Acura RDX Makes WardsAuto’s 10 Best Interiors of 2013 List

2013 Acura RDX Interior

2013 Acura RDX Interior

Completely redesigned for the 2013 model year, the second generation Acura RDX has recently been placed in WardsAutos’s 10 Best Interiors list. WardsAuto editors spent time with 46 models with new or significantly upgraded interiors, and judged them based on the following criteria: materials, ergonomics, comfort, safety, value, fit-and-finish and overall design.

Here’s what they had to say about the 2013 Acura RDX:

“The Acura RDX CUV, now in its second generation, secures its place with excellent fit-and-finish and an upscale sportiness that was lacking when the first version launched in 2006.

Editors rave about the RDX’s copious cargo hold, comfortable back seat and durable materials that should hold up well against the inherent abuse that comes from young families. Acura outsold Audi, Cadillac, Infiniti and Volvo in 2012 in the U.S., and the RDX interior demonstrates that Honda’s luxury brand can compete with the best.” – Tom Murphy, WardsAuto

See the full list and report at wardsauto.com.

[Source: WardsAuto]

2013 Acura ILX, TL, RDX and MDX Commercials

2013 Acura RDX TV Commercial

2013 Acura RDX TV Commercial – ALG Evaluation

A couple of TV spots from Acura that have been airing over the past few months in the US have finally found their way to YouTube. The ads themselves aren’t very wild or extravagant, but instead focus on quotes and recommendations coming from Automobile Magazine, Edmunds.com, Forbes.com and ALG. Check out the four clips below.

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Video: 2013 Acura RDX vs. 2012 Audi Q5

2013 Acura RDX vs. 2012 Audi Q5

It’s the battle of compact crossovers: AutoGuide pits the 2013 Acura RDX against the 2012 Audi Q5.

“Projected to be one of the largest growth segments in the auto industry, Acura is looking to go from a back marker to a major player with the launch of its second-generation RDX. A solid offering, how does it stack up against stalwart German competition like the Audi Q5?”

Here’s the breakdown from AutoGuide:

2013 Acura RDX AWD

Engine: 3.5L V6
Transmission: 6-Speed Auto
Horsepower: 273
Max. Torque: 251
Fuel Economy: 19 MPG city / 27 MPG hwy
Cargo Room: 26 cu-ft
Total Cargo Room: 61 cu-ft
Second Row Leg Room: 38.3 in.
Starting Price: $35,720

2012 Audi Q5 2.0 TFSI

Engine: 2.0L Turbo 4-Cyl
Transmission: 8-Speed Auto
Horsepower: 211
Max. Torque: 258
Fuel Economy: 20 MPG city / 27 MPG hwy
Cargo Room: 29 cu-ft
Total Cargo Room: 57 cu-ft
Second Row Leg Room: 37.4 in.
Starting Price: $35,600

Watch the 9-minute video review from AutoGuide below or head over to autoguide.com for the full comparison.

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Gallery: Acura China’s 2013 RDX

Acura China's 2013 RDX - Basque Red Pearl

The new formula for the 2013 Acura RDX seems to be working well in North America having posted record sales for the last few months. This year the RDX will also take a crack at the Chinese market as it joins Acura’s lineup as the new entry-level crossover.

Take a closer look at the Chinese RDX in this gallery from automotive site xgo.com.cn. You might notice the Basque Red Pearl RDX is decked out with OEM accessories available here in North America: Roof Rail, Cross Bars, 18” wheels, and Sport Running boards. But, like most Chinese-spec Acuras, there are some subtle exterior differences. The front headlights get clear corners and are accompanied by headlight washers. In the rear, the missing amber from the front headlights seem to have found its way into the tail lights. Also on the rear bumper there appears to be parking sensors and a fog light(thanks junior) centered between the two lower reflectors.

Check out the photos below and let me know if I’ve missed anything.

[Source: xgo.com.cn]

2013 Acura ILX, RDX TV Commercials

The Entirely New Acura RDX

The Entirely New Acura RDX

Is there anyone out there who hasn’t seen the Acura ILX “Airport” and “Office” commercials yet? They honestly seem like the most aired TV spots of the summer. Which of course is great exposure for Acura and the new ILX, especially since the ads are so well done and catchy. It’s probably not so great for their marketing budget though, I’d imagine all those prime time spots don’t come cheap.

The two ads below for the 2013 Acura ILX and RDX I haven’t actually seen aired on TV yet, in fact I first viewed them on YouTube just a few days ago. They complete the five-part TV campaign from rp& I posted about last month.

Again you should notice that the spots for the ILX and RDX are done in the same style as the other three, a studio setting, dark hues, and a voice over. They’re quite the contrast from the upbeat and colourful ILX “Airport” and “Office” commercials, but on the other hand, some of them do feature some really cool driving scenes.

Check them out below or click here to see the spots for the 2012 Acura TL, TSX and MDX.

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2013 Acura RDX Video Review – Edmunds.com

2013 Acura RDX - Edmunds.com

2013 Acura RDX – Edmunds.com

Watch a short but favourable video review of the 2013 Acura RDX from Edmunds.com:

“Erin Riches gives you the pros and cons of the Acura RDX, along with insight on pricing, safety, and fuel economy plus a list of competitors of the RDX including the Audi Q5, BMW X3, Cadillac SRX, Lexus RX 350, Mercedes-Benz GLK and Volvo XC60.”

See the video below or for more info on the Acura RDX visit edmunds.com.

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Video: 2013 Acura RDX Test Drive & Review

Rosenthal Automotive's 2013 Acura RDX Test Drive & Review

Rosenthal Automotive’s 2013 Acura RDX Test Drive & Review

When it comes to video reviews, no one pushes the boundaries of creativity like the Rosenthal Automotive group. Their past videos of the 2012 Acura TL and 2011 Acura MDX feature a thorough overview of the vehicle, stunning visuals, and an injection of humour for good measure.

The latest video features the all-new 2013 Acura RDX, and while the bizarre intro had me scratching my head and laughing at the same time, it’s still a quality review with that added entertainment value I’ve come to expect from Rosenthal Automotive.

Don’t miss Steve’s Matrix-like leap over the RDX in the video review below.

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