With an all-new 2013 RDX, Acura aims to change its target from the young male professional with a sports-crossover complex to the pre- and post-child couple. Along the way, it gets better gas mileage, better ride quality, a better interior, and mildly updated looks. Accordingly, Motor Authority rates the 2013 RDX at 7 out of 10 possible points.
The looks may be somewhat too close to the Honda CR-V for some, but the RDX looks like its own vehicle to our eye--and it looks similar to, but better than--fresher than--the previous RDX. Well-proportioned and more finely detailed, it's almost a shrunk-down MDX. That's a good thing.
Inside, the RDX is more mature, less boy-racer, with fewer plastic swoops (though still more than we'd like) and more matte-surfaced, well-built panels and improved (standard) leather seating.
Under the hood lies a 273-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 engine, replacing the 2.3-liter turbo four-cylinder of the previous RDX. Where the last-gen RDX's engine was torquey,...