Acura's 2013 RDX cute-ute is fresh off the stand at the Chicago Auto show, and it's already wearing a price sticker: the automaker announced pricing today, saying that the 2013 RDX will start at $35,205, including $885 in destination charges.

That price puts buyers into a base, front-wheel-drive RDX. For those keeping score, that's about $1425 more than the previous front-wheel drive RDX - but considering the new model is all-new from head to toe and incorporates a number of new standard features, that may not be that sizable a premium.

As we've previously reported, the 2013 RDX does away with the old turbocharged I-4, and instead uses a 273-hp, 3.5-liter V-6. The five-speed automatic is also no more, as a new six-speed gearbox is now standard on both front- and all-wheel drive models. The new powertrain -- along with a more efficient all-wheel drive system -- promise to deliver better fuel economy than before; in fact, Acura predicts the front-wheel-drive model should return about 20/28 mpg (city/highway), which may put it near the top of its pack.

Standard equipment on all 2013 RDX models includes leather-trimmed seating, a power moonroof, active noise cancellation, keyless entry and ignition, a multi-angle rear-view camera, Bluetooth phone connectivity, and a new infotainment system that incorporates text message integration and Pandora Internet radio connectivity. Adding all-wheel drive to the mix tacks on $1400 to the price tag, bringing the MSRP up to $36,605.

Those seeking a fully-loaded 2013 RDX need only opt for the Technology Package, which throws in the brand's signature ELS multichannel surround sound audio system, dual-zone automated climate control, a power liftgate, bi-xenon HID headlamps, fog lamps, and a navigation system tied to a 60-gigabyte hard disk. This package runs $3400; front- and all-wheel drive RDX models so equipped will be priced around $38,905 and $40,305, respectively.

At that price, the RDX keeps its stronghold as one of the least-expensive premium small crossovers. The RDX's $35,205 base price exceeds that of the Volvo XC60 and Cadillac SRX, but is less than competitors offered by Infiniti, Audi, Mercedes-Benz, and BMW. For instance, a top-spec RDX with all-wheel drive and the Technology Package is out-priced by over $9000 by a comparably equipped BMW X3 xDrive28i.

Look for the 2013 Acura RDX to roll into dealers nationwide this spring.

Source: Acura