2010 Acura ZDX by pengxiang


									2012 Acura ZDX                                                       INTRODUCTION


The 2012 Acura ZDX is a personal sports coupe that defies categorization. With the
stunning good looks of a performance coupe and the four-door convenience and comfort
of a sedan, the ZDX is an enticing study in contrasts. Flexible cargo utility and multi-
surface, all-season capability further broaden the ZDX’s appeal. With its sensuous curves,
sharply raked roofline and bold fender flares, the segment-bending ZDX transcends the
traditional distinctions between coupe, sedan and sport utility vehicle.

Visually and functionally, the Acura ZDX luxury 4-door sports coupe’s inventive
―Passionate Getaway‖ concept defines this Acura as a completely different type of
personal luxury vehicle. As the term suggests, the ZDX is designed primarily to provide a
means of freedom and escape for two adults and their cargo— whether cargo is luggage
for a weekend, sporting equipment or newfound antiques. As such, the ZDX is the perfect
enabler of a ―passionate getaway‖ that is simultaneously renewing and rewarding.

Powering this getaway vehicle is a responsive, efficient and clean 300-hp VTEC® V-6
engine teamed with Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®) that establishes the
ZDX as one of the most innovative luxury vehicles on the market. The ZDX offers a
highly personal sports coupe driving experience combined with off-road capability—
along with the refinement and quality that Acura customers expect.

As the first start-to-finish design to come from the new Acura Design Studio in Southern
California, the ZDX reflects the desires of luxury buyers who want to experience life to
the fullest. Developed first and foremost as a driver’s vehicle, the ZDX offers an
available Integrated Dynamics System (IDS) that provides a choice between Comfort and
Sport suspension settings along with variable steering assist that allows the ZDX to
effortlessly morph from a supremely comfortable highway cruiser to a formidable back-
road dance partner. Developed and tuned using Germany’s famed Nürburgring road
course, the ZDX chassis is more than capable of handling challenging road conditions—
while still retaining off-highway capability.

From the signature Acura front grille to the artful use of strong character lines and the
industry’s longest continuous glass roof, the ZDX adds a new dimension to the luxury
market and sets a new standard for personal expression. This personalized style carries
over to the 5-passenger interior, where premium features include a leather-accented
instrument panels, sport-oriented leather front seats with heating and available
ventilation, available Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™, AcuraLink®
Satellite Communication System with AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic and Weather™, and
an available 10-speaker Acura/ELS Surround® Premium Audio System. Unique available
features include a multi-view rearview camera system, Collision Mitigating Braking
System™ (CMBS™), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and a blind spot information system

2012 Acura ZDX                                                                               INTRODUCTION

The ZDX advances the definition of personal style, luxury and performance to the highest
level in Acura Division history. Developed by Acura engineers in Ohio and manufactured
in Alliston, Ontario, Canada, the ZDX is a significant contributor to North American
productivity and jobs. And with its low-impact manufacturing, factory waste recycling
programs and a significant reduction in the use of harmful materials, the ZDX is more
environmentally friendly.


    3.7-liter SOHC, aluminum V-6 engine
    300 hp at 6,300 rpm and 270 lbs-ft of torque at 4,500 rpm
    11.2:1 compression ratio
    Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (VTEC®) for intake valves
    Dual-stage induction system with lightweight magnesium intake manifold
    Computer-controlled Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI)
    Direct ignition system
    Detonation/knock control system
    High-flow, sport-tuned dual exhaust system with dual stainless-steel outlets
    EPA TIER 2—BIN 5 and CARB LEV II ULEV emissions
    100,000-mile tune-up intervals*
    Estimated 16/23/19 mpg** (city/highway/combined)
    Sequential SportShift 6-speed automatic transmission
    Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®)

*Does not apply to fluid and filter changes. Exact mileage is determined by actual driving conditions.

**Based on 2012 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008.
Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.


    Unit body structure with extensive use of high-strength steel
    Xenon High-Intensity Discharge (HID) bi-functional front headlights
    Acoustic front windshield glass
    Panoramic glass roof
    Power rear tailgate
    Fully independent front suspension with MacPherson struts and coil springs
    Fully independent multi-link rear suspension with trailing arms
    Available Integrated Dynamic System (Active Damper System combined with
     Electronic Controlled Power Steering)
    Torque-sensing, variable power-assist rack-and-pinion steering
    19x8.5-inch, 7-spoke aluminum wheels
    Michelin Latitude P255/50R19 103H M+S all-season tires
    Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

2012 Acura ZDX                                                       INTRODUCTION

   4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD)
    and Brake Assist
   Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with traction control
   Hill Start Assist
   1,500-pound tow rating
   LED illuminated Center High Mounted Stop Light (CHMSL)
   Heated outside mirrors with Reverse gear tilt-down feature and integrated LED
    directional turn signals


   5-passenger leather-trimmed seating
   10-way adjustable power-activated driver seat
   8-way adjustable power-activated front passenger seat
   Heated front seats
   Dual-zone, dual-mode automatic climate control system
   Automatic humidity control system
   Leather-wrapped 3-spoke steering wheel with LED-illuminated fingertip controls
    and racing-inspired paddle shifters
   Power tilt and telescoping steering column
   LED backlit gauges with progressive illumination
   High-resolution Multi-Information Display (MID) allows access to multiple
    electronic functions and customizable feature settings
   Rearview mirror with rear view camera display
   5-position straight gate transmission shifter
   Electronic cruise control
   8-speaker audio system with 6-disc CD changer, AM/FM radio, XM® Radio and
    Bluetooth® Audio
   USB port connectivity (for iPod®, iPhone®, or removable USB mass storage devices)
   Auxiliary jack connectivity (for portable MP3 music players)
   Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® wireless telephone interface
   Panoramic glass roof with tilt, auto-open and key-off operation along with power-
    operated mesh fabric shades
   2-position memory function (for seating position, mirror adjustments, radio presets,
    climate control settings, MID presets and more)
   LED interior illumination and map lights
   Available Technology Package (see below for features)
   Available Advance Package (see below for features)

2012 Acura ZDX                                                                           INTRODUCTION


   Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure
   Impact-absorbing crumple zones (front and rear)
   Driver and front passenger dual-stage, multiple-threshold Supplemental Restraint
    System (SRS) airbags
   Driver and front passenger knee bolsters
   Driver and front passenger 2-chamber side airbags with Occupant Position Detection
    System (OPDS) for front passenger
   Side curtain airbags (with integrated rollover sensor) for front and second-row
    outboard seats
   Front seats with integrated active head restraint system
   3-point adjustable-height front seat belts with automatic tensioning system and load
   LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) child-seat mounting system for
    the second-row seats

Technology Package
 Upgraded interior trim with perforated full-grain Milano leather seating surfaces
 Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™
 8-inch, full VGA, high-resolution color display with LED backlighting
 AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic with Traffic Rerouting™
 AcuraLink Real-Time Weather™ with weather radar image maps
 Interface dial (provides quick, intuitive access to navigation, audio, climate control
   and other features)
 Acura/ELS Surround® premium 10-speaker audio system with DVD-Audio, DTS™,
   CD, AM/FM radio, XM® Radio, Bluetooth® Audio, 15 gigabytes of dedicated hard
   disk drive (HDD) media storage space (with 3,500-song* capacity) and a 435-watt
   Digital Signal Processing
 AcuraLink® Satellite Communication System (allows interface between the ZDX and
   Acura, including the ability to make automated appointments for vehicle service)
 Keyless Access System (with Smart Entry and pushbutton ignition)
 Multi-view rear camera
*Approximate capacity based on an average size of 4.2 MB per song at a 128kbps bitrate

Advance Package (includes all items in the Technology Package)
 Integrated Dynamic System (IDS)
 Active Damper System (ADS)
 Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
 Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™)
 Blind spot information system (BSI)
 Heated and ventilated front seats
 Premium brushed tricot headliner material
 Sport steering wheel
 LED illumination for door handles

2012 Acura ZDX                                                          INTRODUCTION


With its groundbreaking exterior design, sumptuous interior appointments and impressive
powertrain and chassis dynamics, the ZDX is Acura’s new definition of luxury and
performance. As a 4-door sports coupe, the ZDX finds its competition in multiple market
segments. In the small but growing near-luxury Crossover Utility Vehicle (CUV)
segment, the BMW X6 and Infiniti FX35 are direct competitors, but sedans like the
Mercedes-Benz CLS or a stylish sports coupe such as the Porsche Cayman may also
appeal to the ZDX’s target buyer. Regardless, the number of competitors is expected to
grow as the population matures, becoming couples again (rather than large family units)
and enjoying the fruits of their career success through travel, second homes and unique
lifestyle activities.


ZDX customers share a passion for connecting with life in a very real way, with personal
experiences taking precedence over possessions. Whether that’s snow skiing an
undiscovered trail, making a first ascent on a mountain peak, finding an undiscovered
winery or collecting antiques, authentic experiences are what drive the ZDX target
buyer— and what make the ZDX a personal reflection of the lifestyle that the owner has

The same can be said for the vehicles these individuals drive. ZDX study target
customers may own a sports car as well as an SUV, and express interest in a vehicle with
the inspired design of a sports coupe together with all-weather and all-terrain capabilities.
A sheep in wolf’s clothing would not do; their ideal vehicle would need to offer real
performance capabilities in addition to luxury and style.

Early in the design process Acura benchmarked the competition to ensure that the ZDX
would not only meet Acura’s rigid standards, but also equal or surpass its rivals. The
reason is simple: With its dramatic exterior design, the ZDX will invite owners of many
different vehicle brands into Acura showrooms. And when they drive the ZDX, the
experience has to immediately exceed their expectations— no matter what vehicle they
currently drive.

All told, the ZDX is designed to capture the attention of a growing market segment with
its unique design, premium Acura engineering and authentic usability that invites nothing
less than full participation in life’s adventures.


The 2012 ZDX uses a 3.7-liter VTEC® V-6 engine that continues Acura’s longstanding
mission to provide V-8 level horsepower and torque while retaining the size and fuel
efficiency of a V-6. The ZDX’s 3.7L engine develops 300 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of
torque along with providing excellent acceleration response, outstanding low- and mid-
range torque and exciting high-rpm power.

2012 Acura ZDX                                                                         INTRODUCTION

To widen the powerband while simultaneously improving fuel efficiency, the 3.7-liter
engine has a 2-rocker arm design VTEC® (Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic
Control) system applied to the intake valves, a computer controlled dual-stage intake
manifold and an electronic Drive-by-Wire™ throttle system.

EPA estimated city/highway/combined fuel economy of 16/23/19 mpg and a large 21-
gallon fuel capacity mean the ZDX has a long cruising range. The ZDX complies with
the latest EPA TIER 2 – BIN 5 and CARB LEV II ULEV emissions
standards. Performance and fuel economy benefit from the
ZDX’s 6-speed automatic transmission, and the transmission’s
quick-response Sequential SportShift function is designed to
satisfy the most discerning enthusiast drivers.

Originally tuned on the famed Nürburgring circuit in Germany, the
ZDX’s Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®) system provides handling
precision that sets a benchmark for SUVs. SH-AWD® uses torque vectoring to actively
vary the distribution of power between the front and rear axles (as well as between the
left and right rear wheels) to provide maximum power delivery under all driving
circumstances. In addition to the torque vectoring, SH-AWD® overdrives the outside rear
wheel up to 1.7 percent faster than the front wheels to create a ―yaw moment‖ that helps
the ZDX to better rotate around a corner— thus minimizing understeer.

*Based on 2012 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008.
Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.


Designed to merge the emotional appeal of a sports coupe and all-season, all-surface
versatility, the ZDX breaks new barriers for Acura and for the luxury market. Its
―Passionate Getaway‖ design honors the driver and passenger first, while also providing
an impeccably finished luggage storage area that bests that of most luxury sedans. The
rear seat area, with its abbreviated doors and door handles creatively integrated into the
C-pillar, accommodates three additional passengers as required for occasional trips. But
overall, the ZDX targets its mission as a 2-passenger personal escape vehicle with
unmistakable Acura style.

The design of the wide rear fenders and narrow rear cabin give the ZDX a decisive and
powerful appearance, but such design also created a significant engineering challenge to
put into production. After experimenting with numerous manufacturing processes, a
unique stamping process was developed, allowing the ZDX prototype’s extremely deep-
draw rear quarter panels to become reality. The ―Keen Edge‖ body character lines are
also the sharpest in Acura history, further defining and individualizing the ZDX from any
other vehicle.

2012 Acura ZDX                                                         INTRODUCTION

In front, the ZDX adopts Acura’s signature ―floating‖ grille, which is surrounded by a
honeycomb-design air opening and is finished in an elegant satin metallic. Windswept
high-intensity discharge (HID) headlights, aggressive cooling inlets and careful attention
to radiator airflow boost cooling efficiency as well as fuel economy. The bodyside is
equally inspiring, with strong character lines sweeping rearward, promoting a sense of
motion and tension. The dramatically sloping rear body fully delivers on the ZDX’s
sports coupe inspiration, with large, confident fender flares, a center character line
continuing rearward from the hood to the back hatch, and an effective rear lip spoiler that
helps air separate cleanly from the vehicle. Located on the roof is a combination
AM/FM/XM® Radio fin-type antenna that is a world first for the automotive industry.

Besides the dramatic deep-draw rear quarter panels, the ZDX’s signature design element
is its panoramic glass roof that provides occupants with a breathtaking view of the world
around them. Sliding externally above the roof to maximize interior headroom, the UV-
light absorbing glass panel is the largest moonroof ever used on an Acura vehicle. A
fixed glass panel above the rear seat further brightens the interior. Altogether, the
panoramic glass roof, aerodynamically raked windshield, and unique upper and lower
glass panels in the rear hatch give the ZDX an almost uninterrupted glass surface from
the front of the windshield to the rear of the vehicle. During assembly, the panoramic
glass roof structure is attached to the ZDX from above (instead of inside, as is usually the
case) and features flush mounted seals for a supremely low-noise cruising environment.

To help reduce vehicle mass and improve structural rigidity that is important for ride,
handling and safety, 48-percent of the ZDX body is constructed of high-strength steel,
with an additional 5-percent of the body constructed of aluminum components (such as
the hood and instrument-panel support). The ZDX utilizes MacPherson strut front
suspension and a multi-link rear suspension design, with additional rear-suspension
subframe connectors for maximum isolation from road noise, vibration and harshness. A
choice of wheels includes standard 19x8.5-inch aluminum units—another first for
Acura—and available 20x9-inch aluminum wheels. Both wheels carry ZDX-specific
Michelin Latitude M+S tires for excellent all-weather performance.

With its Active Damper System suspension, the ZDX’s available Integrated Dynamics
System (IDS) offers dramatically different driving personalities thanks to separate
Comfort and Sport settings. A luxuriously comfortable touring vehicle, the ZDX can turn
into a tiger on mountain roads at the quick turn of a switch to change suspension damping
modes along with steering feel.

