2013 Acura ZDX Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2013 Acura ZDX was new.


Interior: 6.9

Reviewers say that the 2013 Acura ZDX has first-rate materials lining its cabin. They note that there are few ordinary plastics, but those that are used are soft to the touch. The ZDX also comes with an abundance of standard features, including a backup camera and parking sensors.

  • "Materials quality is excellent and include high-class leather upholstery with detail stitching." -- Consumer Guide
  • "This SUV's style-first exterior results in compromised interior visibility, tight rear passenger space, and a limited cargo bay." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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 (2010)
  • "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 (2010)


The ZDX seats up to five. It comes standard with leather upholstery and power-adjustable, heated and ventilated front seats. Reviewers note that the ZDX’s design severely limits visibility. As a result, some are happy that a backup camera and parking sensors are standard equipment. In back, they say the design limits headroom and makes the back seats feel cramped.

  • "Though it can technically seat five passengers, Acura has said this shapely crossover SUV is meant for two adults and their cargo. Try actually getting into the tight rear seat, and you'll find this was a smart move. Though the seats are clad in soft Milano leather, actually getting into them can be awkward and potentially head-bumping due to the vehicle's sloping roof." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Thick rear pillars, a small rear window, a horizontal bar across the tailgate, and sharply raked roof line combine to impede visibility straight back and to the corners. Thankfully, front- and rear-obstacle detection, a rearview camera, and blind-spot alert are standard." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Demerits? A few, namely the challenging ingress/egress and a cramped back seat." -- Motor Trend (2010)
  • "Poor rear visibility. Fat rear roof pillars and a horizontal crossbar partway down the tailgate's glass panel mean you'll need the rear-view camera and the blind-spot warning system." -- USA Today (2010)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2013 Acura ZDX include solar-sensing dual-zone climate control, navigation, a 10-speaker Dolby stereo, a USB port, Bluetooth and a multi-angle rearview camera.

Reviewers say the stereo sounds great and the gauges and navigation screen are easy to see. Some say the large number of dashboard buttons seem confusing at first.

See 2013 Acura ZDX specs »

  • "Need proof that rolling audio systems can rival the one in your home? Look no further than the 2013 ZDX. Now standard is a 10-speaker surround-sound system that plays CDs, DVD-Audio discs, and songs from a built-in hard drive." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The control layout mimics the MDX, for better and worse. We like the clear gauges and brightly lit navigation screen. Not so much the multitude of buttons both on the central dashboard stack and steering wheel." -- Consumer Guide
  • "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 (2010)


The 2013 Acura ZDX can carry up to 57.3 cubic feet of cargo with the second row folded down and 27.5 cubic feet behind the second row. These figures are low for the class. While reviewers are displeased with the amount of cargo space available, they say that small item storage is fairly good. A power liftgate is standard.

  • "Small-items storage is decent and comprised of a fairly shallow glovebox; a deep, two-tiered center console; and several small cubbies. The rear seat backs fold completely flat. The cargo area is disappointingly small." -- Consumer Guide

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