Acura Automobiles: 2013 RDX

Posted on 26. Mar, 2012 by in Acura Canada


The marketplace for personal sized SUVs has been augmenting in recognition in a final few years. Based on stream mercantile conditions and changing consumer preference, tiny is apropos vast in a eyes of today’s consumers. With a all-new 2013 RDX, Acura once again offers a right product during a right time.

The Acura RDX detonate on to a Sport Utility Vehicle theatre in 2007. Upon a debut, a RDX 5-passenger crossover SUV generated glorious reviews and clever praise. Never calm with “well enough”, Acura engineers set out to rise a whole new RDX for 2013. The latest RDX significantly ups a diversion with a all new looks, a new engine, a new delivery and even a new all-wheel-drive system. The RDX extraneous incorporates a neat (more aerodynamically efficient) physique and framework updates everywhere in a form of a longer wheelbase with increasing track, all-new Amplitude Reactive Dampers and a new suit adaptive electronic appetite steering system. Copious use of record has always been pivotal with Acura vehicles, and a 2013 RDX provides even some-more motorist applicable record facilities than before. Smart oppulance has prolonged been a principle for Acura, and a new RDX delivers this in spades.

Inside a 2013 RDX, occupants will conclude a new interior pattern along with a lush materials. New unconditional shapes, matte aspect trim and inexhaustible use of leather mix to give a RDX interior an upscale demeanour and oppulance feel that Acura business have come to expect. When driving, a abounding interior materials, abounding use of sound insulation materials and countless high-tech appointments (such as Active Noise Control) organisation to yield an unusually still cabin. Features such as incomparable doorway openings, some-more newcomer room, incomparable bucket volume and a new appetite behind tailgate make a RDX interior even some-more easy for owners who are on a go.

Passenger reserve has always been a cornerstone with each Acura indication and a 2013 RDX employs new pattern facilities and countless high strength materials directed privately during newcomer protection. As a result, tip scores in supervision (NHTSA) and eccentric (IIHS) pile-up testing* are expected.

*The 2013 RDX had not been pile-up tested as of Mar 2012. However, Acura expects that a RDX will accept a 5-STAR Overall Vehicle Score in bureaucratic (NHTSA) NCAP contrast and grasp GOOD ratings in all tests achieved by a eccentric Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.


The strange RDX heavily targeted immature professionals who were early in their career, though kids, who participated in a really active lifestyle, and who elite a car with a decidedly sport-minded pushing characteristic. For 2013, a RDX aim customer has shifted to a somewhat comparison (early 30s contra late 20s) motorist that is married and shortly coming parenthood. In addition, a aim customer will approaching be good into their career and have a aloft domicile income ($125,000 contra $100,000) than a before RDX aim buyer. The RDX aim customer still values a competition disposed pushing impression though also prioritizes increasing comfort (with clever importance on reward interior appointments) and increasing utility.


The Entry Premium SUV shred is comparatively new and is populated by a tiny organisation of vehicles including a Acura RDX, Audi Q5, BMW X3, Infinity EX35, Mercedes GLK350, Volkswagen Tiguan and Volvo XC60. This car shred is coming to grow significantly in a subsequent few years and a 2013 RDX positions Acura strongly within it— with a horde of singular and appealing features.

Powertrain features

  • 3.5-liter SOHC V-6 engine
  • 273 horsepower during 6,200 rpm and 251 lb-ft of torque during 5,000 rpm
  • Variable Cylinder Management™ with Intelligent Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (iVTEC®) for intake and empty valves
  • Sequential SportShift 6-speed involuntary transmission
  • AWD with Intelligent Control (available feature)
  • EPA estimated* city/highway/combined fuel economy: 20/28/23 mpg (2WD); 19/27/22 mpg (AWD)
  • EPA TIER 2 – BIN 5 and CARB LEV II ULEV emissions compliance

*Based on 2013 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison functions only. Your tangible mileage will change depending on how we expostulate and say your vehicle.

