Roadshow Video Reviews
2010 Acura ZDXTall four-door coupe or rakish crossover SUV? Um, neither.
^M00:00:01 [ Background music ] ^M00:00:02 >> It's got the lines of a concept car, buckets of tech, and a blind spot big enough to hide the US deficit. Just don't ask me to tell you what type of car it is. It's just the 2010 Acura ZDX Advance. Let's check the tech. ^M00:00:18 [ Background music ] ^M00:00:26 So this is an Acura ZDX. You know it's one of those coupe UVs that are all the rage these days. Notice the lines and notice the packaging. Biggish wheels, but more like a coupe that got big than a SUV that got swoopy, and I say that because the interior packaging is much more, well, shall we say tight or at least sporting and stylish than it is utilitarian and nowhere is that more obvious than back here in the cargo bay, and I use the word cargo rather generously. This is really small in terms of carrying space for the volume of the vehicle, but see the point of this thing is not to carry a whole lot of luggage, the point is to carry four people in style with just enough luggage. It's your ultimate weekend, wine country, golf trip vehicle. And one other thing I want to point out is the very strong carryover of a design theme throughout this vehicle. Back here you've got this kind of descending V-pointed chin, you see it again inside the cabin here, it's the main dominant design of the center stack where the controller is, and it's really strong up here in the front where the Mighty Morphin Power Range face is the new look for Acura. ^M00:01:33 [ Background music ] ^M00:01:36 Now, as you can imagine, we've got an [inaudible] load of tech in this Acura. It's a high-end car. We have the tech package and the advanced package and there's plenty to look at. Starting on the head unit screen this is the newish Acura Honda unit, which has been revised somewhat. It's still a little crunchy looking, but it's way better than the really stale unit that used to be sticking in their cars for ages. Okay, now moving on to the audio functions, we've got a whole lot going on. You've got the usual AM/FM but no HD radio, standard or available on the ZDX. That's, you know, contentious at this point in history. XM as I mentioned is our satellite radio flavor. Here's our CD Drive. It's right down here single slot. Because we have a hard drive and you can rip to that, and under the USB aux button comes the fun stuff. Here's Bluetooth audio which streams stereo music off of your phone. Our next choice, of course, is the iPod connector. I like this one, it lives here inside the center console. It's actually a USB pigtail into which I can connect my standard white Apple iPod cable, charges, gives me read out of data and, of course, plays audio. Now on the opposite side of this thing we're got an ELS system, 435 watts, ten speakers around the cabin, pretty well geared up, the usual bass/treble/balance/fader, but here you get to your subwoofer and your speed control, Dolby PL2, you've also got DTS read on this guy. So, a lot of different codings can be read. ^M00:02:54 [ Background music ] ^M00:02:56 Our transmission is a one-choice only 6-speed automatic with a super stubby shifter down here in the console. You don't shift with this guy; you've got paddles up here on the wheels to do manual shifting. Of course, I've got a backup camera, which is going to give me some distance indicators before I go crunch, and it's also got a view change. I can look down at what I'm going to hit or I can look back to what I'm going to hit, which is a damn good thing because this car gets the Cooley [phonetic] award for biggest F'ing blind spot in automotive production. This is the first year I've granted it because I didn't have to until now. You can't see out of the back of this car period. It's like driving a tank. They should have a periscope on the option sheet. It's actually terrifying to make a lane change in this vehicle. So it's a good thing they've got a blind-spot detection system on the advanced package. IDS is their adaptive suspension technology and it's got two modes; a comfortable one and a sport mode. Now, the suspension is adaptive at all times and this comes on the advanced package in this car. This doesn't turn adaptivity on or off it just changes the curve and the contour of how it responds and for those really bad days there's optional collision mitigation braking system, which sounds an alarm, tightens the belts, and eventually crams on the brakes when you don't realize you're about to rear end someone. ^M00:04:14 [ Background music ] ^M00:04:17 Okay, behind the pointy snoz [phonetic] on our ZDX lies a relatively garden variety Acura Honda 3.7-liter V-6. Single overhead cam, nothing really clever going on here. Lots of variable valve time, which they've done so well for so long. You're getting 300 horsepower out of this guy, 270 foot pounds of torque, fine; 16/23 are your EPA estimates on the mileage; zero to 60 is about a 6.5 second affair so, you know, it gets out of its own way, but it's not going to be in the same class as let's say a BMW X6 of the same type. ^M00:04:47 [ Background music ] ^M00:04:52 All ZDXs have Super Handling All-Wheel Drive, which can buy us power to the wheels front and rear and left and right between the rears. There is also cornering G logic in the transmission to prevent an ungainly up shift when you're powering through a corner, but leave the hood and get on the road and I'm not a huge fan of this power train. I like it, I don't love it. Not a lack of power and you've got paddle shifters, you've got a sport mode, I still feel like the car is caught in too high a gear too many times. I've changed this IDS knob from comfort to sport in a lot of different conditions, and I don't feel a whole lot of difference. It's pretty subtle. Maybe it's more of an open road hard driving thing, and the handling and cornering is quite good in this car. It doesn't feel as tall as it looks from the outside. Okay, let's price the 2010 ZDX and do it CNET style. That means you buy it with the tech package, that's $51,000, but includes basically all the toys in the cabin. Now, what you would add on top of that, your choice, would be the advanced package, 6,000 more. That gets you adaptive cruise control, collision mitigation braking system, that IDS adaptive suspension and that adds the blind spot detection system. Don't even drive this car a foot without that. ^M00:06:04 [ Background music ] ^M00:06:06