2013 Acura RDX

The 2013 Acura RDX has a lot of new features combined with a great design. The overall attraction begins with the engine.

Engine Performance

The RDX comes with an aluminum-alloy V6, 3.5L engine. It has 273 horsepower @ 6200 rpm. The ignition is electronic and it runs on premium unleaded gas. In the city, the RDX gets 20 miles per gallon, while on the highway it gets 28. Combined, it gets 23 miles per gallon.


General Info
Vehicle Type: SUV Base Price: $34,230.00
Fuel Tank Capacity: 16 gallons (61L) MPG: 20 city / 28 hwy
Length: 183.5 in. (466 cm) Wheel Base: 105.7 in. (268.5 cm)
Height: 66.1 in. (167.8 cm) Width: 73.7 in. (187.2 cm)
Curb Weight: 3717 lbs (1686 kg) Ground Clearance: 8.1 in. (20.5 cm)
Luggage Capacity: 26.1 cu ft Maximum Seating: 5 people
Engine: 3.5L V6 SOHC i-TEC Compression Ratio: 10.5: 1
Horsepower: 273 HP Max RPM: 6200 RPM
Torque: 251 lb-ft @ 5000 rpm Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic
Available Trims & Engine
Option:RDX AWD MSRP: $35,720; MPG: 19 city / 27 hwy
Option:RDX w/ Tech Package MSRP: $38,020; MPG: 20 city / 28 hwy
Option: RDX AWD w/ Tech Package MSRP: $39,420; MPG: 19 city / 27 hwy


A multi-view rearview camera comes standard with this vehicle. It allows drivers to see what is behind them with more clarity and without having to turn around. There is also a keyless access system to make getting in and out easier.


The inside of this Acura comes with automatic climate control for a comfortable ride as well as extra cabin storage. There are seats for five and a large cargo area with 26.1 cubic feet. A five-inch color display comes standard and offers a text message function. The display allows the driver or passengers to easily change songs or do a number of other activities. The standard audio system includes an 8-inch subwoofer and pre-sets for all radio stations.

Safety & Reliability

The RDX comes with a six-airbag system that is designed to protect all passengers inside of the car. There are two in the front, two on the sides and two side curtains. There are sensors that determine when the airbags should inflate, which will depend on force of impacts.

The child safety features include the occupant position detection system and lower anchors and tethers for children. The windows and moon roof also have child-lock features.

The braking system comes with anti-lock brakes as well as an electronic brake distribution system. The wireless security monitor will sound the horn and turn on the lights when a break-in is occurring.

The vehicle comes with a 4 year/ 50,000 miles limited warranty. The powertrain comes with a 6 year/ 70,000 mile limited warranty.


Drivers enjoy that this car offers quick responses, from shifting and drives smoothly. It’s also from a brand that is known to be reliable and built well. Lease pricing has attractive offers and the starting price is affordable. There are many features that come standard. A lot of drivers also state that they enjoy the seating because it’s so comfortable.


One of the biggest concerns for some people is the luggage capacity. It’s not as large as other similar vehicles. It’s a bit noisier on the inside than some other vehicles. Leg room is said to be an issue as well.

This is a vehicle that a lot of different drivers enjoy. Acura is a brand known for being popular with young adults as well as older drivers. It’s also great for families with small children because of the safety features. Acura offers great warranties that protect their vehicles from top to bottom. The cost is affordable when compared to other models and is still popular despite the cons of it.

The BMW X3 (MSRP $38,500; 21 city / 28 hwy), the Lexus RX350 (MSRP $39,310; 18 city / 25 hwy), and the Infiniti EX 35 (MSRP $38,100; 17 city / 24 hwy) are in close competition for attention with the RDX, which the least expensive amongst the four.

Overall Rating
76 out of 100

What others say:

“The new V-6 engine replaces laggy turbo torque with smooth and linear power that highlights a well-handling chassis.”Car Connection

“It’s not quite sporty, but the RDX feels capable enough in fast corners and quick changes of direction. Steering feel is weighty enough without being too heavy at parking speeds. Brakes provide strong, secure pedal action.”Consumer Guide

“The 2013 Acura RDX is redesigned, with sleeker, more aerodynamic exterior styling…”MSN Auto-ConsumerReports

“A comfortable, quiet ride was paramount for the 2013 RDX, and the Acura delivers. To our welcome surprise, this small SUV went above and beyond, also proving itself a capable performer in initial acceleration and passing power.”KBB

“More power, better fuel economy and a fresh look make the 2013 Acura RDX a solid choice for a premium small crossover.”Edmunds