A brand new Acura RDX is coming this fall as a 2013 model so if you’re in the market for a luxury mid-size crossover we suggest waiting a few months.
The new 2013 RDX ups the power and refines the styling over the already solid 2012 model, and also packs a host of technology that we predict will make it one of the most sought after models in its class.
That said, the 2012 model still has a lot to offer.
Its styling will certainly make you stand out from the crowd but where the RDX really shines is in its comfortable and quality-built cabin. The vehicle is loosely based on the previous-generation Honda Civic but you’ll never guess it after a quick drive.
Based simply on a style and design perspective, the instrument panel is beautiful and well sculpted, with a two-tiered look complemented with well-placed brightwork and accents, along with the deep, hooded gauge cluster. You’ll find plenty of room up front but the rear bench can be a little tight if you’re six-foot or taller. The downward sloping roofline cuts into the cargo area a bit, though the rear seats offer a split-fold option for those larger items.
When the current-generation RDX first hit the market back in 2007, it was one of the leaders in terms of performance and handling. At that time it was also the first turbocharged vehicle for Honda or Acura in the U.S. market, coming with a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 240 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque.
Today those numbers are looking a little feeble, and luxury buyers are still more inclined to buy a V-6 engine over a four-cylinder, which is why the new 2013 RDX is getting a 3.5-liter V-6 as its sole engine option. Nevertheless, the 2012 RDX’s five-speed auto does a good job of keeping the engine in its sweet spot when you really need the power, and the paddle-shifters make driving a joy when you feel like it.
Both front-wheel and all-wheel drive versions are offered and after driving them both, back-to-back, we have to say that the two setups don’t feel substantially different. Steering is quick and light, brakes are strong, and the RDX feels nimble, while ride quality can be on the harsh side.
For a more in-depth look at the 2012 Acura RDX, including a look at the car’s quality, performance, safety, and economy, head over to our sister site The Car Connection for the full review.