2013 Acura RDX

Rating7.9

Ranked #6 in Compact Suv

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Starting MSRP 

$35,720 - $39,420

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Key Spec of 2013 Acura RDX
fuel economy

20/23/28

fuel type

premium unleaded

horsepower

273 hp @ 6200 rpm

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

2013 Acura RDX Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 28, 2021

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The Acura RDX is well known as an athletic SUV that appeals to a lot of buyers with its engine performance, decent fuel efficiency, and reliability score. 2013 MY carried on all the good traits of its predecessor and combined it with its new range of features offering its buyers a better user experience. It gets a complete redesign in its styling with an enhanced powertrain of a 3.5L V6 engine. 

2013 Acura RDX Latest Updates

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ProsConsWhat's New

Spacious cabin

The range could have been improved

A completely revamped design in 2013

Performance dynamics

Sound ergonomics

Over All Rating

7.9

Out of 10

Pricing and Features7.00
Pricing and Feature9.00
Features7.00
Engine and Performance7.60
Fuel Economy7.00
Interior8.40
Exterior8.00
Safety8.00
Competition9.00
Notable Rankings

#6 in Compact Suv

#7 in Suv


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Trims

Base$35,720 onwards

  • 18-inch silver aluminum Wheels
  • 1St row LCD monitor
  • ABS and driveline Traction control
  • Driver Lumbar support
  • Dual zone automatic front air conditioning
  • Front passengers heated-cushion
  • Heated mirrors
  • Leather Seat trim
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Sliding and tilting glass Sunroof

Technology Package$38,020 onwards


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Colors and Styles

2013 Acura RDX in Alloy Silver Metallic color
Alloy Silver Metallic

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

Available in two variations, the Acura RDX costs as much as $34,320 and gets a little more expensive with its technology package. The interior accent and comfort both are pretty much consistent and compete with the realm of Audi Q5, BMW X3, and Volvo XC60. The pricing of all the aforementioned is within a competitive range and it is obvious that it would not be easy for the RDX to maintain its stance easily.


Features
7.0/10

The Acura RDX is offered in only two trims- Base trim and the Technology Package. Both the trims available are powered by a 3.5L V6 engine with a 6-speed automatic gearbox. Moreover, they come standard with an FWD system and can be upgraded to an AWD system. Though they might gauge equally in performance, enrichment and sub-system complexity are far stretched in the Technology Package as it add-ons the Navigation system and 10-speaker Acura/ELS surround-sound system. The Base meanwhile gets Dual-zone climate control for ambiance regulation.

Trim

Base

Base with Technology Package

MSRP (FWD)

$34,320

$38,020

MSRP (AWD)

$35,720

$39,420

Key Features

18” wheels

Everything on the base and added features:

 

Heated mirrors

Xenon headlamps

 

8-way power driver’s seat

Fog lights

 

Automatic headlights

Power liftgate

 

Sunroof

Navigation system

 

Rear-view camera

Automatic climate control

 

Dual-zone climate control

10-speaker Acura/ELS surround-sound system

It is evident that the elder sibling is superior but the Base does not lag behind too far as the musical notes reverberate with the 7-speaker sound system. The feel remains premium with its leather upholstery. On top of that, XM satellite radio and HandsFreeLink Bluetooth have also been incorporated into it. The power-assisted and lumbar support seats with heating and driver memory function can also be entailed in their practicality.

We Recommend

Both trims of the 2013 Acura RDX are quite similar with very few differences between them and it would be logical for us to not let them hinder the Base imagery. The Base is easily a cost-effective deal that allows you to have the same thrill, necessary handling dynamics, and basic comfort. There is no need for an advanced audio unit as the standard is self-sufficient. The feel and temperature regulation are also at par with the higher one. So, save those extra dollars and invest somewhere else.

