2010 Acura ZDX CUV review and pictures

Posted on Tuesday, 8 September 2009 , 04:09:02 byAngela

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The new 2010 Acura ZDX is a personal sports coupe with the stunning good looks of a performance coupe and the four-door convenience and comfort of a sedan. The ZDX offers a highly personal sports coupe driving experience combined with off-road capability-along with the refinement and quality that Acura customers expect. Under the hood it hides a 3.7-liter SOHC V6 aluminum alloy engine capable of developing 300 horsepower and 270 lb. ft. of torque. The ZDX finds its competition in multiple market segments. The 2010 model reaches the next level of safety with its Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure and a comprehensive array of active and passive safety features. The Acura ZDX is assembled in Canada.

The provocative new 2010 Acura ZDX is a personal sports coupe that defies categorization. With the stunning good looks of a performance coupe and the four-door convenience and comfort of a sedan, the ZDX is an enticing study in contrasts. Flexible cargo utility and multi-surface, all-season capability further broaden the ZDX`s appeal. With its sensuous curves, sharply raked roofline and bold fender flares, the segment-bending ZDX transcends the traditional distinctions between coupe, sedan and sport utility vehicle.

Visually and functionally, the Acura ZDX luxury 4-door sports coupe`s inventive new "Passionate Getaway" concept defines this Acura as a completely different type of personal luxury vehicle. As the term suggests, the ZDX is designed primarily to provide a means of freedom and escape for two adults and their cargo-whether that`s luggage for a weekend, sporting equipment or newfound antiques. As such, the ZDX is the perfect enabler of a "passionate getaway" that is simultaneously both renewing and rewarding. Powering this getaway is a responsive, flexible, efficient and clean 300-hp VTEC® V-6 engine and Super Handling All-Wheel DriveTM (SH-AWD®) system that establishes the ZDX as one of the most innovative luxury vehicles on the market. The ZDX offers a highly personal sports coupe driving experience combined with off-road capability-along with the refinement and quality that Acura customers expect.

As the very first "complete" design to come from the new Acura Design Studio in Southern California, the ZDX reflects the desires of luxury buyers who want to experience life to the fullest. Developed first and foremost as a driver`s vehicle, the ZDX offers an available new Integrated Dynamics System (IDS) that provides a choice between Comfort and Sport suspension and special steering tuning that allows the ZDX to effortlessly morph from a supremely comfortable highway cruiser to a formidable back-road dance partner. Developed and tuned using Germany`s famed Nürburgring road course, the ZDX is more than capable of handling challenging road conditions-while still retaining off-highway capability.

From the signature Acura front grille to the artful use of strong character lines and the industry`s largest continuous glass panel, the ZDX adds a new dimension to the luxury market and sets a new standard for personal expression. This personalized style carries over to the 5-passenger interior, where premium features include a leather-accented instrument panels, sport-oriented leather front seats with heating and available ventilation, available Acura Navigation System with Voice RecognitionTM, AcuraLink® Satellite Communication System with AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic and WeatherTM, and an available 10-speaker Acura/ELS Surround® Premium Audio System. Unique features include a new rearview camera system, Collision Mitigating Braking SystemTM (CMBSTM), Active Cruise Control (ACC) and a blind spot information system.

The 2010 ZDX advances the definition of personal style, luxury and performance to the highest level in Acura Division history. Developed by Acura engineers in Ohio and manufactured in Alliston, Ontario, Canada, the ZDX is a significant contributor to North American productivity and jobs. And with its low-impact manufacturing, factory waste recycling programs and a significant reduction in the use of harmful materials, the ZDX is also a top environmental citizen.


SH-AWD® drivetrain for performance handling and all-season capability
3.7-liter SOHC V-6 aluminum alloy engine
300 hp at 6,300 rpm and 270 lbs-ft of torque at 4,500 rpm
11.2:1 compression ratio
Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (VTEC®) for intake valves
Dual-stage induction system with lightweight magnesium alloy intake manifold
High-flow, sport-tuned dual exhaust system with dual stainless-steel outlets
Computer-controlled Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI)
Direct ignition system
Detonation/knock control system
Maintenance MinderTM system
100,000-mile tune-up intervals*
EPA TIER 2-BIN 5 and CARB LEV II ULEV emissions
Estimated 16/22/18 mpg** (city/highway/combined)
*Does not apply to fluid and filter changes. Exact mileage is determined by actual driving conditions.