Body CHASSIS features

  • Unit physique structure with endless use of high-strength steel
  • Independent front cessation with MacPherson struts
  • Independent behind cessation with multi-link design
  • Amplitude Reactive Dampers
  • Motion Adaptive Electronic Power Steering (EPS)
  • 18×7.5-inch separate 5-spoke aluminum wheels with P235/55R18 all-season tires
  • 4-wheel anti-lock braking complement (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist
  • Projector lamp front headlights with halogen bulbs
  • Heated outward mirrors with integrated directional spin indicators, Reverse rigging tilt-down duty and new blind section shortening underline

INTERIOR features

  • Luxuriously allocated cockpit designed for gentle driving
  • Power-adjustable seperated leather-trimmed seats with heaters
  • Leather-wrapped steering circle with fingertip controls and racing-inspired paddle shifters
  • Tilt and telescoping steering column
  • LED backlit gauges with on-going illumination
  • Multi-Information Display (MID)
  • Rear perspective camera with 3 observation modes
  • Dual-zone involuntary meridian control complement with atmosphere filtration
  • Power moonroof with tilt, auto-open/close, auto-reverse and key-off operation
  • One-touch 60/40 split-folding behind seatbacks
  • 7-speaker Acura Premium Sound System with multi-format CD player, AM/FM tuner, and XM® Radio
  • USB pier (such as for iPhone®, iPod® or memory hang connectivity)
  • AUX submit jack (for outmost strain actor connectivity)
  • Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® connectivity
  • Keyless Access System with pushbutton start

Technology Package Features

  • AcuraLink® Satellite Communication System
  • Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™
  • Hard Disk Drive (HDD) complement with 60 gigabytes of storage capacity
  • AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic with Traffic Rerouting™
  • AcuraLink Real-Time Weather™
  • GPS-linked solar-sensing, dual-zone involuntary meridian control system
  • Acura/ELS Surround® Premium Sound System with 10 speakers, DVD-Audio, multi-format CD player, AM/FM tuner, and XM® Radio with Note function
  • Power actuated behind tailgate


  • Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) physique structure
  • Impact-absorbing press zones (front/rear)
  • Dual stage, mixed threshold front airbags (SRS)
  • Front side airbags with passenger-side Occupant Position Detection System
  • Side shade airbags for front and outboard behind seats with integrated rollover sensor
  • Adjustable-height 3-point front seatbelts with involuntary tensioning complement and bucket limiters
  • 3-point chair belts during all 3 behind seating positions
  • Automatic Locking Retractor/Emergency Locking Retractors (ALR/ELR) chair belt mechanisms (excluding driver)
  • LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) child-seat ascent system
  • Low tire Low tire vigour warning
  • 4-wheel anti-lock braking complement (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist
  • Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with traction control
  • Theft-deterrent complement with electronic immobilizer


The 2013 RDX creates use of an all-new powertrain that not usually delivers significantly some-more horsepower, though also delivers softened fuel economy. Replacing a before turbocharged 2.3L inline 4 cylinder engine is a new 3.5L V-6 engine that outlines a initial use of Variable Cylinder Management™ (VCM®) for an Acura vehicle. Producing 273 horsepower (+33 hp over a effusive engine), a V-6 creates use of a latest chronicle of VCM® that allows for 3 levels of cylinder deactivation.

Also new for a 2013 RDX is Sequential SportShift 6-speed involuntary delivery interconnected with a new multi-clutch torque converter. In serve to adding another brazen gear, a new six-speed delivery is also smaller and lighter than a before 5-speed automatic. The outcome is softened opening and softened fuel economy.

The new V-6 engine and 6-speed delivery organisation to broach an EPA estimated* city/highway/combined fuel economy of 20/28/23 mpg (front circle drive) and 19/27/22 mpg (all circle drive). In a box of a all circle expostulate model, this represents a 5 mpg boost in highway fuel economy contra a before RDX. As expected, a 2013 RDX complies with EPA TIER 2 – BIN 5 and CARB LEV II ULEV emissions standards.

