2013 Acura RDX

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What's New for 2013:
  • Redesigned for 2013
  • New V-6 engine and 6-speed automatic transmission
  • Quieter, larger cabin with more passenger and cargo room

Exterior Features
The 2013 Acura RDX features standard 18-inch aluminum wheels with 235/60 all-season tires, power moonroof, and heated side mirrors with turn signal indicators.

Interior Features
Leather sport seats, heated in front and including 10-way power operation for the driver, are included on every 2013 Acura RDX. Dual-zone automatic climate control, Keyless Access with push-button start, and ambient cabin lighting are also standard, along with a 360-watt premium sound system with a USB port and an auxiliary audio jack. Bluetooth hands-free connectivity with music streaming capability is also included as standard.

The new RDX can carry 26.1 cubic feet of cargo behind the 60/40-split rear seat. Maximum cargo space measures 76.9 cubic feet with the rear seat folded down.

Optional Features
The only option for the 2013 Acura RDX is a Technology package that includes a power tailgate, AcuraLink satellite communications service, hard-drive navigation system with real-time traffic and weather, and GPS-linked and solar-sensing climate control. This package also includes an Acura/ELS surround-sound audio system with hard-drive music storage, Song by Voice music file search, Pandora Internet radio interface, and SMS text messaging capability.

Under the Hood
A 3.5-liter V-6 engine with 273 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 251 lb.-ft. of torque at 5,000 rpm drives the 2013 RDX's front wheels through a 6-speed Sequential SportShift automatic transmission with Drive and Sport modes, paddle shifters and grade logic control. The V-6 includes the company's proprietary Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) technology, which allows the engine to operate on fewer cylinders under low-load conditions to improve fuel economy.

An optional AWD with Intelligent Control replaces the previous Super Handling AWD system with simpler and lighter technology. New for 2013 are Amplitude Reactive Dampers and Motion Adaptive electric power steering.

Fuel Economy
  • Acura estimates that the 2013 RDX will achieve the following fuel-economy ratings:
  • RDX with FWD: 20/28/23 mpg (city/highway/combined)
  • RDX with AWD: 19/27/22 mpg

The 2013 Acura RDX features Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE), which is a structural design intended to be impact-compatible with a wide variety of vehicle types and sizes. Additionally, the new RDX is equipped with 6 air bags, 4-wheel-disc anti-lock brakes with brake assist, traction control, stability control, and a reversing camera offering three different camera views.

As this Acura RDX overview is written, the SUV has not been crash tested by the NHTSA or IIHS.


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  • Name FWD 4dr Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift MSRP 34320.00 Engine 3.5L/212 City/Hwy MPG 20/28
  • Name Tech Pkg (FWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift MSRP 38020.00 Engine 3.5L/212 City/Hwy MPG 20/28
  • Name AWD 4dr Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift MSRP 35720.00 Engine 3.5L/212 City/Hwy MPG 19/27
  • Name Tech Pkg (AWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift MSRP 39420.00 Engine 3.5L/212 City/Hwy MPG 19/27
  • Perforated leather-trimmed heated front sport bucket seats -inc: 10-way pwr driver seat, 4-way pwr front passenger seat, active front head restraints, driver pwr lumbar support, driver memory
  • 60/40 split easy folding rear seat w/armrest
  • Lockable front center console w/dual-level storage
  • Front/rear carpeted floor mats
  • Aluminum threshold garnish
  • Leather-wrapped tilt & telescoping steering wheel -inc: cruise & audio controls, Bluetooth HandsFreeLink
  • LED backlit gauges w/progressive illumination w/turbo boost meter
  • Exterior temp indicator
  • Multi-info display
  • Center info display screen
  • Maintenance minder system
  • Pwr windows -inc: front auto-up/down, auto reverse
  • Pwr door locks
  • Keyless access system w/smart entry, push button ignition
  • HomeLink universal remote
  • Cruise control
  • Theft-deterrent system w/electronic immobilizer
  • Dual-zone dual-mode automatic climate control system w/air filtration
  • Rear window defroster
  • (2) 12V pwr outlets
  • Front/rear cup holders
  • Front-door utility boxes/storage compartments
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Driver/front passenger illuminated visor vanity mirrors
  • Lighting -inc: overhead map, ambient cabin, cargo
  • Illuminated controls -inc: ignition, window switches, door lock switches, steering wheel controls, overhead controls
  • Front seatback pockets
  • Cargo lid cover
  • Navigation system w/voice recognition & rearview camera -inc: 8" LED backlit display, Zagat survey rating *Available in 48 contiguous United States & Hawaii*
  • GPS-linked solar-sensing dual-zone dual-mode automatic climate control system w/voice recognition
  • 18" x 7.5" alloy wheels
  • P235/60R18 all-season tires
  • Pwr moonroof w/tilt feature -inc: auto-open/close, auto-reverse, key-off operation
  • Body-colored tailgate spoiler
  • Projector beam halogen auto on/off headlights -inc: wiper integration
  • Heated pwr mirrors -inc: expanded driver's view, reverse gear tilt-down, integrated LED directional signals, memory
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Speed-sensing variable intermittent windshield wipers
  • Intermittent rear window wiper
  • Chrome door handles
  • Xenon high intensity discharge auto on/off headlights -inc: wiper integration
  • Front fog lights
  • Pwr operated tailgate
  • 3.5L SOHC 24-valve i-VTEC V6 engine
  • 6-speed automatic transmission, Sequential SportShift, paddle-shifters, Grade Logic Control
  • Front wheel drive
  • Independent MacPherson strut front suspension w/stabilizer bar
  • Independent multi-link rear suspension w/stabilizer bar
  • Electric pwr assisted rack & pinion steering (EPS)
  • 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS) -inc: electronic brake distribution, brake assist
  • Dual-outlet exhaust
  • All-wheel drive w/Intelligent Control System
    • Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) w/traction control
    • Hill start assist
    • Side-impact door beams
    • Impact-absorbing front/rear crumple zones
    • Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure
    • Daytime running lights
    • Dual-stage multiple-threshold front airbags
    • Front side airbags w/passenger side occupant position detection system
    • Front/rear side curtain airbags w/rollover sensor
    • Multi-view rearview camera
    • 3-point front seatbelts -inc: adjustable height, load limiters, pretensioners
    • 3-point rear seatbelts
    • Lower anchors & tethers for children (LATCH)
    • Rear child safety door locks
    • Emergency tailgate opener
    • Tire pressure monitoring system
    • AcuraLink satellite communication system w/automated appointments, real-time traffic w/rerouting & real-time weather *Available in 48 contiguous United States, first 90 days are free*
    • 360-watt AM/FM stereo w/in-dash CD/MP3/WMA player -inc: (7) speakers, aux input jack, USB port, Bluetooth audio, Pandora internet radio interface
    • Speed-sensitive volume control
    • XM satellite radio *Available in 48 contiguous United States, first 90 days are free*
    • HandsFreeLink Bluetooth wireless telephone interface -inc: SMS text message function
    • 410-watt AM/FM stereo w/in-dash CD/DVD/MP3/WMA player -inc: (10) premium ELS surround sound speakers, DTS, aux input jack, Dolby Pro Logic II, voice recognition, Bluetooth audio, USB port, hard disk drive media storage, Pandora internet radio interface, Song By Voice
    • XM satellite radio -inc: note function music reminder *Available in 48 contiguous United States, first 90 days are free*
    • HandsFreeLink Bluetooth wireless telephone interface -inc: SMS text message function, phone-book exchange

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