Changes Made on the 2013 Acura RDX Revealed in Chicago


Acura has implemented some changes on one of its popular crossover which is the Acura RDX. Acura revealed most of the details regarding the upgrades that they have conducted on the 2013 Acura RDX at the 2012 Chicago auto show.

According to Acura, the company has decided to perform a number of upgrades on the 2013 Acura RDX since most of its competitors in the luxury SUV segment are improving their vehicles. Due to this, they started upgrading the previous year’s model of the RDX by changing its engine.  This simply means that the 2.3-liter turbocharged 4 cylinder that was used to propel the predecessor of the 2013 Acura RDX was replaced by a more powerful version and this was the 3.5-liter V-6 engine.

Due to the change in the engine used on the 2013 Acura RDX, the crossover obtained a significant boost in horsepower. The latest version of the RDX is now capable of generating up to 273 horsepower and this maximum power output is approximately 33 horsepower higher than the 2012 model.

Aside from changing the vehicle’s engine, Acura has also changed the transmission used on the 2013 Acura RDX. Instead of using the 5-speed automatic transmission with shift paddles, Acura decided to change this into a 6-speed automatic transmission.  In addition to this, the 6-speed automatic transmission that was used on this crossover is equipped with a new lockup torque converter. This converter further improves the performance of the RDX by facilitating the torque produced by its engine. The RDX will also be available in both front-wheel and all-wheel systems.  The only difference is that the new all-wheel drive system used in the 2013 version of the RDX is lighter in weight compared to its predecessor.

But despite of the significant increase on the horsepower generated by the current engine used on the 2013 Acura RDX as well as the change on the transmission that it is using, the vehicle could still be considered fuel efficient. In fact, Acura stated that the 2013 Acura RDX still remains as the most fuel efficient luxury SUV that is powered by a gasoline engine.

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