The Active Damper System uses sophisticated Magneto-Rheological design dampers and
specific computer algorithms to quickly and continuously adapt to road conditions. The
IDS system incorporates the vehicle’s speed-sensing power steering as well, giving the
driver a satisfyingly different steering feel in each damper mode (Comfort versus Sport).

2012 Acura ZDX                                                        INTRODUCTION

All ZDX models come with a rear view camera. The standard ZDX displays the rearview
image within the rearview mirror, while the Technology Package and Advance Package
displays multi-view camera information on the instrument panel-mounted full VGA color
navigation screen. When equipped with the Advance Package, the ZDX also includes a
blind spot information system (BSI) that can detect other vehicles when they are in the
blind spot of the ZDX driver.

The ZDX has a 1,500-pound tow rating and can be fitted with a Class I hitch, as well as
over a dozen other items available from Acura Genuine Accessories.


The ZDX’s innovative ―2+Freedom‖ design motive (Acura’s term for the ZDX providing
two adults with the freedom of escape) extends into the interior, which prioritizes the
comfort and convenience of the driver and front passenger. Wide-opening front doors,
flowing interior shapes, and niceties such as leather accents throughout the cabin define
the ZDX as nothing short of the most dramatic Acura yet. A hand-stitched leather
dashboard and center console gracefully sweeps across and down to form the dual
cockpit interior design that creates a personal and intimate experience for front seat
passengers. Together with a panoramic glass roof, striking LED-illuminated center
console, 10-way adjustable power driver’s seat and 8-way adjustable power front
passenger’s seat with seat heaters, the ZDX cuts no corners on comfort or luxury.

The list of standard electronic features is impressive, including LED backlit gauges, a
high-resolution Multi-Information Display (MID), XM® Radio, Bluetooth® Audio and
USB port connectivity for the 8-speaker audio system, a Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®
wireless telephone interface and rearview camera.

Two special packages further define the ZDX. The Technology Package adds a host of
premium features such as Perforated Milano leather seating surfaces, a Navigation
System with Voice Recognition™, an 8-inch full VGA high-resolution color display, a
multi-view rearview camera, AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic with Traffic Rerouting™,
AcuraLink Real-Time Weather™, a superb Acura/ELS Surround® premium 10-speaker
audio system with DVD-Audio, Song By Voice™ (SBV), Keyless Access System (with
Smart Entry and pushbutton ignition) among other features. The Advance Package adds
valuable driving aids including Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Collision Mitigating
Braking System™ (CMBS™), blind spot information system (BSI), ventilated front seats
and more.

2012 Acura ZDX                                                         INTRODUCTION


The ZDX reaches the next level of safety with its Advanced Compatibility Engineering™
(ACE™) body structure and a comprehensive array of active and passive safety features.
Its ACE™ body structure more evenly distributes collision forces throughout the vehicle
and helps maintain the integrity of the passenger cabin in the event of a severe frontal
collision. Moreover, with ACE™, the ZDX employs a special frame member located
below the front bumper that is designed to help engage the front bumper of smaller

Numerous standard ―active safety‖ features that help the ZDX driver avoid collisions
include Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®), an anti-lock braking system (ABS) with
Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist, and a Tire Pressure Monitoring
System (TPMS). Additional active safety features included in the available Advance
Package include: Collision Mitigating Braking System™ (CMBS™), which helps reduce
the likelihood of a collision by alerting the driver to potential collision situations and
activating the brakes if the system determines a collision likely is unavoidable; and a
blind spot information system (BSI) that can help alert the driver to another vehicle that
is nearby.

Passive safety features include a dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbag Supplemental
Restraint System (SRS), 2-chamber front-side airbags with an Occupant Position
Detection System (OPDS) for the front passenger, front seats with active head restraints,
front knee bolsters, and front seatbelts with an automatic tensioning system with load
limiters. Side curtain airbags with integrated rollover sensor deploy in a sufficient side-
impact to help protect occupants of the front and rear outboard seats. To help with the
installation of child car seats, Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH) are
standard in the rear outboard seats.


The Acura ZDX is assembled at Honda of Canada Manufacturing in Alliston, Ontario,
Canada. Acura’s commitment to preserving the environment continues with the ZDX via
further reduction of the use of metals such as chromium and lead, volatile organic
compounds (VOCs) and polyvinyl chlorides (PVC). In addition, the ZDX is the first
Acura vehicle to use a mercury-free Navigation system display screen. In the
manufacturing facility, a dedicated line separates different manufacturing scrap materials
for recycling.

2012 Acura ZDX                                                             POWERTRAIN

To deliver a seamless blend of power, refinement and efficiency, the ZDX features the
latest-generation Acura 3.7-liter VTEC® V-6 engine. The all-aluminum powerplant has
single overhead camshaft (SOHC) cylinder heads and 24 valves, with the intake valves
actuated by Acura’s acclaimed Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control®
(VTEC®) system. The compact and efficient 3.7L engine produces 300 horsepower and
270 lbs-ft of torque, with special emphasis on mid-range torque output for outstanding
overall driving character.

The ZDX’s evolved 3.7L V-6 uses a more rigid cylinder
block, high-strength crankshaft, heavy-duty connecting
rods, high compression-ratio pistons, cylinder heads with
improved cooling, exclusive camshaft specs, a 2-rocker
arm design VTEC® valvetrain system, heavy-duty intake
valve springs, a unique EGR system, special long-reach
spark plugs, a large throttle body among other features.

The ZDX achieves an EPA rated
city/highway/combined fuel economy of 16/23/19
mpg*— which give it an excellent combination of fuel
economy and power. For all its performance, the ZDX’s V-6 is also
very clean as it meets EPA TIER 2—BIN 5 and CARB LEV II ULEV emission
standards, and it has close-coupled catalytic converters to ensure efficient cold-start
emissions control.

The 3.7L V-6 is coupled with a Sequential SportShift 6-speed automatic transmission
along with a special multi-clutch lock-up torque converter. With comparatively ―short‖
gearing in the first five forward gears, acceleration is enhanced— while fuel economy
and quiet cruising are optimized with a relaxed Sixth gear ratio. The transmission offers
two automatic shift modes, or can be operated manually via racing-inspired steering
wheel paddle shifters. Grade Logic Control, Shift Hold Control and Cornering G Shift
Control help make the 6-speed the most advanced automatic transmission ever offered by

The 2012 ZDX features Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®), Acura’s
advanced drivetrain system that delivers quick, precise all-wheel-drive response. SH-
AWD® distributes the optimum amount of torque not only between the front and rear
axles, but also between the left and right rear wheels. The system’s unique ―torque
vectoring‖ direct yaw control feature helps make the ZDX exceptionally neutral handling
under power, for greater vehicle control. Along with its dry-pavement handling
advantages, the ZDX’s SH-AWD® system also offers excellent all-season capability and
requires no driver intervention to operate.

2012 Acura ZDX                                                                                   POWERTRAIN

                                         2012 ZDX
 Engine                                  SOHC VTEC® V-6
 Displacement                            3.7-liter (3664 cc)
 Compression ratio                       11.2:1
 Fuel type                               Premium Unleaded, 91 octane
 Horsepower @ rpm                        300 at 6,300
 Torque @ rpm (lbs-ft)                   270 at 4,500
 Transmission                            6-speed automatic with lock-up torque converter
 EPA estimated mileage                   16/23/19 mpg*
 Emissions certification                 EPA TIER 2—BIN 5 and CARB LEV II ULEV

*Based on 2012 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008.
Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.

Engine at a Glance
 3.7-liter SOHC V-6 engine
 300 hp at 6,300 rpm and 270 lbs-ft of torque at 4,500 rpm
 11.2:1 compression ratio
 Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (VTEC®)
 Dual-stage induction system with lightweight magnesium intake manifold
 Integrated exhaust manifolds cast directly into the cylinder heads
 High-flow, sport-tuned dual exhaust system with dual stainless-steel outlets
 Computer-controlled Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI)
 Direct ignition system
 Detonation/knock control system
 High-capacity 32-bit RISC Powertrain Control Module (PCM)
 Maintenance Minder™ system
 100,000+/- mile tune-up intervals*
*Does not apply to fluid and filter changes. Exact mileage is determined by actual driving conditions.

Powertrain at a Glance
 Sequential SportShift 6-speed automatic transmission with lock-up torque converter
 SH-AWD® drivetrain for performance handling and all-season capability

 High-flow close-coupled catalytic converters plus under-floor catalytic converter
 Meets EPA TIER 2—BIN 5 and CARB LEV II ULEV emissions standards

2012 Acura ZDX                                                                            POWERTRAIN
Fuel Economy
 EPA estimated 16/23/19 mpg* (city/highway/combined)
*Based on 2012 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008.
Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.

Noise, Vibration, and Harshness (NVH) control
 60-degree cylinder V-angle for smooth running
 Automatically tensioned serpentine-type accessory drive belt
 Electronically controlled hydraulic engine mount to reduce vibration

Sequential SportShift 6-speed automatic transmission
 Six forward gear ratios for improved acceleration and fuel economy
 Sequential SportShift feature allows semi-manual transmission operation
 Intuitive straight-gate style console-mounted transmission shifter
 Racing-inspired, steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters
 Paddle shifters that function in both Drive and Sport modes
 Coordination between Drive-by-Wire™ throttle system and transmission for quick,
   smooth shifts
 Advanced Shift Hold Control minimizes unwanted shifting during spirited driving
 Grade Logic Control system reduces gear ―hunting‖ when climbing hills
 Cornering G Shift Control reduces unwanted shifting when cornering
 Hill Start Assist

Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®)
 Fully automatic, full-time traction and handling system
 Distributes torque between front and rear axles
 Distributes torque between left and right rear wheels
 Provides torque-vectoring to control the yaw moment of the vehicle
 Capable of ―overdriving‖ rear wheels to enhance handling
 Increases overall cornering power deliver in dry or inclement weather


The ZDX’s 3.7-liter V-6 engine employs an inherently smooth-running 60-degree V-
angle. The cylinder block is constructed of aluminum and has high-silicon aluminum
cylinder liners for added weight savings and excellent cooling. The cylinder heads are
cast of lightweight aluminum and feature four valves per cylinder along with a VTEC®
variable valve timing system with variable lift and timing for the intake valves. Power is
achieved as a result of an 11.2:1 compression ratio, high-output cylinder head port
designs, careful intake airflow optimization and a sport-tuned exhaust system. In addition
to a high power output, the 3.7-liter V-6 delivers good fuel economy and low emissions.

2012 Acura ZDX                                                            POWERTRAIN

The engine block of the 3.7-liter ZDX is constructed of lightweight die-cast aluminum.
The cylinder liners are made of high-silicon aluminum (rather than traditional cast-iron)
and are cast directly into the aluminum block. The hard piston ring
sealing surface of the liners is created during manufacturing via a
mechanical etching process that exposes silicon particles
embedded in the sleeves. The aluminum sleeves provide
better cooling, thus allowing closer piston-to-cylinder wall
clearance than iron liners afford.

The cylinder block is heat-treated for strength and has a deep-
skirt design with four bolts per main bearing cap (providing
excellent structural support for the crankshaft), thus minimizing
engine noise and vibration. The ZDX uses the latest version of the 3.7L V-
6 that features improved cylinder-block rigidity and stronger/stiffer mounting points that
team to further reduce NVH. Adding further rigidity and improving reliability is a cast-
aluminum oil pan that works with a heavy-duty oil pump assembly.


The ZDX’s 3.7L V-6 engine is a new design (differing from the 2009-older 3.7L) that
employs a crankshaft featuring higher quality (and subsequently stronger) forged steel for
improved strength. New 11.2:1 compression ratio forged aluminum pistons replace the
previous 3.7L’s 11.0:1 pistons, and the pistons are cooled with oil spray directed to the
underside of the piston crowns— helping make possible the high compression ratio. In
addition, the pistons feature a new 2-piece oil ring assembly that improves durability. Just
as with the previous 3.7L, the connecting rods are steel forgings for high strength, but the
latest version of the rods feature a wider beam width for improved strength. A unique
―crack separated‖ build process (in which the bearing caps are broken away from the rod
rather than machined separately) allows for a lighter, stronger connecting rod with perfect
mating surfaces.


The 3.7-liter engine has lightweight aluminum cylinder heads that are pressure cast for
high accuracy and low porosity. Each cylinder head uses a single camshaft, turned by an
Aramid-fiber reinforced toothed belt drive for long service life. To save weight and
reduce parts count, the cylinder heads have integrated exhaust-port castings that provide
optimal positioning of the close-coupled catalytic converters— one used on each cylinder
bank. This design results in more rapid ―light off‖ of the catalytic converters during cold
start-up for reduced emissions. Unique long-reach spark plugs are used in the cylinder
heads that promote improved combustion for lower emissions and improved mid-range

2012 Acura ZDX                                                             POWERTRAIN
The cylinder head castings feature port flow optimization for improved performance,
while an upgraded water pump teams with revised cylinder head coolant flow for
improved cooling performance. Upgraded intake valve springs are used to match the
revised camshaft specs for the intake valves during VTEC® operation. The cylinder heads
are sealed to the block with 3-layer, shim-type head gaskets.


The ZDX engine uses the Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (VTEC®)
valvetrain system that provides strong low-speed torque, crisp throttle response and
enhanced high-rpm power. This is achieved by providing reduced intake valve lift and
duration at low engine speeds for good torque, with increased intake valve lift and
duration at higher rpm for optimum power.

The ZDX features a 2-arm version of the Acura VTEC® rocker arm system that provides
2-mode control of the intake valves. Variable operation of the engine’s intake valves are
controlled for optimal volumetric efficiency, air/fuel mixing, burn rate and exhaust flow.
The 2-arm VTEC® rocker arm itself is smaller and has less mass than the previous

At 4,800 rpm, the Powertrain Control Module (PCM) electronically triggers the opening
of a spool valve that routes pressurized oil to small pistons within the intake valve rocker
arms. Moved by this pressurized oil, the pistons lock each cylinder’s pair of intake rocker
arms together. The linked intake rockers then follow a single high-lift, long-duration
camshaft lobe— an intake lobe with more lift and duration than used with the previous
3.7L V-6. The VTEC® high-lift mode increases intake valve lift by 28-percent and valve
opening duration by 35-percent.

To maintain the ZDX’s refined operating characteristics, careful intake and exhaust
timing helps to make the VTEC® changeover smoother and quieter for a seamless driving
experience that’s nearly undetectable to the driver and passengers.


The ZDX does not use a conventional mechanical throttle linkage, but instead employs
sophisticated electronics to provide the connection between the throttle pedal and the
engine’s throttle-body. The result is more accurate and precise throttle control, along with
less under-hood clutter and reduced weight. By programming such factors as ―gain‖ and
―tip-in‖ into the throttle actuation, engine response and drivability can be tailored to suit
specific driving conditions.

Acura’s Drive-by-Wire™ throttle system monitors pedal position, percentage of throttle-
body opening, engine rpm and road speed to establish driving conditions in real time.
This data is used to define the throttle control sensitivity necessary to provide the
predictable and responsive feel corresponding to driver expectations.