The 2013 RDX also facilities a new all-wheel-drive complement that is smaller and lighter than a before drivetrain setup. Known as AWD with Intelligent Control, a new complement also is some-more fit than a before version, which, along with a reduced weight, helps grasp a AWD RDX’s increasing fuel economy.

*Based on 2013 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison functions only. Your tangible mileage will change depending on how we expostulate and say your vehicle.


Compared to a effusive model, a new RDX physique is some-more polished and liquid that softened matches a pattern welfare of a aim buyer. A smoother front fascia, wider circle arch lips and agree side panels not usually broach a some-more upscale look, though mix to make a 2013 RDX some-more aerodynamically fit than before. In particular, many time was spent conceptualizing new underbody panels that not usually yield significantly smoother airflow, though also beget reduction breeze sound to make for a quieter cabin.

At a front, a new griddle blends together with many longer, some-more seemly headlights. Along a sides, a 2013 RDX creates uses of smoother doorway panels that incorporate a frail physique line that runs by a doorway handles. At a rear, a RDX roofline is distant some-more slim than before and a behind fascia has a many smoother demeanour than a 2012 model. For 2013, a appetite actuated behind tailgate (as partial of a accessible Technology Package) is a initial for a RDX.

For strength, serve increasing use of high-strength steel (56-percent contra 47-percent used previously) not usually provides increasing strength during a revoke weight, though generates a stiffer physique for softened opening and reduced NVH.

Like a predecessor, a 2013 RDX rides on 4-wheel eccentric cessation with a MacPherson strut pattern in front and a multi-link pattern in back. However, a longer wheelbase, increasing lane breadth and a revoke core of sobriety assistance give a new RDX softened doing with a some-more pointed ride. New framework record abounds in a 2013 RDX in a form of equipment such as all-new Amplitude Reactive Dampers and a new suit adaptive electronic appetite steering complement that replaces a before hydraulic steering.

RDX facilities as customary confidant new separate 5-spoke 18-inch hole wheels and softened 4-wheel front brakes that embody an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist. Not usually do a brakes yield softened performance, though they also incorporate improvements to revoke stop drag— that reduces rolling insurgency and improves fuel economy.


For 2013, a RDX has a whole new interior with some-more of what business want. Topping a list is some-more legroom and shoulder room for both front and behind occupants. More bucket room is now accessible along with a significantly wider behind induce opening. Despite a softened interior roominess, a extraneous footprint of a RDX is allied to a before model. In addition, some-more insulation and a new Active Noise Control complement beget a quieter cabin, while a new audio complement delivers a some-more beguiling listening experience.

Throughout a cabin, a new “dual personal” cockpit pattern creates use of some-more unconditional shapes (rather than a before RDX interior pattern that had an bony demeanour with some-more pointy lines). And of course, a 2013 delivers even some-more motorist applicable record including a new tough hoop expostulate (HDD) formed navigation complement interconnected with a new W-VGA tone screen. All said, a 2013 RDX interior has an even some-more upscale demeanour and a oppulance feel that Acura business have come to expect.

Just as before, RDX seats 5 though caters to a motorist and front newcomer initial and foremost. Its leather seating surfaces and ergonomically designed chair contours are designed to yield plenty support during energetic drives or prolonged highway trips. The appetite actuated motorist chair is 8-way tractable with tractable lumbar support for a tradition fit. For a driver, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, LED backlit gauges with on-going enlightenment and a Multi-Information Display (MID) that allows entrance to mixed electronic functions.

Among a modernized electronic technologies in a 2013 RDX is a new 360-watt audio complement with 7 speakers, a CD player, AM/FM radio, XM® Radio with Note function, Bluetooth® Audio, USB pier and AUX jack connectivity, and Speed Volume Control.

