2013 Acura RDX debuts in Windy city


I've always liked Acuras. I used to sell them for goodness sakes, but the styling of recent models has left me cold...even repulsed somewhat. The all-new 2013 RDX is at least a step in the right direction. Not quite there yet, but closer. I hate the smiley face front ends that some Japanese-brand cars have (you too Mazda). Acuras used to have aggressive front fascia and styling, but lately it seems that designers have been watching too much Anime. (They even put a smiley face on the new NSX.) I like the new fender bulges, tail, and the greenhouse styling, but I still don't like the grille (though improved) and does the rear bumper seem too small to you? (The tailgate dips into the bumper, check it out below, which could be hell and expensive in small rear-enders.) For 2013 the RDX is a V6-only affair with Acura's 273-hp, 3.5-liter V6 mated to a six-speed automatic. Estimated EPA mpg numbers are 20 city/28 highway/23 combined for the front-wheel drive model and 19/city/27 highway/22 combined with the optional all-wheel drive. The "base" RDX comes extremely well equipped with standard leather, power everything, multi-information display, premium audio, and much more (see press releases) for $34,320 (plus taxes, license, destination, fees, options). Check the box for the the $3,700 Technology package and you add surround-sound premium audio, AcuraLink® Satellite Communication System, Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™, W-VGA color monitor, rear-view camera, Pandora® internet radio, GPS-linked dual-zone automatic climate control system, and a couple of other things. All-wheel drive will set you back about $1,400 and there are a few dealer-installed options. With the new RDX you get a well put together little runabout that hits the streets with style, grace, and competitive performance. Acura pits the RDX against the BMW X3 and Audi Q5 which are both larger vehicles, but both BMW (X1) and Audi (Q3) have new, smaller utes on the horizon. My guess is that if you choose the Acura, you will be happy. As with any vehicle, drive it first too see if it meets your needs and desires. For lots of information, check out the numerous releases and video after the jump.

Source: Acura - Press releases (7) and video (after the releases) after the jump.



Press Release:
Acura Debuts 2013 RDX at Chicago Auto Show
Sporty styling, new technology and efficient powertrains are highlights


Following up on its blockbuster appearance at this year's Detroit auto show, Acura today unveiled production versions of two new vehicles at the Chicago Auto Show. A completely redesigned 2013 Acura RDX crossover sport utility vehicle was shown. RDZ is scheduled for launch in the Spring.

"We are excited to be launching these two new luxury models as the gateway of Acura's revitalized product lineup," said Jeff Conrad, vice president and general manager of Acura. "As we embark on our second 25 years as a premium luxury-performance automobile brand, we are excited about the role these two vehicles will play in welcoming a new generation of luxury car buyers to the Acura brand."

2013 Acura ILX
(ILX info removed - see link above)

2013 Acura RDX
The 2013 Acura RDX, the second generation of Acura's five-passenger crossover SUV, will up the ante with a new approach to achieving both advanced performance and fuel efficiency via a new engine, transmission and all-wheel-drive system.

The 2013 RDX rides on a 4-wheel independent suspension with a MacPherson strut front and multi-link rear suspension design. A longer wheelbase, wider track and lower center of gravity provide the foundation for the new RDX's improved handling and ride quality. New chassis technology for 2013 includes Acura-exclusive Amplitude Reactive Dampers and a new Motion Adaptive Electric Power Steering system that replaces the previous hydraulic steering. The 2013 RDX will be available in front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive variants.

Standard features for 2013 RDX include bold new 5-spoke 18-inch wheels and improved 4-wheel disc brakes that include an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist. Not only do the brakes provide better performance, but they also incorporate improvements to lessen brake drag for reduced rolling resistance and improved fuel economy.

Replacing the turbocharged 2.3-liter inline 4-cylinder used with the previous RDX, the 2013 RDX will now have as standard equipment a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that produces 273 horsepower— 33 more than the outgoing model. For even higher performance and improved fuel economy, the RDX makes use of an all-new 6-speed automatic transmission with a new lock-up torque converter. The RDX also gets a new, lighter weight all-wheel-drive system that provides outstanding performance and safety with increased efficiency to achieve higher fuel economy.

With an EPA estimated* city/highway/combined fuel economy rating of 20/28/23 mpg, front-wheel-drive versions of the 2013 RDX are expected to offer the best fuel economy of any gasoline-powered V-6 luxury SUV in the class. All-wheel-drive models have an EPA estimated* city/highway/combined fuel economy of 19/27/22 mpg.

The RDX boasts a sleek and more aerodynamic body, evolving RDX from a sporty, compact SUV to a more formal SUV appearance with a longer, sculpted hood and styling that is more elegant and sophisticated to match the Acura philosophy of timeless, beautiful design.

Inside the 2013 RDX, new sweeping shapes, matte surface trim, and generous use of leather combine to give the RDX interior an upscale look and luxury feel that Acura customers have come to expect. Abundant use of sound deadening materials and Active Sound Control team to provide an exceptionally quiet cabin. Additional interior features, such as larger door openings, more passenger room, increased cargo volume and an available power rear tailgate make the RDX interior even more accommodating and flexible.

The 2013 RDX will receive a host of new technologies including Pandora® internet radio interface, SMS text message feature, a Keyless Access System with smart entry and pushbutton start, and a three view rear camera. An available Technology Package will provide a full complement of relevant technologies, including an Acura ELS Surround® audio system, AcuraLink® Satellite Communication System, Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™, AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic with Traffic Rerouting™, and AcuraLink Real-Time Weather™ with radar image maps. New for 2013, an even more advanced navigation system utilizes a hard disk drive (HDD) with 60 gigabytes of storage capacity— including 15 gigabytes that can be allocated for music storage.

