Quick Spin: 2013 Acura RDX
It’s more powerful and more comfortable, and it gets betters fuel economy – what’s not to like? By Kirk Bell
Ahead of a full report, MSN Autos reviewers report to Exhaust Notes about their initial driving impressions in our Quick Spin segment. Here, Kirk Bell talks about Acura's newly redesigned RDX, a more luxurious take that still delivers the power.
When Acura developed the RDX for the 2008 model year, the company treated it like a high-riding sports car. It rode hard and handled well, the steering was quick and weighty, and under the hood pulsed a peaky turbocharged 2.3-liter 4-cylinder engine. The problem was that most buyers looking for a luxury crossover wanted comfort and refinement, not a buckboard ride and sharp responses. With that in mind, Acura has softened the RDX for 2013.
We drove the new RDX in Phoenix, and here is a quick take on what we think of those changes.
Smoother ride with agile handling: Acura has softened the ride, which was sorely needed, but the RDX still handles like a capable sedan. That's a good thing.
Plenty of room for five: The rear seat gets more legroom and shoulder room, making it the roomiest in the class. Adults will fit behind adults.
More power with better fuel economy: The last model's 2.3-liter turbocharged engine is replaced by a 3.5-liter V6 that makes 33 more horsepower and gets about 10 percent better fuel economy. Plus, it's downright quick.
Less responsive steering: Acura has switched to electric assisted power steering and tuned it to be slower and lighter. It doesn't offer as much feel and isn't as sports-car-quick as the last model.
Lacks some high-tech safety features: The 2013 RDX offers SMS text messaging, a rearview camera with three viewing modes, and Pandora streaming, but it lacks some of the features of its competitors, such as blind-spot alert and adaptive cruise control.
Generic looks: We're reaching here, mostly because the RDX is such a good car and a good value. The new take on Acura's corporate face is better integrated, but it now just looks like a crossover version of an Acura sedan.
Wow, just proves by the thumbs down how many IDIOTS are REALLY here in this Country.
Shame. You should relocate to their country and try to FIT in. You can't do it properly here, wimps.
Nor will it work there. They hate Americans, especially the fake ones.
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