2013 Acura RDX in Washington DC, Alexandria and Falls Church Virginia. Winner of the Top Safety Pick from the IIHS and the 2013 ALG winner of the Residual Value Award for its Class (Premium Compact Utility Vehicle), indicating that is expected to the best 3-year resale value in its class. Those seeking a fully-loaded 2013 RDX need only opt for the Technology Package, which throws in the brand’s signature ELS multichannel surround sound audio system, dual-zone automated climate control, a power liftgate, bi-xenon HID headlamps, fog lamps, and a navigation system tied to a 60-gigabyte hard disk!
At that price, the RDX keeps its stronghold as one of the least-expensive premium small crossovers. The 2013 RDX, with a base price of $35,215 less than competitors offered by Infiniti, Audi, Mercedes-Benz, and BMW. For instance, a top-spec RDX with all-wheel drive and the Technology Package is out-priced by over $9000 by a comparably equipped BMW X3 xDrive28i.
"Quieter, roomier and more comfortable, the all-new RDX will offer the styling, power and quality appointments that you expect in a luxury S.U.V."
“Pulling myself into the luscious leather seats and gazing around offered the first hint that this is a vehicle quite special. Before even starting the engine I could sense the quietness and serenity within. Flowing shapes surround the controls, gauges and ventilation outlets. The materials all suggest quality and class and the fit of the multitude of pieces is impeccable.”
“Performance is excellent with strong acceleration, quick shifting and tight ergonomics in controlling it all. In spite of drive-by-wire throttle, and electric power steering we always felt like we had a physical connection with the car and road.”
“The Acura RDX distinguishes itself in the small, luxury CUV market with great style, excellent performance and a quiet, comfortable interior. Its price is competitive with the others in that densely populated segment of the market and is well worth considering.”
The 2014 RDX will get its kicks from a V-6. Expect 273 horsepower, 33 more than the old engine, and fuel economy in front-wheel-drive configuration of 20 m.p.g. city, 28 highway (**Based on 2012 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.) A new, lightweight all-wheel-drive system is also offered. Unlike the turbo 4, the normally aspirated V-6 should run on regular unleaded.
The RDX's newfound maturity extends beneath the sheetmetal. Compared to the previous model, Acura stretched the wheelbase 1.4 inches and widened the track for more passenger and cargo room, while the door openings have been enlarged for easier ingress and egress. The prototype also is about 1 inch lower and longer, and 0.1 inch wider than the current RDX. (It's a significant 5.2 inches longer and 2.1 inches wider, and has 2.6 inches more between its wheels, however, than the latest Honda CR-V.) To keep cabin noise levels in check, there's more sound-deadening material and Active Sound Control noise-cancellation tech cribbed from the RL.
Like all current Acuras, the 2013 RDX will be available with a host of convenience and technology features, including a power rear tailgate, Pandora radio, keyless access and starting, and a tri-view rear camera. A Technology package will be on offer, and includes Acura’s voice-activated navigation system with real-time traffic and weather updates; the nav system has been updated with a 60-gigabyte hard drive that can store up to 15 gigs of music files.
*Based on 2013 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.
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