2013 Acura RDX Tech Review
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Crossover SUVs are rarely the first choice for aggressive driving on challenging roads, but the RDX held its own.
Stalk any suburban strip mall and you'll find plenty of mid-size and compact crossover SUVs, many of them bearing luxury nameplates. Lexus started it all with the introduction of the RX in 1998, forcing its competitors to soon follow suit.
Acura's MDX launched in 2001 as a Lexus fighter, and the RDX came on scene in 2007 to replace the MDX in the compact class as the MDX grew in size and price, leaving the RDX to take on the BMW X3 and Audi Q5.
The RDX underwent a minor makeover for 2013, getting slight styling changes, a new engine and transmission, and a power liftgate. The RDX also grew a bit in both overall length and wheelbase.
There are only two trim levels--base and Technology Package--both available with front- and all-wheel drive. We spent some time getting to know the front-drive version with the Tech Package.
That doesn't mean that the laws of physics didn't apply. Like any tall vehicle, the RDX suffered some from body roll, and cornering responses weren't always as sharp as they could be.
Around town, the ride struck an acceptable balance between sport and comfort, with the RDX being a pleasant cruiser on good pavement. The new V-6--which replaces a turbocharged four-cylinder--gives it plenty of punch.
Cabin materials were generally class-appropriate.
Headroom and legroom up front were acceptable for the class if not overwhelmingly spacious.
With plenty of punch, a nice ride/handling balance, and a comfy interior, we can see the appeal in this little compact luxury SUV. To Bed, Bath, and Beyond we go.
Transmission: Six-speed automatic
Drive Wheels: Front-wheel-drive (all-wheel-drive available)
Fuel Economy: 20 mpg city/28 mpg highway
Base Price: $38,020
As-Tested Price: $38,915 (includes $895 destination fee)
Available Features: Navigation, Bluetooth, satellite radio, 18-inch wheels, rearview camera, media hard drive, fog lamps, dual-zone climate control, power liftgate, heated front seats, heated power door mirrors, USB port, auxiliary port, leather seats