Acura ZDX crossover had only been available in the market for less than four years but it would be dropped from the brand’s portfolio after the 2013 model year. Acura had confirmed the discontinuation of the ZDX. It also announced a few minimal modifications to the controversial crossover for the 2013 model year. The ZDX was stripped of its clunky, beak-like grille. Instead, stylists gave it a more slender shape in line with what’s used on the new ILX, RDX, and revised TL sedan.
Slight revisions were made to the front and rear bumpers. The interior also gets sports new trim finish and an optional “high-contrast” color scheme. The new ZDX has an amended price/ content structure.
The 2012 model is available in three grades and has a starting price of $47,015 (including destination). Meanwhile, the 2013 ZDX is offered in just one guise and has a base price of $51,815. It is still powered by a 3.7-liter V-6, which is partnered with a six-speed automatic transmission and Acura’s signature torque-vectoring SH-AWD all-wheel-drive system.
This may be a price increase but the value has also improved. What are offered as standard equipment are items previously seen on the Technology and Advanced Packages such as perforated Milano leather seating, navigation, a Panasonic ELS surround sound audio system, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and forward collision warning systems. The 2012 ZDX increased its sticker price to $57,565, which makes the 2013 ZDX about $6000 more affordable than a 2012 model with similar features.
In designing the exterior of the new Acura ZDX, designers aimed to combine the emotional appeal of a sports coupe, an all-season ability and good ground clearance. To lend the ZDX with bold and dynamic looks, the design team decided to give the ZDX a distinct wide fender design as well as an aerodynamic cabin, with a panoramic glass roof giving occupants a sense of freedom even while inside the vehicle.
The panoramic glass roof of the ZDX is considered as the longest in the automotive market, thanks to a unique design of the moonroof and the surrounding glass structure. This glass roof extends from leading edge of the windshield to the trailing edge of the tailgate glass, thereby providing a panoramic view of the surroundings. The moonroof – located on the front section of the glass roof – is designed to open up by tilting, then sliding up and back on the exterior portion. This opening design means that the maximum interior headroom could still be preserved while cabin greenhouse retains its "sports coupe" design.
Designers also provided a fixed glass panel over the rear cabin to make the interior brighter than usual. However, occupants could adjust the amount of sunlight entering the cabin thanks to motorized dual sunshades that could cover both front and rear glass panels. In addition, occupants now experience a quieter cabin thanks to new mesh fabric pop-up air deflector that better ward off wind noise than a conventional blade-type wind deflector.
Meanwhile, the ZDX offers a generous rear cargo room, with a total of 26.3 cubic feet of available cargo space. Rear cargo area -- lined with premium loop-style carpet – features a concealed 2.2 cubic-feet cargo bin located behind the floor. In addition, the new ZDX offers concealed storage areas in the sidewalls in the cargo compartment, just behind the removable side panels.