2012 Acura ZDX                                                           POWERTRAIN
The Drive-by-Wire™ throttle system also helps integrate engine functions with the
Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) and traction control system. To smooth downshifts, the
system is programmed to ―blip‖ the throttle to help match engine speed to gear speed
within the Sequential SportShift 6-speed automatic transmission.


The Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) system continuously tracks many engine
parameters including crankshaft and camshaft positions, throttle position, intake air
temperature and mass flow rate, engine coolant temperature and manifold pressure.
Afterwards, the PGM-FI system adjusts fuel delivery accordingly to deliver the best
combination of power, fuel economy and low emissions.


Special multi-hole fuel injectors mounted in the lower section of the intake manifold
spray directly toward the intake ports. The multi-hole injector design means that fuel
droplet size is reduced for better fuel atomization, resulting in improved cold weather
start-up, better fuel economy, lower emissions and higher horsepower.


The ZDX features a dual-stage intake manifold made from lightweight magnesium. The
manifold works together with VTEC® to improve low-speed torque with no sacrifice in
high-rpm power. Divided into two banks feeding three cylinders per bank, the manifold
has two Powertrain Control Module-controlled butterfly valves
located between each bank. These closed valves separate bank-to-
bank plenum chamber and improves the resonance charge effect. The
result is an amplification of pressure waves within each half of the
manifold at lower engine speeds, improving low rpm torque. The
open ends of the intake runners are flared into a ―trumpet‖ shape
(as used on racing engines) to further improve airflow.

The butterfly valves open above 4,050 rpm, connecting the two halves of the intake
manifold, increasing its effective volume. The manifold’s two modes further complement
the changes in low and high rpm running made possible by the VTEC® valvetrain system.


Because accurate ignition spark timing is crucial for best power and torque output as well
as reduced emissions, the Powertrain Control Module (PCM) continually monitors
several engine parameters to determine optimum spark timing for all driving conditions.

2012 Acura ZDX                                                              POWERTRAIN
A strong ignition spark is critical to improve power and reduce emissions. Thus, the 3.7L
V-6 employs coil-on-plug design ignition coils and special long-reach spark plugs.
Additionally, a block-mounted acoustic detonation (knock) sensor ―listens‖ to the engine,
sending information to the PCM about potentially damaging detonation— which then can
incrementally retard ignition timing to help prevent damage. Individual coil units
positioned directly above each iridium alloy-tipped spark plug further compliment the
ignition system. The spark plugs require no scheduled service prior to 100,000 miles of
use. To help improve misfire detection, the 3.7L V-6 uses a high-resolution crankshaft
pulser that generates more accurate timing information.


The ZDX’s 3.7-liter engine has exhaust manifolds that are cast directly into the cylinder
heads for lighter weight, reduced parts count and less bulk. Attached directly to the
cylinder heads are high-efficiency, free-flowing 600-cell-per-inch catalytic converters.
Due to closer-than-normal proximity to the exhaust ports, the catalytic converters ―light
off‖ very quickly after the engine starts, better reducing emissions in the critical start-up
mode. To ensure optimum flow and low backpressure, a hydroformed two-into-one
collector connects the close-coupled catalytic converters to a 350-cell-per-inch under-
floor catalytic converter.

The ZDX’s high-flow exhaust system splits just past the under-floor catalytic converter.
To provide clearance for the all-wheel-drive system’s rear-mounted differential, one
exhaust pipe is routed on each side of the driveshaft and feeds into a high-flow silencer
located on each side of the ZDX. Dual exhaust outlets, one on each side, are integrated
into polished stainless-steel (laser welded) finishers positioned in the rear fascia. For
corrosion resistance, the entire exhaust system (including pipes, silencers, chambers and
hanger rods) is constructed of stainless steel.


The ZDX meets EPA TIER 2—BIN 5 and CARB LEV II ULEV emission standards, and
is certified to this stringent standard for 120,000 miles of service. Acura’s advanced
technologies contributing to this emissions performance are the close-coupled catalytic
converters (which light-off quickly on engine start-up) and a high amount of EGR gas
recirculated into the engine.

The 3.7L engine features Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) that continually adjusts
fuel delivery to achieve the best combination of power, fuel mileage and low emissions.
Particularly in the critical post-startup mode, the high-efficiency multi-hole fuel injectors
deliver excellent fuel atomization for lower emissions.

2012 Acura ZDX                                                           POWERTRAIN

The ZDX engine features a high-powered starter to crank the engine. In addition, it
employs a one-touch system that automatically maintains starter engagement until the
engine has started. The driver simply turns the key, and without having to hold the key
for any extended time, the one-touch system engages the starter until the engine fires
up— and then automatically disengages the starter.


The ZDX powertrain is designed to effectively control Noise, Vibration and Harshness
(NVH). Cylinder bores with a 60-degree V-angle, a high-rigidity die-cast engine block,
forged-steel crankshaft, die-cast accessory mounts and stiff cast aluminum engine oil pan,
all work together to ensure low engine NVH. Electronically Controlled Mounts used at
the front of the transversely oriented engine block have two firmness settings—softer (for
improved comfort) at low speeds and firmer (for improved performance) as engine speed


The ZDX is an exceptionally low-maintenance vehicle. With features like Iridium alloy-
tipped spark plugs and a space-saving, self-tensioning serpentine accessory drive belt, the
engine requires no scheduled maintenance until 100,000 miles— with the exception of
periodic inspections and normal replacement of fluids and filters. The first scheduled
tune-up (at 100,000 miles) includes valve adjustment, timing belt replacement and water-
pump inspection. Exact mileage for engine service is determined by actual driving


The ZDX has a Maintenance Minder™ system to monitor operating conditions and to
alert the driver should maintenance be required. When the ignition is first turned on, the
Multi-Information Display (MID) located between the tachometer and speedometer
shows maintenance information, if required. The MID indicates the remaining percentage
of engine oil life, and indicates when service is due by displaying a ―wrench‖ icon. A
percentage-based countdown to the next service is displayed when the
car is within 15-percent of the end of the service interval. The type of
service required is shown in an alphanumeric code, and if a service is
missed, the MID indicates its urgency by showing past-due mileage.

The owner-resettable Maintenance Minder™ system monitors the service life of normal
service parts and systems including oil, oil filter, tire rotation, air cleaner, automatic
transmission fluid, rear differential fluid (on SH-AWD® model), spark plugs, timing belt,
and coolant. In addition, Maintenance Minder™ is designed to eliminate unnecessary
maintenance, reduce environmental impact and expenses, and help ensure long
component and vehicle life.

2012 Acura ZDX                                                             POWERTRAIN

The ZDX has a unique Battery Management System (BMS) that is designed to increase
the overall service life of the battery, reduce the chance of a dead battery and help deliver
improved fuel economy.

Should a ZDX owner accidentally leave on the headlights or not close a door causing an
interior light to remain on, after a set period of time the BMS will automatically terminate
power delivery to prevent the battery from going dead. Moreover, the BMS continually
                     monitors battery condition and will provide a warning message while
                     automatically turning off the interior lights when battery condition or
                     cranking capability drops too low. As a result of the discharge
                     protection afforded by the BMS, the battery should have enough
                     reserve capacity left to start the engine.

The ZDX 3.7L engine makes use of a powerful 130 amp alternator that charges in two
different ranges— a low 12-volt range and a high 14-volt range. By closely controlling
the alternator charge voltage, BMS works to keep the battery in a specific charge range
which can extend the service life of the battery by more than 25 percent. With BMS
keeping the battery in a specific charge range, the alternator can run more often in the
low range which generates less drag on the engine resulting in improved fuel economy.

Application of numerous electrical power reducing items (such as the use of efficient
LED lighting and a special humidity control system that has an automatic air
conditioning ―off‖ function) allows the BMS to operate the alternator even more
frequently in the more efficient low charge mode.

Should a battery or charging system issue occur, the Multi Information Display (MID)
will alert the driver with a text prompt such as, ―BATTERY CHARGE LOW. Switch Off
All Lights and Electrical Devices‖.


To maximize driver control, acceleration and fuel economy, the
ZDX is equipped with a 6-speed automatic transmission
featuring Sequential SportShift with racing-inspired steering
wheel mounted paddle shifters and two automatic shift modes.

Though comparable in size and weight to Acura’s previous 5-
speed automatic transmissions for V-6 engines, careful
engineering of the layout and power flow minimizes size,
parts count and overall weight.

2012 Acura ZDX                                                          POWERTRAIN
The Sequential SportShift 6-speed automatic improves launch-feel, acceleration
performance and fuel efficiency. Compared to the 5-speed transmissions used with other
V-6 engines in the Acura line, the ZDX has lower gear ratios (higher numerically) in First
through Fifth gears and in Reverse. The lower gear ratios improve acceleration and
pulling power. The Sixth gear ratio is taller (lower numerically) than the top gear in
Acura’s 5-speed V-6 automatic transmissions. The taller final gear allows for a relaxed
cruising rpm and enhanced highway fuel economy.

                     Transmission Gear Ratio Comparison
 Transmission Gear       5-speed AT          6-speed AT           Percentage change
        First             12.228:1            14.277:1                17% lower
       Second              7.281:1             8.903:1                22% lower
        Third              4.857:1             6.311:1                30% lower
       Fourth              3.472:1             4.527:1                30% lower
        Fifth              2.441:1             3.207:1                31% lower
        Sixth                 –                2.361:1          3% higher (vs. 5th gear)
      Reverse              8.563:1             9.645:1                13% lower

The 6-speed automatic transmission also includes engineering enhancements aimed at
improved performance and fuel economy. Expanded control of the multi-disc lock-up
assembly within the torque converter improves the efficiency of power delivery and
works with the new gear ratios to provide a 1.0 mpg improvement in fuel economy on the
highway, and a 0.8 mpg improvement in city driving.

The 6-speed transmission can be controlled by a straight-gate console-mounted shifter or
a steering wheel paddle shifter system that works whenever the transmission is in either
of its two automatic modes. In addition to Grade Logic Control and Shift Hold control,
the ZDX also has Cornering G Shift Control. All of the transmission logic systems work
together to automatically alter shift timing based on driving conditions.

Automatic Modes
The Sequential SportShift 6-speed transmission can be operated in two different fully
automatic modes with the console-mounted straight-gate shifter. The D (or ―Drive‖)
mode is ideal for most driving situations, and combines fuel efficiency with smooth
operation and responsive power when needed.

The S (or ―Sport‖) mode is for more performance-oriented driving, and features more
aggressive shift mapping to keep engine rpm higher for greater acceleration and response.
In Sport mode the transmission typically operates in the four lowest gears, and won’t
shift to Fifth gear unless the vehicle reaches very high speed. In Sport mode, the
economy-oriented Sixth gear is locked out.

2012 Acura ZDX                                                             POWERTRAIN
When in the D mode (that is optimized for normal driving), the transmission incorporates
an advanced Grade Logic Control System, Shift Hold Control and Cornering G Shift
Control— all of which reduce unwanted shifting and gear hunting. The result is smart
transmission operation that optimizes fuel efficiency and keeps the transmission in the
appropriate gear for the specific driving conditions, thus generating excellent
performance and smooth operation.

While traveling up or down hills, Grade Logic Control alters the transmission’s shift
schedule to reduce shift frequency and improve speed control. A shift map in the
transmission computer continually measures throttle position, vehicle speed and
acceleration/deceleration, and then determines when the vehicle is on a hill. The shift
schedule is then adjusted to hold the transmission in lower gears to boost climbing power
or to provide engine braking when traveling downhill.

Shift Hold Control keeps the transmission in its current (lower) gear ratio when
aggressive driving is detected, as in the case of decelerating at a corner entry. Shift Hold
Control leaves the chassis undisturbed by excess shifting and ensures that power will be
immediately available (without a downshift) at the corner exit.

Cornering G Shift Control is a transmission feature that first debuted on the Sequential
SportShift 6-speed automatic transmission. Cornering G Shift Control monitors the speed
of each rear wheel independently to determine when the ZDX is turning. When the
system detects a sufficient speed differential between the rear wheels, it will suppress an
unwanted upshift. This prevents the transmission from upshifting during a corner, which
could upset the chassis balance and would then require downshifting again at the corner
exit when the throttle is applied.

Temporary Manual Operation in “Drive”
Whether in Drive or Sport mode, special transmission logic programming allows the use
of the steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. When the driver operates the paddle
shifters while in Drive, the transmission responds to the driver’s shift command and then
returns to its normal fully automatic Drive mode if further paddle shift inputs are not
made within a short time. This special logic makes it easy for the driver to command a
quick downshift without leaving the comfort of Drive mode. When in Sport mode, use of
the paddle shifters puts the transmission into full manual mode that remains until another
mode of operation is selected with the console-mounted shifter.

Manual Mode
By moving the center console-mounted gear selector lever rearward to the detent labeled
―S,‖ the transmission is shifted into Sport mode. This mode offers automatic operation
with more aggressive shift mapping. A pull on the racing-inspired paddle shifters
(mounted on the steering wheel) places the transmission in fully manual mode. A digital
display in the tachometer face indicates which gear the transmission is using.

2012 Acura ZDX                                                              POWERTRAIN
A double-kick-down feature lets the driver command a sport-minded double downshift—
such as from Fifth to Third gear. By pulling on the left downshift paddle twice in rapid
succession, the transmission will drop directly to the chosen lower gear ratio. The Drive-
by-Wire™ throttle system also creates a ―blip‖ of the throttle to help match gear speeds
while downshifting.

To prevent harm to the powertrain when the transmission is paddle shifted by the driver
(including during double-kick-down shifts), the system will inhibit potentially damaging
shifts. As an added safety measure, the Powertrain Control Module (PCM) can also cut
off engine fuel flow to prevent over-revving.

If fuel cut-off is insufficient to prevent engine over-revving, as may be possible when the
vehicle is on a steep downhill, the transmission will automatically upshift to prevent
damage. On downshifts, the transmission will not execute a driver command that will
over-rev the engine.

For improved stop-and-go performance and to prevent ―lugging‖ the engine, the
Sequential SportShift transmission will automatically downshift to First gear even though
the transmission has been left in a higher gear, (except in Second gear) as the vehicle
comes to a stop. In Manual Mode, when coming to a stop in Second gear, the vehicle will
start in Second gear as well.


The Sequential SportShift 6-speed automatic transmission teams with a special torque
converter that not only has a higher maximum torque rating, but also has a unique
converter lock-up assembly. The lock-up assembly uses multiple lock-up disks that
generate nearly double the facing area of a typical torque converter.

The lock-up assembly not only reduces heat build-up during operation, but also features
improved overall lubrication that generates better cooling. The torque converter allows
for lock-up activation during a much wider range of driving conditions that helps
improve fuel economy.


The straight-gate shifter is an intuitive and easy-to-use design that takes up little space in
the center console. The shifter allows the driver to choose D (using First through Sixth
gears) or S, which activates the performance-oriented Sport mode, which has more
aggressive shift programming and locks out the use of Sixth gear when operating
automatically. When in Sport mode, gear selection via racing-inspired paddle shifters
(mounted on the steering wheel) automatically puts the transmission into manual mode,
and the driver can select among all six forward gear ratios.