Even some-more so than ever before, transformability of a car is of tip regard with buyers— so to be means to fast and simply renovate a RDX from a people hauler to a bucket hauler was paramount. Thus, besides charity model comfort, interior roominess and bucket carrying were high priorities for RDX designers. With a new “one touch” activation of a 60/40 split-folding behind seatbacks, a behind bucket area (with behind seatbacks folded down) offers 76.9 cubic feet of storage— 16.3 cubic feet some-more than before*. Interior storage compartments embody a vast core console between a front seats and there are countless other storage pockets and cubby spaces via a RDX. The 2013 RDX has a sum newcomer volume of 103.5 cubic feet (versus 101.4 cubic feet with before RDX) that means it has a largest volume in a class.

*All interior volume sum are formed on Honda inner contrast data

Technology Package
The 2013 RDX is so good versed in customary form that usually one trim package is available. With a Technology Package, a horde of motorist applicable facilities are combined including AcuraLink® Satellite Communication System, Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™, AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic with Traffic Rerouting™ and AcuraLink Real-Time Weather™ with radar picture maps. For 2013, a navigation complement is even some-more modernized and is operated by a new tough hoop expostulate (HDD) complement with 60 gigabytes of storage capacity. The HDD complement operates with distant larger speed than a before CD-based system, and it has 15 gigabytes of dedicated space allocated for strain storage. The navigation complement also creates use of a new 8-inch W-VGA tone shade (with 4 times softened fortitude than a before screen) that is also used for a new behind perspective camera system.

Audiophiles will glory as a 2013 RDX with Technology Package includes a new Acura/ELS Surround® 10-speaker, 410-watt reward audio complement with DVD-Audio, CD, DTS™, AM/FM radio, XM® Radio, Bluetooth® Audio and a 3,500-song* tough hoop expostulate (HDD) media storage system. With some-more appetite and combined features, a new audio complement is certain to greatfully a many cultured audiophile.
Also partial of a Technology Package is a GPS-linked solar-sensing, dual-zone involuntary meridian control complement along with a appetite operated behind hatch. In total, these technologies put a RDX during a slicing corner of a Entry Premium SUV segment.

*Approximate ability formed on an normal strain distance of 4.0 MB per strain during a 128kbps bitrate


The office of superb reserve is a vicious component designed into each Acura built. This regard for reserve not usually extends to a motorist and passengers of a RDX, though also to a reserve of occupants of other vehicles as good as a damage slackening to pedestrians.

For Acura, equally critical is addressing both active and pacifist safety. Active reserve facilities can assistance a motorist equivocate a collision, and a RDX includes as customary equipment such as Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) and traction control. For 2013, a revised 4-wheel front stop complement teams with ABS and Brake Assist to serve raise reserve and to beget larger motorist control.

Should a frontal collision occur, Acura’s acclaimed Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) physique structure utilizes a network of connected constructional elements to assistance discharge pile-up appetite some-more uniformly via a front of a RDX. This extended frontal pile-up appetite government helps to revoke a army eliminated to a newcomer cell and can assistance to some-more uniformly sunder a army eliminated to other vehicles in a crash. To residence a sovereign government’s new FMVSS 216 customary for roof vanquish resistance, a 2013 RDX physique incorporates several new constructional enhancements in a roof and side post areas. As a result, tip bureaucratic (NHTSA) and eccentric (IIHS) exam ratings are expected.

While ACE™ is a constructional substructure for a RDX’s reserve performance, a array of industry-leading pacifist reserve technologies is equally important. The list starts with 6 airbags including dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags (SRS), dual-chamber front chair side airbags, and side shade airbags for a front and outboard behind seating positions. In addition, a front newcomer chair is versed with Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS), an innovative record designed to deactivate a side airbag if a child or small-stature adult leans into a deployment trail of a side airbag. Safety facilities continue with 3-point seatbelts for all seating positions, while a motorist and front newcomer have front seatbelts with an involuntary tensioning complement with bucket limiters. The RDX offers conduct restraints for all seating positions. The behind chair facilities Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH), that permits easy connection of adult to dual child seats.

Acura’s “Safety Through Innovation” beginning is formed on a brand’s joining to care in safety— and glorious reserve is a peerless component in each new car that Acura builds. The initiative’s idea is for all Acura models to yield a high turn of reserve regardless of distance or cost of a vehicle.

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