Engine and Performance
7.6/10

The 3.5-liter V6 engine in the Acura RDX comes with a six-speed automatic transmission which gives an output of 273-hp of power and maximum torque of 251 lb-ft. Moreover, it is also more thrusting and lively than the older I-4 version. Apart from that, the buyers have the freedom to choose whether they prefer an FWD or an AWD as their drive layouts. With the whole unit at work, the RDX is capable of covering a quarter-mile within 14.9 seconds and accelerates 0-60 mph in 6.4 seconds, thereby setting a benchmark in the segment. 

Models

2013 Acura RDX

2013 Audi Q5

2013 BMW X3

2013 Volvo XC60

MSRP

$35,720

$35,900

$38,850

$34,350

Engine 

3.5L V-6

2.0L Turbo inline-4

2.0L Turbo inline-4

3.2L I-6

Drivetrain

AWD

AWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

6-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

Power 

273 hp @ 6200 rpm

211 hp @ 4300 rpm

240 hp @ 5000 rpm

240 hp @ 6400 rpm

Torque

251 lb-ft @ 5000 rpm

258 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm

260 lb-ft @ 1250 rpm

236lb-ft @ 3200 rpm

0-60 MPH (sec)

6.4

7.5

6.9

6.9

Quarter mile (sec)

14.9

15.7

15.2

15.1

Top Speed (MPH)

136

139

136

130

Talking in terms of power delivery the Acura outshines all of its rivals with its 3.5L V6 engine but credit is also parted with its exemplary power-weight ratio despite the fact that it has an unexpected higher operating rev band as compared to others. On the other hand, the BMW X3 also offers good performance clocking 6.9 seconds to the 60mph mark but comes at a relatively higher price and the Volvo XC60 gets cheaper for the same figures, if not better. The Audi Q5 also finds its mention with its segment-leading top speed of 139 mph.

Fuel Economy
7.0/10

Talking about fuel economy, the 2013 Acura RDX returns impressive figures which are 20 mpg in the city, 28mpg on the highway, and 23 mpg combined. The AWD configuration drops fuel economy by 1mpg as compared to the FWD layout. It also features a 16-gallon fuel tank which is way smaller than its other competitors thus hampering its overall range to the confinement reading of up to 432 miles only. 

Models

2013 Acura RDX

2013 Audi Q5

2013 BMW X3

2013 Volvo XC60

MPG (City)

19

20

21

19

MPG (Highway)

27

28

28

25

MPG (Combined)

22

23

24

21

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

16

19.8

17.7

18.5

Range (City/ Highway) (miles)

304/432

396/554

372/496

352/463

The BMW X3 tops the segment with figures 21 mpg for the city, 28mpg for the highway, and 24 mpg combined but the cylinder deactivation in the RDX has clearly painted the portrait that ranking is not safe enough for too long. Even the Audi Q5 manages to impress with its delivery which gets better when it becomes a subject of range coverage as it is capable to hit 554 miles at the max and that leaves all the other machines behind by at least 50 miles and that is a fair deal. 

Interior
8.4/10

Arguably the make-or-break aspects in this segment are the interior class and the concerned accents. The 5-seater RDX can be rated quite satisfactory as it gets a 10-way power-adjustable seat with driver memory function. The heat recirculation in the seats along with the Dual-zone dual-mode automatic climate control has also been bestowed inside the cabin. The cushioning is exaggerated by leatherette trim. The cabin is nicely isolated and features a Maintenance minder system in conjunction with the HomeLink universal remote as the interior tech-ends.

Models

2013 Acura RDX

2013 Audi Q5

2013 BMW X3

2013 Volvo XC60

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.7/58.7/42.1

39.4/57.7/41.1

40.7/57.3/39.9

39/56.7/41.2

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.1/57.2/38.3

39/56.4/37.4

39.1/56/39.1

39.5/55.2/36.4

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

26.1

29.1

19.4

30.8

The 2013 Acura RDX offers a spacious cabin with no compromise in the legroom, specifically, in both the rows with which the egress and ingress are hassle-free. In addition to that, with the foldable rear seats, the RDX can offer 61.3 cu-ft of cargo space which enhances its utilitarian image. Among the competitors, the BMW X3 is the one offering the most balanced spacious cabin followed by the Audi Q5 and RDX parallelly. While the Volvo XC60 shines somewhere else as it offers the largest cargo capacity of 30.8 cu-ft among all.

