2010 Acura ZDX Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2010 Acura ZDX was new.


Interior: 8.3

Test drivers have more than enough good things to say about the all-new ZDX's ultra-plush cabin, which boasts high-quality materials and upscale features. Its Active Noise Canceling system makes the interior quiet, but in terms of functionality, the ZDX suffers. Its rear seats and cargo area are small compared with other midsize SUVs.

  • "The interior, though difficult to access through the rear doors, is roomy and filled with high-quality touches-loop carpet, a strut-equipped cargo-bin lid, and leather that feels like it slid off a side of Wagyu beef." -- Car and Driver
  • "The cabin is trimmed in top-notch materials, including supple leather with detail stitching. Non-leather surfaces are nicely grained, soft-touch plastics." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The ZDX's interior is absolutely gorgeous, with a beautiful curved dash and soft, natural-grain leather throughout. I've driven numerous luxury cars, including many far more expensive than the ZDX, and I don't recall ever seeing interior leather with such a quality look and feel to it." -- BusinessWeek
  • "Acura has long struggled to reach the heights of competitors such as Lexus, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz in the luxury department, but the ZDX steps up the company's game. While still retaining a driver focus, the cabin gains a nice contoured band of stitched leather." -- CNET
  • "From where we sit, Acura has done an amazing job within the cabin environment. Premium natural grain leathers and high quality plastics add a rich and warm feel to the cockpit. From the driver's seat, it looks, feels, and smells expensive." -- Autoblog
  • "The cockpit of this Acura is one of the nicest we've seen, period. It doesn't really break any new ergonomic ground, although everything is right where it should be. What makes it truly stand out is the design, which puts the driver and passenger in comfortable and attractive "pods," and the quality and tactile feel of the surfaces." -- Jalopnik


The Acura ZDX's seats are one of its few weaknesses. The front seats are adequate, but the rear seats are cramped due to the ZDX's sloping roofline. Optional heated and ventilated seats are available with the Advance Package.

For a roomier cabin, consider the more family-friendly Acura MDX, which provides three rows and costs $4,000 less than its new sibling. If you just want two rows, the Cadillac SRX provides a rear seat that's roomy enough for adults and costs $10,000 less than the ZDX.

  • "Demerits? A few, namely the challenging ingress/egress and a cramped back seat." -- Motor Trend
  • "Awkward rear entry. There are back doors, but the low roofline means you'll duck and tuck like a suspect going into the back seat of a squad car. Once in, leg and knee room are far better than suggested by the 31 inches of rear leg space in the specifications. That's due mainly to sculpting of the backs of the front seats. The curving roof, though, skirts the skull closely." -- USA Today
  • "Front seat headroom is adequate for average-size testers, but those above 6 feet will need a bit more clearance. The seats are all-day comfortable, but taller occupants may need a longer seat for more thigh support." -- Consumer Guide
  • "In a pinch, you could squeeze three adults into the back, but the seat is only really designed for two. Another inconvenience: There are no storage bins built into the rear doors." -- BusinessWeek
  • "Your no-kids will also enjoy the back seat, which is just the right size for nonexistent children. To be fair, existing children will fit back there, but double-income couples with more than two friends, or only two friends who happen to be over five-foot-nine, will need to take another car for longer Passionate Getaways." -- Jalopnik

Interior Features

On the inside, the ZDX is lavish even in base trim. Standard equipment includes an all-glass roof, leather interior, power tailgate and backup camera. The Technology model comes with the Technology Package, which adds hi-tech features like a navigation system (with voice recognition and real-time traffic/weather), a premium 10-speaker audio system, XM Satellite Radio, and a 15-Gigabyte media storage system. The Advance model comes with all of the above plus ventilated front seats and several advanced safety systems.

Though a few reviewers are overwhelmed by the number of buttons on the dashboard, most say it's intuitive enough to learn quickly.

  • "The sculpted instrument panel is a typical Acura design trait, but its two-tone scheme, trimmed in stitched leather, is nothing short of sumptuous." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The audio and climate controls are easy to use, but the sheer number of them takes some getting use to. The fact that the buttons are dark until the car is turned on only highlights the vast number of controls and cluttered look of the panel." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Acura's signature ELS audio system, using 10 speakers and a 435 watt amp, is also present. In our short time with the car, it sounded very good, producing excellent fidelity." -- CNET
  • "A lot of time and effort was spent in determining the best materials for surfaces in the ZDX, and it was time well spent. The leather, which Acura selects and applies by hand using techniques developed specifically for this car, is of especially high quality and is a tactile delight. Plastics are few but sturdy and soft-touch where they occur." -- Jalopnik
  • "Acura calls their center dashboard stack the Monolith, and although its dark-polished look doesn't quite gel with the sumptuousness of the concave ribbon of hand-stitched leather stretching across the dashboard, the central multifunction knob intuitively navigates through menu functions." -- Popular Mechanics


The Acura ZDX provides 26.3 cubic feet of space with all seats in use or 55.8 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down. These figures are low compared to most midsize SUVs. By contrast, the Lexus RX 350 provides 40 cubic feet with both its first and second rows in use, while the Cadillac SRX provides 29.20 cubic feet. If you need great cargo capabilities, the ZDX isn't a good choice. You can stay within the Acura brand by opting for the MDX, which provides a maximum 83.5 cubic feet with all seats folded down.

The ZDX may be less functional than competitors, but it does have one trick up its sleeve. The cargo area comes with detachable side panels that increase space for long, bulky objects.

  • "Imperfect cargo space. To carry four golf bags, for instance, you remove side panels from the cargo area and put them under the cargo floor." -- USA Today
  • "Small items storage is decent and comprised of a fairly shallow glovebox; a deep, two-tiered center console; and several small cubbies. The rear seats fold completely flat." -- Consumer Guide
  • "While it would never be described as spacious, hidden panels line both sides for expansion, and there's a generous storage area under the floor. The second-row seats also fold flat, in a standard split arrangement, for any oversize items." -- Autoblog

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