2013 Acura RDX Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2013 Acura RDX - Road Test Specs

2013 Acura RDX SUV

(3.5L V6 6-speed Automatic)


Year Make Model2013 Acura RDX 4dr SUV With Technology Package (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
Vehicle TypeAWD 4dr 5-passenger 4dr SUV
Base MSRP$39,420
Options on test vehicleTechnology Package ($0 -- includes Acura navigation system with voice recognition, AcuraLink real-time traffic with traffic rerouting, AcuraLink real-time weather, Acura/ELS Surround premium audio system with 410-watt digital sound-processor amplifier, 10 speakers, DVD-Audio, CD player, MP3, WMA and DTS player, Dolby ProLogic II, XM radio with note function music reminder, USB port and aux jack connectivity, and 15GB of hard disk drive (HDD) media storage, Pandora Internet radio interface, SMS text messaging feature, GPS-linked, solar-sensing, dual-zone automatic climate control system)
As-tested MSRP$40,315
Assembly locationEast Liberty, Ohio


ConfigurationTransverse, front-engine, all-wheel drive
Engine typeNaturally aspirated, port-injected V6, gasoline with cylinder deactivation
Displacement (cc/cu-in)3,471/212
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainSOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, variable intake + exhaust-valve timing and lift
Compression ratio (x:1)10.5
Redline, indicated (rpm)6,800
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)273 @ 6,200
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)251 @ 5,000
Fuel typePremium unleaded (recommended)
Transmission typeSix-speed automatic with steering-wheel-mounted paddles
Transmission ratios (x:1)I = 3.36, II = 2.09, III = 1.48, IV = 1.07, V = 0.75, VI = 0.56, R = 2.27
Final-drive ratio (x:1)4.25


Suspension, frontIndependent MacPherson struts, coil springs, twin-tube dampers, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent multilink, coil springs, twin-tube dampers, stabilizer bar
Steering typeElectric-assist, speed-proportional, rack-and-pinion steering
Steering ratio (x:1)15.0
Tire make and modelMichelin Primacy MXM4
Tire typeAll-season front and rear
Tire size, frontP235/60R18 102V
Tire size, rearP235/60R18 102V
Wheel size18-by-7.5 inches front and rear
Wheel materialCast aluminum
Brakes, front12.3-inch one-piece ventilated cast-iron discs with single-piston sliding cast-iron calipers
Brakes, rear12-inch one-piece solid cast-iron discs with single-piston sliding cast-iron calipers

Track Test Results

Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)2.7
0-45 mph (sec.)4.3
0-60 mph (sec.)6.5
0-75 mph (sec.)9.4
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)14.7 @ 94.0
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)6.2
0-30 mph, trac ON (sec.)2.9
0-45 mph, trac ON (sec.)4.7
0-60 mph, trac ON (sec.)6.9
0-75 mph, trac ON (sec.)7.8
1/4-mile, trac ON (sec. @ mph)15.0 @ 93.9
0-60, trac ON with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)6.5
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)33
60-0 mph (ft.)128
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)64.6
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph) ESC ON62.1
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.79
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g) ESC ON0.78
Sound level @ idle (dB)42.6
@ Full throttle (dB)73.5
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)66.2
Engine speed @ 70 mph (rpm)1,900

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsThere's about a tenth or three to be gained with generous pedal overlap and the front tires even bark a little bit. Upshifts at WOT (in both D or S) are smooth and reasonably quick and exactly at redline, hence no need for Manual. I didn't sense (feel or hear) any telltale VTEC cam changeover - odd, no?
Braking commentsIn "normal" driving, the brake jump-in is pretty abrupt with only a small amount of pedal travel. In "panic stops," the pedal feels softer with more travel. Tire and ABS both make an audible protest. Straight, fade-resistant brakes.
Handling comments"Skid pad: Very little ESC intervention if any. Very communicative steering that isn't unnecessarily heavy or light. Very nice. Steady moderate understeer on the limit.

Testing Conditions

Test date4/3/2012
Test locationCalifornia Speedway
Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)78.1
Relative humidity (%)14.1
Barometric pressure (in. Hg)28.74
Wind (mph, direction)1.4 headwind
Odometer (mi.)2,113
Fuel used for test91-octane gasoline
As-tested tire pressures, f/r (psi)33/33

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)19 city/27 highway/22 combined
Edmunds observed (mpg)22
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)16.0
Driving range (mi.)448

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,732
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,821
Length (in.)183.5
Width (in.)73.7
Height (in.)66.1
Wheelbase (in.)105.7
Track, front (in.)63.1
Track, rear (in.)63.4
Turning circle (ft.)39.0
Legroom, front (in.)42.1
Legroom, rear (in.)38.3
Headroom, front (in.)38.7
Headroom, rear (in.)38.2
Shoulder room, front (in.)58.7
Shoulder room, rear (in.)57.2
Seating capacity5
Tow capacity, mfr. claim (lbs.)1,500
Ground clearance (in.)8.1
Approach angle (degrees)17.2
Departure angle (degrees)22.0


Bumper-to-bumper4 years/50,000 miles
Powertrain6 years/70,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance4 years/50,000 miles

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