Standout interior features:

  • Dual Zone Climate Control
  • Leather upholstery
  • 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat
  • Sunroof
  • 8-way adjustable driver’s seat

How intuitive is the 2013 Acura RDX’s infotainment unit?

The Acura RDX is as content as its interior as it gets all necessities with which one can be engaged inside for hours. The story begins with the standard 7-speaker audio system which can be upgraded to the 10 speaker audio system, both being competent and loud enough to echo your playlist in your surroundings. 

The Navigation unit levels up the stature with other tech-assist like the Speed-sensitive volume control and XM satellite radio. In the end, the standard bucket is filled by the drops of Bluetooth Connectivity, iPod Connection, USB, and AM/FM/CD Player. Standout infotainment features in the 2013 Acura RDX include:

  • Navigation
  • Bluetooth
  • AM/FM/CD Player
  • USB Connectivity
  • iPod Connection
  • Add on -10 speaker audio system
Exterior
8.0/10

For the 2013 model, the Acura RDX gets new exterior styling with a fresh yet simple silhouette. The design language begins with sleek headlamps on a wide front fascia which is complemented by the 18" x 7.5" alloy wheels when viewed isometrically. Unfortunately, the chrome-accented grille is not something that gives any drastic impression but it gets reversed for the back of the machinery as the rear gets a tailgate-based spoiler along with dual-outlet exhaust. Moreover, it also gets a power moonroof on the top and heated power mirrors on the sides.

Models

2013 Acura RDX

2013 Audi Q5

2013 BMW X3

2013 Volvo XC60

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3838

4079

4112

4174

Length (in.)

183.5

182.6

183.0

182.2

Width (in.)

73.7

74.0

74.1

74.4

Height (in.)

66.1

65.2

65.4

67.4

Ground Clearance (in.)

8.1

7.9

8.4

9.1

Wheelbase (in.)

105.7

110.5

110.6

109.2

Talking about the external dimensions and weight category, among all the rivals the Acura RDX is the longest and lightest one to measure and both of which when analyzed together translate for improved space management inside the cabin and reduced lateral and longitudinal stress on the frame and axles respectively. 

It has a decent ground clearance of 8.1 inches as well. All in all, design might not be that appealing but boundary limits make up for that. The other competitors are also comparable to one another to a large extent and thus are equally desirable. Standout exterior features in the 2013 Acura RDX include:

  • Sunroof
  • Heated mirrors
  • Automatic Headlights
  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Xenon headlights
  • Power Liftgate
  • Fog Lights
Safety
8.0/10

The 2013 Acura RDX has not been crash-tested by the NHTSA but has been given tough times by the IIHS. In the crash test conducted by IIHS, it scored an overall ‘good’ rating in the moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and other important sectors. All these are achievable because of the Advanced Compatibility Engineering structure which allows enough area for the impact to distribute and negate. Further assisting to the structural integrity are the standard safety tech features in the RDX include:

  • Stability and Traction Control
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Rear-view camera
  • Rollover Sensor
  • 4-wheel ABS 
  • Front and side airbags
Final Verdict

The completely redesigned RDX boasts impressive driving dynamics along with a solid structure to keep the occupants safe. Also, the fuel efficiency of the 2013 RDX is better than its predecessor and at par with its competitors. Overall the 2013 Acura RDX would be the right choice for someone looking for a decent family SUV with a comfortable cabin, impressive performance, and decent fuel economy.

