2013 Acura ZDX Preview

Jeff Youngs | Apr 22, 2013
FAST FACTS
  • Offered as a single, fully equipped model
  • Standard all-wheel drive (AWD)
  • 300-horsepower V-6 engine
  • 5-passenger seating
  • Shares underpinnings with Acura MDX
  • 6-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranty
  • Discontinued for 2014

Introduction

The 2013 Acura ZDX arrives with a revised grille, an assortment of additional standard features including last year's optional Technology and Advance packages, and a base price that has increased nearly $5,000. These mark the final changes to the ZDX, as the model has been discontinued and will not return for 2014.

Exterior Features

Though its sloping roofline and coupe-like appearance may suggest otherwise, the 2013 ZDX shares its architecture with the more traditional Acura MDX crossover. The EPA classifies both as sport utility vehicles.

Unlike the MDX, the Acura ZDX is equipped with standard 19-inch alloy wheels and a panoramic glass roof that includes a power tilt/slide moonroof. Every 2013 ZDX also comes with automatic xenon HID headlights, stainless-steel exhaust tips, front and rear park-assist sensors, power-operated rear liftgate, and auto-dimming, heated turn signal mirrors that automatically tilt down when the ZDX is shifted into reverse.

Interior Features

A number of high-end features are found inside the 2013 Acura ZDX, including leather upholstery and trim, heated and cooled front power seats with 10-way adjustment for the driver and 8-way adjustment for the passenger, dual-zone climate control, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. Also found among the standard amenities are a power tilt/telescoping steering wheel with integrated audio controls, push-button start, a 435-watt surround-sound system with USB and auxiliary input jacks, Bluetooth connectivity, and a voice-activated navigation system with an 8-inch display screen.

Optional Features

Since the 2013 Acura ZDX is offered in one fully equipped trim level, there are no factory options. However, a variety of dealer accessories are available, highlights of which include a remote-start system, 20-inch alloy wheels, tow package, and a rear spoiler.

Under the Hood

The AWD 2013 Acura ZDX is equipped with a 3.7-liter V-6 engine that generates 300 horsepower and 270 lb.-ft. of torque. Output is managed by a 6-speed automatic transmission with manual-shift control and hill-start assist. EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2013 ZDX are 16/23/19 mpg (city/highway/combined).

Acura backs the 2013 ZDX's powertrain for 6 years or 70,000 miles, whichever comes first. All other components are covered by a 4-year/50,000-mile new-vehicle warranty.

Safety

Among the 2013 Acura ZDX's standard safety features are 4-wheel-disc anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist, traction control, 6 air bags, front active head restraints, and a trailer stability assist system. The ZDX is also equipped with a rearview camera as well as blind-spot monitoring, forward-collision warning, and lane-departure warning systems.

In government crash tests, the 2013 Acura ZDX received an overall rating of 5 (out of 5) stars, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the ZDX received a "Good" rating--the Institute's highest--for frontal-offset crash protection.

Technology

The Acura ZDX's sound system includes a host of useful features, such as an XM note function that allows users to capture audio clips of interest, 15 gigabytes of storage capacity, and voice-activated search capability.

Also noteworthy is the crossover utility vehicle's dual-zone climate control system, which uses a GPS sensor to determine the strength of sunlight that may be entering the vehicle and uses the information to maintain desired cabin temperatures.
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