Passenger safety has always been a cornerstone of every Acura model. In addition to using Acura's acclaimed Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure, the 2013 RDX employs new design features and myriad high strength materials aimed specifically at occupant protection. Although yet to be tested, Acura anticipates that the RDX will achieve top crash safety ratings from both the NHTSA and IIHS.

The 2013 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 Honda plants ranked among the top five-rated assembly lines in North America in the J.D. Power and Associates' 2011 Initial Quality Study (IQS).

About Acura

Acura offers a full line of technologically advanced performance luxury vehicles through a network of 272 dealers within the United States. The 2012 Acura lineup features six distinctive models including the RL luxury performance sedan, the TL performance luxury sedan, the TSX sports sedan and Sport Wagon, the turbocharged RDX crossover SUV, the MDX luxury SUV and the ZDX four-door sports coupe. For consumer information, please visit www.acura.com.

*Preliminary EPA mileage estimate determined by Honda. Final EPA mileage estimates not available at the time of printing. Use for comparison purposes only.


Vehicle Dimensions

2013 ILX 2013 RDX
Length 179.1 in 183.5 in
Width 70.6 in 73.7 in
Height 55.6 in 66.1 in
Wheelbase 105.1 in 105.7 in
Release:
Production of the All-New 2013 Acura RDX Begins in Ohio

Launching its second major new model in only three months, the East Liberty Auto Plant today started mass production of the all-new 2013 Acura RDX. The popular luxury crossover SUV will go on sale at Acura dealerships nationwide next month.

Acura dealers, local community leaders and public officials joined associates at the plant today as the first mass-produced 2013 Acura RDX rolled off the assembly line. Also on hand for the line-off event was John Mendel, executive vice president of sales at American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

"Acura is a brand for luxury customers who aspire to the highest levels of quality and value, and the East Liberty team is going to play a very important role for us as we move forward with production of this exceptional new Acura RDX," Mendel said. "We know the East Liberty plant is one of the best in the world, as is evident by your high quality rankings."

Located northwest of Columbus in Logan County, the East Liberty plant was the recipient of a Silver Award from J.D. Power and Associates for its outstanding quality in 2011. The plant will produce the second-generation Acura RDX for the U.S. and export markets, using domestic and globally sourced parts. In December, 2011, the plant launched the all-new 2012 Honda CR-V, America's most popular SUV in January and February of 2012. The East Liberty Plant is the sole production source for the new Acura RDX and is responsible for manufacturing the majority of Honda CR-V models for U.S. customers.

"We are proud to be the exclusive global manufacturer of the luxury Acura RDX," said East Liberty Auto Plant manager, John Mayberry. "Our associates work hard to exceed the expectations of every customer, and as a team we are committed to producing the best products in the world."

In addition to the finished product, the engines and automatic transmissions for the Acura RDX and Honda CR-V also are made in Ohio, at the Honda of America engine plant in Anna, and at Honda Transmission Mfg. in Russells Point.

The Acura RDX also is an important product for domestic suppliers in Ohio and the rest of North America that manufacture parts and components for its production. More than 80 suppliers in Ohio manufacture parts for the 2013 RDX. Overall, approximately 150 suppliers in Ohio and 600 in North America produce parts for Honda's seven auto plants in North America. Honda's parts purchases from Ohio suppliers totaled nearly $6 billion in 2011, and $16 billion in North America.

The East Liberty Auto Plant began producing automobiles in 1989 and currently employs approximately 2,500 associates. In addition to the RDX and CR-V, the 1.9-million-square-foot plant also produces the Honda Crosstour for the U.S. and export markets.

In a major innovation of its operations, Honda is investing $166 million at the East Liberty Plant. Construction currently is under way on a 155,000-square-foot expansion for new door and instrument panel sub-assembly lines, and for the extension of the plant's final assembly line. Additionally, construction began last year on a 396,000-square-foot parts consolidation center. This center will significantly reduce fuel consumption and exhaust emissions associated with the shipment of parts to the plant, including CO2 emissions that contribute to global warming.

These projects are among the more than $500 million in new capital investments that Honda has announced at its plants in Ohio over the past 16 months.

About Honda in Ohio
Based on Honda's longstanding commitment to "build products close to the customer," Honda began operations at its first U.S. auto plant nearly 30 years ago, on November 1, 1982, in Marysville, Ohio. Honda now has the capacity to build 680,000 automobiles annually at its two Ohio auto plants.

In addition to manufacturing, Honda has established substantial R&D operations in Ohio, along with other operations that support product development, manufacturing and sales of Honda and Acura products in North America. The company employs more than 13,500 Ohioans and tens of thousands more through its suppliers and other business partners. The company's total investment in its extensive operations in the state exceeds $8 billion.

The East Liberty Plant and both assembly lines at the nearby Marysville Auto Plant, along with Honda's Indiana auto plant, comprised four of the five highest quality assembly lines in North and South America in 2011, according to J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality Survey.

Honda has seven auto plants in North America with the capacity to manufacture 1.63 million automobiles annually, using domestic and globally sourced parts. More than 85 percent of the Honda and Acura products sold in the U.S. are built in North America.


Release:
Acura Announces Pricing for 2013 RDX


The all-new 2013 RDX crossover SUV will go on-sale at Acura dealerships in early Spring with a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) starting at $34,320 Acura announced today.

"The right-sized 2013 RDX adds increased comfort, utility and power, along with class-leading fuel economy," said Jeff Conrad, vice president of Acura sales."Based on changing consumer preference, small is becoming big in the eyes of today's consumers."

The 2013 RDX significantly ups the game with its all new looks, increased comfort and new technology. In addition the RDX features a new 3.5L V-6 engine with 33 more horsepower than the outgoing model, a new 6-speed automatic transmission and a new all-wheel-drive system (available as a $1,400 option). The RDX exterior incorporates a sleek (more aerodynamically efficient) body and chassis updates abound in the form of a longer wheelbase with increased track, all-new Amplitude Reactive Dampers and a new motion adaptive electronic power steering system.

