2012 Acura ZDX Review
Test drivers praise the 2012 Acura ZDX’s interior and performance, but say that shoppers looking to maximize their budget and their SUV’s practicality should look elsewhere.
The 2012 Acura ZDX is a coupe-like SUV that emphasizes luxury, fun and looks with a bit more cargo space than a traditional coupe like the Mercedes-Benz E-Class has. Reviewers say that it fills that role well, with fairly sporty driving dynamics and a cargo hold that’s big enough for a set of golf clubs. Though its styling is polarizing, some car reviewers feel that at least it’s distinctive, and looks different than most other crossovers on the market.
Where the Acura ZDX falls short is in the areas that most coupes have problems with. Its back seat can technically fit three, but test drivers say it would be tough to squish three adults in at the same time. Its sleek, swoopy looks might be great from the outside, but result in poor rearward visibility that makes test drivers glad for the standard rearview camera.
One unexpected downfall reviewers find with the Acura ZDX is that it’s not quite as sporty as Acura tries to portray it to be. A few reviewers wish for a few more horsepower and a lighter curb weight, which would make this surprisingly heavy SUV a bit more nimble. By contrast, the similarly coupe-like BMW X6 is far more agile, but its starting price is so much higher than the ZDX’s that they’re hardly even rivals.
Overall, shoppers looking for a family vehicle with a dash of sportiness will want to look elsewhere. But those in the market for a fun, stylish crossover with some extra practicality should put the Acura ZDX at the top of their shopping list.
Other Luxury SUVs to Consider
The Infiniti FX is another crossover with standout styling and sporty performance, but it starts a few thousand dollars less than the Acura ZDX does. Its cargo space is a bit larger than the ZDX’s, though reviewers have similar complaints that its swoopy exterior cuts down on back seat space. Test drivers say the Infiniti FX’s only downfall may be that it’s too sporty for some drivers who will sometimes want a relaxed cruiser rather than a canyon carver, but if you’re looking for a seriously sports-oriented SUV, the FX50 is a top choice.
If you need a more practical crossover and don’t mind sacrificing some performance, the Cadillac SRX is a good choice. It has a back seat that’s roomy enough for most adults, and it can hold more cargo than the Acura ZDX. You won’t have to give up on distinctive styling either; reviewers love the SRX’s bold look. Plus, its starting price is about $10,000 less than the Acura ZDX’s, so you can spend the extra cash on features like tri-zone climate control, heated rear seats and a Bose sound system.
Details: Acura ZDX
The 2012 Acura ZDX comes in one trim, but is available with technology and advance packages. Because it debuted in 2010, it’s still a relatively new vehicle, so it doesn’t receive any updates for the 2012 model year.
See the full list of 2012 Acura ZDX specifications.
- "If standout styling is high on your list of attributes a vehicle in this class must possess, move ZDX to the top of your shopping list. With standard all-wheel drive and plenty of amenities, ZDX is a comfortable, capable choice, but it lacks practicality with its small back seat and poor rear visibility.” -- Consumer Guide
- "For a daily-driver or a long-distance trekker, the ZDX is ably outfitted at birth.” -- Automobile.com
- "This is what Acura wants you to drive once your kids leave home; a high-style, luxury-laden, all-wheel drive, coupe-like crossover, with just enough room for your significant other and a couple of overnight bags.” -- Motor Trend
- "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
- "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