2012 Acura ZDX                                                           POWERTRAIN

Shift speed and smoothness are enhanced as a result of cooperation between the Drive-
by-Wire™ throttle system and the electronically-controlled Sequential SportShift 6-speed
automatic transmission. During upshifts and downshifts, the engine can be throttled by
the engine management system, reducing peak forces (shift shock) on transmission
components, thus improving component reliability and decreasing driveline harshness.


The ZDX features Acura’s acclaimed Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®),
which progressively distributes optimum torque not only between the front and rear
axles, but also between the left and right rear wheels. The benefits of the SH-AWD®
system are superior all-weather handling and neutral, accurate steering under power that
is unmatched by front-drive, rear-drive or conventional all-wheel-drive systems. The
2012 ZDX SH-AWD® system is similar to the systems used in the RDX and ZDX SUVs
as well as the TL SH-AWD® performance luxury sedan.

By rotating the outside rear wheel faster than the front axle speed while cornering, SH-
AWD® uses the torque vectoring to create a yaw moment to help turn the vehicle through
the corner— thus reducing understeer and improving controllability.
With cornering forces more evenly distributed between front and
rear tires, overall cornering power is increased— regardless if
driving on wet or dry roads.

Vehicles with high power ratings using conventional front or
rear drive systems often employ a limited-slip differential to
help maintain traction when under power. By linking inside and
outside drive wheels, these systems tend to resist turning and can
increase understeer. Conventional AWD systems similarly work to link the inboard and
outboard tires as well as the front and rear axles— which can create resistance to turning.
Using torque vectoring to help turn the vehicle, SH-AWD® creates a more responsive,
neutral and predictable platform while retaining the usual benefits of all-wheel drive.

Electronic Controls and Parameters
The SH-AWD® system works in cooperation with the ZDX’s Vehicle Stability Assist™
(VSA®) system to optimize torque distribution for superior handling and traction
utilization. The Powertrain Control Module (PCM) provides information on engine rpm,
airflow and transmission gear-ratio selection, while the VSA® ECU provides wheel-speed
data. The SH-AWD® ECU also monitors steering angle, lateral G-forces, vehicle yaw
rate and electromagnetic clutch engagement for the right and left rear axle shafts. Drive
torque is calculated from PCM information, and then the acceleration situation, wheel
spin, lateral G-force and steering angle are used to determine the front-to-rear torque
distribution and the torque split between right and left rear wheels.

2012 Acura ZDX                                                            POWERTRAIN
SH-AWD® operating parameters include:
 Up to 90-percent of available torque can be transferred to the front wheels during
  normal cruising
 In hard cornering and under acceleration, up to 70-percent of available torque can be
  directed to the rear wheels to enhance vehicle dynamics
 Up to 100-percent of the torque sent to the rear axle can be applied to either rear
  wheel, depending on conditions

SH-AWD® System Layout
The ZDX SH-AWD® is a full-time all-wheel-drive system that requires no driver
interaction or monitoring, thanks to a torque-transfer unit that is bolted directly to the
front-mounted transaxle. The torque-transfer unit receives torque from a helical gear that
is attached to the front differential's ring gear, and a short horizontal shaft and hypoid
gear set within the torque-transfer unit's case send power to the rear propeller shaft,
which in turn transfers power to the rear drive unit.

The ZDX SH-AWD® rear drive unit is constantly overdriven by 1.7-percent and the
resulting overdrive effect is regulated by left- and right-side electromagnetic clutch packs
within the rear differential that independently control the power delivered to each rear

Direct Electromagnetic Clutch Systems
Direct electromagnetic clutch systems mounted on either side of the hypoid gear that
drives the rear axles control the amount of torque sent to each rear wheel and provide a
limited-slip differential function when needed. The clutches can be controlled as a pair to
alter front/rear torque split or they can be controlled independently to allow 100-percent
of available rear axle torque to go to just one rear wheel.

An electromagnetic coil modulates the pressure controlling each clutch pack, which
changes the speed of the sun gear within the rear differential’s planetary gear set to
control the amount of torque sent to each wheel. Electromagnetic control of the clutches
permits the torque delivery to each rear wheel to be proportioned in an exceptionally
quick and precise manner, which reduces wheel-slip in low-traction conditions.

The clutch packs and their friction material are carefully
designed to withstand the small amount of continuous slip
between front and rear axles created by the 1.7-percent
speed differential— all while delivering the durability
expected of an Acura product. Through an oil-temperature
sensor, the SH-AWD® Control Unit monitors the rear differential’s
clutch-plate coefficient of friction (that changes with temperature) in
each clutch pack and then adjusts the voltage to each electromagnetic coil
to compensate. As total vehicle miles accumulate, the SH-AWD® Control Unit uses data
from a feedback loop to adjust the voltage supplied to the electromagnetic coils to
compensate for any clutch wear, ensuring optimal and consistent transmission of torque.

2012 Acura ZDX                                                                      BODY


In its ongoing relationship with its clients, the Acura Division noticed that some of them
own both a sports coupe and an SUV— the former for its performance and highly
personal driving character, and the latter for its utility and practicality for hauling
personal gear as well as for going places where the road conditions are difficult. This
basic premise (combining a personalized ―coupe‖ driving experience with versatile
functionality) drove the body and chassis design of the Acura ZDX. As such, the ZDX
has a distinctive design flair unmistakable with any competitor, and the all-season
wherewithal to go almost anywhere in comfort, safety and style.

Early in the design process, Acura committed to several key elements for the ZDX that
would define it—but would also to be its most challenging design aspects.
These include:
    ―2+Freedom‖ package concept that puts the driver and passenger first, followed
        by the luxurious and generous rear storage capacity, followed by rear-seating
    The ―Keen Edge‖ body design, which required special dies for stamping the
        dramatic deep-draw rear quarter panels
    The Acura-first panoramic glass roof with unique twin sun screens
    Upscale interior including leather instrument panel with sweeping curves and use
        of concave surfaces
    An available Integrated Dynamics System (IDS) that interacts with the steering as
        well as the (ADS) Active Damper System suspension
    An available blind spot information system (BSI) that uses radar sensors to alert
        the driver of another vehicle that is detected in close proximity of the ZDX
    The first use of 19-inch diameter wheels and tires as standard equipment on an
        Acura, with 20-inch diameter wheels and tires available
    Supreme attention paid to reducing noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) in the
        passenger compartment with features such as acoustic front windshield glass,
        5mm thick front door side glass, special design side pillar separators, specialized
        insulation (such as a multi-layer undercover) and even textile-covered inner
        fender wells


The primary design goal for the ZDX exterior was to create a distinctive, modern
personal ―sports coupe‖ body while providing adequate ground clearance and favorable
approach and departure angles that allow off-highway use. In simple terms, the overall
goal for ZDX was to combine two parts sports coupe with one part all-surface capability
to create a one-of-a-kind performance sports coupe with outstanding versatility. The
result is a highly emotional design that inspires and encourages drivers to pursue a
passionate getaway of their own.

2012 Acura ZDX                                                                      BODY

Conceived and developed entirely at the new Acura Design Studio in Torrance,
California, some of the most unique styling elements of the ZDX include deep-draw body
panels that create a muscular stance, strong character lines including bold wheel arches,
cleverly concealed rear door handles, and the expansive panoramic glass roof.

Body In Motion
The strong character lines along the bodyside add an element of suspense to the ZDX
design. The body appears to be in motion even when the ZDX is standing still, and there
       is a distinct element of tension communicated by the interaction between the
          different body surfaces. From above, the ZDX panoramic roof has a distinct
          ―pulled‖ look, similar to the look of a slingshot just before release. This
          generates a sporty and aerodynamic silhouette unlike any vehicle in the market.

         Additional character elements include Acura’s distinctive grille shape, sharply
         flared front fenders, dramatically rising character lines sloping rearward along
         the sides and an artfully sloping rear deck. All in all, the ZDX body lends the
       appearance of being pulled taut over a muscular skeleton. Acura designers refer to
     this directionality, pulled and tension as ―suspenseful emotion.‖ Numerous
separate—and yet intertwined—design elements go into the ZDX’s body design. The list
includes ―Keen Edge‖ side-panel character lines that attract the eye up and back across
the bodyside, and a highly kinetic look that is simultaneously unique and refreshing.

Bright and Black Finishes
Adding emphasis and elegance to the ZDX body design is a continuous stainless-steel
trim feature that completely encircles each side window, along with a rich gloss-black
finish on the window pillars.


Integrating the ―sports coupe‖ body design onto a taller, wide-track chassis required total
commitment from the manufacturing team as well as the design engineers. This is
because rendering the rear bodysides, broad fenders and more vertical upper bodysides
from a single steel panel required an extreme ―deep draw‖ process that had never been
mass-produced before. Adding to the challenge was the tight 8mm radius on the character
line running along the bodyside— a much tighter radius than found on other Acuras.

Because maintaining the deep-draw panels was an essential part of the body design, the
manufacturing team was tasked with finding a way to produce them. Although the goal
was to use a single metal panel to avoid the unsightly seams that would result if multiple
panels were welded together, engineers left no avenue unexplored— from hand
fabrication to stretching the limits of existing stamping technology. Initially told by the
stamping experts that the body panel was impossible to make, the designers turned to
hydroforming, but there were no presses available in an appropriate size for such
stamping technology. The manufacturing team agreed to try building a panel in two
pieces, seaming it in the taillight area and under the rear door cutline, but eventually
rejected that concept too.

2012 Acura ZDX                                                                         BODY

Eventually the original stamping team found a way to make the part in one piece with the
help of a low-friction phosphate coating between the die and the steel panel, which
improves its formability. Although creating the one-piece deep-draw side panel took a
year and a half of development work, the finished component dramatically adds to the
ZDX’s provocative appearance and enhances the precision of the metal craftwork.


Befitting its ―sports coupe‖ design, the 2012 ZDX is longer, lower and features a
significantly wider track than its primary market competitors. As a result, in stature as
well as design, the ZDX offers an especially dramatic appearance and driving character.

                            2012 Acura ZDX           2011 BMW              2011 Infiniti
                                                    X6 xDrive35i           FX35 AWD
Overall length, in.               192.4                 192.1                  191.3
Overall width, in.                 85.6                  86.4                   75.9
Overall height, in.                62.8                  66.5                   66.1
Wheelbase, in.                    108.3                 115.5                  113.6
Track, F/R, in.                 67.7/67.7             64.7/67.2              64.4/64.6
Curb weight, lbs.                 4,424                 4,784                  4,279


Developed by a team of Acura engineers based in Ohio, the 2012 ZDX utilizes an
Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure that more evenly
distributes collision forces through the entire vehicle structure during a frontal collision
while simultaneously helping to retain the integrity of the passenger compartment.
Attaining a high level of dynamic body rigidity is essential for precise handling, ride
quality and quietness inside the cabin— something that is especially true for the ZDX
with its large panoramic glass roof feature.

By researching the body’s dynamic response to chassis loads during everyday driving,
ZDX engineers considered the unit body’s ―dynamic stiffness‖ as an entire system, not
just as an individual component. Thus body rigidity is not an end to itself— rather it is an
enabler for enhanced vehicle dynamics, ride comfort and driving quietness.

In addition to the rigidity of the panoramic roof opening being critical to ride, handling
and safety during a potential rollover, instrumented testing revealed that the ―tailgate
ring‖ (the metal structure surrounding the tailgate) is extremely important for handling,
stability and ride. In the ZDX this area is extremely rigid, providing the rear suspension
with a solid mounting structure that nets improved handling precision.

2012 Acura ZDX                                                                         BODY


The passenger compartment and other key areas of the ZDX body structure are formed
from high-strength steel, with 48-percent of unit body constructed of the advanced
material. High-strength steel contributes to added rigidity, excellent crashworthiness and
lighter weight, with different grades of the steel specified for use in different parts of the
vehicle. Some notable areas using high-strength steel include the A- and B-pillars, floor
sills, roof frame, cross braces and floor cross members.


Lightweight materials (including aluminum) are used to further reduce vehicle mass,
which helps improve performance while lowering fuel consumption and emissions.
Aluminum is used for certain ZDX components such as the hood and instrument panel
support, where light weight is beneficial but the strength of steel is not imperative. In
total, about 5-percent of the ZDX body components are constructed of aluminum.

Compared to steel, the weight savings of using aluminum for the ZDX hood is about 15
pounds. In addition to lowering overall weight, the lighter hood also helps lower the
center of gravity on the ZDX. Aside from using a unique metal conditioner and
phosphate dip prior to painting, there are no unique production challenges in using
aluminum body panels— and no ownership compromises either. A single, large-volume
gas strut supports the hood when open.

The aluminum instrument panel support assembly saves approximately 14 pounds
compared to the weight a traditional steel unit. This support, which connects the A-pillars
to the front floor crossmember, is a structural element consisting of special extrusions and
stamped sheet aluminum.


The Acura ZDX spent considerable time in the wind tunnel to test and develop its
aerodynamic properties. The attention to detail in aero efficiency included the
development of stylized lower bodyside sills that help keep air from moving underneath
the vehicle and causing turbulence. Lift balance and the overall coefficient of lift were
also addressed to help keep the ZDX stable at high speeds.

Numerous aerodynamic details direct and smooth the airflow underneath the vehicle,
contributing to better engine cooling, greater fuel efficiency, lower emissions and
reduced interior noise. Some of these include:

      Air dam beneath the front bumper directs airflow up and rearward to the radiator
      Small strakes ahead of the front and rear wheels direct air around the tires
      A pair of strakes in the middle of the underbody area help keep air separated from
       the bottom of the vehicle at higher speeds
      Mid-floor undercover reduces air tumbling past the fuel tank and rear differential

2012 Acura ZDX                                                                      BODY


Special acoustic glass is used on the windshield of the ZDX to help reduce noise entering
the cabin. Tuned specifically to attenuate wind-noise frequencies, the unique windshield
glass uses two layers of 2mm safety glass with an inside layer of a transparent and elastic
acoustic membrane— for a total glass thickness of 4.7mm. The acoustic glass windshield
helps place the ZDX at the top of its class in wind-noise performance.

In addition, the windshield incorporates UV light absorbing technology just like the 4mm
thick panoramic roof glass, 5mm thick front side glass, 3.5mm rear side glass and the
3.1mm thick rear tailgate glass.

The ZDX’s windshield benefits from a defroster system that is nearly invisible from the
driver’s perspective, yet delivers much improved area coverage and quicker defrost time
as compared to previous Acura models.

The 2012 ZDX offers 271 degrees of outward visibility (more than the BMW X6), a
significant accomplishment considering the dramatic ―sports coupe‖ upper body design
with its aggressively sloping rear cabin.


