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2010 Acura ZDX - Review


2010 Acura ZDX Official Production Reveal

The Internet can be a rough-and-tumble sort of place. That's a fact Acura has learned first hand with its ZDX, which met with a lot of resistance before it was ever in a reviewer's hands. Now that we at High Gear Media have had a chance to give it the once-over, however, we think the masses may have gotten it wrong--at least in part.

Yes, we're still confused as to what it actually is. But what it does is easy enough: it gives Acura an answer to the question asked by the BMW X6 and repeated by the 5-Series Gran Turismo. What was the question? Who knows. Apparently it involved something about hatchbacks, crossovers, and not wanting to fit into established categories.

Once you get past the ontological issues, however, the Acura ZDX--like the X6--is actually an interesting car. Priced to start at $42,500 in base trim, it's also the most affordable of the new breed of luxury crossover/hatch/coupes.

The styling itself is often successful--a muscular fender, a graceful turn of the roofline. But its the utility/performance package that really makes the ZDX. And though it sacrifices a lot of utility with that swooping roofline, it does pack in a fair dose of performance. The 3.7-liter V-6 engine is rated at 300 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque, capable of hauling the big vehicle to 60 mph in less than 8 seconds with the help of a six-speed paddle-shifted gearbox.

Power can be shifted around a lot as well, thanks to the Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system. Wile normal driving sees a typical 90-10 front-rear torque split, up to 70% of the engine's power can be sent rearward when necessary. That's enough to give the ZDX a distinctly rear-drive feel, and combined with the ability to send power side to side across the axles, it makes the biggish crossover feel more nimble than it would otherwise.

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Comments (5)
  1. I am surprised that this car has been getting such positive reviews.

  2. Who would have thought the X6 styling and concept is catching on.

  3. This is not a surprising turn of events for me. Just go to any random car blog and look at the comments in general. When you are talking about a very evolutionary change on a porsche, like a small rounding of the fender and stiffening of the suspension, everyone talks about how great the car is. Whenever a new design is introduced and a car company tries to expand into a new market, no one wants to give it the benefit because they are scared of being insulted by the masses - people get very nasty in the anonymity of the internet. At first, I felt the design was very controversial, so I went to test it. Hands down it is very unique and beautiful in person. I loved it simply because it is different. It is a refreshing design on a tried and tested platform, the MDX. So you get reliability and also a bit of practicality. Its not a full sized SUV and it doesn't pretend to be. This is the first SUV I have liked, and I will make a purchase next month.

  4. After driving the TL and TL Type S for the last 6 years it was time for a change. We looked at the FX, and the BMW Z6 for the perfect blend of cool vs functional design. We found the ZDX to be the right combination of both, and priced far less then the Z6 and on par with FX35 loaded. The ZDX is not a peppy as our TL, but the AWD feels great on the road. If you're a tech head you'll love all the great features of the new Navigation and HDD setup. Make no mistake the backseat is cramped, and cargo space is far less than the MDX. We were looking for the reliability of Acura, but not necessarily as practical as the MDX. We loved the styling of our new ZDX, and cant wait to put a few miles on it.

  5. the grille of Acura models are same whole throughout and even the front. But there is a lot of difference between the sedans and SUVs, whereas all the sedans have almost similar looking rear, but not all SUVs of Acura have same rear look. The design is very beautiful specially the pointed tail like rear. Good car with very good specs.

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