A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Acura ZDX

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The 2012 Acura ZDX is a compact crossover that manages to combine luxury with a sleek format. It features a V6 engine, as well as seating for three passengers in the (small) back seat. Overall, the 2012 ZDX is a series of compromises that may or may not make it appealing to drivers.

Key Features

One of the most notable features on the 2012 Acura ZDX is the Integrated Dynamics System, which uses magnetic components to automatically adjust the suspension to the handling needs of the moment. The audio system is also a high point, and features 10 speakers, as well as a 15 GB hard drive (this is only available with the technology package).

Changes for 2012

There were no changes made from the 2011 model year.

What We Like

There are several high points to the 2012 Acura ZDX. The handling is very nice, thanks to the unique Integrated Dynamics System. There are also plenty of high-tech features throughout, as you’d expect from an automaker like Acura. The interior is very well appointed, even luxurious, with comfortable front seats that provide more than ample support for long drives.

What Concerns Us

While there’s lots to like about the 2012 ZDX, there are some things that do concern us. The V6 engine doesn’t supply anywhere near as much power as you’d expect. The cargo capacity is also very low. The back seat is more than cramped, too. While it’s designed for three people, it is difficult to fit two adults back there, particularly if they’re tall, as legroom is almost nonexistent.

Available Models

There is only one trim level available for the ZDX. It uses a 3.7-liter V6 engine with 300 hp and 270 lb-feet of torque, delivering 16/23 mpg (not particularly good for the segment). The only transmission on offer is a 6-speed automatic (there is no manual transmission available).

Major Recalls

No recalls have been issued for the 2012 Acura ZDX.

Common Issues

Most complaints about the 2012 Acura ZDX center on the car’s cramped rear seats and the lack of cargo space in the hatch (since this is neither a true hatchback nor an SUV). However, the engine’s lack of power is also a complaint, and comes as a surprise to most buyers (with 300 hp, you’d expect the car to get up and go, but that’s not the case).

Acura ZDX 2012 Interior


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