Engineers attacked noise from virtually every source inside and outside the ZDX, with
the primary goal of reducing noise at its source. One creative noise-reduction technique is
the use of composite seals in the exterior door panels. These ―weather strip‖ seals
actually serve two purposes— to reduce the transmission of noise through the doors, and
to shield the interior components from dirt and water while driving through heavy rain or
puddles. The door insulators provide a substantial reduction in objectionable sound— up
to five decibels on some roads.


The ZDX’s front door handles are sized for comfort as well as ease of use, regardless
whether the user is bare handed or wearing winter gloves. There are three door checker
positions (the detent mechanism that holds the door partially open) instead of the usual
two, providing a convenient ―in between‖ position in tight parking situations. The door
openings are finished with an attractive composite garnish that hides the doorsill when
the door is open.

The rear door handles are mounted vertically on the trailing edges of the doors, and blend
into the black garnish above the beltline of the vehicle. The design emphasizes the
―sports coupe‖ body silhouette, making the ZDX appear like a 2-door vehicle while still
providing the convenience and utility of four doors. Attention to detail in the sealing of
the doors and tailgate also heightens the performance of the ZDX’s overall noise level.

2012 Acura ZDX                                                                     BODY

ZDX designers even focused attention on the smoothness of the inside of the door
openings, ensuring that no spot welds or other inconsistencies mar the smooth finish.

Ingress and Egress
Focusing on its ―Passionate Getaway‖ mission, the ZDX design purposefully emphasizes
the front doors. However, designers also worked diligently to make the more abbreviated
rear doors useful as well. The ZDX rear doors open an impressive 78 degrees to allow
passengers a wide usable area between the door and bodyside.


The Acura ZDX uses bi-functional High-Intensity Discharge (HID) low and high beam
headlights. The advantages of HID headlamps include greater lighting power, daylight
type lighting temperature and reduced power consumption. The low beam headlights
provide an impressive 730 lumens of lighting power, and the light projection cut lines of
the HID headlights are extremely precise, providing maximum nighttime visibility
without distracting other drivers on the road.

ZDX also features Daytime Running Lights (DRL), which automatically turn on with
ignition activation. DRLs have been proven to measurably improve daytime traffic safety
by increasing the vehicle’s visibility to other motorists. Halogen fog lamps are also
included as standard equipment on all ZDX trim levels.


The Acura ZDX receives as standard equipment a camera that displays a rear view
behind the vehicle. The ZDX displays a rear view image on a 3.5-inch diagonal image
located within the rearview mirror, while the ZDX with the Technology Package or
Advance Package displays an image on the in-dash full VGA color navigation screen.

Furthermore, Technology and Advance Package models offer three different rear view
angles— normal rear view, wide rear view and a tow-friendly top view. The camera lens
is located on the tailgate next to the license plate.


In another world first, the ZDX uses a combined AM/FM/XM® antenna. The tri-band fin-
type antenna is located on the rear area of the roof and uses a patented mounting
structure, along with an aerodynamically efficient design that reduces aero drag as well as
noise. The advent of this combined antenna eliminated the cost and complexity of using
both a XM® antenna and an AM/FM in-glass antenna.

2012 Acura ZDX                                                                        BODY


Sensors for the blind spot information system (BSI) are located behind the left and right
rear bumper fascia. The sensors can detect other vehicles when they are in the blind spot
of the ZDX driver. The feature uses indicators to alert the driver when another vehicle is
detected in close proximity to the ZDX.


The Center High Mount Stop Lamp (CHMSL) features a single array of 12 LED diodes.
The LED-design CHMSL was used for its unique appearance as well as its ability to
produce the required lighting brightness within the very slender physical dimensions of
the light assembly. Four LEDs are also used in each of the ZDX’s outside mirror
housing-mounted turn signals to improve visibility during lane changes or turns.


When viewed from above, the ZDX has the longest continual expanse of glass in the
automotive market, stretching from the leading edge of the windshield to the trailing edge
of the tailgate glass. A large component of this is the panoramic glass roof assembly, with
a single sliding glass panel measuring 48.2 inches wide and 24.5 inches long. The ZDX’s
moonroof opening is 25-percent larger than the one found in the BMW X6. To further
brighten the cabin, a fixed glass panel over the rear seat area has the same dimensions as
the movable front panel. Dual motorized sunshades cover both the front and rear panels
should the ZDX occupants choose to reduce sunlight entering the interior.

The glass used for the panoramic roof panel is 4mm thick, and is tinted to provide
privacy along with blocking 80-percent of all light (and 90-percent of UV sunlight)
entering the ZDX cabin. When the roller shades are extended, only 3-percent of overhead
light will enter the cabin.

In contrast to most sunroofs and transparent moonroofs, the ZDX panoramic roof panel
tilts and slides up and back across the outside of the vehicle’s roof. This design helps to
preserve maximum interior headroom while also retaining the dramatic and personal
―sports coupe‖ design of the cabin greenhouse.

Due to its large size, the roof operating assembly required an inventive and sophisticated
assembly process. Whereas most sunroof assemblies are installed from inside the vehicle,
the ZDX’s assembly (along with the entire glass roof panel) is pre-assembled and then, as
a complete assembly, affixed to the roof of the vehicle from above using a combination
of bolts and urethane adhesive. The entire glass panel is replaceable in the event that it is

2012 Acura ZDX                                                                        BODY

Air deflector
A mesh fabric pop-up air deflector at the front of the ZDX’s roof opening is a first for
Acura. The unique deflector achieves a new standard for wind-noise performance when
compared to a traditional blade deflector— with a dramatic 10-decibel reduction in noise
level as measured at 60 mph. The noise reduction is due to airflow moving through as
well as over the top of the deflector, which diminishes the booming noise that is common
with a solid-style deflector panel.

The air deflector fabric is specifically designed to resist the buildup of dust, grit and
organic matter such as insects. In testing, Acura designers drove the ZDX through the
buggy Midwest at night, stored the vehicle for 10 days to let the assortment of insects on
the deflector thoroughly dry, and then simply vacuumed them off.


A gloss-black rear spoiler is standard on the ZDX, with a larger black or body-colored
rear spoiler available as a dealer-installed accessory. The rear spoilers are more than just
a styling cue as they help air separate cleanly off the back of the vehicle, in turn reducing
lift and helping the ZDX meet its aerodynamic targets that are important for both fuel
economy and low NVH within the ZDX interior.


Construction of the ZDX tailgate represented a unique challenge due to its large size and
its two glass components— a larger upper window and a smaller lower window. Two
gas-charged struts support the tailgate, and a power open/close function is standard. The
power function can be operated via the key fob remote, by a button on the instrument
panel, or by a button located beneath the tailgate lip.

For safety, an anti-pinch feature is built into the power tailgate operation. Pressure-
sensitive wiring, encased in a protective rubber sheath, encircles the tailgate; if the
system senses an obstruction while closing, the tailgate will automatically reopen.


The ZDX fuel filler door is unlocked when the driver’s door is unlocked, and is easily
pushed open and closed from outside the vehicle. The fuel-filler door is made of a
composite resin material that is lightweight, dent resistant and corrosion proof. For a fully
finished appearance, the inside of the door is a flangeless design.


Beneath the aerodynamic front and rear fascias are two structural bumper beam
assemblies that help minimize damage during a collision.

2012 Acura ZDX                                                                        BODY

In another first for Acura, through-bumper, dual polygon-shaped exhaust outlets give the
ZDX an even more premium look. The exhaust finishers are constructed of stainless-
steel, are polished to a high luster and include integrated reflectors to help with nighttime


For the ZDX, Acura engineers wanted a mirror-smooth paint finish with a wet, glossy
look. To improve the surface smoothness, ―orange peel‖ (the finely undulating surface
found on most paints) had to be greatly reduced.

To remain environmentally responsible, four waterborne exterior colors are available that
use a durable clear-coat finish that resists scratching and airborne pollutants. In addition,
a new painting cell was established in the factory to ensure that separately painted body
panels (such as the ZDX’s front and rear bumper fascias) have excellent color harmony
with the body.

       Exterior Color                         Interior Color
                                    Ebony        Taupe       Umber
     Aspen White Pearl                               •
     Crystal Black Pearl               •             •             •
      Grigio Metallic                  •             •             •
     Palladium Metallic                •             •


The 2012 Acura ZDX is assembled in Alliston, Ontario, Canada. To ensure the most
accurate tolerances in key parts of the build process, manufacturing was computer
simulated while the ZDX was in its engineering phase at Honda Research Americas
(HRA) in Ohio— with special attention focused on 21 key components including the
large panoramic glass roof. Conducting a ―virtual build‖ via computer gave Acura’s
manufacturing team the opportunity to identify and mitigate any potentially negative
human factor issues during assembly— such as excessive reaching or lifting to install
components. As a result, the ZDX is manufactured and assembled with a high level of
accuracy as well as with an extremely worker-friendly process.


For years, Acura vehicles have been successfully meeting ever more stringent world
guidelines to reduce the content of harmful metals such as chromium and lead, along with
reducing volatile organic compounds (VOC) and polyvinyl chlorides (PVC). The ZDX
marks the first Acura to use a mercury-free Navigation display screen, which features
LED backlighting instead of traditional cold cathode backlighting. To reduce
environmental impact at the factory, a special separation line isolates different
manufacturing scrap materials (such as aluminum) for recycling.

2012 Acura ZDX                                                                    BODY


A dedicated array of exterior accessories have been developed for the Acura ZDX. When
installed at the time of vehicle purchase, the accessories are covered by Acura’s 4-
year/50,000-miles basic warranty.

      19x8.5-inch 10-spoke aluminum wheels (Sparkle Silver)
      20x9-inch 12-spoke aluminum wheels (chrome look)
      Wheel locks
      Towing package (includes complete Class I hitch, harness and hitch ball)
      LED illuminated sport running boards
      Color-matched back-up sensors
      Color-matched body side molding
      Color-matched door edge guards
      Color-matched splash guards
      Rear bumper appliqué
      Tailgate spoiler
      Engine block heater
      Remote engine starter

2012 Acura ZDX                                                                  CHASSIS


From the beginning, with the ZDX concept Acura designers committed to meeting and
surpassing the vehicle dynamics and driving feel of its primary competitors— the BMW
X6 and Infiniti FX35. The essential engineering targets included steering, suspension,
braking and overall dynamic performance. In addition, superior control of noise,
vibration and harshness (NVH) was paramount, as was the choice of dedicated Comfort
and Sport modes made possible by an available Integrated Dynamics System (IDS).

To achieve a combination of ride comfort and a fun-to-drive character in most weather
conditions, Acura used the famed Nürburgring Nördschleife circuit in Germany as an
essential development tool. This 12.9-mile course contains more than 170 corners and is
considered the toughest natural road course in the world. Engineers used the Nürburgring
as a ―weakness finder‖ because it clearly exposes problems with a vehicle’s dynamics,
making them easier to identify and fix. Engineers took the ZDX to the Nürburgring on
two separate occasions— once during pre-prototype testing to develop what would
become the production suspension systems, and a second time with a prototype.

With its standard 19x8.5-inch wheels and available Active Damper System, the ZDX
offers an excellent blend of all-season handling capability. Focusing on a passionate
European driving experience, while also providing sophisticated control of NVH, the
ZDX is a supremely comfortable long-distance machine and an exhilarating partner on
back roads.


The overall dynamic target for the Acura ZDX was to provide sports sedan-like ride and
handling without compromising ground clearance and all-weather handling performance.
Built for driving passion, the ZDX achieves these three main goals:

1. Enjoyable and comfortable overall driving experience
2. Exciting on-road, track-quality handling for driving enthusiasts
3. Moderate off-highway capabilities

For general driving conditions, Acura simultaneously targeted a smooth
ride with extremely accurate vehicle control— all while limiting
NVH. In addition, the available Integrated Dynamics System (IDS),
which includes Active Damping System (ADS), allows the driver
to switch between Comfort and Sport modes, expanding the
personality of the ZDX. The range between the two damper settings
is significantly wider compared to the damper systems offered on the
BMW X6 and Infiniti FX35. In addition, with IDS the steering
performance is linked to ADS to better suit the performance desires of the driver.

2012 Acura ZDX                                                                  CHASSIS

Two typical scenarios where the Active Damper System (ADS) suspension shines:

   Cruising up the coast in the Comfort mode provides a comfortable, controlled and
    non-fatiguing driving experience
   Driving on a mountain road in the Sport mode delivers more precise, exceptionally
    responsive handling and steering


                   The ZDX’s front chassis was tuned to provide the best balance of
                   handling precision, road isolation and impact aftershake damping.
                    MacPherson struts team with coil-over springs and lower control
                     arms constructed of forged aluminum to reduce unsprung weight.
                     The front subframe ―floats‖ on rubber mounts to provide road and
                            engine isolation, and the subframe assembly is affixed to the
                               main body structure with heavy-duty braces. The front
                               suspension also uses hydro-compliance bushings to
                           provide superior ride isolation as well as chassis vibration
                     control. Suspension and engine mounts are specifically tuned to
provide minimum vibration transfer to the occupants, and the front struts employ internal
rebound springs to improve ride and handling. Anti-dive properties were specially tuned
to reduce impact harshness and improve ride comfort.


The ZDX’s rear suspension is a multi-link design mounted on a separate
steel subframe. Cast aluminum uprights reduce unsprung weight,
while precise trailing-arm mounting points reduce body squat during
hard acceleration. Constant rate coil springs, dampers and an anti-
roll bar are tuned for the optimum combination of ride and
handling. Rear subframe mounts and lateral control link bushing
rates create a discrete level of lateral force steer at the rear axle.
Since the SH-AWD™ system constantly varies drive torque at the
rear axle, the longitudinal and lateral force steer properties were
carefully developed for optimum response, stability and consistency.


Many luxury vehicles offer some type of body motion control system using air
suspension, electronically controlled dampers or automatically adjustable stabilizer bars.
Acura considered all of the available technologies before choosing electronically-
controlled ―semi active‖ Magneto-Rheological fluid-filled dampers as the ideal
technology to maximize ride comfort and handling— all in one integrated system.
Included within the available Advance Package, the Active Damper System gives the
ZDX an elevated level of handling precision designed to satisfy the most discriminating
drivers, while maintaining a smooth and controlled ride.

2012 Acura ZDX                                                                   CHASSIS

The overall goal of the Active Damper System is to achieve an outstanding level of
handling response while maintaining a refined level of ride comfort. This allows the
driver intuitive vehicle control in a relaxed environment— free from a jarring ride, neck
straining head toss and other sudden vehicle motions. This is made possible by the quick
response of the dampers as controlled by computer algorithms that keep the dampers a
step ahead of actual body movements.

Advantages of the Active Damper System include:
 Flat cornering feel with a reduced body roll— even during spirited driving
 Responsive, precise and secure steering feel
 Elimination of unwanted under-damped body heave, roll and pitch motions
 Improved tire adhesion, vehicle stability and road isolation

Real Time Damper Control
The secret to the ZDX’s Active Damper System is its fast-acting ―semi active‖ Magneto-
Rheological fluid-filled shock absorbers. These dampers are built and tuned specifically
for the ZDX and offer the ability to individually adjust from minimum to maximum
damping force in as little as five milliseconds (0.005 sec.). The ability to significantly
change damping rate hinges on the principle of electromagnetic induction.

