2010 Acura ZDX – Four Seasons Update – December 2010

Long-Term Update: Winter 2011 Array Miles to date: 0


The Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60 winter tires we installed last month came just in time for Michigan’s white season — and the logbook is unanimous: they’re great. Combined with Acura’s SH-AWD system, Copy editor Rusty Blackwell called the ZDX “a snowmobile,” adding, “The AWD system’s rear torque bias even allows some tail slides if you’re feeling playful.”

Road test coordinator Mike Ofiara praised the ZDX for being “one of the few cars that made it up my unplowed uphill driveway during the latest blast of winter weather when I was too lazy to shovel. The SH-AWD system and the Blizzaks are quite the awesome duo.” Born in late October, it seems Ofiara is more of a Lazy Libra than a Snow-plowing Scorpio.

The ZDX’s horoscope, however, evidently called for some bodily abuse. Blackwell lamented that, due to the small rear door openings, he accidentally, and repeatedly, banged the heads and car seats of his two tots into the doorframe, as he lifted them into and out of the car over a couple of weeks. At least the dual sunroofs provide plenty of daylight, to lift the kids’ spirits as they nurse their bruises.

Web editor Phil Floraday had a look back there and was surprised by the premature wear in the ZDX’s back seat. “It looks like the cushion behind the driver is rather worn and the leather is getting wrinkly after fewer than 20,000 miles. I have to imagine most of those miles didn’t have a passenger in the rear seat.” We’d previously noted that some of the interior plastics are wearing. The ZDX’s luxurious interior materials have been highly praised, but is durability their Achilles heel? Stay tuned.

2010 Acura ZDX

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

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