7.6

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.0
Performance: 7.7
Interior: 6.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.2
Safety: 9.2
Reliability:
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2013 Acura ZDX Review

The Acura ZDX has an upscale interior, athletic handling, and a comfortable ride. However, its limited rear-seat space, cargo room, and rear visibility demote this luxury SUV to the middle of its class.

Pros & Cons

  • Balanced ride and handling
  • Strong V6 engine
  • Quality interior materials
  • Subpar rear-seat and cargo space
  • Poor rear visibility

New for 2013

  • Final model year
  • Parking sensors and lane departure warning available

 

2013 Acura ZDX Overview

Is the 2013 Acura ZDX a Good Used SUV?

The 2013 Acura ZDX is a decent option if you’re shopping for a used two-row luxury midsize SUV. It’s fun to drive, stylish inside and out, and packed with many standard convenience and safety features. That said, there are far more practical options in this class that offer roomier seating and more cargo space, including the ZDX’s own sibling – the comparably priced seven-seat Acura MDX.

Used 2013 Acura ZDX Performance and Interior

The Acura ZDX has a 3.7-liter V6 engine with 300 horsepower. A six-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive (AWD) come standard. The ZDX’s big V6 rewards the driver with brisk acceleration and robust passing power, and the transmission provides prompt yet smooth gear changes. However, fuel economy is merely average by class standards at just 16 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. The Acura ZDX is rated to tow just 1,500 pounds, when properly equipped.

The ZDX strikes a fine balance between ride quality and handling. The SUV feels athletic in tight corners and surefooted on slippery road surfaces. When the roads get rough, the suspension does a nice job of smoothing out bumps and dips without feeling floaty. The steering is responsive and nicely weighted, and ZDX’s brakes provide confident stopping power.

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The five-seat Acura ZDX features an elegant cabin with great material quality and minimal noise at cruising speeds. The low driving position feels more akin to a sport coupe than a crossover SUV, and the soft leather seats offer excellent comfort and support. Unfortunately, the rear seats are short on both head- and legroom, and they’re awkward to get in and out of. There are two sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats. The ZDX’s coupe-like roofline also hinders rear visibility and cargo space. The ZDX has 27.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind its 60/40 split-folding rear seats and just 57.3 cubic feet with them folded flat, which is very small by class standards.

All used 2013 Acura ZDX models come jam-packed with standard features, including a navigation system, Bluetooth, voice recognition, a power tailgate, and a crisp 10-speaker audio system. While the dashboard is stylish, it has a large number of audio and climate control buttons. The arrangement becomes fairly intuitive over time, but you may find yourself using the backup steering wheel buttons more often than not.

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Used 2013 Acura ZDX Prices

The average price of a used 2013 Acura ZDX is about $25,400. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Reliable Is the 2013 Acura ZDX?

The 2013 ZDX has above-average reliability, earning a score of 3.5 out of five in JD Power’s reliability ratings.

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How Safe Is the ZDX?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the Acura ZDX a perfect five-star rating for its overall score and for side impact testing. The ZDX also received four stars in front crash and rollover testing. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave it a Good rating (the highest offered) for both seat safety and moderate overlap front crash safety.

All 2013 ZDX models have forward collision warning, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, front and rear parking sensors, and a multi-angle rearview camera.

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Is the 2013 ZDX the Best Model Year to Buy?

Acura launched the ZDX as an all-new model in 2010, but discontinued the slow-selling SUV after 2013. The ZDX’s only major changes occurred in this final model year, and they include an updated grille design, as well as the addition of parking sensors and lane departure warning. For the best value, consider the earlier ZDX models. You’ll get nearly all of the same features as the 2013 model but often at a much lower price.

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Which Used Acura ZDX Is Right for Me?

The 2013 ZDX has one well-equipped trim level. Standard features include a navigation system with an 8-inch screen, satellite radio, USB input, Bluetooth, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, ventilated and heated seats (front), cruise control, keyless entry, power-folding side mirrors, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, power tailgate, moonroof, and auto on/off headlights. Standard safety features include forward collision warning, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, parking sensors, and a rearview camera.

You may want to consider a certified pre-owned ZDX. With Acura's CPO program, there is a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty, and the original new-car powertrain warranty is extended to seven years or 100,000 miles. Acura CPO models must pass a 182-point inspection. Additional benefits may be available, so read Acura’s warranty page carefully.

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2013 Acura ZDX and Other SUVs to Consider

Which Is Better: 2013 Acura ZDX or 2013 Acura MDX?

The three-row 2013 Acura MDX and two-row ZDX share a common vehicle platform. In fact, both were assembled at the same Canadian factory. Each SUV earns praise for its strong V6 and well-rounded handling. But the MDX is the overall winner – and by a wide margin. It has a roomier cabin with seating for seven, a larger cargo hold, and more family-friendly features like a rear-seat DVD player. The MDX has a higher towing capacity and a superior reliability rating. Better still, used MDX models are often comparable in price to ZDX models.

Which Is Better: 2013 Acura ZDX or 2013 Honda Crosstour?

Despite their resemblance, the Honda Crosstour and Acura ZDX share little in common. The Crosstour, which is related to the Accord sedan, offers four- and six-cylinder engines that earn higher fuel economy (up to 22/30 mpg) than the ZDX. The Crosstour has roomier rear seats, and it’s available with a higher-tech touch screen and similar safety features like forward collision warning. Its interior isn’t as luxurious, and its overall cargo space trails the ZDX’s. Even so, the Honda Crosstour is the better vehicle and the far better buy. As an added bonus, used models are typically much less expensive.

Which Is Better: 2013 Acura ZDX or 2013 BMW X6?

The coupe-like BMW X6 suffers from a number of the same drawbacks that plague the ZDX: cramped rear seats, below-average cargo space, and limited rear visibility. While neither are top picks in the class, the X6 is less appealing in part because of its higher-than-average ownership costs.

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