Inside the 2013 RDX, occupants will appreciate a new interior design with increased utility, rich interior materials and generous use of noise insulation. Standard features on RDX include leather seating surfaces, heated power front seats, a power moonroof and a 360watt audio system. New technologies such as Pandora® internet radio interface, an SMS text messaging function, a Keyless Access System with pushbutton start, an Active Noise Control system and a rear view camera system with three unique viewing angles are also standard on all RDX models.

Available for $3,700, a Technology Package brings the RDX owner even more high tech appointments including items such as the AcuraLink® Satellite Communication System, Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™, a hard disk drive (HDD) with 60 gigabytes of storage capacity, AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic with Traffic Rerouting™, AcuraLink Real-Time Weather™, a GPS-linked solar-sensing, dual-zone automatic climate control system, Acura/ELS Surround® Premium Sound System, a power actuated rear tailgate, projector beam headlights with Bi-Xenon High Intensity Discharge (HID) bulbs and front fog lights.

The 2013 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 Honda plants ranked among the top five-rated assembly lines in North America in the J.D. Power and Associates' 2011 Initial Quality Study (IQS).


TRIM

MSRP*

EPA**
RDX $34,320 20/28/23
RDX with Technology Package $38,020 20/28/23
RDX with AWD $35,720 19/27/22
RDX with AWD and Technology Package $39,420 19/27/22

Release:
2013 RDX - Introduction
Overview:
The market for personal sized SUVs has been increasing in popularity in the last few years. Based on current economic conditions and changing consumer preference, small is becoming big in the eyes of today's consumers. With the all-new 2013 RDX, Acura once again offers the right product at the right time.

The Acura RDX burst on to the Sport Utility Vehicle scene in 2007. Upon its debut, the RDX 5-passenger crossover SUV generated excellent reviews and strong praise. Never content with "well enough", Acura engineers set out to develop a whole new RDX for 2013. The latest RDX significantly ups the game with its all new looks, a new engine, a new transmission and even a new all-wheel-drive system. The RDX exterior incorporates a sleek (more aerodynamically efficient) body and chassis updates abound in the form of a longer wheelbase with increased track, all-new Amplitude Reactive Dampers and a new motion adaptive electronic power steering system. Copious use of technology has always been key with Acura vehicles, and the 2013 RDX provides even more driver relevant technology features than before. Smart luxury has long been a tenet for Acura, and the new RDX delivers this in spades.

Inside the 2013 RDX, occupants will appreciate a new interior design along with the luxurious materials. New sweeping shapes, matte surface trim and generous use of leather combine to give the RDX interior an upscale look and luxury feel that Acura customers have come to expect. When driving, the rich interior materials, abundant use of noise insulation materials and numerous high-tech appointments (such as Active Noise Control) team to provide an exceptionally quiet cabin. Features such as larger door openings, more passenger room, larger cargo volume and a new power rear tailgate make the RDX interior even more accommodating for owners who are on the go.

Passenger safety has always been a cornerstone with every Acura model and the 2013 RDX employs new design features and numerous high strength materials aimed specifically at occupant protection. As a result, top scores in government (NHTSA) and independent (IIHS) crash testing* are expected.
*The 2013 RDX had not been crash tested as of March 2012. However, Acura expects that the RDX will receive a 5-STAR Overall Vehicle Score in governmental (NHTSA) NCAP testing and achieve GOOD ratings in all tests performed by the independent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. 


TARGET CLIENT 
The original RDX heavily targeted young professionals who were early in their career, without kids, who participated in a very active lifestyle, and who preferred a vehicle with a decidedly sport-minded driving characteristic. For 2013, the RDX target buyer has shifted to a slightly older (early 30s versus late 20s) driver that is married and soon approaching parenthood. In addition, the target buyer will likely be well into their career and have a higher household income ($125,000 versus $100,000) than the previous RDX target buyer. The RDX target buyer still values a sport minded driving character but also prioritizes increased comfort (with strong emphasis on premium interior appointments) and increased utility.

ENTRY PREMIUM SUV MARKET 
The Entry Premium SUV segment is relatively new and is populated by a small group of vehicles including the Acura RDX, Audi Q5, BMW X3, Infinity EX35, Mercedes GLK350, Volkswagen Tiguan and Volvo XC60. This vehicle segment is expected to grow significantly in the next few years and the 2013 RDX positions Acura strongly within it— with its host of unique and attractive features.

Powertrain features
  • 3.5-liter SOHC V-6 engine
  • 273 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 251 lb-ft of torque at 5,000 rpm
  • Variable Cylinder Management™ with Intelligent Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (iVTEC®) for intake and exhaust valves
  • Sequential SportShift 6-speed automatic transmission
  • AWD with Intelligent Control (available feature)
  • EPA estimated* city/highway/combined fuel economy: 20/28/23 mpg (2WD); 19/27/22 mpg (AWD)
  • EPA TIER 2 – BIN 5 and CARB LEV II ULEV emissions compliance 
*Based on 2013 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.

