense of luxury.
To give the SUV an impressively quiet cabin, the RDX made abundant use of sound-proof materials as well as an Active Sound Control system. Other interior features include larger door openings, increased cargo volume, more passenger room, and available power rear tailgate, all making the RDX’s interior more flexible and accommodating.
Moreover, the 2013 RDX will feature new technologies like Pandora internet radio interface, a Keyless Access System plus smart entry & pushbutton start, SMS text messaging feature, and a 3-view rear camera. There will also be an available technology package providing a full complement of much-needed technologies like an ELS Surround audio system, an AcuraLink Satellite Communication System, an AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic and Traffic Rerouting feature, an Acura Navigation System plus Voice Recognition, and an AcuraLink Real-Time Weather plus radar image maps. Also, a more advanced navigation system that uses a hard disk drive with a 60-gigabyte storage capacity as well as 15 gigabytes for music storage will come new for the 2013 model.