Weeklong Road Test: The Delightfully Sculptural 2010 Acura ZDX

April 7, 2010
Sometimes you just want a little bit more sport from your sport utility vehicle. If you are the kind of person whose kids have finally gone off to college or like having the luxury and handling prowess of a top notch sports sedan with the added utility of a hatchback Acura might just have the vehicle for you. But be forewarned—the 2010 Acura ZDX is so stylish that it may actually make you appear more fashionable than you really are.

Designed by 28-year-old Michelle Christenson, the 2010 Acura ZDX truly is a show car brought to life. But what you would be surprised to learn is how spacious this five seat SUV really feels. Thanks to clever scoops taken out of the rear portion of the headliner even 6 foot 3 adults can ride in the back in comfort. Yes, I know the all-glass roof (the largest in any production car) swoops down in the back but the rear seats really can accommodate the heads and legs of even the tall and gangly.

With the second row of seats up the cargo area offers a useful 26.3 cubic inches of cargo with two handy cargo lockers on each side that open so it can accommodate two sets of golf bags. There is even an extremely roomy hidden cargo compartment under the load floor for valuables. With the rear seats folded the ZDX becomes positively utilitarian with 55.8 cubic feet of cargo area. It may not be as much cargo space as you would find in your average SUV/crossover but no one ever said that beauty came cheap.

But while the 2010 Acura ZDX is definitely a beauty its MSRP might just qualify as “cheap,” especially when compared to rivals like the BMW X6. Starting at just $45,495 well equipped, even the 2010 ZDX with the essential Technology package (navigation, Acura/ELS audio, Milano leather, iPod integration and much more) only maxes out at $49,995. You can easily spend an extra $20,000 on a far more basic BMW X6 and that is just a ridiculous price differential given the fact that the ZDX is a much better looking vehicle.

The 2010 Acura ZDX is powered by a 300-horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6 mated to a slick shifting six-speed automatic. Acura’s peerless Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system is standard and gives the ZDX tons of grip and real all weather capability. The ZDX’s ride is also incredibly smooth and the interior is noticeably free of wind and road noise.

The steering rack gives plenty of feel and while the ZDX isn’t exactly tiny it drives very much like a small car. You will never feel like you are driving a barge when behind the wheel of the svelte and sexy 2010 Acura ZDX. Can you really say that about your Cadillac Escalade?

Besides its stunning exterior, Acura also did a tremendous job on the 2010 Acura ZDX’s positively sumptuous leather lined interior. A swatch of leather runs up from the center console and across the dash giving the interior a decidedly luxurious and upscale feel. The steering wheel is a tactile delight and all of the controls and buttons are with easy reach. There are even two perfectly sized cupholders for your Starbucks Venti non-fat latte.

Driving an artfully designed vehicle like the 2010 Acura ZDX is a truly unique experience. You get noticed everywhere you go and complete strangers will feel compelled to comment on the look of your “gorgeous” new ride. So if you are ready to get noticed and feel just a little bit prettier by association, head on down to your local Acura dealer and pick yourself up a 2010 ZDX SPORT utility vehicle.

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