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2012 Acura ZDX Hatchback

2012 Acura ZDX Review

(0 Stars)  A sport sedan on stilts.

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Overview
Two years have passed since Acura dropped the ZDX crossover into our market, and we're still trying to figure out how best to describe it. The ZDX uses essentially the same platform and powertrain as the more conventional MDX, but it wraps them in a rakish, coupelike body. Although the so-called power plenum grille continues to incite debate, many of the ZDX's design cues -- including a steeply raked roof, hidden rear door handles, and a panoramic sunroof -- lend it the character of a sport sedan. In many ways, the ZDX actually drives like a sport sedan. The 300-hp, 3.7-liter V-6 provides plenty of power, and the standard SH-AWD system does a commendable job of shuffling all 4400 pounds through corners. The available Integrated Dynamics System (IDS) tosses in adaptive dampers and provides a surprisingly firm sport setting that is best suited for spirited driving. Sadly, that shapely form comes with some sacrifices. A tall floor and a low-slung roof encroach into headroom for both front and rear passengers, and the fastback tail means that cargo space is a meager (for a crossover) 26.3 cubic feet. Acura also limits the ZDX's tow rating to 1500 pounds. Buyers looking for a little more versatility should perhaps consider the MDX, which offers more seating, cargo space, and towing ability than its stylish sibling.

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2012 ZDX Base Hatchback Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 3.7L V six-cylinder OHC VTEC with variable valve timing
Premium unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline:, 16 MPG city, 23 MPG highway, 19 MPG combined and 399 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
21.0gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 300 hp @ 6,300 rpm; 270 ft lb of torque @ 4,500 rpm

'12 Acura Hatchback Standard Equipment

  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Auto On Headlights
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Outlet(s)
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Power Trunk Pulldown
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Power Windows
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Rear Sunshade
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Steering Wheel Memory
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Steering Wheel Scope
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Steering Wheel Tilt
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Trip Computer
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Vehicle Information Center
  Exterior  
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Moonroof
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Panorama roof
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Privacy Glass
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Rear Spoiler
  Interior  
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Cup Holders
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
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Premium Interior Trim
  Safety  
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Auto Day/Night Mirror
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Auto Tilt Down Mirrors
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Brake Assist
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Daytime Running Lights
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Fog Lights
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Head/Curtain Airbag
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Heated Outside Mirrors
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HID Headlights
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Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
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Memory Mirrors
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Passenger Air Bag
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Rear Airbag
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Rear Curtain Airbag
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Rear View Camera
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Dual Power Seats
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Folding Rear Seat
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Heated Front Seats
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Leather Seats
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Memory Seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc Changer
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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Compact Disc Player
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Satellite Radio
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
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Homelink Universal Transmitter
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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