Hey look, it’s Acura MDX’s little brother! The Acura RDX is a premium CUV (compact utility vehicle) with all-wheel drive and seems perfect for our winter driving conditions. I personally love the look of the RDX. It’s soft sweeping lines are luxurious and elegant.
Under the hood of the RDX is a 3.5-litre V6, 273 horsepower, 251 lb-ft of torque with a 6-speed automatic transmission. RDX performance is very strong with quick acceleration and quick shifting. Add the fact that you have paddle shifters on the steering column make driving off the line that much more fun.
The sweet sounds of the V6 engine pur quite nicely while driving and having the Acura/ELS Surround 410-watt premium audio system with 10 speakers can make the trips to soccer and hockey games very enjoyable.
Just like the Honda CRV, the Acura RDX has the single lever in the back cargo area that easily folds down the 60-40 rear passenger seats to give more cargo space. This is especially convenient as you don’t have to run each side of the vehicle to manually fold down the seats. For the hockey players out there, this is a great feature.
There have been times throughout my first year of testing and review vehicles where I wish I owned my own test track, a time machine and also a Star Trek replicator. As this is my first year, I don’t know what it feels like to drive last year’s RDX that came with Acura’s SH-AWD (super-handling) system. I wish there were opportunities to test vehicles at the same time.
The 2013 Acura RDX now comes with a conventional all-wheel drive system. Give me my own test track that would allow for the same conditions, give me both 2012 and 2013 model year RDX vehicles and then I’d be able to really feel and experience the difference.
The Acura RDX sits in a tight and competitive class of luxury compact crossover vehicles like the BMW X3, Infiniti EX35 and the Lexus RX 350. Although not fair comparisons in the luxury class, other rival vehicles would include the less than luxurious Mazda CX5 and the Honda CRV.
The 2013 RDX tester model we drove came with the RDX Tech package and priced at $43,990. The Technology Package adds Acura Navigation with voice recognition, 8” LED display, Acura/ELS premium audio, GPS-linked, solar-sensing, dual-zone automatic climate control system and a power tailgate.
Photos by Ron Cantiveros | Filipino Journal