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2013 Acura RDX

markonline007markonline007 Posts: 35
edited December 2013 in Acura
What are your thoughts on the 2013 Acura RDX? I have serious considered the RDX in the past but could not get past the design. I am really liking the new look.


  • I too am interested in this new model. Im attracted to the better Gas Mileage. Also curious to see color options, and to see one in person. I just test drove a new 2012.... I liked it!.. Cant wait to see the 2013.

    I think they may hit the dealers here in a few weeks.... Curious to know how flexible pricing will be on a new release like this.... Ill be checking here frequently:)
  • drjcool1drjcool1 Posts: 45
    edited March 2012
    2013 RDX vs 2012 CRV

    I am in the market for either the CRV or new RDX, both with navi. I have owned many Acura and Honda products. I'd like to get several opinions as to which folks prefer. Amongst the many questions I have...
    - Will the handling, torque, and acceleration be significantly better on the upcoming RDX (due out next week) ?
    - Will it be safe to use regular gas in the new RDX V-6
    -Is the new RDX interior much nicer than the CRV

    My understanding is that the price difference between the 2 fully loaded is about 10K.

    Anyway....let the discussion begin!!!
  • rcf8000rcf8000 Posts: 619
    Where's Edmunds' review of the new RDX? They are usually one of the first to review new models.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,462
    edited March 2012
    Good question, nothing since the end of February.

    There's a couple of "first drives" out there, including this one from MotorAuthority.

    I have a feeling ours won't be too far behind (can't imagine an editor would have turned down a free scoping trip to Scottsdale but maybe they want to look at one on their own terms).
  • richardycrichardyc Posts: 7
    edited April 2012
    test drove one today, wish they kept the SH-AWD, now it's just a souped up CRV with a V6 engine for $10k more. to be honest, this car is kinda boring to drive now w/o Turbo, engine is quiet, but car felt more bouncy and has more side to side movement than the 2012 I test drove few weeks ago. The dealer wanted MSRP for it, they somehow think they have a winner in their hands. I guess if I tried harder they might knock $500 off, but I didn't fall in love with it, so I didn't really try. AFter I got home, I contacted the dealer that I test drove the 2012 before to see what kind of deal I can get on a leftover 2012 with tech package.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,462
    Thanks for that report; wondered if the new RDXs were starting to arrive at the dealers yet.
  • Would it void the warranty if i fill up the car with regular gas, What would happens to my mpg ?
  • dibbyddibbyd Posts: 10
    No, it will not void your warranty. Premium is recommended but not required. You may lose some mpg and power, but it will not hurt your engine.
  • can you provide a link from Acura saying premium is recommended but not required? As far as I know, the offical words from Acura is "using gasoline with an octane lower than 91 octane may cause damage to the engine. Please consult the owner's manual for details" so unless we see a press release from Acura, I wouldn't take the words from some guy on Edmunds forum. Seriously, if you drive 10k a year and premium is 20cents/gallon more, you are only looking at $100 more a year. If you can afford an Acura, the extra $100-200/yr shouldn't kill you.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,462
    edited April 2012
    Edmunds says "premium unleaded (required)" for the 2013 RDX. We also say "Specs are's expectations". Hm.

    Motortrend says "RECOMMENDED FUEL Unleaded premium".

    Acura isn't saying. :confuse:
  • dibbyddibbyd Posts: 10
    What, you think I'd lie?! ;) See the following website, the paragraph about Fuel Tank and Driving Range:

    "The RDX's 16-gallon fuel tank is located in a protected position under the body and forward of the rear wheels. The RDX has an EPA estimated* city/highway/combined fuel economy of 19/27/22 mpg (AWD) and 20/28/23 (2WD), which gives it an estimated highway range of approximately 430 miles (AWD) and 450 miles (2WD) miles on one tank of fuel. The use of Premium fuel is recommended (but not required) for the 3.5L V-6 engine in the 2013 RDX."

    I know people spout erroneous facts all the time on the internet, but I try not to post things unless I'm confident in the facts. That's why I don't post much. But I've read or watched every review of the 2013 RDX and read any related website I could find. I'm really looking forward to driving one, as I think its between the RDX and a TL Tech AWD to replace my 1996 Celica.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,462
    edited April 2012
    Cool, a link from the source (t'would be nice if "Acura" would just put it on their future RDX pages). Acura's not even citing mpg estimates yet that I saw (maybe Honda getting burned in the class action over the Civic Hybrid mpg has made them reluctant to post that info).
  • I spoke to the salesman which assured me , It can be driven w/ regular gas , and the only difference would be felt on the performance. Other than not offerring blind spot monitor , I love the vehicle.
  • When you test drive The 2013 Acura RDX you will be not comparison. It is totally worth paying a few grands more for the 2013 RDX. I also own a CRV.
  • richardycrichardyc Posts: 7
    edited April 2012
    oh I forgot I was in the 2013 thread, I was thinking about the 2012 with the turbo engine, which do require premium. Anyway, after my test drive of the 2013, I pretty much gave up on the 2013, as it's not worth the $5k more over 2012s, as pretty much all dealers want close to MSRP for it. Let us know what you think after your test drive.
  • I took The 2013 Acura RDX for a spin. The vehicle feels compose, agile, and ready to go. The noise cancelling technology works perfect. The seats are very comfortable. Two things I did not like. 1. Even with the technology package it does not offer blind spot monitor system. Even on kia's is offered, Instead It offer a convex mirror to go around the blind spot. Which I don't buy. 2. It does not offer rear passenger a/c vents , keep in mind it has the holes for it, and it is being used as a coin holder or something like it. They need only to run the a/c through it. It will perfectly fit a a/c vent on it.
    About the price, I tested a top of the line with all the toys on it , the msrp was 38,900 asking price. And you know it can be knock down.
    You may get a good deal on a 2012 RDX. But who wants to go there knowing that as soon you pull the vehicle from dealer's lot the vehicle is going to be old, One year old. And who wants to pay all that money for a car that looks old.

