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1008 2010 Acura Zdx August Update
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2010 Acura ZDX - Four Seasons Introduction

SUMMER 2010 Acura ZDX
2010 Acura ZDX reviews to date

As Acura approaches its twenty-fifth year of existence, it finds itself looking up at a glass ceiling. The brand has grown well beyond its "Honda plus" roots, and yet it still trails competitors such as Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Lexus in both sales and prestige.

This quandary puts quite a bit of import behind Acura's latest effort, the ZDX. At face value, it's merely another take on the coupe/crossover concept that BMW pioneered with the X6. But it's also the first production vehicle styled completely by Acura's Torrance, California, design studio, and it is blessed with the brand's most sumptuous interior to date. Most shocking, the ZDX tosses Honda's near-religious devotion to practicality to the wind, providing less utility than the MDX it's based on yet costing several thousand dollars more. No doubt, this is a brave new world for Acura.

To learn more about where the brand is headed-not to mention treat our backsides to some of the most supple leather seats we've ever experienced-we ordered a ZDX for a yearlong test. In addition to the standard 300-hp V-6, Super-Handling All-Wheel-Drive, and dual moonroofs, we added the Advance package, which comes with magnetorheological dampers, navigation, and that butter-soft premium leather. Early on, we're impressed with the ZDX's sport-sedan performance but are baffled by its combination of SUV height and coupelike interior space. Time will tell if the ZDX portends a new beginning for Acura or a dead end.

The Specs
Price: $56,855
Engine: 3.7L V-6
Power: 300 hp
Torque: 270 lb-ft

Base price (with dest.): $46,305
Price as tested: $56,855

Overview
Body Style: 5-door crossover SUV
Accommodation: 5-passenger
Construction: Steel unitbody

Powertrain
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)

Chassis
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

Measurements
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

Options
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

Third CTS
$56,855 $56,855 $56,855! $56,855!!!This is not a price which any right-minded person would pay for such an over-wrought, over-weight coupe-wagon-trucklet-SUV thingy. What a joke.
dbock1
Well said, and point noted. It's just hard for me to get my head around the fact that there is no one thing that these things do well at all, whether it's hauling, performance, or whatever.And I do have to dispute your point about X6s hanging with performance cars. Maybe lower-end sports sedans that cost a fraction. Name one self-respecting rear or all-wheel drive modern sports car that won't completely soak an X6 on any road with a few turns. My base Outback is a full 2000 lbs lighter than X5s or X6s, so my encounters with them have been predictable.
da_Machine
The X6 is heavy, but it will hang with the majority of high performance cars. And it does offer utility and comfort, just not as much as other SUV's (and more cargo room than the ZDX). Any vehicle purchase is highly based on wants, not needs. Look at all the pickup owners that only haul groceries, or 2-seat sports cars with little to no storage capability. 50 large or more for ANY vehicle is not an intelligent purchase, by any stretch. People buy what they desire, period. It's all about passion and what you can afford.
dbock1
BMW sells the X6 not based on virtue, but the customer wants a cool looking BMW SUV. In case you hadn't noticed, it has no virtues. Though the ZDX may be as good a vehicle for less money, it lacks the BMW name. Since most X6s are sold to people for the sole reason of impressing their friends with a new BMW, the ZDX is doomed to sales failure.Look at this segment...what do these things do well? Too heavy to handle, poor off road, too small to be comfortable, lousy mileage, etc. There is no comparing one vs. another. BMW people want an X6 for no intelligent reasons and that's that.

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