So, take a look at the latest Acura ZDX. Actually, take a fast look because after just 3 years on the market, it is going bye-bye.
For some reason, it has proven to be absolutely immune to sales, moving only 5500 vehicles since it was introduced in 2009.
On the bright side, it will be one of those limited run rarities that pop up on Ebay every now and again labeled as a rare classic.
OK, it’s not a classic, but it will be rare, and that’s a shame. It isn’t an unattractive car, but you have to wonder what Acura was thinking. I mean these are guys who don’t make a lot of miscalculations.
They wanted a sporty fastback sedan, so they based it on a 4-wheel-drive SUV, the Honda Pilot which is, of course, also the basis for the upscale Acura MDX.
Think of this as an MDX with all that pesky room removed, and a grill that looks like a bottle opener.
In fact, the rear seat is virtually inaccessible. But the car is very attractive, and would have sold well as a pure sedan, but the jacked up ride height, and very premium price worked against it, I think.
Inside, it is lovely with typical Honda attention to detail and workmanship. The 300-horsepower 3.7-liter V6 would be more than adequate in a lighter vehicle, but this thing is over 2-tones, weighing in at 4500 pounds.
On the road, it will hit 60 miles per hour in just under 7 seconds, and drinks fuel at an average of 19 miles per gallon. Handling is best described as tentative.
Our loaded example came to $51,815 yankee dollars, and I am reminded of a legendary scouting report on a young baseball player… “he can’t hit, but then again, he can’t field either.”
That’s probably a little unfair since the ZDX will no doubt please all 5544 people who bought one. Honda or Acura don’t make many mistakes, the Honda vigor comes to mind, but they usually correct them quickly.
In the case of the attractive but underwhelming ZDX, they have.