2010 Acura ZDX – Four Seasons Update – November 2010

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


Web editor Phil Floraday has now taken the ZDX on four round trips from Ann Arbor to Chicago since September. In the hours of dense traffic, the ZDX’s active cruise control has only caused him “two or three moments of terror.” Still, he rates that pretty good, but not as good as his benchmark, the Mercedes-Benz system.

He gives high marks to the navigation system’s route logic, but not the screen’s graphics. And he’s had no issues with the Bluetooth integration, though others have said that their phones don’t work well with Acura’s Bluetooth system.

“I always enjoy my time behind the wheel of the ZDX,” wrote another commenter, “but I hate the act of getting behind the wheel. I’ve driven sports cars that are easier to get into and out of.”

The trouble stems from the high seats combined with the low roofline. As a result, the driver’s seat is getting way more worn than it should at this odometer reading. Copy editor Rusty Blackwell also found the seat to be uncomfortable, with too much lumbar support in the wrong places.

The seats way be wearing prematurely, but road test coordinator Mike Ofiara is loving the ZDX’s long, 7500-mile service intervals. The only thing that would make them better is if they were free. But the recent oil change set us back only $44.34, and included a multi-point inspection. The dealer also replaced a faulty tailgate motor under warranty.

Ofiara also got the ZDX outfitted with its winter rubber. A set of Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60s should, combined with Acura’s superior SH-AWD system, “transform the ZDX into an unstoppable tank come snowfall.” That is, unless it gets hung up in very deep snow on account of its relatively low (for an SUV) ground clearance.

Stay tuned to see how the ZDX does through the winter!

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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