Body & CHASSIS features
  • Unit body structure with extensive use of high-strength steel
  • Independent front suspension with MacPherson struts
  • Independent rear suspension with multi-link design
  • Amplitude Reactive Dampers
  • Motion Adaptive Electronic Power Steering (EPS)
  • 18x7.5-inch split 5-spoke aluminum wheels with P235/55R18 all-season tires
  • 4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist
  • Projector beam front headlights with halogen bulbs
  • Heated outside mirrors with integrated directional turn indicators, Reverse gear tilt-down function and new blind zone reducing feature
INTERIOR features
  • Luxuriously appointed cockpit designed for comfortable driving
  • Power-adjustable perforated leather-trimmed seats with heaters
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel with fingertip controls and racing-inspired paddle shifters
  • Tilt and telescoping steering column
  • LED backlit gauges with progressive illumination
  • Multi-Information Display (MID)
  • Rear view camera with three viewing modes
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control system with air filtration
  • Power moonroof with tilt, auto-open/close, auto-reverse and key-off operation
  • One-touch 60/40 split-folding rear seatbacks
  • 7-speaker Acura Premium Sound System with multi-format CD player, AM/FM tuner, and XM® Radio
  • USB port (such as for iPhone®, iPod® or memory stick connectivity)
  • AUX input jack (for external music player connectivity)
  • Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® connectivity
  • Keyless Access System with pushbutton start
Technology Package Features
  • AcuraLink® Satellite Communication System
  • Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™
  • Hard Disk Drive (HDD) system with 60 gigabytes of storage capacity
  • AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic with Traffic Rerouting™
  • AcuraLink Real-Time Weather™
  • GPS-linked solar-sensing, dual-zone automatic climate control system
  • Acura/ELS Surround® Premium Sound System with 10 speakers, DVD-Audio, multi-format CD player, AM/FM tuner, and XM® Radio with Note function
  • Power actuated rear tailgate
SAFETY & SECURITY features
  • Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure
  • Impact-absorbing crumple zones (front/rear)
  • Dual stage, multiple threshold front airbags (SRS)
  • Front side airbags with passenger-side Occupant Position Detection System
  • Side curtain airbags for front and outboard rear seats with integrated rollover sensor
  • Adjustable-height 3-point front seatbelts with automatic tensioning system and load limiters
  • 3-point seat belts at all three rear seating positions
  • Automatic Locking Retractor/Emergency Locking Retractors (ALR/ELR) seat belt mechanisms (excluding driver)
  • LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) child-seat mounting system
  • Low tire Low tire pressure warning
  • 4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist
  • Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with traction control
  • Theft-deterrent system with electronic immobilizer
ENGINE & POWERTRAIN 
The 2013 RDX makes use of an all-new powertrain that not only delivers significantly more horsepower, but also delivers improved fuel economy. Replacing the previous turbocharged 2.3L inline four cylinder engine is a new 3.5L V-6 engine that marks the first use of Variable Cylinder Management™ (VCM®) for an Acura vehicle. Producing 273 horsepower (+33 hp over the outgoing engine), the V-6 makes use of the latest version of VCM® that allows for three levels of cylinder deactivation.

Also new for the 2013 RDX is Sequential SportShift 6-speed automatic transmission paired with a new multi-clutch torque converter. In addition to adding another forward gear, the new six-speed transmission is also smaller and lighter than the previous 5-speed automatic. The result is improved performance and better fuel economy.

The new V-6 engine and 6-speed transmission team to deliver an EPA estimated* city/highway/combined fuel economy of 20/28/23 mpg (front wheel drive) and 19/27/22 mpg (all wheel drive). In the case of the all wheel drive model, this represents a 5 mpg increase in highway fuel economy versus the previous RDX. As expected, the 2013 RDX complies with EPA TIER 2 – BIN 5 and CARB LEV II ULEV emissions standards.

The 2013 RDX also features a new all-wheel-drive system that is smaller and lighter than the previous drivetrain setup. Known as AWD with Intelligent Control, the new system also is more efficient than the prior version, which, along with the reduced weight, helps achieve the AWD RDX's increased fuel economy. *Based on 2013 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.

BODY & CHASSIS 
Compared to the outgoing model, the new RDX body is more refined and fluid which better matches the design preference of the target buyer. A smoother front fascia, wider wheel arch lips and flatter side panels not only deliver a more upscale look, but combine to make the 2013 RDX more aerodynamically efficient than before. In particular, much time was spent designing new underbody panels that not only provide significantly smoother airflow, but also generate less wind noise to make for a quieter cabin.

At the front, a new grill blends together with much longer, more graceful headlights. Along the sides, the 2013 RDX makes uses of smoother door panels that incorporate a crisp body line that runs through the door handles. At the rear, the RDX roofline is far more tapered than before and the rear fascia has a much smoother look than the 2012 model. For 2013, a power actuated rear tailgate (as part of the available Technology Package) is a first for the RDX.

For strength, further increased use of high-strength steel (56-percent versus 47-percent used previously) not only provides increased strength at a lower weight, but generates a stiffer body for improved performance and reduced NVH.

Like its predecessor, the 2013 RDX rides on 4-wheel independent suspension with a MacPherson strut design in front and a multi-link design in back. However, a longer wheelbase, increased track width and a lower center of gravity help give the new RDX improved handling with a more subtle ride. New chassis technology abounds in the 2013 RDX in the form of items such as all-new Amplitude Reactive Dampers and a new motion adaptive electronic power steering system that replaces the previous hydraulic steering.

RDX features as standard bold new split 5-spoke 18-inch diameter wheels and improved 4-wheel disc brakes that include an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist. Not only do the brakes provide better performance, but they also incorporate improvements to reduce brake drag— which reduces rolling resistance and improves fuel economy.

INTERIOR 
For 2013, the RDX has a whole new interior with more of what customers want. Topping the list is more legroom and shoulder room for both front and rear occupants. More cargo room is now available along with a significantly wider rear hatch opening. Despite the improved interior roominess, the exterior footprint of the RDX is comparable to the previous model. In addition, more insulation and a new Active Noise Control system generate a quieter cabin, while a new audio system delivers a more enjoyable listening experience.

Throughout the cabin, the new "dual personal" cockpit design makes use of more sweeping shapes (rather than the previous RDX interior design that had an angular look with more sharp lines). And of course, the 2013 delivers even more driver relevant technology including a new hard disk drive (HDD) based navigation system paired with a new W-VGA color screen. All said, the 2013 RDX interior has an even more upscale look and a luxury feel that Acura customers have come to expect.

