A-List Rides: 2013 Acura RDX

Road trip! What better way to really experience a vehicle than to put it on the highway. That’s exactly what I did during my time in the 2013 Acura RDX AWD w/Tech.

I drove the 2013 Acura RDX down to Richmond, VA to go have dinner at one of my favorite restaurants, Croaker Spot. I wanted to see how this compact crossover vehicle maneuvered on the highway for this 90 minute trip on a cold, winter day.

The RDX handles like a car, though it gives you the feel of a small-sized SUV. It has a 273-hp 3.5-liter six-cylinder engine and a six-speed automatic transmission with manual mode. Like most Acura’s, this one packs some punch without extreme acceleration. There’s also Acura’s Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) fuel saving technology.

The RDX is also a smooth drive. It glided on the highway and didn’t have unnecessary jerking when changing lane. The steering wheel is mounted on paddle shifters and offers easy mobility. Though the weather was clear during my road trip, Acura’s exclusive Intelligent Control All-Wheel Drive system makes sure there’s traction on virtually any road surface.

Among the offerings of the Acura RDX are its power moonroof (I adore a moon roof), its 18-inch alloy wheels, the heated front seats and automatic climate control. There were all of expected power adapters and USB plugs. I was able to plug in my personal iPod and use my own playlist as the soundtrack for my road trip. Satellite radio is a standard offering as well.

The RDX has comfortable seating with leather upholstery. The interior of the vehicle is thoughtful in its design offerings. This car was surprisingly roomy and offered sufficient cargo space.

For safety options, key functions include Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) with traction control, available Xenon High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights, anti-lock four-wheel disc brakes with brake assist, front side-impact airbags, overhead curtain airbags and active front head restraints.

Spin Control: You’ll spend about $34,000 for my test model and I think it’s worth it. You’ll get 19 mpg (city)/27 mpg (highway) in gas mileage and a car that’s a really solid ride.

Industry Status: Grade B+

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