New Car Reviews

2010 Acura ZDX – Four Seasons Update – January 2011

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


Our ZDX is now well into the third of its four seasons with us, and our baby is aging quite a bit faster than we expected. Not on the outside, mind you — seeing another ZDX on the road is a rare occurrence — but in the snug cabin, particularly the supple leather upholstery and some of the plastics.

Noting the worn leather, assistant editor David Zenlea posits that “perhaps there’s a reason other cars don’t have such soft hides.” For his part, web producer Evan McCausland regrets that we didn’t choose another color: “the saddle two-tone scheme Acura offers is absolutely beautiful, and it makes our car’s taupe-on-grey-on-black cabin appear to have all the charisma of a dentist’s smock.”

But he is having fun behind the wheel. “I’m increasingly enjoying the ZDX, particularly as the temperatures and the snow fall. The ZDX behaves much like a sport sedan, with sharp steering and taut body motions. I’m not entirely certain how this niche idea evolved into a viable business case, but hey; if Cadillac can build a Corvette-powered station wagon, I suppose anything is possible.”

True, but Evan, who said the ZDX’s business case is viable? After three quarters of a year, it seems we’re still left scratching our head about this Acura’s purpose. And the lack of ZDX sightings on the road makes us suspect that others are, too.

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