Just as before, RDX seats five but caters to the driver and front passenger first and foremost. Its leather seating surfaces and ergonomically designed seat contours are designed to provide ample support during spirited drives or long road trips. The power actuated driver seat is 8-way adjustable with adjustable lumbar support for a custom fit. For the driver, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, LED backlit gauges with progressive illumination and a Multi-Information Display (MID) that allows access to multiple electronic functions.

Among the advanced electronic technologies in the 2013 RDX is a new 360-watt audio system with seven speakers, a CD player, AM/FM radio, XM® Radio with Note function, Bluetooth® Audio, USB port and AUX jack connectivity, and Speed Volume Control.

Even more so than ever before, transformability of a vehicle is of top concern with buyers— so to be able to quickly and easily transform the RDX from a people hauler to a cargo hauler was paramount. Thus, besides offering exemplary comfort, interior roominess and cargo carrying were high priorities for RDX designers. With a new "one touch" activation of the 60/40 split-folding rear seatbacks, the rear cargo area (with rear seatbacks folded down) offers 76.9 cubic feet of storage— 16.3 cubic feet more than before*. Interior storage compartments include a large center console between the front seats and there are numerous other storage pockets and cubby spaces throughout the RDX. The 2013 RDX has a total passenger volume of 103.5 cubic feet (versus 101.4 cubic feet with previous RDX) which means it has the largest volume in its class. *All interior volume figures are based on Honda internal testing data

Technology Package
The 2013 RDX is so well equipped in standard form that only one trim package is available. With the Technology Package, a host of driver relevant features are added including AcuraLink® Satellite Communication System, Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™, AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic with Traffic Rerouting™ and AcuraLink Real-Time Weather™ with radar image maps. For 2013, the navigation system is even more advanced and is operated by a new hard disk drive (HDD) system with 60 gigabytes of storage capacity. The HDD system operates with far greater speed than the previous CD-based system, and it has 15 gigabytes of dedicated space allocated for music storage. The navigation system also makes use of a new 8-inch W-VGA color screen (with four times better resolution than the previous screen) that is also used for a new rear view camera system.

Audiophiles will rejoice as the 2013 RDX with Technology Package includes a new Acura/ELS Surround® 10-speaker, 410-watt premium audio system with DVD-Audio, CD, DTS™, AM/FM radio, XM® Radio, Bluetooth® Audio and a 3,500-song* hard disk drive (HDD) media storage system. With more power and added features, the new audio system is sure to please the most discriminating audiophile.
Also part of the Technology Package is a GPS-linked solar-sensing, dual-zone automatic climate control system along with a power operated rear hatch. In total, these technologies put the RDX at the cutting edge of the Entry Premium SUV segment. *Approximate capacity based on an average song size of 4.0 MB per song at a 128kbps bitrate

SAFETY The pursuit of outstanding safety is a critical element designed into every Acura built. This concern for safety not only extends to the driver and passengers of the RDX, but also to the safety of occupants of other vehicles as well as the injury mitigation to pedestrians.

For Acura, equally important is addressing both active and passive safety. Active safety features can help the driver avoid a collision, and the RDX includes as standard items such as Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) and traction control. For 2013, a revised 4-wheel disc brake system teams with ABS and Brake Assist to further enhance safety and to generate greater driver control.

Should a frontal collision occur, Acura's acclaimed Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure utilizes a network of connected structural elements to help distribute crash energy more evenly throughout the front of the RDX. This enhanced frontal crash energy management helps to reduce the forces transferred to the passenger compartment and can help to more evenly disperse the forces transferred to other vehicles in a crash. To address the federal government's new FMVSS 216 standard for roof crush resistance, the 2013 RDX body incorporates several new structural enhancements in the roof and side pillar areas. As a result, top governmental (NHTSA) and independent (IIHS) test ratings are expected.

While ACE™ is a structural foundation for the RDX's safety performance, its array of industry-leading passive safety technologies is equally important. The list begins with six airbags including dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags (SRS), dual-chamber front seat side airbags, and side curtain airbags for the front and outboard rear seating positions. In addition, the front passenger seat is equipped with Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS), an innovative technology designed to deactivate the side airbag if a child or small-stature adult leans into the deployment path of the side airbag. Safety features continue with 3-point seatbelts for all seating positions, while the driver and front passenger have front seatbelts with an automatic tensioning system with load limiters. The RDX offers head restraints for all seating positions. The rear seat features Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH), which permits easy attachment of up to two child seats.

Acura's "Safety Through Innovation" initiative is based on the brand's commitment to leadership in safety— and excellent safety is a paramount element in every new vehicle that Acura builds. The initiative's goal is for all Acura models to provide a high level of safety regardless of size or price of the vehicle.



