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Acura ZDX | The Japanese copy

By seeing the offer of electric vehicles grow, we suspected that one day or another Acura would join the ranks, even if this forces it to copy its neighbor. Indeed, the luxury brand has chosen not to start from a blank page, but rather to dress up and refine a model marketed by GM… The proportions of this fake real SUV strangely resemble those of the Cadillac Lyriq. This is not the result of chance. The ZDX incorporates most of the technical components of the American.

Regardless, the ZDX is not a clone of the Lyriq. Its design, both complex and simple, is original to say the least. And also aerodynamic to ensure as little resistance as possible to the air. Almost as long as an MDX, this vehicle, whose shapes resemble a curious cross between an SUV and a station wagon, is however narrower and lower. The ZDX, however, rides on a much longer wheelbase, which allows it to offer more rear clearance than the space found in the MDX's middle row. The quality of finish seems impeccable and the colors are superb.

The interior presentation is just as pleasing. Well almost. The quality of certain switches and trims stands out on board a vehicle sold at this price. We also find something to complain about with the ergonomics of certain controls, including that of the driving parameters selector, or even that of the headlights which is integrated into the infotainment screen. An idea from GM. But GM sometimes has very good (ideas) and Acura benefits from the Super Cruise semi-autonomous driving system.

  • Almost as long as an MDX, the Acura ZDX, whose shapes resemble a curious cross between an SUV and a wagon, is however narrower and lower.

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    Almost as long as an MDX, the Acura ZDX, whose shapes resemble a curious cross between an SUV and a wagon, is however narrower and lower.

  • Unlike in the United States, Acura's Canadian management limits its offering to the four-wheel drive ZDX.

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    Unlike in the United States, Acura's Canadian management limits its offering to the four-wheel drive ZDX.

  • The interior of the Acura ZDX

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    The interior of the Acura ZDX

  • The quality of finish of the Acura ZDX seems impeccable and the colors are superb.

    PHOTO PROVIDED BY ACURA

    The quality of finish of the Acura ZDX seems impeccable and the colors are superb.

  • The trunk of the Acura ZDX

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    The trunk of the Acura ZDX

  • Acura ZDX headlights

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    Acura ZDX headlights

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Do sports

Long, the ZDX relies on a 102 kWh battery to power two electric motors. Unlike in the United States, Acura's Canadian management limits its offering to the ZDX with four-wheel drive (and two engines). As a reminder, our neighbors to the South can opt for a configuration with one engine and two (rear) wheel drive. On the other hand, just like Americans, Canadians will have the choice between two versions: A-Spec and Type S. The latter, according to Acura representatives, should prove to be the most popular even if it involves a much higher outlay. and reduced autonomy compared to the A-Spec (see the “Technical sheet” tab). In short, we like the Type S for its increased performance, but is it really necessary? No.

This race for power – and weight – creates a risk of trivialization, especially since with an electric motor and a large battery, achieving such a level of performance is in reality not that complicated.

In addition to the responsiveness of its electric motors and the very low center of gravity, the ZDX makes us appreciate from the first turns of the wheel the optimal distribution of weight between the front and the rear (practically 50-50). Despite its significant weight, the ZDX does not fear winding roads and reveals rather neutral behavior. However, it will be criticized for unnecessarily heavy steering (regardless of the driving parameter selected) and a large turning circle which, potentially, is likely to make it a little exhausting in an urban environment.

Behind the wheel, the ride is plush without being cottony. We never tire of driving it with complete peace of mind, like many electric vehicles. The problem comes from the too attenuated sensations it provides. While the ZDX doesn't lack punch, it suffers from a deficit in character.


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Brand/Model

Acura ZDX

Price range

From $84,990 to $91,490

Eligible for government grants

No

Autonomy

489 km (A-Spec), 447 km (S-Type)

WE love

Spacious rear seats
Comfort and quiet ride
Energy efficiency (A-Spec)

We like less

Turning circle – heavy steering
Ergonomic faults
Technology developed by a third party (GM)

Our verdict

A good start, but an uncertain future all the same

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