I am going to take some heat for this one…but Jimmy crack corn, I don’t care.
The Acura ZDX is a new vehicle to the Japanese automakers stable of well-built yet currently controversially styled cars. The ZDX blurs the line between sports sedan and wagon. That sounds like a recipe for convoluted and overwrought styling but thankfully this is not the case.
The ZDX boasts surprising and elegant lines that swoop, slide, and dive from the sharp nose to the wide rear. Angles, curves, flats, and straights are all applied here and work well together to create a package that differentiates itself from others on the road. As automotive enthusiasts, we often opine about how boring automotive design is in 99% of cars on the road. We talk about how we wish we could have something fun to drive and interesting to look at. The Acura ZDX, to steal a line from my friend Dan Roth of Autoblog, is like driving a concept car down the road. Yet it’s an Acura so it handles that road admirably and provides a top-notch, comfortable interior as well.
…for the front passengers at least.
I know there are quite a few of you who will disagree with this post, and that is part of what makes being an automotive enthusiast so great – we have opinions. This is the 2010 Acura ZDX and in my opinion it is a truly stylish vehicle, and a work of modern automotive art.
I will have a full review of the ZDX later this week, so stay tuned.
The Acura ZDX
19 responses to “The Acura ZDX”
The lines are elegant indeed in the photos here – it's the fact that there's another foot of car below the bottom of the second photo that ruins the proportions, in my eyes. If the body itself was several inches lower, and they slapped on a grille that didn't violate multiple clauses of the Geneva Convention, it'd be quite stylish.
I must argue with your description of said styling, as well – the blend of sports sedan and wagon is a sports wagon, such as an M5 estate or CTS wagon (CTW?). This is the blend of Infiniti FX and Nissan 370Z (if it somehow manages to handle) or Acura MDX and Honda CR-Z (if not). It's a partially-correct answer to an unasked question.Loading…
But it's too tall and CUV-like. Now, lower it several inches and lop about an inch of bodywork off the bottom and I'll agree.Loading…
Call us when you test the new TSX Wagon.Loading…
Well, I'd agree with you that they do have interesting styling and it's good that someone is willing to buck current trends and do something different. While I may not necessarily like all of Acura's design traits– the fact that it's different and not awful to look at (good looking though, is another question entirely) makes it a good thing and I hope Acura continues in the current direction.
On the other hand, I'm not sure I like the crazy swoopiness going on over at Mazda…Loading…
I too, like the ZDX – so far, it's been the best example of Acura's sometimes ridiculous design language (although it befits the MDX well too). Even with the extra height, it just feels like a Rally Fighter for DINKs, which is at least half-cool.Loading…
After seeing many shots of the ZDX on the webz, I thought it was damn ugly. When I saw it in person, I realized that the reason why I thought it was ugly is because every publication told me such. I wouldn't say I was misinformed, it is not my cup of tea, but ugly is quite extreme.
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I love it! Very unique, and we need vehicles like this. Too much bland in the automotive world today.Loading…
My name is Leo and I really like the ZDX and the Porsche Panamera.
Hell if I had the money I'd take a Panamera over the much drooled over Aston Martin Rapide which I find extremely boring.
Also the 458 Italia is damned ugly, it is a stylistic mess. But of course all the Journalist are drooling all over it.Loading…
I too love the ZDX, stunning shape and quite distinctive.
Too bad the rear seat is only suitable for the decapitated.
I sat in one at NAIAS and I had already read about the head banging rear door opening, so I entered very carefully. It took some interesting neck contortions to get in the rear without injury. In the 90 seconds that I was in there, I watched 2 or 3 people bang their head getting in and out the other side.Loading…