CHANGES FOR 2013:

– Redesigned model.

Based on the new Honda CR-V, the Acura compact crossover drops its turbocharged four-cylinder for a naturally aspirated V6, gains a new six-speed automatic transmission, replaces the Acura-exclusive rear-torque-vectoring SH-AWD system for the Honda’s slip-and-grip setup and loses its somewhat awkward exterior looks for a more generic style. The RDX’s new 3.5L V6 with 273 hp is much smoother than the older model’s blown-four, as is the ride. With the extra gear in the new autobox, the RDX scores better fuel economy, too. And the extra length in its wheelbase not only adds much-needed legroom for rear occupants, but also delivers a smoother ride.

The base RDX features include all-wheel drive, hill start assist, 18-inch alloy wheels, four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, airbags (front, front side, side curtain), tire pressure monitoring system, body colour door handles and mirrors, heated folding mirrors with integrated turn indicators and expanded view driver’s mirror, reverse gear tilt-down, fog lights, rear privacy glass, HID headlights, one-touch power moonroof with tilt, security system, auto-dimming rearview mirror, automatic headlights, compass, map lights, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth phone connectivity, tilt/telescopic steering wheel with mounted audio/phone/cruise controls, maintenance minder, HomeLink, 5-inch colour information display, rearview camera, power windows with driver and front passenger auto-up/down, keyless entry, push button start, SMS test message function, seven-speaker 360-watt premium audio system, USB port, Bluetooth audio, auxiliary input jack, easy fold-down 60/40 split rear seatback, 8-way power driver seat, 4-way power passenger seat, floor mats, fold-down rear seat centre armrest, heated front seats, leather seating, and leather-wrapped steering wheel.

Technology Package adds power liftgate, Acura Navigation System, GPS-linked solar-sensing dual-zone automatic climate control system, 8-inch LED backlit VGA display, and 10-speaker 410-watt premium audio system.

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