2013 Acura ZDX Review
With its unique styling, automotive critics say the 2013 Acura ZDX stands out in the crowd and is fairly pleasing to drive, but offers little in the way of utility.
Most reviewers say the ZDX is a decent-performing crossover, thanks to its standard V6 engine and Acura’s Super-Handling all-wheel drive, which is also standard. They say it has enough power for most situations, and like its smooth-shifting automatic transmission. The SH-AWD system provides lots of grip which auto reviewers say helps the Acura ZDX handle corners well. At 16/23 mpg city/highway, the ZDX’s fuel economy is average at best.
Reviewers say the 2013 ZDX’s cabin is richly-appointed, with high-quality materials that are soft to the touch. While initially overwhelmed by the number of buttons that adorn the center stack, most find they’re fairly easy to learn. The Acura ZDX comes only as one well-equipped trim, which includes standard leather seats with front heating and cooling, navigation and GPS-based climate control. However, auto writers say the ZDX offers little in the way of practicality. They find that the back seat is short on headroom and overall space, thanks to its styling. The body style also bites into overall cargo space, which isn’t particularly good for the class. Reviewers are thankful that the ZDX also comes standard with a backup camera, as most note that rear visibility is awful.
- "The Acura ZDX boasts quite an array of standard safety, convenience, and luxury features while sporting a reasonably fun-to-drive character. Unfortunately, you can say the same of Acura's own MDX, a vehicle that's far more practical if you plan to haul cargo and/or more than 2 people at a time. If form over function is a top priority, you better act fast, as 2013 is ZDX's final model year." -- Consumer Guide
- "Factor in a starting price around $50,000 and it's little surprise the ZDX crossover SUV failed to connect with buyers. That being the case, 2013 marks the final year of production for Acura's short-lived ZDX." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "If you are willing to accept the compromises that come with the coupe styling -- and coupes are all about style -- ZDX is one terrific piece of work." -- USA Today (2010)
- "Although the ZDX is mainly aimed at couples whose kids are grown, it's stylish enough to appeal to some singles and roomy enough for families with one or two small kids. However, the vehicle's high price, tight rear-seat compartment, and lack of a third row of seats make it impractical for many families." -- BusinessWeek (2010)
Other Luxury SUVs to Consider
If you’re looking for a great performing SUV, the Infiniti FX is worth a look. Reviewers say it has great power and sporty handling. It is available with either a V6 or optional V8 engine, both of which are stronger than the ZDX’s V6 engine. Like the Acura, the Infiniti is a five seater that places form over function, so it may not be ideal if you’re looking for a practical family hauler.
If you like the ZDX but need something more practical, check out the Acura MDX. The two are closely related, with the same engine, transmission and Acura’s SH-AWD standard. However, the MDX seats up to seven and has significantly more cargo space.
Details: 2013 Acura ZDX
The 2013 Acura ZDX seats five and is available in one well-equipped trim level. Power is provided by a V6 engine, which is routed through a six-speed automatic transmission to the standard all-wheel drive system. The 2013 model year is the final one for the ZDX. It does receive a few changes for 2013, including an updated grille and the addition of a few standard safety features. The ZDX was introduced for the 2010 model year, so this overview uses applicable research and reviews from 2010 to 2013.