New Car Reviews

2010 Acura ZDX – Four Seasons Update – June 2010

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

Months in fleet: Two
Miles to date: 6384

At the two-month mark, the ZDX’s logbook doesn’t contain a single comment about execution. It seems everyone is pleased with the way the ZDX is screwed together and the way it drives. In fact, one staffer went to far as to say that Acura’s engineers have proven just as able as BMW’s and Nissan’s at making a big vehicle drive like a smaller one.

Unfortunately, there hasn’t been a single posting in which someone didn’t question the ZDX’s concept. It seems that, at least at 120 Liberty Street, no one has ever asked for a tall SUV with all the compromises of a coupe: difficult ingress and egress, compromised outward visibility, and a torture-chamber rear seat.

In reality, the ZDX, like other high-style, high-compromise vehicles (the BMW X6, for example) was created to appeal to the public based on its appearance — and in the case of the ZDX, it’s not quite working. From some angles, it looks great; from others, it doesn’t. And overall, there’s not been one person who’s fallen for it. Especially in our car’s white color, which exaggerates the black rear window surrounds.

Amidst the praise for handling and power, there have been some complaints about the trip odometer automatically resetting upon refueling and the driver’s seat occasionally sliding all the way back on its own when you unlock the doors. We suspect both of those are user errors — or at the very least, customizable features. But the one thing that isn’t user error is the banging of the heads trying to get in the rear seat. Old, young, big, small — everyone has complained about getting into the rear seats.

So far, there have been no mechanical difficulties with the ZDX, and we expect that to continue. But we’re still waiting to hear from that one staffer who falls in love with this SUV’s looks enough to be willing to live with all of its compromises.

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