The first Acura RDX I ever reviewed was back around 2007. I was not a fan at all. I did not like the engine, the dash, the exterior looks, and I thought the controls that operate the features were very cumbersome. I assume others thought the same thing, the RDX has never been a very good seller. I think that is about to change.
For 2013, Honda has ditched the 2.3-liter 4-cylinder turbo in favor of their tried-and- true 3.5-liter V6. It comes with a six-speed automatic, and the combination produces 273-horses. My tester is an all-wheel drive version and although I always liked the old Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) RDX, this one rides smoother-yet still has that Acura tight, sports car-like handling.
The 2013 Acura RDX is larger outside and inside, and is a 5-passenger with a very nice amount of back seat and cargo room. The interior is beautiful with just the right amount of accents. The dash layout is much better than previous versions, is easier to see and touch, and features an 8 ½” color LCD screen that is built into the dash with a baseball cap-style bill to keep any sunlight from hitting the screen.
The 2013 comes fully loaded with leather, heated, power seats in the front, and a sliding power moonroof. You get pushbutton start, rearview camera, Bluetooth, and steering wheel controls. The black press vehicle I am reviewing has the Tech Package which gives you the navigation system with voice recognition, real-time traffic and weather, surround sound, power liftgate, Xenon headlights, and automatic temperature controlled air conditioning.
Acura softened the exterior too, with a different grill, new headlights and taillights, and different placement for the fog lights. It is a much more appealing SUV with all the changes Honda made for 2013, and they priced it right.
The RDX will go from being a slow seller to a great seller.
What I liked most: The changes-from the powertrain to the interior.
What I would change: Would wish for better looking wheels.
Fuel Economy: 22 city /28 out on the highway.
Warranty: 4 year/50,000 on everything, 6 year/70,000 mile powertrain coverage.
2013 Acura RDX AWD in a few words: Much improved SUV, a contender.