2012 Acura ZDX

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2010 Acura ZDX — Flash Drive

This 2010 review is representative of model years 2010 to 2013.
By Staff of MSN Autos

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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but the 2010 Acura ZDX simply doesn't look like it belongs in the so-called tall 4-door coupe ranks. The sleek profile is the best view, but the shape of the roofline and the rear three-quarter view look very awkward. It also makes rear-seat access very difficult and severely limits rear-seat headroom. Moving beyond the shape, the rest of the vehicle is quite nice. Build materials and fit-and-finish are first class. The interior offers Acura's signature high-tech luxury and the ELS Surround Sound DVD-Audio system is truly outstanding. In addition, the 300-horsepower V6 and 6-speed automatic transmission combine to deliver plenty of power, and the ride is smooth. The steering is a bit vague, though, detracting from the driving experience. –Mike Meredith

I am not sure why Acura designed this luxury crossover. Its launch comes soon after the BMW X6 hit the streets. I guess there is some demand for overweight, unattractive, slightly cramped gas hogs. The ZDX bodywork is attractive from certain angles, but I am still not a fan of the shield-like grille. However, as you would expect with an Acura, the ZDX's interior is top notch with super comfortable seats and an easy to use dashboard console. The premium ELS sound system is one of the best I have ever heard in an automobile. In fact, it will put most home audio systems to shame. In the back seat, expect tight headroom; ingress and egress are difficult without crouching. Cargo space in the ZDX is pretty good when the seats are folded back. On the road, I achieved 18 mpg in mixed driving, which is acceptable given the high output of the engine. At almost $56,000, a fully loaded ZDX is the highest priced Acura today. At that price I would rather purchase its cousin, the Honda Crosstour, and pocket the difference. –Joe Chulick

I'm afraid I don't understand the point of the Acura ZDX. The company already has the compact RDX and larger MDX — is there really a need for another SUV in the lineup? Yes, the ZDX is quite nice inside, especially with the available two-tone interior. And the ELS audio system is one of the absolute best in the industry. But this unusual crossover is not terribly attractive on the outside, and the steep sloping roof limits cargo space and backseat-passenger headroom. The wide track does make for good handling, as does the SH-AWD. But at more than 2 tons, the ZDX still feels heavy. The 300-horsepower engine provides adequate acceleration, but fuel economy never passes the mid-teens. With prices starting north of $45K, the ZDX doesn't seem to make a lot of sense in today's market. –Perry Stern

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