The Acura RDX is Acura’s first compact luxury crossover SUV, taking over from the MDX as Acura’s entry-level crossover SUV, as the MDX grew in size and price.
The second generation RDX was revealed on January 9, 2012 at the North American International Auto Show going on sale in April 2012.
The turbocharged four-cylinder engine was replaced by a 3.5-liter Earth Dreams V6 mated to a 6-speed automatic, improving gas mileage to an EPA estimated 20/28/23 mpg (city/highway/combined) by using variable displacement (VCM). The SH-AWD system will be replaced with a simpler and less costly AWD setup.
Acura and Marvel Entertainment, LLC, announced a joint promotional campaign with Marvel’s The Avengers movie. Throughout Marvel’s The Avengers, S.H.I.E.L.D. agents drive various Acura vehicles, including the MDX, ZDX and TL models; the completely redesigned 2013 RDX was to make a cameo appearance in the movie but the scene did not make it in the final movie.
Watch as this 2013 Acura RDX is taken through its paces:
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