Preview: 2010 Acura ZDX

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Acura and its parent company Honda may not be concerned with adding RWD or V8 engines to its lineup, but it is adding another new vehicle to its small lineup, bringing the total to six models. Today Acura has announced that the latest, the four-door coupe 2010 Acura ZDX, will hit the sales floor this winter packed with a bevy of luxury features new.

Unveiled at this year's New York Auto Show, the ZDX joins a growing list of in-between sedan/hatch/coupe profile vehicles like the BMW 5-series Gran Turismo and the Toyota Venza. And it certainly is unique in the limited Acura lineup, which otherwise consists of the TSX, RL and TL sedans, and the RDX and MDX SUVs. Core features of the production ZDX include a 3.7-liter 300 horsepower SOHC V-6 engine, a 6-speed paddle-shifted automatic transmission and Acura's SH-AWD system.

Standard wheels are 19-inch, 7-spoke alloys, the largest standard wheel of any Acura. Inside, the ZDX gets a number of premium treatments, including hand-stitched leather dash elements, 5-passenger seating, and the ability to accommodate a wide range of cargo, including the segment-defining golf bags. There are 26.3 cubic feet of space behind the second row seats and a total of 55.8 cubic feet when the seats are folded flat. As an added bonus, there is an integrated under-floor storage area which provides 2.2 cubic-feet of secure space.

The cabin is also well lit thanks to extensive use of LED lighting along with the light from the vehicle’s moonroof. This panoramic glass roof has dual automatic sunshades that open and closes at the touch of a button.

Three trim levels of the ZDX will be available: the standard ZDX, the mid-range ZDX with Technology Package and the 'ultra-premium' ZDX with Advance Package. Standard features across the ZDX lineup include Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, power tailgate, panoramic glass roof and XM satellite radio with iPod integration.

The Technology Package adds several key features including a navigation system with voice recognition, a premium audio system and a reversing camera. The Advance Package, meanwhile, boasts additional goodies such as a blind spot information system, a collision mitigating braking system, and adaptive cruise control.

As for the dynamic capabilities of the ZDX, the new model comes with an Integrated Dynamics System (IDS), which tailors the fully independent suspension's Active Damper System and speed-sensitive steering together to suit either ‘Comfort’ or ‘Sport’ settings.

The ZDX will go on sale this winter, positioned between the MDX SUV and RL sedan, leaving it a rather narrow $40,000-$46,000 window. Mileage is EPA estimated at 16/22mpg for the city/highway cycles and the ZDX can hold up to 21 gallons of fuel.

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Comments (15)
  1. I see the Pontiac Aztec Designer found a new job.

  2. btlh2oguy - I think he was ostracized from the U.S. and forced to live somewhere in South America.

    These 4 door coupe SUV/XUV and sedans are killing me. I guess they are going to be the future though since they are a little more ergonomic and that tear drop shape probably provides slightly better aerodynamics.

  3. Thanks btlh. I couldn't quite put my finger on it! This thing just looks horrible.

    I stand by what I said in another forum: Acura's design language is a big finger poking us all in the eye. They should have learned from BMW: flame surfacing doesn't work.

  4. I just saw a commercial for Lincoln. Quality may not be the same as in the Acura but their design language is a lot less... FUGLY than Acura's. So giving up some quality and reliability for the fact that I'm not driving around in one of these monstrosities and I'll take Lincoln any day now.

  5. HA! lincoln? have you seen the new MK-T?

    as a current Acura owner, it saddens me the design direction that this company is taking

  6. a lil story:
    my brother is an industrial design student with hopes of being a car designer. he is friends with one of the designer from honda's california studio.
    my brother were having a discussion about the ZDX when i said that acura's were ugly. he went on the say that the honda designers in cali also think that all of honda and acura lines are ugly. he said that when they send a design to japan for approval it either comes back barely recognizable or they reject it outright. and instead they approve these ugly designs.
    personally i don't know what they're thinking these days. they have the ugliest car line sold in america, maybe the world. we're wondering if they're tryin to quietly kill off acura. cause they can't and won't compete with their current design language.
    how they went from the previous TL to the current one is beyond me.

  7. oh and one more thing. did anyone notice how the grill in the picture above looks like the autobots symbol?

  8. Well ... they are clearly trying to make more upscale cars. The exterior is ... umm, interesting. The interior, as usual for Acura, is rather nice. Is that only 1 center cup holder?

  9. unreal, here is a new Acura that looks just like a watered down BMW X6 and I thought Acuras new goal is great fuel economy but this barely gets better mpg than my wifes Hummer H3, how absurd is that! what the hell is up with this design? how sad for Acura to chose this route... it might be their demise.

  10. Acura just today announced their plan to be more fuel efficient -- I doubt that hey were expecting to have results the same day.

  11. solo84, the MKT is much better looking then this.......thing.

  12. wtf are acura designer's smoking? the cars they have been putting out look stupid. what happened to the good looks of the second gen acura legend and nsx? all i see now is a buck tooth

  13. Mama mia, acura has now its newest lawn mower !!!!
    I think this ugly and stupid looking thing can trim the lawn on my ranch.

  14. This car looks amazing! Of course very close to BMW X6 and Infiniti FX and that's what makes it look cool. The design is nowhere near aztec.

  15. I suppose comparing the ZDX to the X6 is natural, since they fit the same made-up niche (drivers who want ride height and awd but minimal utility). But the two of them are among the most ungainly looking cars ever, so saying one looks "better" than the other is faint praise.

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