2013 Acura RDX
Acura RDX of the first-generation launched in 2007 was not the most luxurious or the cheapest in its segment, but it enjoyed wide popularity thanks to its Super Handling AWD System and 2.3-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. It was quite practical and turned out to be fun to drive, comfortable and good-looking. Make short of long it was the excellent CUV for the daily commute. The same can be said about 2013 Acura RDX.
The previous model underwent a change. The 5-speed automatic was exchanged for the more fuel-efficient 6-speed unit. The turbocharged 4-cylinder engine was replaced with the 3.5 liter V-6 making 251 lb/ft of torque and 273 hp. This engine is quieter. Its maximum rear torque bias is 50% instead of 70% of 2007 Acura RDX. Improved wind and road noise made it a quiet and relaxed freeway cruiser. Finally, a standard AWD unit from the Honda CR-V replaced the advanced SH-AWD of the previous Acura.
Michelin Primacy MXM4 tires, improved aerodynamics and all above mentioned changes had a good effect on the fuel economy. The fuel economy of the FWD version is 20/28 mpg, while the fuel economy of the AWD version is 19/27 mpg. After the first test it became obvious on the road the new Acura RDX is up 33 hp in comparison with the 2012 version. Its torque changed, too. It is down 9 lb-ft. As a result, the new Acura lacks pesky turbo lag and gains more linear, smoother acceleration.
The suspension was retuned with new dampers containing a 2-valve design. It resulted in more relaxed ride. Increased use of high endurance steel improved structural rigidity of the Acura. As the overall size of the vehicle grew slightly, it resulted in improvements in passengers shoulder and legroom. Rear cargo space of the Acura RDX is still among the largest in its class. The front end of 2013 Acura RDX is much cleaner, but its overall appearance doesn't differ very much from the previous versions of Acura.