The next generation Acura RDX has arrived in dealerships, featuring more interior room, a new powertrain and all the technology you would expect in an Acura.

Building on the success of the original crossover SUV, the next generation five-passenger RDX enters the 2013 model year with a lot of excitement.

As with the previous generation, consumers have their choice of front- or all-wheel drive configurations.

Under the hood, the RDX is powered by a new 3.5-liter V-6 engine delivering 273 horsepower. Mated to a new six-speed automatic transmission with sequential shift, it has an EPA fuel economy average of 20 mpg city, 28 mpg highway for front-wheel drive models (19/27 respectively for all-wheel drive models) using premium unleaded gasoline.

Thatís an increase of 33 horsepower over the previous model, as well as an improvement in fuel economy.

When you factor in the additional room in the cabin, itís easy to see why everyone is so excited about the next generation RDX.

In addition to front- and all-wheel drive options, buyers also have their choice of the RDX Technology Package, which includes AcuraLink satellite communication system; navigation system with voice recognition; hard disk drive system with 60 gigabytes of storage capacity; AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic with Traffic Rerouting; AcuraLink Real-Time Weather; GPS-linked solar-sensing, dual-zone automatic climate control system; premium 10-speaker audio system with XM Radio; and power actuated rear tailgate.

This is in addition to the long list of standard features, which include power-adjustable leather seats with heaters, leather-wrapped steering wheel with fingertip controls and paddle shifters, LED backlit gauges with progressive illumination, multi-information display, rear view camera with three viewing modes, dual-zone automatic climate control with air filtration system, power moonroof with tilt, one-touch 60/40 split-folding rear seats, 7-speaker premium audio system, USB port connectivity, Bluetooth connectivity, and keyless access system with push button start, to name a few.

Standard safety features include advanced frontal airbags, front side airbags with passenger-side occupant position detection system, side curtain airbags for both seating rows, 3-point safety belts for all seating positions, LATCH child seat anchor system, low tire pressure warning, anti-lock brakes with electronic brake distribution, vehicle stability assist with traction control, and theft deterrent system with electronic immobilizer, again, to name but a few.

With a base price starting at $34,320 for the front-wheel drive RDX (starting at $35,720 for all-wheel drive models), the next generation crossover SUV is an extremely nice ride for those looking for both versatility and luxury.

For those shopping in the luxury crossover segment, add it to the test drive list.

Neal White has been covering the automotive industry for more than 20 years and is affiliated with the Texas Auto Writers Association.

The Nuts and Bolts

MODEL:

2013 Acura RDX

5-seat luxury crossover †

Front-, or all-wheel drive

Trim packages:

Optional Technology Package

PRICE RANGE:

$35,000-$40,000

ENGINE:

3.5L V6 (273 hp/251 torque)

TRANSMISSION:

6-speed auto w/sequential shift

EPA: 20/19 mpg city, 28/27 mpg highway (FWD/AWD)

FUEL: Premium unleaded

TRACTION CONTROL:

Vehicle stability assist with traction control

BRAKES: ABS

LENGTH: 183.5 inches

WHEELBASE: 105.7 inches

WIDTH: 73.7 inches

HEIGHT: 66.1 inches

WEIGHT: 3717-3852 lbs.

TRACK: 63.1/63.4

(front/rear)

FUEL TANK: 16 gallons

TIRES: 18-inch

TOWING: 1500 pounds

CARGO: 26.1/61.3 cubic feet (behind 2nd/1st seating rows)