**Based on preliminary internal Acura estimates, reflecting EPA fuel economy methods beginning with 2008 models. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.


Unit body structure with extensive use of high-strength steel
Xenon High-Intensity Discharge (HID) bi-functional high and low beam front headlights
Acoustic windshield glass
Panoramic glass roof
Power rear tailgate
Fully independent front suspension with MacPherson struts and coil springs
Fully independent multi-link rear suspension with trailing arms
Integrated Dynamic System (IDS) - Active Damper System (ADS) combined with Electronic Controlled Power Steering (ECPS)
Torque-sensing, variable power-assist rack-and-pinion steering
19x8.5-inch, 7-spoke aluminum wheels
Michelin Latitude P255/50R19 103H M+S high-performance all-season tires
4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist
Vehicle Stability AssistTM (VSA®) with traction control
Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
1,500-pound tow rating
LED illuminated Center High Mounted Stop Light (CHMSL)
Heated outside mirrors with Reverse gear tilt-down feature and integrated LED directional turn signals


5-passenger leather-trimmed seating
Richly appointed cockpit designed for performance driving
Leather-wrapped 3-spoke steering wheel with LED-illuminated fingertip controls
and racing-inspired paddle shifters
LED backlit gauges with progressive illumination
High-resolution Multi-Information Display (MID) allows access to multiple electronic functions and customizable feature settings
Rearview mirror with rearview camera display (Standard ZDX model)
10-way adjustable power-activated driver seat (8-way power seat with 2-way power lumbar support)
8-way adjustable power-activated front passenger seat
Heated front seats
Solar-sensing, dual-zone, dual-mode automatic climate control system
Automatic humidity control system
5-position straight gate shifter
Power tilt and telescoping steering column
Electronic cruise control
8-speaker audio system with 6-disc CD changer, AM/FM radio, XM® Satellite Radio and Bluetooth® Audio
USB port connectivity (for iPod®, iPhone®, or removable USB mass storage devices)
Auxiliary jack interface (for portable MP3 music players)
Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® wireless telephone interface
Panoramic glass roof with tilt, auto-open and key-off operation along with dual power-operated mesh fabric roller shades
2-position memory function (for seating position, mirror adjustments, radio presets, climate control settings, MID presets and more)
High-quality interior surface finishes and materials
LED interior illumination and map lights
Available Technology Package
Available Advance Package


Advanced Compatibility EngineeringTM (ACETM) body structure
Side impact door beams
Impact-absorbing crumple zones (front and rear)
Driver and front passenger dual-stage, dual-threshold airbag Supplemental Restraint System (SRS)
Driver and front passenger knee bolsters
Driver and front passenger 2-chamber side airbags
Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS) for passenger front-side airbag
Side curtain airbags for front and second-row outboard seats with rollover sensor
Front seats with active head restraint system
3-point adjustable-height front seat belts with automatic tensioning system and load limiters
Vehicle Stability AssistTM (VSA®)
Brake Assist
Hill Start Assist
LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) child-seat mounting system for the second-row seats
Collision Mitigating Braking SystemTM (CMBSTM) (as part of the Advance Package)
Technology Package

Upgraded interior trim with perforated full-grain Milano leather seating surfaces
Acura Navigation System with Voice RecognitionTM
8-inch, full VGA, LED backlight, high-resolution color display
AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic with Traffic ReroutingTM
AcuraLink Real-Time WeatherTM with weather radar image maps
Interface dial provides quick, intuitive access to navigation, audio, climate control and other features
Acura/ELS Surround® premium 10-speaker audio system with DVD-Audio, DTSTM, CD, AM/FM radio, XM® Satellite Radio, Bluetooth® Audio, 3,500-song* 15 GB hard disk drive (HDD) media storage system and a 435-watt Digital Signal Processing AcuraLink® Satellite Communication System allows interface between the ZDX and Acura, including the ability to make automated appointments for vehicle service
Keyless Access System (with Smart Entry and pushbutton ignition)
Multi-view rear camera
*Approximate capacity based on an average size of 4.2 MB per song at a 128kbps bitrate
Advance Package (includes all items in the Technology Package)
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
Integrated Dynamic System (IDS)
Collision Mitigation Braking SystemTM (CMBSTM)
Blind spot information system
Front ventilated seats
Premium brushed tricot headliner material
Sport steering wheel
LED ambient door handle illumination


