Fresh from the concept to your dealership on December 15th, the ZDX will price out at $45,495 and will likely find a following from the Honda faithful.
The sloped roof styling is retained from the concept car, with new headlights and the signature grille adding to the styling cues. Radical roof line notwithstanding, the car retains the practicality that defines this crossover niche.
For example, storage is 26.3 cubic feet, or a whopping 55.8 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down. Take that, X6!
The interior is similar to the Acura TL, but similar does not mean identical. The ZDX incorporates a more sculpted design with hooding to protect the center mounted navigation screen from light reflections, and the quad pack gauge cluster is there as well.
Acura interiors, and Honda interiors in general, are known for their high tech look, and the ZDX is no exception.
Three models are offered, the based ZDX, the ZDX with a Tech Package, and the uber ZDX with the Advance Package. Even the base model has Bluetooth, CD Stereo with a USB interface and IPOD connection, gorgeous hand stitched leather, and a power tailgate. Not to mention the panoramic glass roof.
Kind of makes you wonder what could Acura have possibly left out?
Well, wonder no more. The Tech Package adds in an upgraded stereo, always a good thing, as well as a rear view camera and voice activated navigation, a convenience and a potential life saver.
The Advance Package, meanwhile, has all of the above plus adaptive cruise control, a blind spot information system, and a Collision Mitigation Braking System. In other words, you really have to try hard to fluff a lane change or rear end someone.
Honda uses a 3.7 Liter V6 cranking out 300 horsepower and 270 pound feet of torque.
All this is routed to the HondasSuper Handling All-Wheel Drive by a six speed automatic transmission.
Can you say power and grip? The sound you hear is the Subaru WRX STi and Mitsubishi Evolution getting nervous. They are more manic, and purist, but will hardly offer up the functionality of the ZDX, and have started to climb way too close in price to this four door thrill ride.
Fuel estimates run 16/22 miles per gallon for city/highway driving.
Not great, but not quite a gas hog either.
Coming in around the price of the BMW 3 series, the ZDX will have stiff competition if looked at merely as a sports sedan, but given the extra storage capabilities it will no doubt find a niche in the growing sports crossover segment.