2013 Acura ZDX

If you’re a fan of Acura’s ZDX, the unconventionally-styled crossover oozing with luxury and technology, you need to head down to the dealership this year. Acura is ending production of the ZDX after the 2013 model.

The ZDX shares its platform with the MDX, but apparently not its popularity. The ZDX is without a doubt a luxurious crossover filled with technology. It’s easy to get into the ZDX crossover and say “Wow, this is nice.” But when people start thinking about roominess and functionality behind the front row, the ZDX doesn’t jump to mind.

For 2013, the ZDX will be sold as a single, value-added package offering more features and value. Often, the best deals to be had on a vehicle are during its final year of production.

Standard in the new ZDX are a 435-watt surround sound system with 10 speakers and a 15GB hard disk drive memory, Acura navigation with voice recognition, , an 8-inch hi-res display, a multi-view rear camera, Bluetooth, heated and ventilated power leather seats (10 ways for the driver, 8 for the passenger), keyless entry with pushbutton start and dual-zone climate control.

New for 2013 are power-folding outside mirrors and parking sensors on the front and rear bumpers. New safety features include forward collision and lane departure warning systems.

The ZDX has anti-lock brakes and a full complement of airbags and other safety features, but has not been fully tested yet by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The ZDX did get the top rating of “good” in the IISH moderate overlap front test.

The 2013 ZDX is powered by an all-aluminum 3.7-liter V6 engine that kicks out 300 horsepower and 270 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine is hooked to a 6-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. Acura’s Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system is standard.

The interior of the ZDX is plush and refined if not roomy behind the front row, but the panoramic glass roof with power sunshades helps expand the interior.

Passenger volume is 95.8 cubic feet, and cargo space is 27.5 cubic feet with the second row in place. With row No. 2 down, cargo room is 57.3 cubic feet.

The gauge clusters are fairly complex and crowded, but the large hooded display screen at the top is just right.

Standard is the AcuraLink Communication System and XM Satellite Radio with Real-Time Traffic and Weather (available in most markets, including Baton Rouge). The weather feature is really cool, displaying weather radar in color. The radar doesn’t have motion, but it is updated every few moments.

The ZDX rolls on 19-inch alloy wheels and has Xenon high-discharge headlights as well as a power tailgate. We had a great time driving the lame-duck ZDX and achieved the expected mileage ratings of 16 miles per gallon in the city and 23 mpg on the highway, for an average of 19 mpg. With the ZDX’s 21-gallon tank, the range of this crossover is about 400 miles.

The ZDX is a substantial and heavy vehicle, weighing in at 4,438 lbs. of curb weight.

Pricing is pretty simple for the ZDX: it costs $50,920 plus $895 in freight.

Although 2013 is the last year of production for the ZDX, Acura promises to continue all service and parts availability for owners for the life of the vehicles.

2013 Acura ZDX

  • Engine: 3.7-liter V6
  • Horsepower: 300
  • Transmission: 6-speed automatic with paddle shifters
  • Test model base price: $50,920
  • EPA mileage rating: 16 mpg city / 23 mpg highway