The Acura ZDX is the company’s new vehicle, set to go up against the BMW X6 and the Infiniti FX50. While Acura calls the ZDX a sports coupe, the designation of SAC (sports activity coupe) is probably more fitting, as the platform for the ZDX is the same as the company’s MDX SUV. The coupe-like roof line may cramp the head’s of those in the backseat, but by looking at the ZDX, you can tell that the vehicle was designed with style as a priority.
That style isn’t just restricted to the body. The interior is one of the most luxurious and beautiful that the company has ever designed. Sweeps of leather cover the interior and the roof is made of tinted glass. The tilt of the B pillar means that getting into the backseat may be a bit tricky for some, but once you’re inside, you’ll find the effort worth it. The front seats are comfortable and luxurious. In fact, “comfortable and luxurious” are adjectives that could be applied to pretty much every feature in the interior. The console is also outfitted with all the high-tech gadgets you would expect from a car that’s going up against BMW and Infiniti models.
The ZDX’s engine is the same as that in Acura’s TL sedan, a 3.7-liter V6 that pumps out 305 horsepower. Transferring that power to the wheels is a brand new six-speed automatic transmission equipped with a sequential sport-shift mode. The ZDX promises to be as fun to drive as it is to look at when it goes on sale in mid-to-late 2009. Honda’s Super Handling All-Wheel-Drive system will keep the car on the road in even the slickest conditions.
The ZDX is definitely a vehicle aimed at those who want a mix of performance and some extra space. If you’re looking for a vehicle that is a solid people-mover and is practical for a full family, then the ZDX isn’t the best option, and a more traditional SUV like the MDX may be a better fit for you. The ZDX looks like it will be a solid competitor to the X6 and FX50.