Posted Feb 16th 2012 2:35AM
Acura stripped away most of the mystery surrounding its forthcoming 2013 Acura RDX crossover at last month’s Detroit auto show, but the official, finalized production model officially debuts this week at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show. Fuel economy in the front-drive version is an estimated 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. All-wheel-drive models get slightly less, at 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. The 2013 Acura RDX, the second generation of Acura’s five-passenger crossover SUV’s.
The 3.5-liter V6 throws 33 more horsepower into the mix versus the previous generation’s turbocharged four, and a brand new six-speed automatic transmission helps return an estimated 20 city/28 highway mile-per-gallon rating for the front-wheel-drive model of 2013 Acura RDX. The AWD version only takes a slight knock from there, getting 19 city/27 highways. The RDX’s newfound maturity extends beneath the sheetmetal. Compared to the previous model, Acura stretched the wheelbase 1.4 inches and widened the track for more passenger and cargo room, while the door openings have been enlarged for easier ingress and egress. The prototype also is about 1 inch lower and longer, and 0.1 inch wider than the current 2013 Acura RDX. (It’s a significant 5.2 inches longer and 2.1 inches wider, and has 2.6 inches more between its wheels, however, than the latest Honda CR-V.)
The 2013 Acura RDX will be produced (using U.S. and globally sourced parts) exclusively by the company’s East Liberty, Ohio plant- home to one of four of the top five-rated assembly lines in North America in the J.D. Power and Associates’ 2011 Initial Quality Study (IQS). The first generation Acura RDX is produced at the Marysville, Ohio auto plant. Is the 2013 Acura RDX still a CUV that thinks it’s a hot hatch? No. Will it light enthusiasts’ hearts on fire? That remains to be seen. But it is clearly a much more sophisticated product born from mature thinking – and that may pay dividends in an increasingly mature market segment.