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2013 Acura ZDX Technology

2013 Acura ZDX Review

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A sport sedan on stilts gains a mild refresh.

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New For 2013

Acura treated the 2013 ZDX to a mild cosmetic freshening, but the segment-blurring crossover still looks much as it did when it debuted for 2011. Acura has also slimmed down the range to a single variant, which it dubs a “value-added package.”

Overview

Acura openly admits that the 2013 ZDX is a niche vehicle, but three years after its debut, we’re still trying to figure out exactly what that niche is. The ZDX shares its platform and powertrain with the more traditional MDX but wraps them in a rakish, coupe-like body that receives some minor tweaks for the 2013 model year. Many of those cues, including the steeply pitched roof, hidden rear door handles, and panoramic sunroof, lend it the character of a sport sedan—fitting, perhaps, as the big 4400-pound ZDX manages somehow to drive like one. The Integrated Dynamics System (IDS) tosses in adaptive dampers and a surprisingly stiff sport setting that helps iron out a fair amount of body roll in corners. Sadly, no amount of technology helps offset the shortcomings of the ZDX’s vanity. A tall floor and a low roof force all passengers to surrender headroom, and the tumblehome over the cargo area means there’s but a meager (for a crossover) 26.3 cubic feet of space. Buyers who aren’t quite ready to put form before function can always try on the MDX for size—it offers many of the ZDX’s attributes but with much more interior space and versatility.

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2013 ZDX Technology Hatchback Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 3.7L V 6 OHC with VTEC 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

'13 Acura Technology Standard Equipment

  Braking and Handling  
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Four Wheel ABS
  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 Trunk Pulldown
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Memory
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Steering Wheel Scope
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Trip Computer
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Vehicle Information Center
  Exterior  
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Privacy Glass
  Interior  
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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 Dimming Mirrors
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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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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 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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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 MP3 Capable
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Satellite Radio
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
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GPS/Satellite Communication
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Homelink Universal Transmitter
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Navigation System
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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