Each damper carries a field coil—a collar containing many windings of magnetic wire—
that generates an electromagnetic field when current is passed through it. Special damper
fluid contains microscopic (about 10 microns in diameter) ferric spheres that align when
surrounded by an electromagnetic field, dramatically and instantly changing the effective
fluid viscosity. Not only is the overall range of damping force significantly more than
that of a conventional damper, but there are also hundreds of small steps available within
that range.

An electronic control unit (ECU) determines the amount of electrical current that passes
through the field coils via special algorithms which determine the best setting for the road
conditions. The continually variable oil viscosity, combined with nearly instantaneous
reaction time of the dampers, allows damping control to occur before the ZDX’s tires or
body experience any extraneous motion.

The Active Damper System will deliver low damping when the road is smooth and the
vehicle is being driven at a constant speed. Less damping reduces the amount of vibration
and harshness that passes from the suspension to the body, quieting and improving the
overall vehicle ride quality.

Using the dampers’ 5-millisecond response time, the Active Damper System reacts to
sudden changes in driver or road inputs. A high damping force achieved in this short time
allows the dampers to quickly aid the coil springs and stabilizer bars in roll and pitch
control, greatly improving the handling of the ZDX.

2012 Acura ZDX                                                                  CHASSIS

The result of the improved transient handling, road isolation and body control afforded by
the ZDX’s Active Damper System is a noticeable reduction in the driver’s workload. In
short, the system is able to achieve the benefits of a sport-tuned suspension without the
traditional ride comfort trade-off. The overall benefit is more driving enjoyment, better
vehicle control and less passenger fatigue over a long drive.

The computer algorithms that control the Active Damper System were specially created
for the ZDX and offer a substantial difference between Comfort and Sport modes. Thus,
drivers whose primary interest is comfort will be coddled over most road conditions,
while those interested in a sport-driving experience will find the ZDX ready to tackle
challenging roads.

The Active Damper System does not require any special maintenance, has no scheduled
replacement interval and maintains the same quality, durability and performance as all
other Acura components.


Of the luxury SUVs that Acura targeted in developing the ZDX, the BMW X6 offered the
best steering quality. Acura set out to exceed the BMW’s combination of linearity,
precise feel and security at high speed by using torque-sensing, power-assist rack-and-
pinion steering.

Acura engineers spent considerable time studying steering ―on-center‖ feel in an effort to
elevate the quality of steering feedback the driver receives. Beyond offering the correct
steering effort level, the ZDX provides subtle transient steering feedback that is an
integral part of its subjective handling quality.


The 2012 ZDX has standard 19x8.5-inch 7-spoke aluminum wheels finished in luxurious
silver with a bright-machined face and a chromed Acura center cap. Standard are
                          Michelin Latitude P255/50R19 103H all-season tires that were
                          specially developed for the ZDX by Michelin engineers. The
                          tires offer outstanding traction in dry and wet conditions, while
                          maintaining highly useful level of snow/ice traction as well. Of
                          particular interest, the specially-developed tires deliver a
                          substantial improvement in wet and dry handling as well as a
                          5-percent reduction in rolling resistance— thus helping to
                          improve fuel economy.

For the first time in Acura history, 20x9-inch wheels are available for the ZDX from
Acura Genuine Accessories.

2012 Acura ZDX                                                                    CHASSIS

In the event of flat tire, a 17x4-inch wheel with T165/80D17 tire is mounted underneath
the rear of the ZDX. Acura designed the spare-tire storage area to accept either a
temporary or a full-size wheel, allowing the ZDX owner to carry a damaged full-size
wheel and tire beneath the vehicle instead of in the rear cargo area.


The 4-wheel disc brakes on the ZDX are the largest brake system ever featured on a
production Acura vehicle, an honor shared with the MDX. The brake system is
engineered to provide best-in-class braking performance in dry conditions, as well as
while driving in rain, snow or icy conditions.

                  Engineers benchmarked the Acura ZDX against top competitors
                     including the Porsche Cayenne and BMW X6 for braking
                      performance and overall pedal feel. As a result, the ZDX has
                       minimal pedal travel and a firm pedal feel, in keeping with the
                       sport-minded feel that enthusiast drivers desire. The ventilated front
                      brake rotors measure 13.0-inches in diameter with a thickness of 1.1
                    inches, while the rear rotors are a 13.1-inch diameter solid design with
a thickness of 0.43 inch. The front brake calipers are dual-piston design while single-
piston calipers are used in the rear.

The ZDX has an anti-lock braking system (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution
(EBD), Brake Assist and Hill Start Assist as standard equipment. In addition, a Collision
Mitigating Braking System™ (CMBS™) is available as part of the Advance Package.


Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) is included as standard equipment on the ZDX. By
continually monitoring the vehicle’s operating parameters (such as road speed, throttle
position, steering wheel angle, accelerating/braking/cornering loads), VSA® detects if the
vehicle is experiencing oversteer or understeer. To help correct either of these situations,
VSA® automatically reduces engine power output as needed, and applies one or more
brakes individually to help stabilize the chassis. The VSA® response is so quick that the
instability may be corrected even before the driver knows that it is occurring. Traction
Control is integrated into VSA® and helps the ZDX accelerate smoothly on low traction
surfaces. As described in detail within the SH-AWD™ section, VSA® works with SH-
AWD™ to adjust engine torque distribution— thus allowing Direct Yaw Control of the
ZDX to maximize stability under all driving conditions.

2012 Acura ZDX                                                                      CHASSIS

An onboard Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) warns the driver if the air pressure
decreases significantly in any tire. The system helps reduce the chance of damaging a tire
or losing control of the vehicle due to low air pressure. Such pressure monitoring is
important because a slow leak might not be easily detectable— but over time could cause
significant air loss, reduction of grip and potentially a blowout.

TPMS uses a small sensor mounted on each wheel that continually monitors tire pressure
and sends a coded signal to the TPMS electronic control unit (ECU). The process begins
with a signal initiator located inboard of each tire on the chassis that sends a unique
signal for each TPMS sensor. The TPMS sensor then sends tire pressure data to the
TPMS ECU, which compares the values for each tire’s pressure against an acceptable
range of pressures.

When a tire’s pressure drops significantly below the proper level, a ―CHECK TIRE
PRESSURE‖ alert will appear on the Multi-Information Display (MID) screen. The
TPMS system can display the air pressure in all four tires simultaneously via the MID,
making it simple to locate a specific low-pressure tire. If there is a fault in the system, a
―CHECK TPMS SYSTEM‖ alert appears.

At the driver’s preference, the Multi-Information Display can continually show the air
pressure in all four tires as the vehicle is driven. Regardless of whether the driver chooses
to monitor the pressures, a warning will still occur if a tire drops a specified level.


Although the ZDX is not designed as a hardcore ―go-anywhere‖ off-road vehicle, it is
engineered to be capable and competent whether traveling just off the pavement or off the
beaten path. Engineers mandated specific minimum performance criteria for the ZDX,
including safe travel through standing water nearly eight inches deep, steep approach and
departure angles (19.8-degrees front and 23.2-degrees rear, respectively, with a 16.9-
degree break-over angle), off road and paved grades up to 60-percent incline. Moreover,
components located underneath the ZDX are tucked away to help avoid damage during
off-highway driving, a steel guard protects the fuel system’s evaporative canister and
there is a generous 8 inches of underbody clearance.

The high-torque V-6 engine and SH-AWD™ system with Grade Logic and computer-
controlled traction capabilities all help the ZDX meet most off-road challenges without
the need for a dedicated low-range transfer case or a driver-selected 4WD ―lock‖ mode.


The same technologies that make the ZDX capable off-road also enhance its performance
in snow and ice. The SH-AWD™ system with Grade Logic Control and computer-
controlled traction monitoring work together with the all-season tires to maximize power
delivered to the road surface, and thus driver control, in winter driving conditions.

2012 Acura ZDX                                                                     CHASSIS


Elimination of undesirable wind or road noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) in the
passenger cabin was among the highest and most essential priorities that engineers
attacked for the ZDX. Acura began by focusing on vibration in the body during the
engineering phase instead of simply adding materials to the body to damp it out later.
Two examples of this process are the rear suspension mounting points, which have robust
attachments to the unit-body for greater rigidity and reduced vibration, and stiff front and
rear subframes, which allow the mounting bushings to be made softer.

Engineers paid strict attention to addressing two specific issues—concrete road noise and
drumming—neither of which are acceptable to luxury customers. Thus, melt sheets are
used in critical areas on the front bulkhead and floor, and light insulators are used on the
bodysides, doors and roof. A hybrid carpet and padding system further reduces noise

In addition to building a stiff unit body structure, Acura engineers installed three different
types of body separators located in the A-, B- and C-pillars. These special separators
close off the traditional hollow areas within the separator structures to help ensure that
noise does not travel from the road into the passenger cabin. While other Acura vehicles
also use pillar separators, the ZDX has the highest use of any Acura vehicle.

Additional sound-controlling mechanisms found in the ZDX include a windshield
constructed of acoustic glass, 5mm thick side glass (compared to 3.5mm glass used by
most manufacturers), 7-layer acoustic floor under covers (including the first Acura use of
a rear-wheel inner fender insulator), front and rear sub-frame stiffeners, textile-covered
inner fender liners and Active Noise Cancellation (ANC). In particular, the acoustic floor
undercovers are especially effective.


With a towing capacity of 1,500 pounds, the ZDX can tow items such as a personal
watercraft, motorcycles or a camping/utility trailer. A Towing Package is available as
dealer-installed accessory that includes a Class I hitch, receiver, ball and wiring harness.

2012 Acura ZDX                                                                   INTERIOR


The ZDX represents a completely new departure for Acura and demanded a fresh and
creative interior that met the needs and desires of its target customers. Combining
premium materials with a new standard of attention-to-detail and hand-craftsmanship, the
ZDX’s interior takes its place as the ultimate expression of Acura interior design.

Right from its foundation, the ZDX’s interior package is aimed at a select demographic
that has unique priorities and needs. ZDX customers want the style and excitement of a
sports coupe, coupled with a good measure of cargo utility and all-season capability.
Although a low priority, buyers don’t want to give up a comfortable sedan-like back seat
for occasional use to accommodate passengers. In order of importance, the ZDX’s
interior priorities are: front-seat passengers, rear cargo area and then second-row
passenger seating.

In terms of packaging, the ZDX design team developed a theme called ―2+Freedom.‖
That approach put the emphasis on the needs of the people in the two front seats, while
giving them the loading freedom to easily accommodate a weekend golfing trip, or a
piece of bulky cargo. For occasional use, they’d need a back seat that could comfortably
accommodate two adults, or even three passengers for short rides. The rear cargo area
offers 26.3 cubic feet of storage easily accessible via a power rear tailgate. For even
greater room, the split rear seatbacks fold nearly flat to afford 55.8 cubic feet of cargo

An underlying theme throughout the design of the ZDX interior is its emphasis on the
experiential aspect of driving. Features like the ZDX’s standard panoramic glass roof put
passengers in touch with the environment they’re traveling through. Inside the ZDX, the
materials set a new standard for Acura, and in some instances for the entire automotive
industry. Details like the graceful sculpted leather panels on the instrument panel and
console use new manufacturing processes and handcrafted wrapping techniques that
allow fine leather to precisely follow complex, flowing interior shapes. Top grade leather
is used in the ZDX and many of the leather surfaces (such as on the instrument panel,
center console and door panels) feature an exceptionally smooth top leather surface. LED
interior lighting and a striking center instrument panel that blacks out when not in use
give the ZDX a clean, technical feel. In the rear cargo area, the level of fit and finish sets
a new industry standard with tightly tailored loop-type carpeting throughout, three
separated hidden storage compartments and handsome satin alloy compartment latches
that operate with tactile precision.

Standard equipment is comprehensive, with amenities like leather seating surfaces and a
dual-zone, dual-mode, automatic climate control system that includes automatic humidity
control and rear seat vents to help keep the entire passenger cabin comfortable. A
supportive 10-way adjustable power driver seat and an 8-way adjustable power passenger
seat are standard, as is the panoramic glass roof and a power tailgate.

2012 Acura ZDX                                                                           INTERIOR

Naturally, there is a long list of advanced technologies that are standard, including a
powerful 8-speaker audio system with 6-disc CD changer, AM/FM radio, XM® Radio
with Note function and Bluetooth® Audio. Also standard is USB port connectivity (for
iPod®, iPhone®, or removable USB mass storage devices) and AUX jack interface (for
portable MP3 music players). The standard Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® wireless
telephone interface makes it easy to send and receive telephone calls on a compatible
cellular phone without the driver needing to take his or her hands off the wheel or look
away from the road. The rearview mirror includes an integrated rear view camera display.

The available Technology Package adds a range of advanced features designed to offer
drivers increased connectivity to the world around them along with added driving
enjoyment. A Keyless Access System with pushbutton start lets the owner enter and drive
the ZDX without handling a remote-control fob or keys. Inside, luxurious full-grain
perforated Milano premium leather covers the seating surfaces.

The Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™ system uses an 8-inch full VGA
high-resolution color display positioned high up in the center of the instrument panel
where it is close to the driver’s line of sight while remaining shrouded from glare. With
navigation data stored on a built-in hard disk drive (HDD) media storage device, the
Navigation system boots up and operates with impressive speed. The navigation system
includes AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic with Traffic Rerouting™ along with the AcuraLink
Real-Time Weather™ including weather radar image maps. For the ultimate in
connectivity, AcuraLink® Satellite Communication System allows direct communication
between the ZDX and Acura, including the ability to make automated appointments for
vehicle service.

Acura’s renowned Acura/ELS Surround® premium audio system is part of the
Technology Package. The system features a 435-watt Digital Sound Processor amplifier,
a 10-speaker surround sound array and 15-gigabytes of dedicated hard disk drive (HDD)
media storage space that allows the ZDX owner to download and store about 3,500
songs* for later playback. The Acura/ELS Surround® premium audio system offers
DVD-Audio, DTS™, CD, AM/FM radio, XM® Radio with Note function music reminder,
Bluetooth® Audio along with USB port and AUX jack connectivity.

