Comfort/Involvement Index: 2013 Acura RDX FWD

By Brandon Turkus

April 13, 2012

If you’ve been reading Winding Road, you have probably seen our Comfort and Involvement Index. If not, here’s a brief primer: The Involvement Index quantifies the amount of man/machine involvement demonstrated by each tested vehicle. The overall score, based on a 100-point scale, gives a great approximation of how much fun a vehicle is to drive, overall.
The Comfort Index measures overall vehicle comfort—in driving character, wealth or paucity of luxury and technology features, fit and finish, roominess, etc. The overall score, based on a 100-point scale, gives a great approximation of how comfortable a vehicle is to drive.
Too add a little bit of detail to each score, we show “star scores” (between zero and five stars, with five being the best) for more granular categories within the larger frameworks of Comfort and Involvement, too.
Then, to round out each listing, you’ll find a quick blurb summarizing all of the scores for the car, and our experience of it.
We’ll be updating you on new entries to our indices as we drive/review the vehicles (and will eventually get around to putting all of these scores on In the meantime, if you’d like to see the full (huge) list of every score, check out the latest issue of the magazine.
Involvement Score: 64/100
Variety: **
Controls: *
Drivetrain: *
Character: *
Involvement Test Notes: Goodbye, fun-to-drive RDX. The new model is here and Acura has removed all of the punchy, turbo'd, quick-handling fun in favor of bland competence. Yawn.
Comfort Score: 77/100
Visibility: **
Space/Seating: **
Ride/Handling: **
Acoustics: ****
Controls: **
Comfort Test Notes: In a fairly major upgrade from the outgoing model, Acura's new RDX proves very competitive in terms of quietness, ride refinement, and price. Techy interior isn't for everyone.