Superfluous is the word that came to mind while recently driving the all new for 2013, Acura RDX…especially when immediately after pairing my phone to the Bluetooth, the screen illuminated to advise of an awaiting text message, to which I listened, then replied without my hands ever leaving the steering wheel
It was a recent balmy summer night with all four windows down causing the refreshing aroma of fresh eucalyptus (purchased earlier that day) to swirl throughout the vehicle. Will Downing, Kirk Whalum, Jill Scott and the Brand New Heavies were playing as loud as I could comfortably stand it, thanks to the rich clarity of the 410 watt Acura ELS Surround Sound system with iPod integration that I controlled through voice recognition.
Vacillating between city streets and freeways, I floated like a butterfly with my foot off the gas, for a better than ever before feeling of the true effects of Acura’s Drive-By-Wire Throttle System and Intelligent All Wheel Drive that determines when to transfer power between front and rear wheels. But thenI could sting like a bee with my foot on the accelerator, thanks to a 273 horsepower V6 engine with 251 lb. ft of torque harnessing all 3,852 pounds with zest and zeal. At that point I was reminded of the lyrics in a song by Ludacris that says: When I move you move…Just like that!
In terms of fuel economy, RDX is EPA rated at 19 miles per gallon in the city, 22 on the highway. Premium unleaded is recommended, with an average fill up of $57 (based on $3.99 a gallon), for an estimated annual fuel cost of $2,600, averaging 15,00 miles annually.
Prior to the sleek new design for model year 2013, RDX had a nice look. But yet there was something about the nose on the front fascia that seemed to—in the words of Elmer Fud: “Wub me da wong way!” Yeah, I love you, Acura–I REALLY do. But back then the RDX was definitely second fiddle to big brother MDX. Fortunately, the former front fascia was squashed for a look that is more more fuller, definitely cooler and much more exciting. The results are whip that’s HOT–from front to rear, top to bottom. In fact, other than the 18′ rims, which I would definitely swap out for a set of 20′s, I wouldn’t change a thing.
For me that night, it was an hour of sheer euphoria after a long day of writing stories, completing tasks and creating new endeavors. So nice a ride that I didn’t want it to end! But with the reality of the bewitching hour of 11pm near, I had to bring it on it. And just as I was pulling in the garage comes Marvin Gay and Tammy Terrell, singing “Aint No Mountain High Enough.” That was the inspiration I needed to head upstairs and pen this story with a heart full of joy that couldn’t wait till morning to ride some more!
To you I say: If you’ve got style and are in the market for a head turning midsize sport utility vehicle (even in its absence of LED daytime running lamps) priced in the range of $34-$39K, that handles and performs, don’t sleep on the new Acura RDX for 2013!