The American branch of Honda also revealed the production version of the Acura RDX at the 2012 Chicago Autoshow.
The car has a refreshed design which makes it look nicer and improve aerodynamics. But on the whole it’s an old and dreary look that desperately needs a major makeover.
The 4WD crossover gets a new 3.5-liter V-6 engine that produces 273 horsepower in place of the old 2.3 liter I-4. Mated to all-new 6-speed automatic transmission, the car will deliver fuel economy of 19/27 mpg city/highway. The front-wheel-drive versions will manage 20/28 mpg.
Standard features for 2013 RDX include bold new 5-spoke 18-inch wheels and improved 4-wheel disc brakes that include an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist. It also gets some up to the minute gadgets such as Pandora internet radio interface, SMS text message feature, a Keyless Access System with smart entry and pushbutton start, and a three view rear camera.
An available Technology Package will provide a full complement of relevant technologies, including an Acura ELS Surround audio system, AcuraLink Satellite Communication System, Acura Navigation System with Voice RecognitionTM, AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic with Traffic ReroutingTM, and AcuraLink Real-Time WeatherTM with radar image maps.