Acura Sends Off ZDX with a Facelift for its Final Year, Should we Say Good Riddance?

The Acura ZDX is a mid-size, luxury crossover that was launched in 2009 with the goal of rivaling the successful BMW X6. And we all know how that turned out; the ZDX failed miserably in its mission, shifting only 1,564 units in 2011 and a mere 416 in the first half of 2012.

If Acura‘s head honchos gave it the boot, everyone would understand the reasoning behind such a decision. In much the same way, it would make sense to revamp it in order to generate customer interest and higher sales, as it had previously said.

Doing both at the same time, though, is something rather unusual…

The official press release reads as follows:

“The innovative and stylish Acura ZDX crossover vehicle, introduced in 2009, will receive numerous styling and technology enhancements for the 2013 model year, which will be the final year on the market for ZDX as the Acura brand sharpens its focus on new models and core products.”

Of course, the company didn’t pull out all the stops for a model, which by its own admission, is already on the death row.

The 2013 MY ZDX gets a redesigned grille, dark wheel accents, front and rear parking sensors, power folding side mirrors, safety features like Forward Collision Warning and Lane Departure Warning systems.

Equipment is lavish, with a 435-watt, 10-speaker audio system sporting a 15 GB hard-disk drive, an 8-inch screen with a voice-recognition capable navigation system, Bluetooth connectivity, keyless entry and engine start and heated and ventilated front seats with perforated “Milano” leather upholstery.

“People shopping for a luxury crossover vehicle will find the Acura ZDX an even more attractive product”, said Jeff Conrad, vice president and general manager of Honda’s Acura division.

On the other hand, Acura will probably understand if buyers won’t come rushing in on its showrooms to purchase its “even more attractive product” and the 416 who have already bought the “old” model this year won’t be too willing to trade in either.

In any case, the 2013 MY ZDX goes on sale on October 19 with an MSRP of US$50,920, plus an US$895 destination charge.

So what do you say; will you miss the ZDX or do you think Acura did the right thing? Share your answers in the comments after the break.

By Andrew Tsaousis



Porsche Boxster GTS Goes Against BMW’s Z4 M40i In Straight Line Race

The Boxster GTS has roughly 25 hp more than the Euro-spec Z4 M40i – so who won this German roadsters’ fight?.

Warning: You May Fall In Love With This Modern-Day Lamborghini Miura

With the original widely acknowledged as one of the finest shapes in automotive history, an homage to the Miura would surely find lots of takers.

Connectivity Upgrades Raise 2020 Nissan NV200 Compact Cargo Prices By $530

The 2020 NV200 cargo van gains a new 7-inch touchscreen interface with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and SiriusXM Radio.

Kia Admits Stinger Successor Is In Doubt As Sales Didn’t Live Up To Expectations

The sports saloon was always going to be a halo car for Kia, yet they believed it would be successful at least in the U.S. – and that didn’t happen.

G-Power Pumps Up The Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Coupe To 789 HP

Thanks to new turbochargers and software, plus a few other parts, Merc’s super SUV benefits from a significant increase in power.

Semi-Truck Carrying 44,000 Lbs Of Nutella Crashes In Michigan

Good thing the chocolate delight was in jars and not liquid form, or that highway would probably be closed to traffic for more than 2.5 hours .

McLaren Speedtail Build Slot Pops Up For Sale At $5.5 Million

Production of the 1,035 HP hyper GT is limited to 106 units worldwide, so it’s to be expected for flippers to exploit this to the fullest.

Have A Listen At The Tesla Model 3’s Pedestrian Warning Sound

Tesla’s new noisemaker for the Model 3 actually makes two sounds, one for going forward and one for reverse, and they’re (fittingly) futuristic.

California And 22 Other States Sue U.S. Government Over Auto Emissions Standards

The war between the Trump administration, who revoked states’ rights to set their own standards, and state officials is escalating.

Mercedes Is Asking $53k For 22,000-Mile 1982 S-Class In Showroom Condition

Currently residing at the Mercedes-Benz Museum, this classic S-Class has undergone a thorough restoration by the company itself and is accompanied by all documents and invoices .