  • the MSRP for the top of the line with AWD and Tech pacakge is $40305, maybe you didn't test drive the one with AWD? maybe Acura dropped the MSRP after they saw all the comments from the first drive article in autoblog? hahaha. Yes, the convex mirror was different and distracting with its fun house mirror effects.
  • I have owned a 2006 MDX and currently own a 2009 MDX and a 2008 TL. None of these 3 vehicles have ever had a drop of premium gas and I have never had any problems or loss of power. When I got the 2006 MDX I looked at the engine specs and they were almost exactly the same as the Pilot I had at that time. I called Honda and asked them why they recommended premium for the Acura and Regular for the Honda. They could not give be a good answer so I have been using regular in my Acuras for the last 6 years. I am going to buy a 2013 RDX as soon as I can. It will not see a drop of premium either.
  • lax2mialax2mia Posts: 4
    Took the car for a spin yesterday on a slick from rain Miami morning. 2013 vs. 2012 are night and day. This drive with smooth and quiet. Steering is very precise to a point that after every turn it took a bit to get into a position to stay straight. Brakes are a little sensitive as well. Pickup not as quick as I'd hoped. Console is easy to use. SMS only works for Blackberries and Pandora only with iphones. No rear air vents are a bit of a letdown but stadium-style seating lets backseat passengers see the road. Wide angle back camera is welcome. Car feels solid and more mature than 2012. Salesman didn't even discuss price.
  • The lack of AC vents on the rear center console kind of sucks but they are AC vents under the front seats that blow cold air to the rear. So it is not like you have to rely solely on the front vents for the rear passengers. No one seems to mention this.
  • lax2mialax2mia Posts: 4
    I'd read that somewhere about the under-the seat vents and asked the sales guy if there were any but he said, disappointedly, no. I'd really like to know.
  • jannycjannyc Posts: 1
    Any ideas that when the price of new 2013 rdx would drop? The dealer was just talking about $500 off MSRP.
  • carteachcarteach Posts: 179
    I test drove the 2013 RDX today followed by a test drive of the CR-V. In my opinion there's no comparison. The Acura drove beautifully. It had power and precise steering. By comparison the CR-V felt small and light in weight and power compared to the Acura.

    The dealership only had one car and said they wouldn't be getting a shipment for at least a month or two. He also made it very clear that there would be nothing off the MSRP.

    Anyone have any idea how long it usually takes when a new model is introduced for the price to drop?
  • Two things you have to do.
    1. Check how many vehicles they are on stock.
    2. Just before the end of the month , when sale person needs to meet his or her quota.
    Don't forget to find out how much the dealer paid for the vehicle before you go to the dealership.
  • How can I calculate the "true" dealer cost? Isn't it below dealer invoice?
  • steverstever Posts: 52,462
    edited April 2012
    There's holdback. That's why dealers can sell cars for less than invoice.

    There's also dealer incentives, both published (like dealer cash) and ones that we don't know about, like sales bonuses, spiffs, free training, deals on loaner cars and demos, cruises, extra ad money, who knows.

    The owner of the dealership probably doesn't know the "true" cost until the accountants close the books at the end of the month or end of the quarter.
  • jg88jg88 Posts: 59
    Having been through this with Acura before, it usually is about 6-9 months after a new model hits when supply starts to overcome ready demand. Figure next fall for getting a reduction from the msrp that is substantial enough for those who like to negotiate. Until then, I don't blame any dealers who want to get full price while they can.

    Am disappointed there are no air ducts for the rear seat passengers as I live in a very warm climate. Was glad to see the awd mpg numbers though, they are really close to the new x3 with the turbo 4. Even though the former model was nice, the mpg and harsh ride made it a "no go" for me. I like what I'm reading about the tests for the softened ride and quieter cabin, am not buying an suv to hang with sports cars anyway. It sounds like it performs well enough yet cruises much better. Also, I don't mind the reduction of rear wheel power going from 70 to 50% with the new awd system, I prefer a front wheel drive bias for poor weather conditions.

    Good to see early reports coming in -- I'm in the market for something late 2012 to early 2013, maybe the next version will add the rear ducts.
  • lax2mialax2mia Posts: 4
    Lease offers for RDX started Friday. Would not have expected them that quicly. 8
  • carteachcarteach Posts: 179
    That link takes me to leases for the 2012.
  • mck588mck588 Posts: 12
    Go all the way to the bottom of the page to see 2013 lease deals.
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