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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
Includes two-chamber side-impact airbags for the front seats
restrictive C-pillars, which block rearward visibility
TheCarConnection.com expects the 2010 Acura ZDX to score top safety ratings from NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) and the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety), though neither agency has crash-tested the crossover as of this writing.
Cars.com reports that, "along with the required frontal airbags, the ZDX includes two-chamber side-impact airbags for the front seats" and side curtain airbags that offer significant rollover protection. As is the norm on most models sold in the United States, anti-lock brakes will come standard on every 2010 Acura ZDX. In addition, Cars.com states that "an electronic stability system with traction control" and "active head restraints for the front seats" will be standard on the Acura ZDX.
The ZDX also offers options like a multiview camera for a 180-degree span when reversing. Other advanced safety options include a blind-spot alert system, a collision-mitigating braking system, and adaptive cruise control. The visual aids are almost a necessity; with cargo, the view directly back can disappear, though the half-moon window and glass panel on the tailgate offer better visibility than expected. The rear three-quarter view is almost nonexistent, as TheCarConnection.com's editors observe. Popular Mechanics observes that the "restrictive C-pillars...block rearward visibility," while USA Today says that "fat rear roof pillars and a horizontal crossbar partway down the tailgate's glass panel" also limit the view out the back of the ZDX. These criticisms lead Popular Mechanics to argue that "blind-spot detection should come standard at every trim level," but unfortunately only those ZDXes equipped with the Advanced Package will get the blind spot monitoring and "rear camera with selectable views," according to USA Today.
The 2010 Acura ZDX has lots of standard safety gear, but no crash-test scores as of yet-and needs all the rearview help it can get.