The available Advance Package includes everything in the Technology Package, and
adds an upgraded premium brushed tricot headliner material, heated and ventilated front
seats, a sport steering wheel and LED ambient lighting in each interior door handle
pocket. The Advance Package also includes controls and displays for the Collision
Mitigating Braking System™ (CMBS™), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Active Damper
System and blind spot information system (BSI).
*Approximate capacity based on an average size of 4.2 MB per song at a 128kbps bitrate

2012 Acura ZDX                                                           INTERIOR

Interior at a Glance
    Rich and engaging cockpit designed for performance driving features high-quality
       surface finishes and materials
    Panoramic glass roof with tilt, auto-open and key-off operation
    Premium leather seating surfaces
    Leather-wrapped 3-spoke steering wheel with illuminated fingertip controls
       and racing-inspired paddle shifters
    LED backlit gauges with progressive illumination
    High-resolution Multi-Information Display (allows access to multiple electronic
       functions and customizable feature settings)
    Rear view camera (displayed within the rearview mirror)
    10-way adjustable power-activated driver seat
    8-way adjustable power-activated front passenger seat
    Heated front seats
    Dual-zone, dual-mode automatic climate control system
    Automatic humidity control system
    Power tilt and telescoping steering column
    Electronic cruise control
    8-speaker audio system with 6-disc CD changer, AM/FM radio, XM® Radio and
       Bluetooth® Audio
    USB port connectivity (for iPod®, iPhone®, or removable USB mass storage
    Auxiliary jack interface (for portable MP3 music players)
    Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® wireless telephone interface
    2-position memory function (for seating position, mirror adjustments, radio
       presets, climate control settings, MID presets, and more)
    LED interior illumination and map lights

Technology Package
    Keyless Access System (with Smart Entry and pushbutton ignition)
    Perforated full-grain Milano leather seating surfaces
    Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™
    8-inch full VGA high-resolution color display with LED backlighting
    Multi-view rear camera (displayed on the full VGA color display)
    AcuraLink® Satellite Communication System
    AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic with Traffic Rerouting™
    AcuraLink Real-Time Weather™ with radar image maps
    Interface Dial (provides quick, intuitive access to navigation, audio and other
    Acura/ELS Surround® 10-speaker premium audio system with DVD-Audio,
      DTS™, CD, AM/FM radio, XM® Radio, Bluetooth® Audio, 15 gigabytes of hard
      disk drive (HDD) media storage space, Song By Voice™(SBV), Dolby® Pro
      Logic® II and a 435-watt Digital Signal Processing (DSP) amplifier

2012 Acura ZDX                                                                INTERIOR

Advance Package (Includes all items in Technology Package, plus …)
   Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
   Collision Mitigating Braking System™ (CMBS™)
   Integrated Dynamic System (IDS)
   Active Damper System (ADS)
   Blind spot information system (BSI)
   Ventilated front seats
   Premium brushed tricot headliner material
   Sport steering wheel
   LED ambient door handle illumination


In most situations, ZDX owners will typically travel with just two people in the vehicle.
As such, the interior is designed first and foremost to offer an optimized driving
environment for front seat passengers. Consequently, front seat dimensions are sedan-like
and similar to those of the TL, though the ZDX offers additional hip and shoulder room.
The ZDX’s front seat hip point is closer to the floor than the MDX, giving the ZDX a
sportier, coupe-like flavor. The ZDX driver sits 1.2 inches higher off the floor than a TL
driver, giving the ZDX a more commanding view.

Despite the ZDX’s taut exterior appearance, the rear seat is scaled to accommodate three
adults. For increased headroom, the ZDX uses special head domes within the roof
structure to give rear seat occupants added space. The sport-minded rear seats are
supportive, comfortable and offer enough room for occasional longer trips.

                                               2012             2011            2011
                                            Acura ZDX         BMW X6           Infiniti
                                             SH-AWD           xDrive35i      FX35 AWD

 Headroom, front/second row (in)             38.0/35.3        38.3/37.2        39.3/38.5
 Leg room, front/second row (in)             42.6/31.1        40.4/35.9        44.7/34.6
 Hip room, front/second row (in)             57.3/55.3           N/A           54.9/54.2
 Shoulder room, front/second row (in)        59.7/55.4        59.9/57.0        57.3/57.4


The ZDX interior forges a new direction for Acura, blending the signature Acura twin-
cockpit design with rich materials. More than just pleasing to the eye, the ZDX interior is
meticulously engineered to be appealing to the touch. Smooth, seductive premium leather
wraps from the door panels, across the instrument panel (using new manufacturing
techniques and hand crafting) and through to the center console. The design is a graceful
blend of technology, driver connection and warm, relaxed personal space.

2012 Acura ZDX                                                                 INTERIOR

Details set the ZDX interior apart. Soft-touch materials line the door pull pockets,
console and storage trays; floor mats are made of mixed-color loop carpet to conceal dirt
and wear; the instrument panel, glove box, door trims and handles have a soft-touch feel;
and alloy front and rear sill garnishes have a precision look.

The ZDX’s wrap-around leather trim required special engineering and attention to detail.
Leather instrument panel trim has been used in the past, but the ZDX dashboard’s use of
complex shapes and concave design had never been attempted before. Thus, a new build
technique was required. Working with one of the finest leather crafters in Europe, Acura
developed new manufacturing technology to allow the top quality leather to precisely
trace the sweeping curves of the front doors, instrument panel and center console. Only
the finest, unmarked leather hides are used in the process.

These premium hides are die-cut and split to a precise thickness, then hand-sewn. Bonded
to a substrate to hold seam lines in perfect orientation, the leather is hand wrapped to the
instrument panel and center console for precise alignment of all seams and cut lines. The
end result is a warmly detailed interior appearance that simultaneously meets Acura’s
rigorous standards for durability.

The ZDX’s interior color palette reflects a progressive take on design. The interior is
available in three different colors: Ebony, Taupe, and Umber.


The ZDX features a driver-oriented cockpit that expands on Acura’s history of intuitive
functionality. The wrap-around instrument panel design puts important systems and
controls within easy reach of the driver. Supportive seating helps keep the driver securely
in place during travel. The ZDX’s console-mounted straight gate shifter is intuitive to
operate and racing-inspired paddle shifters on the steering wheel provide easy fingertip
control of the 6-speed automatic transmission. The ZDX features a sport-minded 4-pod
instrument cluster; graphic digital displays supplement the main easy-to-read analog
instrumentation. The ZDX’s many electronic features are designed to be simple to
interpret and operate. Sight lines are clear with important items placed within easy view.


The ZDX’s power-adjustable tilt/telescope steering wheel is wrapped in premium
smooth-grain leather with Euro Lancia-style stitching. Within fingertip reach are a pair of
LED illuminated, racing-inspired paddle shifters that upshift/downshift the Sequential
SportShift 6-speed automatic transmission.

The steering wheel incorporates the most commonly used controls,
allowing the driver to keep hands on the wheel a larger percentage of
time. Audio system controls are positioned on the left spoke, as are
navigation system controls.

2012 Acura ZDX                                                                 INTERIOR

On the left spoke is a push-to-talk button to activate the voice recognition system that
provides voice control of the navigation system, as well as operation of the climate
control and audio system features. Also on the left are controls for Bluetooth®
HandsFreeLink® system. Located on the right are controls for the MID and cruise

The available Advance Package includes a unique sport steering wheel with a thicker
diameter rim and shift paddles with grippy elastomer rubber backs and silver coloring. In
addition, the steering wheel has an added Adaptive Cruise Control button on the lower
right side and revised Multi-Information Display (MID) control buttons.


The ZDX employs a straight-gate transmission shifter assembly (located in the center
console) that has an intuitive, easy-to-use design. The shifter allows the ZDX driver to
choose D (Drive) or S (Sport), the latter of which activates more aggressive transmission
shift programming.


Given the ZDX’s sporting capabilities, it has front bucket seats designed to offer
supportive comfort combined with secure lateral support needed during
aggressive cornering. The ZDX’s front seats use padding that is specially
tuned for ride comfort and isolation from road vibration. A supportive 10-
way adjustable (8-way adjustable seat with 2-way adjustable lumber
support) power-actuated driver seat is standard. All driver's seat power
adjustment settings (except power-adjustable lumbar support) can be
stored in a pair of user profiles—one for each of the two key fobs
that come standard with the ZDX. An 8-way adjustable power-
actuated front passenger seat is standard and includes height and
seat-cushion tilt adjustments for excellent comfort.

Leather seating surfaces with pebble-grain embossing is standard. ZDX models equipped
with the available Technology Package or Advance Package are upgraded with full-grain
Milano premium leather seating surfaces with perforated center sections for greater

All ZDX models have heated front seats as standard. The driver side seat has heating
elements in the base cushion and the seatback; the passenger seat has a heated base
cushion. As part of the Advance Package, in addition to heating, the front seats have an
adjustable ventilation system for greater comfort in warm weather. The fan system pulls
hot air away from the body and exhausts it under the seat cushion. Compared to
traditional cooling seats that blow air upwards, the ZDX’s pull-style ventilation system
cools occupants noticeably faster. Simple pushbutton control provides three levels of
cooling and three levels of heating (Tech and Base have two levels of heat).

2012 Acura ZDX                                                                 INTERIOR

Active head restraints are standard for the ZDX front seats. In the rear seat, a convenient
push-button release on each outboard headrest allows it to be manually folded down
when not in use to provide increased rearward visibility. The center rear headrest is
vertically adjustable for passenger comfort. For greater rear seat passenger comfort, a
padded center armrest (with integrated dual cupholders) folds down from the center
section of the rear seat.

When mixing passengers and cargo, the rear seatbacks offer the flexibility of 60/40
folding. A release handle positioned at the outboard side of each seatback allows the
seatbacks to be easily folded down to create a nearly flat load floor.


Positioned between the tachometer and speedometer, a Multi-Information Display (MID)
gives the ZDX driver instant access to important information. Controls positioned on the
steering wheel allow the driver to cycle through multiple MID display screens to gain
information. With a large screen area, high resolution and the ability to display varying
font sizes, the MID is clear and easy to interpret.

There are two individual trip computers built into the MID system, with easy tracking of
overall mileage, individual trip mileage, average fuel economy, average speed, fuel range
and elapsed time. The MID also displays outside air temperature as well as the remaining
percentage of engine oil life.

The Maintenance Minder™ system alerts the ZDX driver of upcoming maintenance needs
via the MID. Should a fault occur with the vehicle, specific warning information will
appear. The MID also allows the driver to set a variety of preferences for different ZDX


When the ZDX is placed in Reverse gear, the view
from a rear-mounted camera is displayed on a
video screen built into the auto-dimming rearview
mirror. To make it easier for the driver to judge
distance and clearance, solid yellow on-screen guidelines
indicate the vehicle’s width, as well as distances of 1, 2 and 3 meters as measured from
the rear of the ZDX. In addition, a dotted yellow line marks off the distance required to
open the rear hatch. If desired, the rear view guide lines can be disabled.

When equipped with the available Navigation system (as part of the Technology
Package), a multi-view camera is used that projects one of three different rear views on
the navigation system’s 8-inch full VGA high-resolution color display.

2012 Acura ZDX                                                                 INTERIOR

                        The primary view is ―Normal View,‖ which delivers 130-degrees
                        of rearward visibility. For special conditions, there is the ―Wide
                        View,‖ which delivers 175-degrees of rearward visibility.
                        Finally, the ―Top Down View‖ generates
                        a straight-down look at the trailer hitch
                        area— thus greatly easing alignment of
the trailer and the ZDX’s available Class I towing hitch, or
helping when maneuvering in tight parking spaces.


The ZDX’s interior is designed to be functional and inviting at night. The speedometer
cluster progressively illuminates to give the driver a welcoming feel upon entering the
vehicle. When the door is opened, the instrument lighting comes on; then when the
ignition is switched on, it brightens progressively to 100-percent illumination. The LED
illuminated white instrument needles and indicator lights then come alive, indicating that
the ZDX is ready to go. When the drive is over, the instrument lighting progressively

All the interior illumination in the ZDX is via high-tech LED lighting— with the
exception of the glove box, console, courtesy and rear cargo lights. All of the ZDX’s
interior switches are LED illuminated (including switches on all four door panels as well
as the steering wheel and overhead console) making them easy to locate at night. The
ZDX’s unique center stack is designed to be especially striking. With the vehicle off, the
entire center stack blacks out for a sleek ―monolith‖ look. As systems (such as the audio
system or climate control) are turned on, LED-illuminated labels on the individual
control buttons appear.

In addition to front and rear LED overhead interior lights and fade-on/off LED map
lights, the ZDX also has low-level LED interior cabin lighting. Calming blue ambient
LED lighting in the ceiling illuminates the front center console while additional LEDs
illuminate the front foot wells.

The glove compartment and the center armrest compartment are internally illuminated.
The front doors and rear tailgate have courtesy lights that automatically illuminate when
open. To prevent battery discharge, if any interior lights are left on, they will
automatically turn off 15 minutes after the last door is closed, or will turn off instantly
when the car is locked using the remote.


The ZDX interior offers an array of storage and convenience features for the driver and
passengers. The front center console is internally illuminated, includes a 12-volt power
point and a USB port that allows for easy connectivity of such items as an iPod® or a
removable mass storage device. Located in the center console, the USB port is positioned
alongside a traditional AUX jack (that allows connectivity of MP3 music players).

2012 Acura ZDX                                                                 INTERIOR

A leather-covered padded armrest tops the console, and includes a slide-out tray that is
ideal for holding a cell phone, iPod® or other small items. A double cupholder is
positioned ahead of the console, and can accommodate large beverage cups and bottles.
A satin silver cover conceals the cupholders when they’re not in use. Rear-seat
passengers have a fold-down padded center armrest with a pair of covered cupholders.

Inside the glove compartment is a separate document shelf that allows the convenient
storage of the ZDX User Manual as well as important papers such as registration and
insurance. The separate shelf arrangement not only keeps paperwork neatly contained,
but it also frees up storage space in the main glove box compartment. Total glove
compartment capacity is 0.28 cubic feet. A small headliner-mounted console is located
near the rearview mirror and includes sunglasses storage along with controls for interior
lighting, HomeLink® and the moonroof.


The ZDX’s impressively detailed rear cargo area was inspired by a high-end modern
―destination hotel‖ guest room, where clean lines conceal hidden functionality. Open the
power-actuated tailgate and the level of finish of the ZDX cargo area is immediately
apparent. Lined with premium loop carpet, the cargo area has tight panel fits like those in
the passenger portion of the interior. A cleverly hidden 2.2 cubic-feet cargo bin is
positioned in the floor and has a satin-metal handle with a precise action. The lid is
assisted by two gas struts to ease opening. Hidden behind removable panels are additional
storage areas positioned on the left and right sidewalls of the cargo compartment. The
removable side panels have satin-metal release handles, and the panels can be stored in
the central cargo bin to open up a wide load space designed to accommodate up to four
golf bags laying crosswise. A recessed tailgate latch mechanism and dual alloy scuff
plates combine with a comfortable lift-in height to minimize the chance of damage to
cargo, or to the vehicle, while loading.

The rear cargo area offers a total of 26.3 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats,
including the volume of the floor and side compartments. If even more space is required,
the second-row 60/40 split folding seatbacks can be lowered. With the seats down, the
ZDX offers a near-flat fully carpeted load floor and a total of 55.8 cubic feet of cargo
space— including the rear-seat foot space.


