I got an excellent deal on a used 2013 RDX AWD with Technology Package. Mileage was 23,000 and it looks and smells like new. The first owner had the side windows tinted and a dark tint band applied ...
I got an excellent deal on a used 2013 RDX AWD with Technology Package. Mileage was 23,000 and it looks and smells like new. The first owner had the side windows tinted and a dark tint band applied to the top of the windshield. These are nice touches for daytime driving in Florida, but I'm having some difficulty getting used to the dark tint at night and might have to have the tint removed on the front side windows.
I love this car. It is quick, with plenty of power to pass and merge into traffic. It is a little jerky at slow speeds, I assume because of the gearing in the lower gears. There is the slight sensation of things happening in the power train while the car is cruising and the cylinder deactivation system is doing its thing, but it is barely noticeable. The cylinder deactivation system works well and I was happy to average 27 mpg on a 2,000 mile trip last week.
I'm 6' tall and there is plenty of interior room for me and my passengers and luggage. The rear hatch area has generous space for cargo.
Handling is exceptional for a mid-size SUV. I have read some criticism of the electric power steering but I think it works very well. Perhaps it does isolate the driver from road feedback, but it is a low effort system, and I have no trouble pointing the RDX where I want to go and it tracks like an arrow. The Michelin Primacy tires offer excellent grip and gas mileage, and the TPMS system works well to monitor tire pressures.
The AWD model has a full size spare tire and a jack, which is lacking in the FWD model so I'm glad I chose AWD.
The electronics are complex and it will take some time for me to get used to the various features and reading through the large owners manuals. The navigation system is nice with a large screen, but I prefer my old Garmin portable unit for its simplicity and ease of use. The RDX navigation system does not seem to have a readout for speedometer or speed limits, which is another reason I prefer my Garmin.
The vehicle it replaced was a third generation Toyota 4Runer Limited , which was a very tough and reliable utility vehicle but which had about 100 horsepower less than the RDX and it lacked the RDX's highway refinement and comfort. I donated the 4Runner to my son, hence the need to find a replacement everyday driver for myself. I'm very pleased with my choice of an RDX AWD.