It’s always weird when a luxury car manufacturer insists on calling an egg-shaped SUV a “coupe.” One of the weirdest instances was the Acura ZDX, which Acura described as a “luxury four-door sports coupe.” Yes, Acura, a brand that is responsible for some truly iconic coupes like the NSX, Integra, and Legend had the audacity to call this thing a coupe. Anyway, we found a brown one!
What is the ZDX?
Excellent question. In 2009, the Acura ZDX was unveiled as a concept car with a profile similar to the BMW X6, one of the original luxury SUV “coupes.” Not long after the concept was unveiled, a production model was already being built for the 2010 model year. Other than the light signature, the production ZDX was almost identical to the bizarre ZDX concept. The ZDX was a concept car that became a reality which no one asked for.
The ZDX was an innocent victim of the unfortunate Acura “beak” grille design. The dreaded Acura beak looked ugly on every car it was on, but it was especially bad on the ZDX. Frankly, the body of this crossover doesn’t look that bad, and I kind of like how it looks from the back. But that face would’ve been better left as a sketch in the design studio.
We could talk about the styling of this Acura all day, but was the ZDX any good? It depends on how you define a good car in this unusual class. Like every other SUV “coupe,” cargo space and back-seat headroom are cramped and rear visibility is pretty bad. This is to be expected of a “four-door sports coupe” of this nature.
If you can get past those shortcomings, the ZDX was actually pretty good! It was mechanically similar to the more mainstream Acura MDX sharing a similar 3.7-liter J37 V6 making 300 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque. The ZDX weighed about 100 lbs less than the MDX, but was also a lot less practical and didn’t have three rows of seats like its more family-friendly stablemate.
When it was new, the ZDX was praised for its brawny standard V6, agile handling (partially thanks to standard SH-AWD), and an impressive level of interior quality. For those reasons, the ZDX, for all of its weirdness, actually presents a pretty good value in used luxury SUVs today.
Weird, Even by ZDX Standards
Every ZDX is weird, but this one that we found is weird even for a ZDX. It’s brown, but it doesn’t quite look like the Ionized Bronze Metallic (brown) paint option from the factory. It looks a little lighter and more orange. It would take a true ZDX aficionado to determine whether this is the factory paint color or not. Also, its beak is painted brown for more continuity. It also has aftermarket wheels that work pretty well on this “coupe” and reasonable mileage of about 87k.
Sure, you could get a milquetoast MDX for an SUV that can actually fit adult humans in the back seats plus some cargo. But this highly quirky ZDX would be a great way to stand out. Find an Acura ZDX for sale