2012 Acura ZDX Review

Reviewers liked the 2012 Acura ZDX’s posh interior and powerful V6 engine, but said it doesn't offer much rear-seat passenger or cargo space.

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful engine
  • Composed ride and handling
  • Cramped rear seat
  • Small cargo hold




Critics' Rating: 7.4
Performance: 8.0
Interior: 7.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.1
Safety: 9.0
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2012 Acura ZDX Overview

Test drivers said the 2012 Acura ZDX’s standard V6 engine delivers plenty of power and the six-speed automatic shifts briskly. All-wheel drive is standard. The 2012 Acura ZDX gets an EPA-estimated 16/23 mpg city/highway, which is on par with the fuel economy of rival SUVs equipped with all-wheel drive. Reviewers said the ZDX has a comfortable ride, feels light on its feet and corners with agility. A few mentioned that the RDX drives a lot like a car, but critics said that despite its controlled handling, the ZDX isn't especially fun to drive.

The 2012 Acura ZDX impressed reviewers with its upscale interior and rich leather surfaces. The automotive press said there’s adequate room in the front and the seats are comfortable, but some complained that the sloping roofline decreases rear visibility. Critics added that the rear seats feel tight and have limited headroom. The ZDX has one of the smallest cargo holds in the class, at 55.8 cubic feet of space with the rear seats folded. The 2012 ZDX comes with an eight-speaker CD audio system, Bluetooth, satellite radio, a USB port, an auxiliary input, a panoramic moonroof, leather seats, heated and power-adjustable front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power liftgate and a rearview camera. Available features include push-button start, voice-controlled navigation with an 8-inch display, a multi-view rearview camera, a 10-speaker ELS audio system, adaptive cruise control, collision mitigation braking and blind spot monitoring. Audio, climate and navigation controls are generally easy to use, reviewers said, though it can take a while to acclimate to using the central controller to operate these systems.

Other SUVs to Consider

Auto writers said the 2012 Audi Q7 has a powerful supercharged V6 engine and praised its composed and steady ride. The Q7 seats seven and has more cargo space than the ZDX.

With front-wheel drive, the 2012 Lincoln MKX gets a better fuel economy rating than the ZDX and reviewers said it has comfortable ride and a quiet cabin. The MKX has two rows of seats and test drivers said the second row is spacious and will easily accommodate three passengers.

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