2010 Acura ZDX – Four Seasons Introduction

Long-Term Update: Summer 2010 Array Miles to date: 0

As Acura approaches its twenty-fifth year of existence, it finds itself looking up at a glass ceiling. The brand has grown well beyond its “Honda plus” roots, and yet it still trails competitors such as Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Lexus in both sales and prestige.

This quandary puts quite a bit of import behind Acura’s latest effort, the ZDX. At face value, it’s merely another take on the coupe/crossover concept that BMW pioneered with the X6. But it’s also the first production vehicle styled completely by Acura’s Torrance, California, design studio, and it is blessed with the brand’s most sumptuous interior to date. Most shocking, the ZDX tosses Honda’s near-religious devotion to practicality to the wind, providing less utility than the MDX it’s based on yet costing several thousand dollars more. No doubt, this is a brave new world for Acura.

To learn more about where the brand is headed-not to mention treat our backsides to some of the most supple leather seats we’ve ever experienced-we ordered a ZDX for a yearlong test. In addition to the standard 300-hp V-6, Super-Handling All-Wheel-Drive, and dual moonroofs, we added the Advance package, which comes with magnetorheological dampers, navigation, and that butter-soft premium leather. Early on, we’re impressed with the ZDX’s sport-sedan performance but are baffled by its combination of SUV height and coupelike interior space. Time will tell if the ZDX portends a new beginning for Acura or a dead end.

The Specs
Price: $56,855
Engine: 3.7L V-6
Power: 300 hp
Torque: 270 lb-ft

Base price (with dest.): $46,305
Price as tested: $56,855

Body Style: 5-door crossover SUV
Accommodation: 5-passenger
Construction: Steel unitbody

Engine: SOHC 24-valve V-6
Displacement: 3.7 liters
Power: 300 hp @ 6300 rpm
Torque: 270 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic with sportshift and paddle shift
Drive: All-wheel
Fuel economy: 16/23/19 mpg (city/hwy/combined)

Steering: Power-assisted rack-and-pinion
Turns lock-to-lock: 3.4
Turning Circle: 38.5 ft
Suspension, Front: Strut type; coil spring
Suspension, Rear: Independent multi-link; coil spring
Brakes F/R: Power-assisted ventilated disc/disc; ABS
Wheels: 19-in alloy
Tires: Michelin Latitiude Tour HP 255/50R19 103H
Tire Size: 235/60R18

Headroom F/R: 38.0/35.3 in
Legroom F/R: 42.2/35.7 in
Shoulder Room F/R: 59.7/55.4 in
Wheelbase: 108.3 in
Track F/R: 67.7/67.7 in
L x W x H: 192.4 x 78.5 x 62.8 in
Cargo Capacity: 27.5 / 57.3 cu ft (rear/with seats folded)
Weight: 4452 lb
Weight Dist. F/R: 58 / 42%
Fuel Capacity: 21.0 gal
Est. Range: 400 miles
Fuel Grade: 91 octane

Standard Equipment
3.7-liter V-6 engine
6-speed automatic transmission with sportshift
Paddle shifters
SH-AWD system
4-wheel disc brakes
MacPhearson strut front suspension
Rear multi-link suspension
Variable-assist rack-and-pinion steering
Vehicle stability assist
Electronic brake distribution
Tire pressure monitoring system
XM satellite radio
MP3/auxiliary input jack
USB audio interface
Bluetooth connectivity
Heated front seats
Power tailgate
Panoramic glass sunroof
19-inch alloy wheels
Xenon HID headlights
Fog lights
Heated power door mirrors with turn indicators

Advance package — $10,550
Acura navigation system with voice recognition
Multi-view rearview camera
Sport seats with perforated leather
Acura ELS surround sound system
10 speakers and AM/FM/DVD-A
Hard disk drive
Dual-zone climate control
Integrated dynamic system
Collision mitigation braking system
Blind spot information system
Front seat belts with e-pretensioning system
Ventilated front seats
Adaptive cruise control