Release:
2013 Acura RDX Features

ENGINEERING FEATURES
  • 3.5-liter SOHC V-6 engine with 273 horsepower (at 6,200 rpm) and 251 lb-ft torque (at 5,000 rpm)
  • IntelligentVariable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (i-VTEC™)
  • Multi-Point Fuel Injection, Drive-By-Wire™ throttle system, Variable Cylinder Management (VCM)
  • Direct ignition system with knock control
  • EPA TIER 2 – BIN 5 and CARB LEV II ULEV
  • 6-speed automatic transmission with Sequential SportShift, paddle shifters and Grade Logic Control
  • Front wheel drive or available All Wheel Drive with Intelligent Control
  • Rack-and-pinion with Motion Adaptive electric power steering (EPS)
  • Independent front suspension with MacPherson struts and stabilizer bar
  • Independent rear suspension with multi-link design and stabilizer bar
  • 18x7.5-inch split 5-spoke cast-aluminum wheels with Michelin Primacy MXM4 P235/60R18 all-season tires
EXTERIOR FEATURES
  • Power moonroof with tilt, auto-open/close, auto-reverse and key-off operation
  • Heated outside mirrors with integrated directional signals and Reverse gear tilt-down function
  • Body-colored tailgate spoiler
  • Privacy-type tinted rear glass
  • Speed-sensing, variable-speed, intermittent front windshield wipers with headlight integration feature
  • Intermittent rear-window wiper with integrated rear window defroster with timer
  • Projector beam headlights (High-Intensity Discharge design available) with Auto on/off function
  • Available front fog lights
INTERIOR FEATURES
SEATING and TRIM
  • Sport seats with leather-trimmed interior
  • 8-way power adjustable driver seat with power lumbar support
  • 4-way power adjustable passenger front seat
  • Heated front seats
  • Front center console with dual-level storage
  • Fold down center armrest for rear seat passengers
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel with integrated controls (cruise control, audio, telephone, MID)
COMFORT and CONVENIENCE
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control system with micron air-filtration
  • Cruise control
  • Power windows with auto-up/down, auto-reverse and key-off operation (driver and front passenger windows)
  • Keyless Access System with pushbutton start
  • HomeLink® programmable transmitter
  • Tilt and telescoping steering column
  • Illuminated ignition, power-window and door-lock switches, steering wheel controls and overhead controls
  • LED backlit gauges with progressive illumination
  • Illuminated vanity mirrors for driver and passenger
  • Ambient cabin lighting with rear cargo area lighting
  • Beverage holders (front and rear)
  • Front-door storage compartments and seatback storage pockets
  • Carpeted floor mats
  • 12-volt power outlets (front and center console)
  • Acura Premium Sound System with 360-watt amplifier, 7 speakers, AM/FM tuner, in-dash CD player, MP3, WMA, XM® Radio with Note function music reminder, USB port and AUX jack connectivity, and Speed Volume Control
  • Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® wireless telephone interface
  • Maintenance Minder™ system
  • Multi-Information Display (MID)
  • Exterior temperature indicator
AVAILABLE TECHNOLOGY PACKAGE FEATURES
  • AcuraLink® Satellite Communication System
  • Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™, W-VGA color monitor and rearview camera
  • 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® Pro Logic® II, XM® Radio with Note function music reminder, USB port and AUX jack connectivity, and 15 GB of hard disk drive (HDD) media storage
  • Pandora® internet radio interfacSMS text messaging feature
  • GPS-linked, solar-sensing, dual-zone automatic climate control system
SAFETY and SECURITY FEATURES
  • Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure
  • Impact-absorbing crumple zones (front and rear) and side-impact door beams
  • Dual-stage, multiple-threshold front air bags (SRS)
  • Front seat side airbags with passenger-side Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS)
  • Active front seat head restraints; adjustable rear seat head restraints
  • Height-adjustable 3-point front seat belts with automatic tensioning system and load limiters; 3-point rear seat belts
  • LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) child-seat mounting system for rear seats
  • Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with Traction Control System (TCS)
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  • Theft-deterrent system with electronic immobilizer

AVAILABLE DEALER INSTALLED ACCESSORIES

Exterior
  • Front foglights
  • Rear bumper appliqué
  • Splash guards
  • Door edge protection film
  • Body side molding
  • Side running boards
  • Roof rails
  • Roof rail crossbars
  • Roof rack with attachment for: short roof box, bicycle, kayak, skis, snowboards, surfboard
  • Trailer hitch (Class I) with receiver
  • Trailer hitch ball (1 7/8-inch)
  • Trailer hitch ball (2-inch)
  • 18-inch diameter aluminum wheel (Diamond Cut exterior finish)
  • Wheel locks
  • Engine block heater
Interior
  • All-season floor mats
  • Wood pattern shift knob
  • Wood patterned steering wheel trim
  • Wood patterned interior trim
  • Rear cargo cover
  • Rear cargo net
  • Rear cargo liner
  • Rear cargo organizer
  • Rear cargo tray
  • Second row seat cover 
Powertrain Release:

The 2013 RDX makes use of a 3.5-liter SOHC V-6 engine that marks the first-ever application of a V-6 in the model. Replacing the previous turbocharged 2.3L inline four cylinder engine, the naturally-aspirated V-6 offers significantly more horsepower and improved fuel economy- while simultaneously offering a more refined feel. Producing 273 horsepower, the V-6 engine makes 33 more horsepower than the previous 2.3L turbocharged engine.

The all-aluminum 3.5-liter V-6 uses single overhead camshaft (SOHC) cylinder heads fitted with 24 valves- with the valves actuated by intelligent Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control® (iVTEC®). The V-6 engine also debuts numerous power and fuel efficiency technologies that have never been applied to an Acura vehicle. Of great interest is use of Variable Cylinder Management™ (a first-ever application for Acura) that helps improve fuel efficiency as it allows the V-6 engine to run on six, four, or three cylinders based on driving conditions. Another new technology to debut for Acura is a unique Overrunning Alternator Decoupler (OAD) system that helps absorb dynamic variations in drive belt tension. Thanks to the OAD, belt tension can by reduced by approximately 30-percent which reduces engine friction losses for better power output and reduced fuel consumption.

The 3.5L V-6 engine reflects Acura's unwavering commitment to the environment with good fuel efficiency and full compliance with EPA TIER 2 – BIN 5 and CARB LEV II ULEV emissions standards.

The V-6 engine teams with a new Sequential SportShift 6-speed automatic transmission along with a special multi-clutch lock-up torque converter. With comparatively "short" gearing in the first five forward gears, acceleration is enhanced while relaxed cruising is optimized thanks to a tall Sixth gear ratio. The new 6-speed transmission offers two automatic shift modes, or can be operated manually via racing-inspired paddle shifters mounted on the backside of the steering wheel. Grade Logic Control, Shift Hold Control and Cornering G Shift Control help make the 6-speed the most advanced automatic transmission ever offered by Acura.

