The 2013 Acura RDX crossover is set to go on sale this spring with a base price of $34,320, before a $885 destination charge.
The new Acura RDX is slightly longer, roomier, and sharper than its ancestor. Gone is the turbocharged four-cylinder engine that was an interesting experiment in Honda’s powerplant history, replaced by a more powerful 3.5-liter V6. Sleeker (some dare say, more conventional) styling dispenses with any fears that Acura might revive the previous, controversial shiny-beaked grille.
And with these improvements comes a higher base price: an increase of $1,425 for the base Acura RDX FWD model. The all-wheel-drive 2013 RDX starts at $35,720, or a $1,400 premium for all-weather capability.
Of course, no luxury car is complete without its usual assortment of techno-goodies, and Acura tries to play in this same field. For a not-so-trifling $3,700, what does the 2013 Acura RDX Technology Package get you? Satellite navigation, life traffic and weather updates, dual-zone automatic climate control with location-based temperature sensing, a 60-gigabyte hard drive for MP3 files, Acura’s excellent ELS digital sound system, xenon headlights, a power tailgate, and fog lights.
Acura was mum on its sales target for the RDX, but the price of the AWD model undercuts the BMW X3′s $37,100 base price by about $1,380, and the Audi Q5 starts at the same price ($35,600). If your cute-ute tastes aren’t as sybaritic, however, the Volkswagen Tiguan starts a cool $12,000 less than the RDX—but tops out at $38,080, or the same price as an AWD Acura RDX with the Technology Package. But to be fair, the ELS audio system is pretty swanky. Choose wisely, folks.