New Car Reviews

2010 Acura ZDX – Four Seasons Update – July 2010

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

You can bet that if one of us had purchased the Acura ZDX for ourselves, it would now wear a custom license plate saying “BANG HEAD,” because that’s what everyone seems to do getting in and out of our refrigerator-white Acura.

The logbook is growing like a bad mold, filled with nonstop complaints about the ZDX’s space utilization and design. Editor-in-chief Jean Jennings: “I concur with all the comments about the high load floor, low roof, limited cargo capacity. Why? What? Who? I don’t for a minute buy the marketing spiel about empty-nesters. I could not see anything behind me, left or right due to C-pillar, low roof, big head rests, et cetera.”

Then again, a few staffers find Acura’s, ahem, polarizing corporate grille to be less, ahem, polarizing here. And almost every logbook entry includes praise for the willing V-6 and sedan-like handling. A few have also commented on the ZDX’s ability to make long-distance road trips seem shorter than they are.

The limited cargo space, however, means you won’t be taking four people on any long trip. Assistant web producer Steve Diehlman: “Cargo capacity is rated at 27.5 cubic feet, but if you preserve some ability to see out of the already difficult-to-use rear window, plan on packing about half that. I crammed the ZDX with three duffle bags and two small strollers and barely had enough room to close the rear lift gate, much less see anything out back. I can’t imagine driving without the blind spot monitoring system our ZDX is outfitted with.”

Evan McCausland asks: “Why couldn’t you just spring for an all-wheel-drive RL sedan instead?”

That’s a good question — answered by Jeff Jablansky, who is “definitely a fan of the styling. Whereas the BMW X6 is chunky and cumbersome-looking, the sharper, crisper lines of the ZDX are a welcome change.” It seems that Jeff is in the minority, though, since, BMW has sold 2785 X6s while Acura has managed to move only 1399 ZDXs.

And even combined, they don’t come near the Infiniti FX, which has sold 5008 units. That SUV, the original utility-compromised design, might have started a trend, but it seems it might have also found the limit.

Maybe the ZDX will win us over with its reliability and its low running costs. It’s off to a good start on that front: The first service visit — consisting of a tire rotation, oil change, hinge lube, and brake inspection — was done for a very reasonable $58.

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