Powertrain at a Glance 2013 Acura RDX
  • Front-wheel-drive or available AWD with Intelligent Control
  • 3.5-liter, SOHC, aluminum V-6 engine
  • 273 hp at 6,200 rpm and 251 lbs-ft of torque at 5,000 rpm
  • 10.5:1 compression ratio
  • Variable Cylinder Management™ with Intelligent Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (iVTEC®) for intake and exhaust valves
  • Lightweight magnesium intake manifold
  • Computer-controlled Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI)
  • Drive-by-Wire™ throttle system
  • Cold-air intake system
  • Direct ignition system
  • Detonation/knock-control system
  • 100,000 mile tune-up intervals* 
*Does not apply to fluid and filter changes. Exact mileage is determined by actual driving conditions.

Emissions
  • High-flow close-coupled catalytic converters plus under-floor catalytic converter
  • High-capacity 32-bit RISC processor electronic control unit
  • Meets EPA TIER 2 – BIN 5 and CARB LEV II ULEV emissions standards

Fuel Economy
  • RDX: EPA estimated* 20/28/23 mpg (city/highway/combined)
  • Best-in-class Fuel Economy (RDX with front wheel drive)
  • RDX with AWD with Intelligent Control: EPA estimated* 19/27/22 mpg (city/highway/combined)
*Based on 2013 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.

Noise, Vibration, and Harshness (NVH) control
  • 60-degree cylinder V-angle for smooth running
  • Automatically tensioned, maintenance-free serpentine accessory belt drive
  • Electric Power Steering (EPS) eliminates hydraulic pump noise and vibration
  • Electronically controlled hydraulic engine mounts reduce vibration

Sequential SportShift 6-speed automatic transmission
  • Quick-response Sequential SportShift allows for semi-manual operation
  • Straight-gate style console-mounted shifter
  • Racing-inspired, steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters
  • Coordination between Drive-by-Wire™ throttle system and Sequential SportShift transmission makes for quick, smooth shifts
  • Advanced Shift Hold Control minimizes unwanted shifting during spirited driving
  • Grade Logic Control System reduces gear hunting when climbing hill

Release:
013 RDX SAFETY OVERVIEW

As a direct result of Acura's "Safety Through Innovation" initiative, the design of the 2013 RDX emphasizes safety for everyone- from the driver and passengers, to the occupants of other vehicles, as well as injury mitigation to pedestrians.

The RDX is equipped with a comprehensive array of the latest technologies and designs to enhance active safety (collision avoidance) and passive safety (crash safety performance). Standard features such as Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with traction control and a 4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS) enhance collision avoidance capability in the new RDX.

Key safety technologies include the Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure, a total of six airbags, active head restraints (for the front seats) as well as front seatbelts with an automatic tensioning system.

ADVANCED COMPATIBILITY ENGINEERING™
The Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure is an exclusive body design incorporated into the RDX that enhances occupant protection and crash compatibility in frontal crashes. The ACE™ design utilizes a network of connected structural elements to distribute crash energy more evenly throughout the front of the vehicle. This enhanced frontal crash energy management helps to reduce the forces transferred to the passenger compartment and can help to more evenly disperse the forces transferred to other vehicles in a crash. ACE™ helps maintain the structural integrity of the passenger cabin in a frontal crash. It does so by markedly improving energy distribution away from the cabin during the crash, thus allowing a more uniform absorption of impact energy. This crash energy redirection helps reduce the chance of intrusion into the passenger cabin. By doing so, ACE™ is the cornerstone engineering feature that defines much of the RDX structure.

In addition, the ACE™ design also provides benefits by increasing vehicle compatibility in frontal crashes, which can improve passenger safety when vehicles of dissimilar size, height or weight collide.

FRONT-TO-FRONT VOLUNTARY IMPROVEMENTS
As full-size pickups and SUVs have become larger and taller, so has the dilemma of when such vehicles collide head-on with smaller vehicles. ACE™ helps distribute the impact forces of a larger and heavier vehicle across the entire front structure of the RDX. This redirection of crash energy helps to reduce the risk of interior intrusion as well as helps to better disperse the crash energy across a wider area of the front of the vehicle to help reduce the risk of occupant injury.

The RDX also has a special lower member that extends below the front bumper beam. This lower member helps ensure that if the RDX collides with a smaller vehicle, the lower front member will better engage the other vehicle's bumper system.

ROLLOVER PROTECTION
Another target that Acura designers felt strongly about was the RDX's ability to withstand a rollover with the roof frame maintained, no fuel system damage, and no tailgate door-opening damage. The use of a high-strength steel safety cage helps provide the stiffness that allows the RDX to better withstand rollover forces.

In the event of a rollover, a roll-rate sensor (along with multiple G sensors) determines the rate of roll- and then deploy the side curtain airbags accordingly. The system uses algorithms to continually evaluate the situation and determines whether a rollover is imminent. The roll-rate sensor and multiple G sensors calculate the angle of roll and the speed of the vehicle in order to deploy the airbags at the correct point for optimum protection. In the case of a rollover, the side curtain airbags on both sides of the vehicle will deploy. However, in the event of a sufficient side impact that does not result in a rollover, only the airbags on the impacted side of the vehicle will deploy. The airbags maintain full inflation for approximately three seconds after inflation to allow for the increased duration of a rollover accident.

DRIVER AND FRONT PASSENGER KNEE BOLSTERS
To help reduce the likelihood of injuries to the driver or front passenger's legs in a frontal collision, the RDX has energy-absorbing knee bolsters. The bolsters are designed to help dissipate collision forces if the driver or front passenger's legs should contact the lower instrument panel during a frontal collision.

