2012 Detroit Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- The second-generation Acura RDX goes on sale this spring.
- The 2013 RDX features a raft of improvements, including a larger, more powerful engine.
- Production shifts from Marysville to East Liberty, Ohio.
DETROIT — The redesigned 2013 Acura RDX goes on sale this spring, with a raft of improvements, including a larger, more powerful engine.
Shown here as a prototype, the second-generation RDX is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 rated at 273 horsepower and mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The front-wheel-drive version is expected to get EPA fuel-economy ratings of 20 mpg in city driving and 28 on the highway. That compares with 19/24 for the 2012 RDX, which uses a 240-hp turbo 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine and five-speed automatic.
The five-passenger RDX also gets a longer wheelbase and wider track for enhanced stability and ride comfort, as well as an improved all-wheel-drive system and a new motion-adaptive electronic power steering system. Exterior styling changes are evolutionary.
The 2013 RDX receives more passenger and cargo space, and such features as a power tailgate, a smart entry keyless access system, push-button start and a three-view rear camera.
Production moves from Honda's Marysville plant to East Liberty, Ohio.
Edmunds.com says: Honda dialed things up in all the right places.