For this preview drive, Acura made a number of ZDXes available with different trim levels.

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The ZDX is built on Acura's MDX SUV platform, and is designed to staunch sales bleeding from that market.

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The design is very clean, and the beaked grille actually fits the proportions of the ZDX well.

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Glass extends from the hood, through the windshield, over the roof, and down through the hatchback.

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The rear door handles are hidden in the graphics of the C pillar.

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The cargo area isn't as large as that in the MDX SUV, but the ZDX is more designed for a couple with modest carrying needs.

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The ZDX has one of the most luxurious cabins of Acura models, featuring nicely stitched leather and ventilated seats.

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Rear seating capacity isn't large, but it is adequate, able to fit most people.

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The center stack, dubbed the monolith by Acura engineers is unobtrusive when the car is off.

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When the car is turned on, back lights illuminate labels for the buttons, a neat little bit of techno-wizardry.

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The six speed automatic is a welcome update for Acura, which had been relying on its five speed automatic for all too long.

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The hard drive-based navigation system includes traffic and weather alerts for any programmed route.

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An impressive new feature, iPod search, lets you use voice command to ask for music by artist and album name.

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The rear-view camera includes three views. This is the normal view.

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The wide view on the rear camera gives you a better idea of objects to the sides of the car.

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The top-down view is useful for judging the distance between the bumper and any objects immediately behind the car.

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