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First Drive: 2010 Acura ZDX

Missing the strike zone.

by on Nov.17, 2009

Is it a sports coupe, a crossover, a wagon...or...?  The Acura 2010 ZDX.

Is it a sports coupe, crossover, wagon...or...?

This year marks the 20th anniversary for Japan’s two largest luxury brands, Lexus and Infiniti, but it’s easy to forget that they were latecomers to the high-line market, following a half decade after the introduction of Acura.  With its original Legend sedan, Honda’s up-market division disproved the naysayers who argued the Japanese would never be able to build a word-class luxury car.

Unfortunately, over the years, Acura has had, at best, a mixed record with the models that have followed the original four-door.  It’s pitched some great ones at the market, including the MDX, the TL and the RL, but the marque’s latest model doesn’t even come close to the strike zone.

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The 2010 Acura ZDX is probably the weakest product to join the maker’s line-up since its early mid-size Vigor.  Indeed, it’s difficult to understand what Acura was trying to achieve with the new ZDX, which comes across as the automotive equivalent of a platypus, part crossover/SUV, part truck, part sport coupe.  In this case, it all adds up to less than the sum of its parts.


First Look: Production-Ready 2010 Acura ZDX

Offers industry’s longest glass roof.

by on Oct.16, 2009

The 2010 Acura ZDX joins a growing list of sports car-like crossovers.

ZDX joins a growing list of sporty crossovers.

With a panoramic roof that stretches from the windshield to the tailgate, the production-ready version of the 2010 Acura ZDX is making its formal debut, this week, at the Orange County Auto Show.

The ZDX – like the new 2010 Honda CrossTour that it shares its underpinnings with – is taking aim at an all-new model segment, blending sports coupe with crossover, perhaps the best existing example being the recently-launched BMW X6.

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The 2010 Acura ZDX is the first vehicle to be designed at the new Acura Design Studio, in Torrance, California, and the production version stays surprisingly true to the original concept penned by Acura’s first female designer, Michelle Christensen.


First Look: 2010 Acura ZDX

Luxury maker lifts cover on production version of its new, 4-door sports coupe.

by on Jul.20, 2009

Acura is the latest maker to offer up a coupe-like sedan, shown here, for the first time, in production trim.

Acura is the latest maker to offer up a coupe-like sedan, shown here, for the first time, in production trim.

It seems like every automaker is trying to find a way to stand out in a crowded market – often by following the latest trend.  In Acura’s case, that means the luxury arm of Honda will be rolling out an all-new four-door sports coupe this fall.

This is the first official look at the 2010 Acura ZDX, which made a thinly-disguised debut  as we said at the New York Auto Show, last spring, in concept car trim.  Both show car and production model share the oversized “panoramic” glass roof, as well as hidden rear door handles and outsized fender flares – another styling theme that has swept through the luxury segment.

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The design puts a premium on flexibility, the five-seater coupe-like sedan appears to boast substantial interior space for passengers fore and aft, but there’s also a hefty cargo compartment that can be expanded, Acura notes, to handle golf bags and other long objects, by removing the cargo bay’s side panels.  There’s also an under-floor hidden storage compartment.