2013 Acura RDX

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Available Price Range $18,157-$28,797 Trims2 Combined MPG 23-24 Seats 5

Our Take on the 2013 Acura RDX

Our Take

The 2013 Acura RDX is the model's first full redesign since its 2007 debut. The crossover has a new drivetrain and much higher mileage but otherwise sticks to the same formula: midsize dimensions, five seats and front- or all-wheel drive. In price, size and interior appointments, the RDX co... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Looks like a wagon
  • Backseat doesn't slide

Notable Features

  • First redesign since 2007
  • Seats five
  • New drivetrain
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Standard leather
  • Keyless access

Reviews

Our Expert Reviews

The 2013 Acura RDX is all-new, and that sounds exciting, doesn't it? The RDX received a makeover, both inside and out, and the compact SUV even got a little bigger to give families a tad more wiggle room. The engine was changed from a turbo four-cylinder to a V-6, which results in better fuel economy. Despite all these changes, I liked the RDX, but didn't love it. I suppose that&apo... Read full review for the 2013 Acura RDX

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Consumer Reviews

4.1

Average based on 46 reviews

2013 RDX FWD With Tech Package

by Pablo1030 from Fairfield, CA on May 19, 2012

My wife and I recently purchased an 2013 RDX FWD With Tech Package. We drove many SUV's from different manufactures and were very impressed by the interior comfort and the smooth ride of the RDX over ... Read Full Review

2 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.


It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.

Safety

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Acura RDX Base

Head Restraints and Seats
G
Moderate overlap front
G
Roof Strength
G
Side
G

IIHS Ratings

Based on Acura RDX Base

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
G
Overall Rear
G
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
G

Moderate overlap front

Chest
G
Head/Neck
G
Left Leg/Foot
G
Overall Front
G
Restraints
G
Right Leg/Foot
G
Structure/safety cage
G

Other

Head Restraint
G
Roof Strength
G

Side

Driver Head Protection
G
Driver Head and Neck
G
Driver Pelvis/Leg
G
Driver Torso
G
Overall Side
G
Rear Passenger Head Protection
G
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
G
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
G
Rear Passenger Torso
G
Structure/safety cage
G
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

Recalls

There are currently 2 recalls for this car.

Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

48mo/50,000mi

Powertrain

72mo/70,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

48mo/50,000mi

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

Learn More About Warranties

Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

Powertrain

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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