For those in the market for a luxury crossover vehicle, I have some good news and some bad news.
The bad news is that 2013 is the final year of production for Acura’s four-door, five-passenger all-wheel drive ZDX.
The good news is that Acura has made a number of styling and technology enhancements for the 2013 ZDX, adding a number of new features. It is being sold as a single, value-added package at a base price of $50,920.
The 2013 ZDX comes with a lot of features. It is absolutely loaded.
Powered by a 3.7-liter V-6 engine that delivers 300 horsepower and 270 lbs.-ft. torque, it is mated to a SportShift 6-speed automatic transmission and features Acura’s Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system. Requiring premium unleaded gasoline, it has an EPA fuel economy rating of 16 mpg city, 23 mpg highway.
Performance is exceptional, as is the ZDX’s ride and handling capability.
As a luxury model, Acura has done a good job in ensuring that every seat in the vehicle is extremely comfortable during the ride.
In addition to multiple styling enhancements, the ZDX now includes forward collision warning and lane departure warning as two of the new safety features that have been added for 2013.
The forward collision warning system can detect vehicles ahead of the vehicle. If the system determines that a collision is possible with a detected vehicle, it provides the driver with visual and audio alerts to encourage avoidance actions.
Lane departure warning uses a camera mounted between the windshield and the rear-view mirror to detect lane lines on the road. If the driver begins to drift out of a detected lane without using the turn signal, the system provides the driver with both visual and audio alerts.
Other features on the 2013 ZDX include a 435-watt Acura/ELS Surround 10-speaker audio system with a 15 GB hard disk drive, navigation system with voice recognition, 8-inch high-resolution VGA display, multi-view rear view camera, Bluetooth wireless phone interface, ventilated and heated front seats with Milano leather seating surfaces, keyless access system with smart entry and pushbutton ignition, and dual-zone automatic climate control system.
Other standard safety features include dual stage frontal airbags, driver and front passenger side airbags, side curtain airbags with rollover sensor for both seating rows, vehicle stability assist system, anti-lock brakes with electronic brake distribution and brake assist, active front head restraints and LATCH child seat anchor system, to name a few.
For those in the market for a luxury crossover, the 2013 Acura ZDX is highly recommended for the test drive list.
Neal White has been covering the automotive industry for more than 20 years and is affiliated with the Texas Auto Writers Association.
The Nuts and Bolts
2013 Acura ZDX
5- seat luxury crossover
3.7L V6 (300 hp/.270 T)
6-speed automatic with paddle shifters
EPA: 16 mpg city, 23 mpg highway
FUEL: Premium unleaded
Vehicle stability assist with traction control system
BRAKES: ABS with electronic brake distribution and brake assist
LENGTH: 192.4 inches
WHEELBASE: 108.3 in.
WIDTH: 85.6 inches
HEIGHT: 62.8 inches
WEIGHT: 4,438 lbs.
FUEL TANK: 21 gallons
CARGO: 27.5/57.3 (behind 2nd/1st seating row).
TOWING: Up to 1,500 pounds