2013 Acura RDX

MSRP $34,320

Ranked #9 in Suv

7.7

Overall Rating

2013 Acura RDX Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 16, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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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. 

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Pros

Spacious cabin

Performance dynamics

Sound ergonomics

Cons

The range could have been improved

What's New?

A completely revamped design in 2013


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$34320

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

137 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

212 cu.in.

horsepower

273 hp @ 6200 rpm

torque

251 lb.-ft. @ 5000 rpm

transmission

6 speed automatic w/OD and auto manual

chassis

suspension front

MacPherson strut front suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

105.7 in.

length

183.5 in.

width

73.7 in.

height

66.1 in.

curb weight

3717 lbs.

ground clearance

8.1 in.

capacity

passenger volume

103.5 cu ft.

cargo volume

61.3 cu ft.

towing capacity

1500 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.9 sec.

zero to 100 mph

6.7 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

14.2 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

184 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

20/24/28 mpg

highway range

448 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

6 yr./ 70000 mi.

powertrain warranty

6 yr./ 70,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Base$34,320 onwards

Colors and Styles

2013 Acura RDX in Alloy Silver Metallic color
Alloy Silver Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

9.0

Features

7.0

Engine and Performance

7.0

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

9.0

Safety

7.0

Competition

8.0

7.7

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.7

Overall Rating


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.


7.0/10
Features

7.0/10
Engine and Performance

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

7.0/10
Safety


2013 Acura RDX 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.

2013 Acura RDX Engine and Performance

7.0/10

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.

2013 Acura RDX Fuel Economy

6.0/10

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. 

2013 Acura RDX Interior

8.0/10

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

2013 Acura RDX Exterior

9.0/10

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

2013 Acura RDX Safety

7.0/10

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

2013 Acura RDX 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.

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