The Acura ZDX is Acura's entry into the crossover-coupe segment pioneered by the BMW X6. Mechanically based on the more conventionally styled MDX mid-sized crossover, the RDX offers up a radical look complete with a racy roof line to go along with sporty handling dynamics and a luxurious interior.
Though the ZDX will be discontinued at the end of the current model year, Acura has decided to update it with a revised grille and several new features. The model mix has also been simplified from three trim levels to just one.
Head-turning styling is the ZDX's raison d'etre, and the crossover sets itself apart with a sporty profile, sculpted rear "hips" and narrow, pointed headlights. The updated grille now incorporates a relatively clean and unobtrusive rendition of Acura's signature "beak" chrome trim, and the bumpers have also been redesigned.
Inside, the ZDX's interior is very similar to that of the TL sedan. A navigation screen is mounted high atop the center stack, with plenty of hooding to protect it from outside light. The center stack has the same overall layout as the TL, although it is a bit more sculpted. It gains a new finish for the latest model year. The ZDX also features Acura's quad-pack gauge cluster.
Despite its sloping roof line, the ZDX offers an adequate amount of cargo storage. With the rear seat up, the ZDX offers 26.3 cubic feet of rear cargo space. That figure expands to 55.8 cubic feet with the rear seats folded flat.
Power for the ZDX comes from Honda's 3.7-liter V6, tuned to produce 300 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque. Power is routed through a six-speed automatic, eventually meeting the pavement at all four corners via Acura's Super Handling All-Wheel Drive.
Fuel economy for the ZDX is rated at 16/22 mpg city/highway.
Buyers with towing needs will be forced to skip over the ZDX as it is only rated to tow a car-like 1,500 pounds.
Standard and Optional Features
The ZDX comes in a single, nearly full-loaded trim level. Standard features include perforated Milano leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, a navigation system with an eight-inch display, a 10-speaker, 435-watt ELS surround system with 15 GB of memory and USB and AUX connectivity, a rear camera, front parking sensors, a smart key with push-button start, a panoramic sunroof and dual-zone automatic climate control.
All ZDX models are fitted with dual front, side and side curtain airbags in addition to traction and stability control systems and a tire pressure monitoring system.
New for the latest model year is a Lane Departure Warning system, which informs the driver if the ZDX begins to drift out of its lane, and a Forward Collision Warning system that alerts the driver if it detects an impending collision with a car ahead.
The ZDX's strongest competition might come from its own sibling, the MDX, which offers a more practical interior along with a lower price of entry. If unique styling is a priority, the BMW X6 is the ZDX's only true rival at the moment.