In the first update of our long-term 2013 Acura RDX, Motor Trend Road Test Editor Scott Mortara expressed his enthusiasm for the nimble upscale SUV, specifically for its much smoother and more fuel-efficient V-6 over its predecessor's turbo I-4. But driving manners aside, Mortara found some of the Acura's cabin tech irksome.

If you're going to make a navigation/infotainment screen that big for displaying information, you'd better damn well use all the ...

Specifically, the failure of the center display screen to show the entire music artist and song metadata at a glance. When in Bluetooth or USB playback mode, only the left half of the screen is utilized to display song and information. This would be understandable if the Acura had just a playing card-sized display, but it has an 8.5 inch display, one of the largest in the industry. Mortara is puzzled as to why the RDX can't make full use of its screen real estate to display artist and song metadata without scrolling. Acura has offered no comment or explanation on the matter so far.

On a more upbeat note, the RDX's average fuel economy has improved slightly, to 21.9 mpg, an improvement of 0.2 mpg from our first update.


Our Car
Service life 10 mo/20,044 mi
Average fuel economy 0.89 lb/mi
CO2 emissions 21.9 mpg
Energy consumption 154 kW-hr/100 mi
Unresolved problems None
Maintenance cost $165.03 (2-oil change, inspection; 1-tire rotation)
Normal-wear cost $0