2013 Acura ZDX Overview
2013 Acura ZDX Overview
The 2013 Acura ZDX is an attractive crossover SUV that suffers from small back seats and weak acceleration. While it is plenty of fun to drive, and extremely comfortable for people in the front seat, the high amount of styling and technology packed into the ZDX do not justify the price tag considering the limitations. Apparently, this will be the last production year for the ZDX.
New for 2013
Despite being the last year Acura plans to produce this car, they have given the 2013 Acura ZDX an exterior facelift and technology updates. New features include:
- A redesigned front grille
- Front and rear parking sensors
- Power folding side mirrors
- Lane departure warning system
- Standard audio system is the updated surround sound, ten-speaker system
- The Acura navigation system is now standard
- Other technology additions
The exterior of the 2013 Acura ZDX includes 19-inch wheels, a power lift gate, and power-folding side mirrors. The new grille is attractive, but the coupe-like design offers a large number of issues for this midsize crossover SUV. While the design is attractive like the MDX, the ZDX has a hatchback and a somewhat short roof. Styling is impressive, but the sacrifices to practicality make it difficult to appreciate. The exterior paint is only available in four shades of black and gray, making the options rather lackluster.
Ground clearance is 7.9 inches, and the overall wheelbase measures 108 inches. A powered glass sunroof is standard fare, as is a rear spoiler. The rear lift gate door has a fixed window and the privacy glass is standard for all models. Overall, it would benefit from an extra set of doors to the back seat, and the smallish, coupe-like design, while attractive on the outside, is quickly going to become an annoyance once passengers try to squeeze into the 2013 Acura ZDX.
Interior & Cargo
As mentioned, the interior of the Acura ZDX is a bit lacking in space. While the sport seats in front are comfortable and offer enough legroom, the low ceiling and squished back seat make adult riders in the rear a bit uncomfortable. The materials are excellent in quality, with plenty of soft surfaces and premium leather. The driver and passenger seats are eight-way adjustable, and the rear seat folds to allow more cargo space. Despite the bench seat in the rear, the lacking head and legroom makes it extremely difficult to fit three passengers. The low-sitting seats are uncomfortable in the rear as well. On the other hand, the rear ventilation ducts help keep everyone at a comfortable temperature.
The 2013 Acura ZDX comes outfitted with plenty of technology. This includes adaptive cruise control settings, transmission controls on the steering wheel and destination guidance. Also standard is a rear-view camera with a wide-angle camera to help offset the poor visibility in the rear. Memorization settings are available for the audio system, climate control, and steering wheel. The entertainment system includes a ten-speaker, 435-watt stereo that comes with an in-dash CD player with MP3 CD capabilities and easy integration for iPods and other media devices. Surround-sound is standard fare, as is XM radio.
The overall cargo space is lacking. Even if the rear bench seat is folded down it only amounts to 56 cubic feet, which makes this crossover SUV very impractical. With the seats up, the cargo area is a tiny 26 cubic feet. Overall, the decision to go for styling rather than a mix of style and practicality has made the 2013 Acura ZDX a bit of a letdown in terms of space and usability.
Standard safety features include anti-lock brakes, traction and stability control, and front side airbags. Also standard are full-length side curtain airbags. For 2013, Acura made the forward-collision warning system and lane departure system standard fare, but adaptive cruise control and blind spot monitoring systems are no longer available.
During government crash testing, the Acura ZDX received five out of five stars for overall safety, with four out of five stars for frontal crash tests and five stars in every other test. During the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s testing, the Acura ZDX received a perfect grade of “Good”, which includes roof strength tests. Overall, the safety of the ZDX is extremely impressive.
The 2013 Acura ZDX comes equipped with a 3.7-liter, V-6 engine that makes 300 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque. The only available transmission is a six-speed automatic with manual shift capability. Fuel economy is 16/23 city/highway.
Driving the Acura ZDX is fun with its sporty feel and excellent handling. The all-wheel-drive system puts most of the power to the front wheels until needed. Should the wheels need additional traction in the rear, the adaptive all-wheel drive switches into four-wheel mode automatically, making driving consistent and reliable even on rougher terrain and slippery roads. Still, the acceleration is a bit sluggish considering the sporty feeling the ZDX offers in every other way.
Key Competitors of the 2013 Acura ZDX
- Infiniti EX
- Lincoln MKZ
- BMW X6
- Audi Q5
- Cadillac SRX