Car Review: The 2013 Acura ZDX crosses over into SUV or hatchback

Hatchback or SUV buyers will want to check in with the 2013 Acura ZDX Photo: Photos by Russell Dandridge

DALLAS, February 4, 2013 — When I first saw the 2013 Acura ZDX, I wasn’t sure if I was looking at a hatchback or an SUV, all signs lead to…well, both options really. This 2013 Acura is full of the luxuries you are looking for, but for the SUV category, you probably won’t find enough cargo space for that class.

The 2013 Acura ZDX.

The 2013 Acura ZDX.

It has been noted that Acura will not make this vehicle after 2013, but for this year they did make a few changes anyway, from exterior styling to getting rid of the adaptive cruise control feature.

It is sort-of a midsize crossover, but it’s billed as a midsize hatchback. However, the ZDX feels more like a coupe, and the rear seats are a bit small for the taller backseat passenger.

Its competition includes the 2013 Audi Allroad or the Volvo XC60, and there have definitely been some functions that have taken a backseat to the look that this particular Acura offers.

Trims on the 2013 Acura ZDX five-seater are simple enough with only one option available. You get 19-inch wheels, automatic xenon headlights, front and rear parking sensors, a power lift gate, fog lights, power folding heated outside mirrors, and a panoramic sunroof.

On the interior it’s a keyless ignition/entry, auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, driver memory settings, and front seats with heating and ventilation. Electronics on this one include a rearview camera, a navigation system and audio goodies like a 10-speaker audio system with a CD player, satellite radio and an audio jack and an USB/iPod interface.

Under the hood, the 2013 Acura ZDX has a 3.7-liter V6 with 300 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque with a six-speed automatic engine with manual shift control.

For safety, expect antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, front-seat side, and full-length side curtain airbags along with active front head restraints. You also get forward-collision and lane-departure warning systems, but what is missing on the 2013 is the blind-spot monitoring and collision-mitigation functions.

Inside, as always you can expect topnotch details with a nice interior, offering soft-to-the-touch materials and lots of easy-to-use techie devises. On the center console, there is plenty of room and the seats in the front are comfortable, cockpit ready.

In the rear, the backseats take a hit with the roofline being a bit tight and both head and legroom are lacking along with a view since the roof slopes so much.

With the rear seats up, you get 26 cubic feet of cargo room, with the seats down, however, that number climbs to 56 cubic feet, a noticeable improvement.

As for driving, the 2013 Acura ZDX is easy to drive with plenty of power and easy handling, allowing for a strong presence on the road thanks its all-wheel-drive, which means making cornering and curves, no matter the speed, an easy quest.

Should You Need to Know: You can go from zero to 60 on the 2013 Acura ZDX in about 7.4 seconds, making it a bit slower than the BMW X5 or X6, which is one of the topnotch competitors in this class.

Miles Per Gallon: This mid-size Acura hatchback comes in at 16 miles per gallon in the city and 23 miles per gallon on the highway.

Cost: The 2013 Acura ZDX price tag comes in at around $51,000.

Rita Cook is a writer/editor with over 1300 articles to her credit in the past 15-plus years. She is a frequent auto and travel contributor on a national radio show called “The Duva Show” where her “The Insider Mag’s” I’m Standing Here segment can be heard weekly between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. Monday evenings.

Cook is a member of the Texas Auto Writer’s Association and the North Texas Film Critics and writes for the Dallas Morning News, Focus Daily New, Living Magazine and Valley Scene Magazines as well as www.greensourceDFW. She also spends much of her time on the road traveling or working on books.

She recently received the 2012 Green Media Award from the North Texas Corporate Recycling Association.

Her latest book release is “Haunted Bartlesville, Oklahoma” from and she will be publishing her ninth book this spring about Prohibition-Era cocktails in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Follow Cook at Twitter at @ritacook13.

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Rita Cook is a writer/editor with over 1000 articles to her credit in the past 10-plus years. She is the co-host of a radio show in Los Angeles; Insider Mag Radio at KPRO 1570 am and is on from midnight to 12:30 a.m. Monday mornings.  Cook is a member of the Texas Auto Writer’s Association and also writes an eco-friendly column for the Dallas Morning News.


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