With its groundbreaking exterior design, sumptuous interior appointments and impressive powertrain and chassis dynamics, the ZDX is Acura`s new definition of luxury and performance. As a 4-door sports coupe, the ZDX finds its competition in multiple market segments. In the small but growing near-luxury Crossover Utility Vehicle (CUV) segment, the BMW X6 and Infiniti FX35 are direct competitors, but sedans like the Mercedes-Benz CLS or a stylish sports coupe such as the Porsche Cayman may also appeal to the ZDX`s target buyer. Regardless, the number of competitors is expected to grow as the population matures, becoming couples again rather than large family units, and enjoying the fruits of their career success through travel, second homes and unique lifestyle activities.


ZDX customers share a passion for connecting with life in a very real way, with experiences taking precedence over possessions. Whether that`s snow skiing an undiscovered trail, making a first ascent on a mountain peak finding an undiscovered winery or collecting Antebellum antiques, authentic experiences is what drives the ZDX target buyer, and what makes the ZDX a personal reflection of the lifestyle that the customer has earned.

The same can be said for the vehicles these individuals drive. ZDX study target customers may own a sports car as well as an SUV, and express interest in a vehicle with the inspired design of a sports coupe together with all-weather and all-terrain capabilities. A sheep in wolf`s clothing would not do; their ideal vehicle would need to offer real capabilities in addition to luxury and style.

Early in the design process Acura benchmarked the competition to ensure that the new ZDX would not only meet Acura`s rigid standards, but also equal or surpass its rivals. The reason is simple: With its dramatic exterior design, the ZDX will invite owners of many different vehicle brands into Acura showrooms to investigate. And when they drive the ZDX, the experience has to immediately exceed their expectations-no matter what vehicle they currently drive.

All told, the ZDX is designed to capture the attention of a growing market segment with its unique design, premium Acura engineering and authentic usability that invites nothing less than full participation in life`s adventures.


The 2010 ZDX reaches the next level of safety with its Advanced Compatibility EngineeringTM (ACETM) body structure and a comprehensive array of active and passive safety features. Its ACETM body structure more evenly distributes collision forces throughout the vehicle and helps maintain the integrity of the passenger cabin in the event of a severe frontal collision. Moreover, with ACETM, the ZDX employs a special frame member located below the front bumper that is designed to engage the front bumper of smaller vehicles.

Numerous standard "active safety" features that help the ZDX driver avoid collisions include Vehicle Stability AssistTM (VSA®), an anti-lock braking system (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist, and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). Additional active safety features included in the available Advance Package include: Collision Mitigating Braking SystemTM (CMBSTM), which helps reduce the likelihood of a collision by alerting the driver to potential collision situations and activating the brakes if the system determines a collision likely is unavoidable; and a blind spot information system that can help alert the driver to another vehicle-including a motorcycle-in the next lane.

Passive safety features include a dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbag Supplemental Restraint System (SRS), 2-chamber front-side airbags with an Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS) for the front passenger, active front seats head restraints, front knee bolsters, and front seatbelts with an automatic tensioning system with load limiters. Side curtain airbags with rollover sensor deploy in a sufficient side-impact to help protect occupants of the front and rear outboard seats, while Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH) are standard in the rear outboard seats.

Although the ZDX had not yet been tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) at press time, Acura internal testing projects the ZDX to achieve top ratings in NHTSA`s NCAP front and side crash impact testing, as well as earning a GOOD rating from the IIHS in its Frontal Offset, Side Impact and Rear Crash Protection tests. The ZDX features additional safety elements (not mandated) including pedestrian injury mitigation features such as a deformable aluminum hood and hood hinges, as well as breakaway windshield-wiper pivots.


The Acura ZDX is assembled at Honda of Canada Manufacturing in Alliston, Ontario, Canada. Acura`s commitment to preserving the environment continues with the ZDX via further reduction of the use of metals such as chromium and lead, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and polyvinyl chlorides (PVC). In addition, the ZDX is the first Acura vehicle to use a mercury-free Navigation system display screen. In the manufacturing facility, a dedicated line separates different manufacturing scrap materials for recycling.