2012 Chicago Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- The second-generation Acura RDX gets a more upscale look and a larger, more powerful V6 engine.
- The redesigned 2013 RDX has a longer wheelbase, wider track and lower center of gravity than its predecessor.
- The new RDX was unveiled last month in concept form at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show.
CHICAGO — The 2013 Acura RDX, unveiled last month in concept form at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show, gets a more upscale look and a larger, more powerful V6 engine. The production version, which debuts this week at the Chicago auto show, goes on sale in the spring.
The second-generation RDX has been extensively redesigned, with a longer wheelbase, wider track and lower center of gravity than its predecessor. Acura describes its new styling as "more formal...elegant and sophisticated."
In place of the turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine in the current model, the 2013 RDX uses a 3.5-liter V6 that makes 273 horsepower and is mated with a new six-speed automatic transmission. Customers can choose from front- and all-wheel-drive configurations.
EPA fuel economy ratings for the front-drive RDX are 20 mpg in city driving and 28 on the highway; the all-wheel-drive RDX is rated at 19/27.
New features include 18-inch five-spoke alloy wheels and electric power steering.
The cabin of the 2013 RDX has larger door openings, as well as more passenger and cargo space. Among the available technologies are the Pandora Internet radio interface, satellite communication, navigation with voice recognition and real-time traffic and weather.
Edmunds.com says: The 2013 RDX gets a more grown-up look.