PEDESTRIAN SAFETY
Even though there is no current governmental requirement to do so, as part of Acura's "Safety Through Innovation" engineering philosophy, the 2013 RDX incorporates design elements that take into account the well being of pedestrians.

Specifically, engineers optimized certain structures in the RDX front end to help absorb energy in the event of a collision with a pedestrian. Research shows that these features can dramatically improve a pedestrian's chance of survival if struck by a moving vehicle.

Key Pedestrian Safety Features include:
  • Hood designed to deform if contact is made with a pedestrian
  • Energy-absorbing fender mounts and supports located under the hood
  • Greater clearance between hood and engine components
  • Crushable hood hinges

DUAL-STAGE, MULTIPLE-THRESHOLD AIRBAG SYSTEM
Dual-stage, multiple threshold front airbags (SRS) are provided for the driver and front passenger. One or both of these airbags will be deployed in the event of a sufficient frontal impact. If deployed, these airbags are capable of being inflated at different rates depending on crash severity, seatbelt usage and/or other factors. Frontal airbags are designed to supplement the seatbelts to help reduce the likelihood of head and upper body injuries in frontal crashes. A seamless dashboard cover conceals the passenger front airbag, while the driver's front airbag is located in a small housing within the steering-wheel.

Dual-Stage, Multiple-Threshold Airbag parameters:
  • Airbag deployment characteristics are finely controlled depending on the severity of a collision, seatbelt usage and/or other factors
  • The dual stage, multiple-threshold strategy applies to front airbags only and does not affect operation of front side airbags or side curtain airbags
In addition, the airbag system also uses a sensor in the seat to assess the weight of the front passenger. The front passenger airbag is shut off if the weight sensor indicates that a child or small-stature person is occupying the front seat.

SIDE AIRBAGS WITH FRONT PASSENGER OCCUPANT POSITION DETECTION SYSTEM
Side airbags mounted in the outboard area of each front seatback are designed to provide upper torso protection for front occupants in the event of a sufficient side impact. In addition, the front passenger seat is equipped with the Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS), an innovative system designed to deactivate the side airbag if a child (or small stature adult) is occupying the front seat. The system utilizes sensors in the passenger seatback to determine the height and position of the occupant, and determines whether to deploy the side airbag. If the front passenger leans into the side airbag deployment path, OPDS will prevent the airbag from firing. When the front passenger returns to a normal upright seating position, the side airbag reactivates so it can deploy.

Side Curtain Airbags
In a sufficient side impact or rollover, the RDX side curtain airbags deploy from roof-mounted modules, providing head protection for outboard occupants seated in both rows of seating. Side curtain airbags effectively cover the window area from the A-pillar back to the C-pillar. Tests show that the g-forces acting upon an outboard occupant's head during a collision are far lower when side curtain airbags are used.

LOWER ANCHORS AND TETHERS FOR CHILDREN (LATCH)
The RDX includes a LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) child-seat mounting system for the outboard locations of the rear seat. LATCH features built-in lower anchors and ready-to-use tether attachment points that allow compatible child safety seats to be installed without using the vehicle's seat belt system, which can simplifies child seat installation. Up to two LATCH child seats can be installed simultaneously.

SEAT BELT LOAD LIMITERS WITH AUTOMATIC TENSIONING SYSTEM
Both front seatbelts have an automatic tensioning system with load limiters that work in conjunction to help protect the driver and front passenger in a collision. The components work automatically in a 1-2 sequence. In the first few milliseconds of a sufficient collision, the tensioning system automatically tightens the front seat belts. Research has shown that seat belts that are snugly secured around the occupants provide better protection. However, if the deceleration forces rise above a predetermined threshold, the load limiter releases (in a controlled manner) a small length of seatbelt webbing to reduce the pressure on the occupant- which helps reduce the likelihood of injuries that seatbelts can cause in a severe, high-speed collision.

VEHICLE STABILITY ASSIST WITH TRACTION CONTROL
Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) is included as standard equipment on the 2013 RDX. By continually monitoring the vehicle's operating parameters (such as vehicle speed, throttle position, steering angle, individual wheel speeds, lateral G-force and yaw rate), VSA® detects if the vehicle is about to experience oversteer or understeer.

To help correct either of these situations, 4-channel VSA® automatically reduces the engine's power output as needed, and applies one or more brakes individually to help stabilize the chassis. The VSA® response is so quick that the instability may be corrected even before the driver knows that it is occurring. Traction Control is integrated into the VSA® to help the RDX accelerate smoothly on slippery surfaces. If required, Traction Control can be disabled.

TIRE PRESSURE MONITORING SYSTEM
Acura RDX has an onboard Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) that warns the driver if the air pressure decreases significantly in any tire. The system helps reduce the chance of damaging a tire or losing control of the vehicle due to low air pressure. This is important because a slow leak might not be easily detectable but could over time cause significant air loss resulting in loss of grip or potentially a blowout.

TPMS uses a sensor mounted in each wheel that continually monitors tire pressure and sends a coded signal to the TPMS electronic control unit (ECU). The process begins with a signal initiator located on the chassis just inboard of each tire. The initiator sends a unique signal for each TPMS sensor. Then the TPMS sensor sends tire pressure data to the TPMS ECU, which compares the values for each tire's pressure against an acceptable range of pressures.

FUEL TANK SAFETY
The RDX's 16-gallon fuel tank is located in a protected area in front of the rear body-deformation zone, which helps minimize the risk of tank damage during a collision. In addition, locating the fuel tank in this protected area helps optimize vehicle balance by moving the weight of the fuel tank farther forward. Thus, handling characteristics are minimally affected whether the fuel tank is full or near empty.