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When the first generation Acura RDX was launched, Acura/Honda fans were ecstatic; it’s certainly an odd thing for anyone to be enthusiastic about a crossover / SUV. The reason was the turbocharged powerplant Honda offered in it, and many were hopeful it meant that engine would be used in other Honda products and would launch a new era of aftermarket Honda tuning. But it was not a love affair for the masses: the RDX was not a gas miser with tons of power. In fact, it got worse fuel economy than most V6 competitors and exhibited large amounts of turbo-lag.

Fast forward and we are now in an era where Acura and Honda are taking fewer risks, but still trying to lure in mainstream buyers. Here is the new, 2013 Acura RDX, a much more mainstream vehicle than the previous RDX, which was interesting but a little too small, a little too raw and a little too quirky for most.

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Powered by a more conventional 3.5-litre V6, it’s a little longer, wider and softer than before, so this RDX is sure to appeal to those shopping the luxury crossover segment.

Available in two simple packages — “base” and Tech — naturally, I am testing the Tech package, one that most buyers will most likely opt for as it is only a $3,000 premium over the base and includes navigation, Acura’s premium 410-watt surround sound system, dual-zone climate control and a power liftgate. The “base” model is not missing much, with leather, heated seats, all-wheel drive, HID headlamps, a moonroof and a backup camera.

The RDX is a five-seater with plenty of cargo space (much more than the outgoing model) and more mainstream look. Personally, I loved the previous RDX for its unique style and edgy ride, but I rarely recommended it to friends as it was small inside. This week, we’ll see how I like this new version.

MSRP as tested (excluding destination): $43,990

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James Bergeron is an Ottawa-based automotive journalist. James holds a national FIA race license and actively races and stewards at race events.