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2012 Acura ZDX - Action

The expected release date for the 2012 Acura ZDX is late in 2011. It is too soon to know exactly what form that release will take. No details have been given out about body styling changes, but it should keep the flush rear door handles and glass roofline that it is known for. If tradition continues, it will have a well-appointed, cubby-laden interior, trendy exterior, and passionately aggressive performance. The color choices for the 2012 ZDX are anticipated to continue with a palate of metallic and pearl that is reminiscent of the muted colors and mists of an autumn storm.

Performance

Under the hood, it is expected that crossover enthusiasts will continue to find the 300 horsepower 3.7-liter aluminum V6 engine with the variable valve timing and lift control that Honda is known for. That most likely means that the Acura ZDX's diet of premium grade fuel will maintain the current EPA fuel economy rating of 16/23 mpg for city/highway driving as well.

History

The ZDX is a newcomer to the Acura line with a history that began at the New York auto show in 2009. It was Honda's first vehicle developed start to finish on North American shores at the Acura Design Studio in California and the assembly plant in Ontario, Canada. It was also the first to have a female designer on the design team. The ZDX is built on Acura's MDX underpinnings that give it a touch of SUV handling in a coupe. At an off-road testing ground in Michigan, the handlers were surprised and impressed by the performance to the 2010 model. Because the model is so new, there are no established records of resale value, but Kelleys Blue Book projects that the ZDX will retain its value slightly better than comparable crossovers.

Safety Features

Standard safety features include all-weather traction with all wheel drive, blind spot warning system, vehicle stability assist, tire monitoring, airbags, and active front head restraints. It meets and exceeds all government child safety regulations.

How the 2012 Acura ZDX Compares to Other Cars

The Acura ZDX's exterior styling may have similarities with an Alfa Romeo but the chief competitor is the BMW X6, and to a lesser extent the Porsche Cayenne. These are the cars that bring sporty utility to urban streets with a streak of sophistication.


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