Acura’s all-new redesigned 2013 RDX crossover SUV will be arriving in soon at Phoenix area dealerships, replacing the smaller and less powerful 2012 Acura RDX. Acura has announced that pricing will begin with an MSRP starting at $34,320 and ranging up to $39,420.
This represents a price increase of $1,425 over the outgoing 2012 model which starts at $32,385. Before you swallow and curse inflation keep in mind that the 2013 RDX has gained significantly in size, luxury and has more under the hood.
The big change for 2013 is a new 277 horsepower 3.5 liter iVTEC V6 which has some 33 more horsepower than the current model’s turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The 2013 RDX also gets a new smooth shifting 6-speed automatic transmission to go along with the V6.
The EPA rates the front-wheel drive RDX at 20 mpg city, 28 mpg highway and 23 mpg combined. Despite the increased size and power of the 2013 RDX, that’s an impressive improvement over the 2012 model which achieves only and EPA rated 19 mpg city, 24 highway, and 21 combined mpg respectively.
“The right-sized 2013 RDX adds increased comfort, utility and power, along with class-leading fuel economy,” said Jeff Conrad, vice president of Acura sales.”Based on changing consumer preference, small is becoming big in the eyes of today’s consumers.”
Exterior design is all new with a longer and more formal profile afforded by its increased wheelbase. An all new redesigned interior has upgraded materials and trim. Standard now are heated leather seats, power moonroof and an improved 360 watt stereo system.
The standard audio system now includes connectivity with Pandora internet radio, SMS text messaging functionality too. The RDX also gets the trendy push-button start and keyless entry too. To top it off a rear view camera system with three unique viewing angles is now also standard.
When the 2013 Acura RDX arrives in the Valley early this spring, it’s only available four ways as shown below. You can have front-wheel or all-wheel drive, and either with or without the Technology Package. The latter at $3,700 includes AcuraLink satellite communications, a 60 gig hard drive for all your MP3’s, dual-zone climate control, premium sound system, Xenon headlights and a power rear tailgate.
Also part of the Technology Package is a satellite linked navigation system that has real time traffic information with automatic re-routing capability. The system features voice recognition for on the road commands and also has real time weather reporting. The 2013 Acura RDX will be assembled in America at Honda’s East Liberty, Ohio facility.
RDX with Technology Package: $38,020
RDX with AWD: $35,720
RDX with AWD and Technology Package: $39,420
Pricing information provided by Acura.