While it is true that the 2013 Acura RDX shares its basic platform and structure with the Honda CR-V, the two crossover suvs are quite different from one another, even if a cursory examination of the Acura might have a consumer wondering what, exactly, justifies a nearly $7,000 premium over the most luxurious version of the Honda. Having now spent a week driving the RDX, putting more than 1,000 miles on one while taking my family of four for a long weekend trip up the California coast to San Francisco, I can assure you that the Acura’s far more powerful standard V-6 engine, its much better handling, and its more appealing design go a long way toward making the extra expense worthwhile.
The question is, however, not whether one ought to buy the Acura RDX instead of a Honda CR-V. Rather, the RDX’s natural competitive set includes vehicles such as the Audi Q5, BMW X3, Cadillac SRX, Lexus RX, Lincoln MKX, Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class, and Volvo XC60.
With a long history of providing reliable luxury vehicles that are entertaining to drive and deliver impressive value, Acura should have no trouble selling the attractive 2013 Acura RDX, even if it lacks the brand cachet certain competing models provide – at a premium. In my experience, after 1,000 miles in the saddle, I really have only one significant complaint about this sport- and luxury-oriented crossover SUV, and for me, it would be a deal-breaker.