The 2013 thru 2018 Acura RDX is equipped with a naturally aspirated (meaning non-turbo) V6 engine. The power to weights ratio is excellent and results in a 5 passenger SUV that makes nearly 30 MPG on highway, using regular gasoline. The Acura RDX is comparable to size with the Honda CRV, but American Honda only uses a 4-cylinder engine in the CRV.
Most newer Honda vehicles are either equipped with a CVT transmission or (in the larger vehicles such as the Honda Pilot, Honda Odyssey and Acura MDX) use a 9 speed automatic transmission. The 2013 thru 2018 Acura RDX uses the durable, time-tested red fluid transmission that has been utilized in Honda and Acura vehicles for over 40 years.
The 2013 thru 2018 Acura RDX is equipped with electric power steering. Honda first utilized electric power steering on the Acura NSX in the early 1990s.
While this makes little sense to most, please understand that newer cars use a different refrigerant in the air conditioning systems. This new refrigerant is called R1234YF and it is replacing R134A. Simply put, the newer A/C systems that use R1234YF operate at higher pressures and the refrigerant currently costs approx. $600 for 10 lbs. Compared to approx. $300 for 30 lbs for the older refrigerant - R134A. This simply makes an A/C repair on an R134A A/C system considerably cheaper when compared to the newer R1234YF systems