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Knowing that many SUV buyers would rather have sporty on-road dynamics than off-road prowess, Acura offers its RDX, a compact crossover that blends sporty handling with the typical SUV traits of all-wheel drive and enhanced cargo capacity. That said, the two generations of the RDX offer two distinct flavors. The first generation is more visceral and more involving to drive, while the second generation offers greater refinement and practicality.

Whichever way you lean, however, you'll get admirable Acura traits that either type of buyer can appreciate. One is s strong reputation for overall quality and reliability that should translate into years of trouble-free miles. Another is a generous standard features list.

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Redesigned for 2013, the Acura RDX is now a more sensible crossover than before. Although just an inch taller and an inch longer than before, there's a bit more room for passengers and a lot more room for cargo, the latter jumping up to 71 cubic feet.

Better performance and fuel efficiency are other key improvements. A 3.5-liter V6 provides 273 horsepower and is matched to a six-speed automatic. That powertrain provides swift acceleration along with respectable fuel economy.

A simpler, lighter all-wheel-drive setup replaces the previous "Super Handling All-Wheel Drive" system. Though SH-AWD undeniably aided athleticism, it will likely be missed only by a small percentage of hard-charging enthusiasts. Inside this RDX's stylish body is a cabin sporting more luxury features such as keyless ignition/entry and a power liftgate.

In reviews, we've been impressed by the RDX's quick acceleration, relaxed highway cruising demeanor, precise steering and composed (if not quite as sharp as its stiff-riding forebear's) handling on curvy blacktop. We think this shift in focus serves the Acura RDX -- and the large majority of its potential owners -- quite well.

Read the most recent 2014 Acura RDX review.

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