The 2013 Acura ZDX is a car with an unique styling: specific forms of a coupe, a sedan and a crossover are unified into one vehicle. The ZDX shares its platform with the MDX and comes with seats for five people. This all-wheel-drive luxury crossover offers the versatility of an SUV with the silhouette of a hatchback, and competes with the Infiniti FX, the BMW X6 and the Range Rover Evoque.
The 2013 Acura ZDX is offered in a single trim level and comes standard with 19-inch wheels, front and rear parking sensors, automatic xenon headlights, foglights, a power liftgate, a panoramic sunroof and power-folding heated outside mirrors. Also present on this car are keyless entry, keyless ignition, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, driver memory settings, eight-way power front seats with heating and ventilation, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a rearview camera, Bluetooth connectivity, voice controls, a navigation system and a 10-speaker 435-watt sound system with a CD-player and USB/iPod interface.
The 2013 Acura ZDX is powered by Honda’s all-aluminum 3.7-liter V6 engine that produces 300 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. The only available transmission is a 6-speed automatic with a manual sport shift mode. All-wheel drive is standard.
Standard safety features of the 2013 Acura ZDX include antilock disc brakes, traction control, stability control, brake assist, active front head restraints, side-impact airbags for the front seats, side curtain airbags for both rows, lane departure warning and forward-collision warning.
The 2013 Acura ZDX comes with a luxurious interior, with rich-looking hard-stitched leather on the dashboard, door panels and center console. The interior has a modern design, with electroluminescent gauges and an excellent ergonomics with the critical controls that are found on the steering wheel. The front passenger area is spacious and attractive but legroom is not as good in the back. The cargo space is adequate for its class. The ZDX offers 26.3 cubic feet with the rear seats in place and expands to 55.8 cubic feet with the rear seats folded flat.
The experts of autoblog.com website say about the 2013 Acura ZDX:
The ZDX remains one of the best crossovers on the market to drive overall. This Acura offers a reasonably sporty balance between ride comfort and handling, with enough driver involvement available to push it past more run-of-the-mill members of its competitive set.
The 2013 Acura RDX is the first redesign of the model since 2007 debut of this compact crossover. The Acura is Honda’s premium brand, and the 2013 RDX is not an exception. The new 2013 Acura RDX comes now with a fresh look, a powerful and fuel-efficient V6 engine, a generous standard features list, roomy cabin, a longer wheelbase, a competitive cargo space for this class and a revised all-wheel-drive system. The 2013 Acura RDX is in a direct competition with Audi Q5, BMW X3, Cadillac SRX, Volvo XC60 and Nissan Murano.
The 2013 RDX is a small crossover SUV that is offered in two trim levels: base and base with Technology package. Any model is offered with front- or all-wheel drive. The Acura RDX SUV comes standard with 18-inch 5-spoke aluminum wheels, keyless ignition, keyless entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated mirrors, automatic headlights, rear privacy glass, a sunroof, a rearview camera, power and heated front seats, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, leather upholstery, Bluetooth connectivity and 7-speaker audio system with a CD player, an USB/iPod interface and Pandora radio interface.
The Technology package adds to the Acura RDX base model foglights, a navigation system with voice recognition and real-time traffic and weather, a solar-sensing GPS, a 60GB hard-drive disc, a premium 10-speaker surround-sound audio system, power rear tailgate and projector beam headlights with bi-xenon HID bulbs.
The 2013 RDX is powered by a 3.5-liter 24-valve SOHC i-VTEC V6 engine that produces 273 hp and 251 pound-feet of torque. The power is transmitted to front- or all-wheel-drive system through a 6-speed automatic transmission. The front-drive model has an EPA fuel economy rating of 20 mpg city/28 mpg highway while the AWD model has an EPA fuel economy rating of 19 mpg city/ 27 mpg highway.
The 2013 Acura RDX crossover SUV comes standard with ABS, stability control, traction control, side curtain airbags, front side airbags and front head restraints.
The 2013 Acura MDX is a luxury midsize SUV with seating for seven, that provides a great combination of good value, sporty performance and interior comfort. The all-wheel-drive 2013 Acura MDX is one of the least-expensive SUVs in its class and offers decent fuel economy compared to other similar vehicles. The 2013 Acura MDX competes with BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz GL Class and Lexus RX.
The 2013 Acura MDX (MSRP from $ 43,280) is offered in one well-appointed trim level with progressive add-on packages. Standard features of 2013 MDX include 18-inch wheels, foglamps, automatic xenon headlamps, a power liftgate, heated mirrors, heated eight-way power front seats, a sunroof, rear privacy glass, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, leather upholstery, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, tri-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera and an eight-speaker sound system with six-CD changer.
The Technology package adds upgraded leather upholstery, voice controls, a multiview parking camera, a navigation system and a 10-speaker surround-sound audio system with iPod/USB interface. The Advance package adds to the Technology package an adaptive suspension dampers, 19-inch wheels, adaptive cruise control, auto-leveling headlamps, ventilated front seats, a collision warning system and a sport steering wheel. The Entertainment package adds heated second-row seats and rear-seats entertainment system.
