2013 Acura RDX Review
After some extensive updates, test drivers say the 2013 Acura RDX has a high-quality interior and comfortable seating, but some wish it had sportier performance.
The RDX received a complete overhaul for the 2013 model year. The Acura RDX only comes with a V6 engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. The turbocharged four-cylinder engine from the 2012 model isn’t available anymore, and reviewers are particularly glad Acura chucked the dated five-speed automatic transmission. Following these changes, critics think the 2013 RDX has a comfortable ride along with a powerful engine, but say it lacks the tight steering feel of its rivals.
Automotive journalists, however, are pleased with the 2013 RDX’s cabin space. They say both the front and rear rows are comfortable for adults. Cargo space is also class-competitive, and the cargo area has a flat floor that they say is easy to load items in. The RDX comes with a long list of standard features, including push-button start, a USB port and Bluetooth. However, reviewers dislike that the RDX doesn’t offer much optional safety equipment. You can get a rearview camera, but blind spot monitoring, for example, isn’t available at all.
Other Cars to Consider
Reviewers say the Infiniti EX has a cabin with high-quality materials and agile, precise handling. The the RDX, it can be equipped with many high-tech features.
Auto critics agree that the Volvo XC60 is a stylish family hauler with comfortable rear seats. Like the RDX, the XC60 comes stocked with standard features. Reviewers say the XC60 also has good engine power and a smooth ride.
Acura RDX: The Details
The 2013 Acura RDX is completely redesigned for the 2013 model year. Four models are available: RDX, RDX AWD, RDX with Technology Package and RDX AWD with Technology Package.
- "Do we, as enthusiasts, miss the snort of the turbocharged four-cylinder, or the way the SH-AWD system allowed the RDX's rear to rotate into tight corners? Perhaps -- but the vast majority of shoppers in this segment won't. Instead, they'll find Acura finally has a stylish, sophisticated crossover that drives as nicely as it looks -- or, put another way, one that finally competes head on the big boys." -- Automobile Magazine
- "More power, better fuel economy and a fresh look make the 2013 Acura RDX a solid choice for a premium small crossover." -- Edmunds
- "The RDX doesn't have the road-carving dynamics or towing power of some in this category, but its jack-of-all-trades character and overall good nature make it a welcome competitor to rivals like the BMW X3, Audi Q5, Mercedes-Benz GLK and Cadillac SRX." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "Although a perfectly comfortable small SUV, the 2013 Acura RDX suffers from some tech flaws that will ultimately prove frustrating. Its engine and transmission work well enough, but do not use some of the latest efficiency technologies. The rigidly tuned suspension could do with some softening, given the likely buyers of the RDX. But overall it is an easy, no-hassle car to drive." -- CNET