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$35720

body style

4dr SUV

engine type
displacement

212 cu in

horse power

273 hp @ 6200 rpm

torque

251 lb.-ft. @ 5000 rpm

transmission

6 speed automatic w/OD and auto manual

dimensions
length

183.5 in

wheelbase

105.7 in

width

73.7 in

curb weight

3838 lbs

Height

66.1 in

Ground Clearance

8.1 lbs

capacity
passenger volume

103.5 cu ft

cargo volume

61.3 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy
city/combined/highway

19/23/27 mpg

highway range

432 mi

warranty
basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.


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Harris

2012 Acura RDX

Technology Package 4dr SUV (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5A)

5

User Overall Rating

Posted On: March 3, 2022

Horrible '12 RDX.

Pros - Good for nothing,

Cons - Rattles and creaks, Bad electronics, Overactive turbo.

Do not buy!!! Horrible car, paid 16 grand for this 2012 Acura RDX with tech package and I can't help but feel how big a mistake I made. It's features are awful, most of them don't work or take ages to respond. I had the dealership do something to fix it but they clearly told me it's impossible. Why couldn't they tell so beforehand? Also it's turbo acts violently, if you engage with it, be ready t...

6/10
Features
5/10
Interior
4/10
Design
6/10
Safety
4/10
Reliability
4/10
Deal Value
4/10
Dealer Review

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Anna

2016 Acura RDX

SH-AWD w/Technology Package 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

4

User Overall Rating

Posted On: May 19, 2022

Poor quality audio system.

Pros - Plush cabin, Trunk space.

Cons - AWD, Audio system, Dual infotainment screen.

Crappy all wheel drive system. Although the Acura RDX is an ideal vehicle for comfort and luxury, it has a lot of flaws. The AWD system is really shitty, The FWD stopped working for some reason. The Dual infotainment screen is confusing to use. The screen on the top feels laggy when compared to the one below. The audio system, on the other hand, is not very clear at higher volumes. I am not...

4/10
Features
8/10
Interior
6/10
Design
4/10
Safety
4/10
Reliability
5/10
Deal Value
4/10
Dealer Review

DS

Dean Smith

2016 Acura RDX

SH-AWD w/Technology Package 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

7

User Overall Rating

Posted On: May 7, 2022

Lavish RDX

Pros - Quiet cabin, awesome acceleration, safety features.

Cons - No faults.

Highly recommended. This automobile appealed to me since it is quiet, has fantastic acceleration, is pleasant to drive, has a high safety rating, and has cutting-edge safety systems. But its reputation for dependability was something that made me buy this vehicle. The best part about it is its sound systems, I thoroughly enjoyed it while going for big vacation driving journeys. Plus, it's smaller...

6/10
Features
8/10
Interior
8/10
Design
7/10
Safety
8/10
Reliability
7/10
Deal Value
8/10
Dealer Review

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5/10

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Rating

Horrible '12 RDX.

Do not buy!!! Horrible car, paid 16 grand for this 2012 Acu...

by Harris


4/10

User

Rating

Poor quality audio system.

Crappy all wheel drive system. Although the Acura RDX is an...

by Anna


7/10

User

Rating

Lavish RDX

Highly recommended. This automobile appealed to me since it...

by Dean Smith


6/10

User

Rating

Zero fun factor

Snug fit of components What I like about the RDX is the way...

by Josh Muenze


8/10

User

Rating

A really poor speakers

Limited space The RDX is great for most of the parts except...

by Griffin Wallace

Acura RDX 5 year Cost To Own


Cash Price(MSRP)
$40,799
5 Year Cost To Own
$56,939
Total 5 year Cost To Own -  $56,939
Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5total
Depreciation$5,330$4,031$3,285$3,696$3,231$19,573
Insurance$1,172$1,177$1,210$1,322$1,284$6,165
Fuel$2,128$2,276$2,334$2,393$2,454$11,585
Maintenance$265$1,140$507$2,502$2,077$6,491
Repairs$-19$-43$-39$472$770$1,141
Financing Interest$2,547$2,004$1,559$995$390$7,495
Taxes and Fees$3,421$295$299$273$201$4,489
Total Cost-To-Own$14,844$10,880$9,155$11,653$10,407$56,939
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