Attention to detail and supple luxury distinguishes the MDX interior from competitors. Generous use of Milano premium leather with the available Technology Package, excellent look and feel of interior trim materials, front seat headrests with excellent comfort, upscale leather stitching, a thick steering wheel grip, and copious use of LED interior lighting make it clear that the MDX is focused on top tier luxury.
There are multiple configurations of the MDX’s three rows of seating allowing for seven passengers, or enabling a maximum useable cargo volume of 83.5 cubic feet with center and rear seats folded. With all seats folded down, the MDX has a flat load floor that is perfect for hauling bulky items.
The 2013 Acura MDX is powered by a 3.7-liter V6 engine that produces 300 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. This engine has patented Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (VTEC) system applied to the intake valves, a computer controlled dual-stage intake manifold and an electronic Drive-by-Wire throttle system. A sequential SportShift 6-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive are standard. EPA-estimated fuel economy of 2013 Acura MDX is 16 mpg city/21 mpg highway.
Standard safety features of 2013 Acura MDX include ABS, stability control, active front head restraints, front-seat side airbags, side curtain airbags and more.
In the 2013 Acura MDX review, the experts from thecarconnection.com website, say about this SUV:
The 2013 Acura MDX has the luxurious design and space-efficient, versatile packaging that’s made high-end luxury crossover models the vehicle of choice among affluent U.S. families, but it has one addition thing that most of the other models don’t: It’s actually enjoyable to drive.
Acura is the luxury vehicle division of Japanese automaker Honda Motor Company. The brand has been available in the United States and Canada since March 1986. It was introduced in Hong Kong in 1991, Mexico in 2004 and China in 2006. Acura holds the distinction of being the first Japanese automotive luxury brand. In its first few years of existence, Acura was among the best-selling luxury marques in the US. Acura has been setting new standards in automotive design and engineering for two decades through bold innovation, a refined sense of aesthetics, and precision manufacturing.
Entering its final year of production, with a successor for 2013 expected to make its debut at New York Auto Show in April 2012, the 2012 Acura RL has not undergone any changes from the previous model year. Acura’s flagship RL sedan competes with midlevel luxury car like the Infiniti M and Mercedes-Benz E-Class. While the Infiniti M and Mercedes E-Class offer all-whell drive as an option, it is standard on the Acura RL. The 2012 Acura RL seats up to five people.
The 2012 Acura RL is available in three trim levels: RL ( at $47,700 MSRP), RL with Technology Package (price from $ 51,850), and RL with Advance Package ( starting at $ 55,650 ). All RL’s feature as standard a Super Handling All-Wheel Drive, leather trimmed interior, 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic xenon headlights, power actuated front seats, leather-wrapped multi-function steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control system, power windows, power moonroof, Bose Surround Sound audio system, Bluetooth HandsFreeLink connectivity and a Multi-Information Display that allows easy access to multiple electronic functions. The Technology Package adds a satellite-linked Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition, AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic with Traffic Rerouting, rear view camera, back-up sensors, Active Front Lighting System (AFS), ventilated front seats and a simulated burlwood accented steering wheel and shift knob.
The top Acura RL trim is the Advance Package which adds Accura’s Collision Mitigation Braking System, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), power folding side mirrors and genuine maple wood instrument panel trim.
The 2012 Acura RL’s exterior styling is not only distinctive and upscale, but delivers excellent aerodynamics and a stable feel at higher speeds. At the front of the RL is a grill that teams with the athletically styled body to give visual indication of the vehicle’s performance capabilities.
Inside, the Acura RL features an elegantly styled interior that includes leather-trimmed heated front seats, comfortable space space for rear seat passengers, plenty of storage areas and easy-to-use functionality. Like the driver’s seat, the passenger front seat has 10-way power adjustability.
The advanced technology built into the 2012 RL includes a 3.7-liter SOHC V-6 engine that develops 300 horsepower and 271 lb-ft of torque thanks to an innovative VTEC valvetrain system for both the intake and exhaust valves, a high compression ratio, along with a special dual-stage magnesium intake manifold that enables the intake to function as a simple- or dual-plenum manifold design based on engine operating parameters.
A sequential Sport Shift 6-speed automatic transmission is used that not only generates strong acceleration performance, but also helps delive good fuel economy. The 2012 Acura RL achieves an EPA rated of 17 mpg city / 24 mpg highway.
The 2012 Acura RL utilizes Acura’s rigid Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure that features extensive use of high-tensile steel and lightweight aluminum components to take vehicle construction beyond conventional safety protocols – all while keeping overall vehicle weight in check. Standard safety features for the 2012 Acura RL include antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and active front head restraints. The optional collision mitigation system uses a radar system to monitor the road ahead. If it detect a fast-approaching obstacle, it can alert the driver and if the driver fails to react in time, it can apply the brakes and tighten the front seat belts.
In the 2012 Acura RL review the experts from autos.aol.com conclude:
The Acura RL is a satisfying luxury sedan with a supple ride and ample power. Its cabin is comfortable and friendly and it offers seriously high tech features, making the RL one of the best buys in the class.