Acura ZDX

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Acura ZDX
2011 Acura ZDX -- NHTSA.jpg
2011 Acura ZDX Advance
Overview
Manufacturer Honda
Production 2009–2013
Model years 2010-2013
Assembly Alliston, Ontario, Canada (HCM)
Body and chassis
Class Mid-size luxury crossover
Body style 5-door liftback
Layout Front engine, all-wheel drive
Related Acura MDX
Honda Pilot, Honda Crosstour
Powertrain
Engine 3.7L J37A5 V6
Transmission 6-speed automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 108.3 in (2,751 mm)
Length 192.4 in (4,887 mm)
Width 78.5 in (1,994 mm)
Height 62.8 in (1,595 mm)
Curb weight 4452 lbs

The Acura ZDX was a mid-size luxury crossover developed by Honda for its upmarket brand Acura. The car was originally scheduled to be called the Acura MSX.[1] The ZDX debuted at the 2009 New York International Auto Show on April 8, 2009. The vehicle was also the first to be completely designed at Acura's southern California design studio in Torrance.

The original ZDX concept was penned by Michelle Christensen who labeled it a "4-door luxury sports coupe" and which Acura says "blurs the distinction between coupe, sedan and sport utility vehicle."[2]

The car has been said to be a "new level of prestige for Acura." It features Acura's first six speed automatic transmission, advanced ventilated seats, as well as other luxury appointments. Although the ZDX shares a similar profile with the Honda Crosstour,[3] the two vehicles are not mechanically related: the latter is based on the Honda Accord, while the ZDX is based on the Honda Pilot/Acura MDX.[4]

Honda announced in a press release on October 10, 2012, that 2013 would mark "the final year on the market for ZDX as the Acura brand sharpens its focus on new models and core products."[5]

Concept version[edit]

The ZDX concept

Five teaser shots, released by Acura between March 16 and 20, 2009, indicated a coupe-like sloping roofline akin to that of the BMW X6, which led many observers to believe that is its direct competitor. After the announcement about naming the vehicle ZDX, Acura added the words "Luxury Four-Door Sports Coupe" to the caption for each picture. Moreover, it did not state the vehicle as a crossover or an SUV.[6]

Production version[edit]

The announced version includes the 3,664 cc (3.664 L; 223.6 cu in) SOHC VTEC V6 all-aluminum engine rated 300 bhp (220 kW) at 6300 rpm and 270 lb·ft (366 N·m) at 4500 rpm, 6-speed automatic transmission, Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD), 19-inch, 7-spoke alloy wheels, panoramic glass roof with movable sunshades, hand-stitched leather interior, HandsFreeLink Bluetooth connectivity, power tailgate, and a high-powered audio system with CD player, AM/FM/XM Satellite Radio and USB audio interface with iPod integration. Sales began in winter 2009.[7][8][9]

2010 Acura ZDX with Advance Package

Technology Package adds the Navigation System with voice recognition, an Acura/ELS Surround premium audio system and a new multi-view rear camera. Advance Package adds blind spot monitoring system, Collision Mitigating Braking System (CMBS), and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC).

United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) fuel consumption estimates for all models are 16 mpg-US (15 L/100 km; 19 mpg-imp) in the city, 22 mpg-US (11 L/100 km; 26 mpg-imp) on the highway and 19 mpg-US (12 L/100 km; 23 mpg-imp) combined.

Colors and pricing[edit]

2010 ZDX Color[10] ZDX Base Package ZDX Technology Package ZDX Advance Package
Aspen White Pearl Taupe Taupe, Sumatra Taupe, Sumatra
Palladium Metallic Ebony, Taupe Ebony, Taupe Ebony, Taupe
Crystal Black Pearl Ebony, Taupe Ebony, Taupe, Umber Ebony, Taupe, Umber
Dark Cherry Pearl N/A in Base Ebony, Taupe Ebony, Taupe
Grigio Metallic Ebony, Taupe Taupe, Sumatra, Umber Taupe, Sumatra, Umber
Ionized Bronze Metallic N/A in Base Ebony, Umber Ebony, Umber
2010 MSRP[11] US$ 45,495 / C$ 45,995 US$ 49,995 / C$ 51,995 US$ 56,045 / C$ 57,995

All ZDX models are subject to a $860 destination and handling fee (U.S.).

Safety[edit]

NHTSA 2012 Acura ZDX:[12]
Overall: 5/5 stars
Frontal Driver: 5/5 stars
Frontal Passenger: 4/5 stars
Side Driver: 5/5 stars
Side Passenger: 5/5 stars
Side Pole Driver: 5/5 stars
Rollover: 4/5 stars / 13.0%

Sales[edit]

Calendar year US Sales Canadian Sales
2009 79[13] 8
2010 3,259 863
2011 1,564 129
2012 775[14] 110
2013 361 49

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hellwig, Ed (2009-03-30). "2009 New York Auto Show: 2010 Acura ZDX Now Official". Blogs.edmunds.com. Retrieved 2010-10-03. 
  2. ^ "Acura ZDX prototype". Retrieved April 8, 2009. "Acura ZDX prototype: The dynamic ZDX is the first car styled start-to-finish at Acura's new design studio in Torrance. Not a bad first effort." 
  3. ^ Edmunds, Dan (May 2010). "2010 Acura ZDX: Suspension Walkaround". Archived from the original on 29 May 2010. Retrieved 28 May 2010. 
  4. ^ "2010 Acura ZDX". Retrieved May 2010. "Based on the same bones as the Acura MDX, the Honda Pilot, and, yes, even the Honda Odyssey" 
  5. ^ "2013 Acura ZDX Luxury Crossover To Get Numerous Enhancements in its Final Model Year". Retrieved October 10, 2012. "The innovative and stylish Acura ZDX crossover vehicle, introduced in 2009, will receive numerous styling and technology enhancements for the 2013 model year, which will be the final year on the market for ZDX as the Acura brand sharpens its focus on new models and core products, the company announced today." 
  6. ^ "Acura ZDX | Future Vehicles". Acura.com. Archived from the original on 7 September 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-03. 
  7. ^ Abuelsamid, Sam (2009-07-20). "Officially Official: Acura unveils 2010 ZDX crossover". Autoblog.com. Retrieved 2010-10-03. 
  8. ^ Abuelsamid, Sam (2009-08-17). "Acura drops more details and pics aplenty of the new ZDX". Autoblog.com. Retrieved 2010-10-03. 
  9. ^ "First Look: 2010 Acura ZDX, On Sale This Winter". Blogs.cars.com. Retrieved 2010-10-03. 
  10. ^ "Acura Media Newsroom: 2010 Acura ZDX - Body". Hondanews.com. Retrieved 2010-10-03. 
  11. ^ "Acura Announces Pricing and On-Sale Information for 2010". Hondanews.com. 2009-11-20. Retrieved 2010-10-03. 
  12. ^ http://www.safercar.gov/Vehicle+Shoppers/5-Star+Safety+Ratings/2011-Newer+Vehicles/Vehicle-Detail?vehicleId=6103
  13. ^ "Honda Media Newsroom - Headlines - American Honda December Sales Up 25.5 Percent". Hondanews.com. Retrieved 2012-03-23. 
  14. ^ "Honda Media Newsroom - Headlines - American Honda Posts Best Annual Sales Result Since 2008". Hondanews.com. 2013-01-03. Retrieved 2013-02-02. 

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