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Rare Acura ZDX future collector car

The first time one views Acura’s retired ZDX Crossover, the question as to what is it, and where can I find one? comes to mind. Acura’s lowest production volume vehicle of this millennium is destined to be a collector car.
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The first time we viewed Acura ZDX working its way through a high-end retail shopping center, we weren’t quite sure what we were looking at; an upsized Chrysler Crossfire, BMW X6, Volvo XC60 re-do? We’d previously encountered the soon to be outgoing Honda Crosstour, and while ZDX does sport a distant cousin similarity to Crosstour, ZDX design takes the quirky organic, hard body line, fat rear-end design attributes of Crosstour and Acura-izes them.

ZDX is big and bold by Acura measures; excessively opulent and socially puffy bordering on the grandiose; think MDX SUV crossed with TL, throw in a hatchback and angle chop drop the rear roof line; that’s ZDX; don’t forget the glass roof.

Cadillac CTS wagon had nothing on this beast; what was it? ZDX is that full figured gal down the street with the pretty face; tough to dismiss, impossible to ignore. Perhaps ZDX was under marketed, or the U.S. just wasn't ready for this exceptional looking sports- hatchback with true off road capabilities.

Interestingly enough when introduced at the 2009 New York International Auto Show as a 2010 model, ZDX was not referred to as a Crossover. Concept designer Michelle Christian had labeled the groundbreaking automotive departure as a “4-door sports coupe” while Acura PR stated ZDX “blurs the distinction between coupe, sedan and sport utility vehicle;” it still does. You won’t find anything else like ZDX on the road today.

An Acura of many firsts

The First Acura design to come out of Honda’s Torrance studio is just different enough to separate the ZDX driver from the sport-crossover crowd. While originally directed at the premium U.S. crossover market, caught in the doldrums of a then floundering U.S. recovery, ZDX didn’t sell well.

Designed by Acura’s first women designer, ZDX exterior lines are stunning. A meld of organic body curve meets hard chine side line works the eye. With interior accommodations sporting hand stitched leather seats, panoramic glass roof with removable sun shades, high grade hard and soft material finished surfaces; ZDX shouts Acura-grade quality with just a touch of understated elegance. The Acura grill, you’ll either like it or you won’t.

Tech? Yes, it has it all: Available in 3 trim variants, ZDX can take you from a decent stereo and Bluetooth connectability to state of the art Acura/ELS Surround premium audio as found in 2015 TLX with voice command navigation; but, it doesn’t come cheap.

Built on the Honda Pilot, Acura MDX platform, ZDX features SH-AWD for exceptional sure footed on and off-road traction and handling. ZDX was the first Acura to feature a 6 speed automatic transmission. Coupled with the maker’s mechanically bullitproof 300 horsepower 3.7 liter V6 this midsize crossover is fun to drive and mechanically reliable.

MSRP and fuel economy killed ZDX sales

Unfortunately for Acura ZDX $2 gasoline arrived a year or two too late. A stated MPG of 16 city/22 highway slowed ZDX sales to a crawl in a day of $4 per gallon gasoline. And, for those not concerned with the price of gasoline, a beginning MSRP of $45,495 to $57,995(2010) drove would-be ZDX buyers to competing brands.

Looking to recall records we discovered ZDX to be one of Acura’s most reliable offerings. With only one initial side airbag recall, manufactured quality is not the issue as to low volume ZDX sales.

Why Acura ZDX is destined to be a collector car

Introduced in April of 2009 as a 2010 model, ZDX production ended in 2013. Looking to the numbers: We find ZDX to be the rarest of U.S. manufactured Acura offerings. With a total of 7191 vehicles produced and sold in North America, exceptional styling and several Acura firsts, ZDX is destined for car collections the world over.

We look to initial 2009 sales(81) and the last year of production(2013)to be the “go to year” for serious Acura collectors. With a mere 410 ZDX of all trim variants sold in North America for 2013, resale prices are holding with $24,000 to $27,500 being paid for low mileage 2010 Acura ZDX; the only units(3) we find available for sale on the West Coast of the U.S..

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Good day Parks. Yep, I think you nailed it, I think the MSRP was the killer, (not that it wasn't worth it), but wasn't exactly the, "Bargain" Honda/Acura is generally known for. I almost bit. Hindsight being 20/20, should have. As far as the ZDX design, I find it to be killer and will remain so for some time to come. Design wise, the Crosstour for me somehow misses the boat, looks like a pumped up Accord, which is not entirely a bad thing, (too conservative for my taste), just not nearly as, "Groundbreaking" as the ZDX design. I'm kinda surprised that you don't see more on the road, (almost never see one). When they first came out I thought Acura had a HUGE hit on their hands. The market is so fickle, go figure. The numbers you site as being sold is a shocker to me.
Yes JeffS, I too was surprised as to the low production volume. Knowing that the average development cost of a new model runs well into the high 9 figures,(TLX was $ 800 million,) ZDX was a big financial hit for Acura. Take care.
I was gonna say, based on sales, it sounds like they didn't even cover the cost of the tooling. Wonder if they sold overseas? At the time was a pretty good chunk of change, I remember thinking, if it was only 5000.00 less I would've jumped. Be Well.
Built in the U.S. I find no record of export.
The ZDX was only ever built in Alliston Ontario Canada. It was originally intended for mid-life crisis, empty nesters who dont really need to put people in the back seat.
Thanks Mark. Right you are. nonetheless, a great looking vehicle. Still, don't find any export data for ZDX.
Actually, the 2012 Advance model would be the most sought after is the 2013's content was cut-down as a last ditch effort.
Thanks Benson.
I think the 2013 model will be the collectors item. Only 362 were made and the front grill was updated to look way better. The 2010-12 all look exactly the same. The small number and different grill should make it more desirable.
Greg, I agree with you. A rare find!
Likewise, I had my eye on the zdx before it was still in promotion stages. Had test drives as a loaner while my mdx car was being repaired. Loved it but backseat was basically the deal breaker for me. Right on as a person on mid-life crisis, empty nester/or kids have grown up. Just ready to give myself a reward for all the many years of hard work and family obligations. As life turns out, lost my income and the càr just became a wishfull dream car. Now separated, still admire the car. Backseat is now more of a less-of-a-dealbreaker. Getting myself into financial stability; And maybe one day, able to get a good deal on this dream car.
Best of luck William. It reads as if we've followed a similar trail. You'll have your car!
I think the ZDXis a cool car and rare gem; but it failed because the MDX was bigger and cheaper. Not to mention it's a gas pig that requires premium fuel (double whammy). Your buying an SUV that has a chopped roof... Why not buy a sedan? For $50k and poor fuel economy you can buy a muscle car!
I'm actively on the hunt for one of these and they are extremely hard to find around here.
Wow, i have one and it's such a rare beauty, just when i was thinking of getting something else, it's just so hard for me to let go because i think it will truly become a collectors item sometime later....Thanks everyone, the reviews got me loving it once again. It was actually a dream for me to get it, i couldn't sleep for so many months just to get it.
Enjoy your Acura ZDZ Sammie! Thanks for dropping in.