All ZDX models come with a standard power rear tailgate. The tailgate can be operated
remotely with a button positioned to the left of the steering wheel, or with the Keyless
Access System. When standing behind the vehicle, a touch-sensitive pull handle
(concealed just above the license plate) opens the tailgate manually. To close the tailgate
using the powered system, a button is positioned at the edge of the tailgate, located just to
the left of the latch. The tailgate can also be closed manually, using a handle positioned to
the right side of the latch.

2012 Acura ZDX                                                                 INTERIOR

To improve rearward visibility, the power tailgate has a main window, plus a secondary
lower rear window. The lower window (in combination with ZDX’s folding outer rear
headrests and adjustable center rear headrest) helps provide improved rearward visibility.


The ZDX has a dual-zone, dual-mode adaptive climate control system with air filtration
that lets the driver and front passenger independently set temperature modes to their
individual liking. Rear-seat occupants are kept comfortable by adjustable vents located in
the rear of the center console.

For greater passenger comfort in cool climates with bright sunshine, the system can
deliver disparate temperature output to different parts of the cabin. For example, areas of
the interior that are warmed by the sun will receive cooler air via the dashboard vents
whereas the front footwells (that are in shade) will be supplied with warmer air.

In addition, Acura’s automatic humidity control technology allows the HVAC system to
automatically adjust humidity control based on specific conditions. This patented system
predicts the condition in which window fogging is likely, then lowers humidity in the
interior by orchestrating the air conditioning, air outlet mode, temperature and fan blower
speed. The system can also improve passenger comfort during cold winter driving by
increasing cabin humidity— thus accounting for the very dry air usually experienced
during the winter months. To regulate the amount of cabin humidity, the air conditioning
system cycles on/off. As a side benefit, reduced use of the air conditioner reduces fuel

ZDX models with the Technology Package or Advance Package use the GPS navigation
system to further improve the overall passenger comfort thanks to a 3D solar-sensing
feature. The navigation system determines the position of the sun relative to the driver
and front passenger based on continuously updated vehicle position information.
Combined with information from a solar sensor located on top of the instrument panel,
this feature lets the climate-control system automatically adjust the temperature and air
outlet mode from side to side as needed to compensate for asymmetrical solar heating.


Built in concert with Panasonic, the ZDX audio system (non Technology Package or
Advance Package equipped models) is an 8-speaker design with a 6-disc CD changer,
AM/FM radio, XM® Radio with Note function and Bluetooth® Audio. The system can
also read MP3 and WMA files on CDs and includes the Radio Data System (RDS) and
Speed Volume Control (SVC).

2012 Acura ZDX                                                               INTERIOR

The ZDX audio system can play material from a variety of sources:
    6-disc changer:
          o CD audio
          o MP3 or WMA files (on CD)
    AM/FM radio with Radio Data System (RDS)
    XM® Radio with Note function music reminder
    Bluetooth® wireless audio
    USB port connectivity for items such as an iPod®, iPhone® or a removable mass
      storage device
    Auxiliary jack connectivity for a portable MP3 player

The ZDX’s 266-watt audio system’s Digital Signal Processing (DSP) amplifier drives a
titanium-dome tweeter mounted in each A-pillar and a 3-inch Super Dynamic Range
speaker positioned in the top in the instrument panel. 6.7-inch mid-range speakers are
positioned in each front and rear door. A big 8-inch diameter downward-firing subwoofer
is placed under the cargo floor in a specially tuned 25-liter acoustic enclosure. This
unusually large enclosure provides improved bass response and extends frequency range
from 20 Hz down to an amazingly low 16Hz— all with very low harmonic distortion.

The audio system offers USB port connectivity for items such as an iPod®, iPhone® or
removable USB mass storage device. The USB port is powered and can charge a device
while simultaneously transferring information to the audio system. USB-connected
devices can be operated via the audio controls, with filenames and folders appearing on
the audio system’s text display. The ZDX’s audio system can also play Bluetooth® Audio
when paired with a compatible device. Bluetooth® Audio is a wireless music transfer
format that is separate from Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® that is used for telephone voice
communication. The ZDX also has an auxiliary (AUX) jack connection enabling use of
portable MP3 music players. The AUX connection requires the music player to be
controlled via the device’s own interface (though the ZDX’s audio system can control

XM® Radio
XM® Radio is a standard feature within the ZDX audio system and it provides more than
200 channels of digital programming with near CD-quality sound. The XM® signal is
beamed to two broadcast satellites positioned in geostationary orbit more than 22,000
miles above Earth. The beams from these two broadcast satellites (one located over the
west coast, one over the east coast) combine to span the entire continental United States
and some of Canada. There are also more than 1,000 ground antennas to help boost the
XM® Radio signal in metropolitan areas where tall buildings can block satellite signals.

XM® Radio programming includes channels devoted to music, sports, talk, traffic,
weather, children’s programming and entertainment. Of the more than 200 XM®
channels, 71 are commercial-free. When the ZDX’s audio system plays XM® Radio, the
display screen shows the current station, song title, or artist’s name. A complimentary
three-month subscription to the XM® Radio service is included with purchase of a new
ZDX, and customers are able to continue the service or cancel any time afterwards.

2012 Acura ZDX                                                               INTERIOR


All Acura vehicles have a standard Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® telephone interface
system that is designed to work with a wide variety of Bluetooth® enabled mobile
telephones. Bluetooth® is a radio frequency-based technology that allows portable
devices (such as cellular telephones, PDAs, laptops and other devices) to communicate
wirelessly over a limited distance. The ZDX’s HandsFreeLink® system is compatible
with Bluetooth®-enabled cellular phones that have the Hands Free Profile (HFP). (Some
early Bluetooth®-enabled phones do not have this communications protocol, but most
newly released phones have HFP.) After the driver completes a one-time pairing process,
the ZDX can communicate wirelessly with the driver's cell phone when it is within
approximately 10 feet of the vehicle. The telephone needs to be on (with Bluetooth®
connectivity enabled), but can be stowed in a pocket, briefcase, purse, or anywhere inside
the ZDX cabin.

With Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® the ZDX driver can answer or make telephone calls
without removing their hands from the steering wheel. When a call comes in, the
incoming caller’s telephone number is displayed on the Multi-Information Display
(MID). In addition, a phone ring tone can be played over the audio system. If the driver
chooses to answer the phone call, a press of the steering wheel-mounted "Pick up" button
mutes the audio system and the incoming caller is heard over the ZDX’s audio system
speakers. On Technology Package models, a special overhead array microphone cancels
―echo effect‖ and reduces background noise to improve the transmission quality of the
driver's speech when using the HandsFreeLink® system.

By activating the Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® system using fingertip controls mounted
on the steering wheel, the driver can dial a telephone number by voice. The driver also
can store frequently called numbers in the system's memory using unique voice tags. Up
to six different compatible mobile telephones (each with a unique ―user profile‖) can be
paired at one time with the ZDX’s Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® system. Each phone
profile has its own password-protected call history, phonebook, speed dials and voice
tags. With a single paired phone and the proper password for each profile, a user can
access any of the other profiles. This convenient feature means that a person who carries
both a work cellular phone and personal cellular phone can easily access both profiles
from either telephone.

When equipped with the available navigation system (Technology Package or Advance
Package), some HandsFreeLink® functions are displayed on the high-resolution
navigation system screen. This provides a more versatile interface for HandsFreeLink®
operation. The system can also import a compatible cellular telephone’s phonebook (over
1,000 entries), allowing the data to be more easily searched via the 8-inch full VGA high-
resolution color screen. Additional HandsFreeLink® information can be found at

2012 Acura ZDX                                                                           INTERIOR


All versions of the ZDX have the panoramic glass roof as a standard feature. Two large
glass panels (one that opens and one that is fixed) help give the cabin an open feeling.
The front panel is power operated and a special wind deflector helps minimize turbulence
and noise in the interior. When the front moonroof panel is closed, dual power sunshades
can be opened or closed to adjust the amount of light that enters the cabin.

A single switch positioned in the front overhead console controls the front glass opening
and the dual sunshades— a location that is easily accessible by the driver or front seat
passenger. For greater convenience, the switch offers a one-touch opening feature.


The ZDX has the latest version of Acura’s Active Sound Control (ASC) system. ASC is
linked to throttle position and engine rpm to provide a quieter cockpit during cruising.

The ASC system operates whenever the ZDX is running, whether the audio system is on
or off. There are two microphones mounted in the headliner—one just behind the front
overhead console and another just ahead of the overhead rear light module. The
microphones capture low-end drivetrain frequencies entering the cabin, and then send a
signal to the Active Sound Control unit. The ASC then creates a precisely timed reverse
phase audio signal that is sent to the door speakers and the subwoofer (positioned under
the cargo deck) to dramatically reduce amount of booming sound from the exhaust. ASC
also substantially reduces high- and middle-frequency noise during normal cruising.


The 2012 Acura ZDX offers an available Technology Package that includes:
    Perforated full-grain Milano leather seating surfaces
    Keyless Access System (with Smart Entry and pushbutton ignition)
    Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™
    8-inch full VGA high-resolution color display
    Multi-view rearview camera system
    AcuraLink® Satellite Communication System
    AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic with Traffic Rerouting™
    AcuraLink Real-Time Weather™ with weather radar image maps
    Interface Dial (providing quick access to navigation, audio, and other features)
    Wallpaper feature to display personal photographs
    Acura/ELS Surround® premium 10-speaker audio system with DVD-Audio,
      DTS™, CD, AM/FM radio, XM® Radio with Note function, Bluetooth® Audio, 15
      gigabytes of hard disk drive (HDD) media storage space (3,500-song* capacity),
      Dolby® Pro Logic® II and a 435-watt Digital Signal Processing (DSP) amplifier
    Song By Voice™ (SBV)

*Approximate capacity based on an average size of 4.2 MB per song at a 128kbps bitrate

2012 Acura ZDX                                                              INTERIOR


The ZDX with Technology Package or Advance Package is equipped with a spectacular
Acura/ELS Surround® 435-watt Premium Audio System with 10 speakers. This highly
capable audio system is the latest generation of the acclaimed Acura/ELS Surround®
audio system offered in other Acura products.

In addition to providing exceptional audio performance, the Acura/ELS® audio system is
designed to be simple to operate. Clear, large-format head-unit controls and convenient
steering-wheel-mounted controls make operation intuitive. Select audio system functions
can also be accomplished via voice commands. The system offers Song By Voice™
(SBV), which allows the ZDX driver to make music selections for audio on an iPod® or
on the HDD by simply speaking the artist name, song name or other selection categories.

The ZDX audio system plays DVD-Audio discs, an advance in reproduction technology
that delivers over 500-times higher resolution than traditional CD audio. DVD-Audio
delivers smoother, fuller and far more accurate sound through six discrete channels. The
DVD-Audio system will not play DVD-V or DVD movies. The system also includes
Dolby® ProLogic® II to create a surrounding experience from a variety of music sources.

The Acura/ELS® audio system gets its name from multi-time Grammy® Award winning
producer/engineer Elliot Scheiner’s recording industry-recognized moniker ―ELS®.‖
Scheiner’s goal in the development of the ZDX audio system was to reproduce music the
way it is heard in a professional recording studio. The sophisticated ELS® system
Scheiner developed together with Panasonic is designed to provide studio quality sound
within the ZDX.

The Acura/ELS Surround® premium audio system can play material from a wide
variety of sources:
    Single disc player:
           o DVD-Audio
           o CD audio
           o DTS CD
           o MP3 or WMA files (on CD)
    15 gigabytes of dedicated hard disk drive (HDD) media storage space with 3,500-
       song* capacity and audio track information provided by Gracenote®
    AM/FM radio with Radio Data System (RDS)
    XM® Radio with Note function music reminder
    Bluetooth® Audio
    USB port connectivity for iPod®, iPhone® or removable USB mass storage device
    Auxiliary jack connectivity for a portable MP3 player

2012 Acura ZDX                                                                           INTERIOR

The audio system’s wide range of formats means it can play audio program material from
most common sources. The addition of a hard disk drive (HDD) media storage system
means the ZDX owner can download CDs directly to the hard disk drive for later
playback. Only original CDs and uncompressed CD-R files can be copied to the hard
drive (other formats such as DVD-Audio, MP3/WMA, DTS CD, USB, Bluetooth® audio
and AUX inputs can not be recorded to the hard drive).

The audio system’s AM/FM radio tuner includes the Radio Data System (RDS). RDS
allows digital information sent in many FM radio broadcasts to display on the vehicle
stereo items such as program information, artist/song name and time. XM® Radio with
Note function is integrated into the receiver to provide more than 200 channels of digital
program material with near-CD quality sound. A text display provides information text
on the XM® program material.

Hard Disc Drive
The ZDX has a 60-gigabytes hard disk drive (HDD), with 15-gigabytes dedicated to
music storage (enough to hold about 3,500 songs*); the balance of the HDD’s capacity is
used for the navigation system. The hard drive’s fast file-access time speeds search and
retrieval of audio tracks, and allows tracks to be shuffled by album, artist and genre. On-
board information provided by Gracenote® (formerly CDDB®) allows the system to
display the song artist, album name, track name, and genre for the program material that
is stored on the hard disk drive (HDD) media storage system. Gracenote® uses a multi-
step recognition method to enable identification, categorization and organization of
digital music. The Gracenote® database is updated quarterly to include new audio
releases. The ZDX owner can download Gracenote® updates at www.acura.com, and then
load the updates onto a USB thumb drive or CD-R which, in turn, can be downloaded
into the ZDX’s audio system. Without the Gracenote® update, newly released audio
tracks will play on the Acura/ELS® system, but will play without accompanying text
information on genre, artist, album name and track name.

*Approximate capacity based on an average size of 4.2 MB per song at a 128kbps bitrate

The Acura/ELS Surround® premium audio system offers USB port connectivity for use
of external items such as an iPod® or removable USB mass storage devices. Located
within the center console, the USB port can charge a device while simultaneously
transferring information to the audio system. Compatible USB-connected devices can be
operated via the audio controls, with filenames and folders appearing on the audio
system’s text display. In addition, an AUX input jack (with a nearby 12-volt power
source) allows for the connection of an external audio source such as an MP3 player.

Moreover, the Acura/ELS® audio system can play Bluetooth® audio when paired with a
compatible device. (Note: Bluetooth® audio is a music format that is separate from
Bluetooth® used for telephone voice communication.) These devices can be operated and
navigated via the audio system’s controls.

2012 Acura ZDX                                                               INTERIOR

Note Function for XM®
The ZDX’s audio system includes the Note function for XM® Radio which is designed to
be a convenience for owners who want to make note of songs heard on XM®. With the
touch of a button, the Note function for XM® Radio records the current song title and
artist name in text form, along with a short audio excerpt of the song.

The Note function captures up to 10 seconds of each selected song and can store a total of
30 song excerpts for later playback. Thus, if the ZDX driver likes a particular song or
artist, it’s easy to note (and refer back to it) for later consideration.

Song By Voice™
With so much audio content available with the ZDX’s hard drive and in a user’s iPod®,
Acura engineers set out to make it easy to choose audio content while driving. Song By
Voice™ (SBV) lets the driver choose music by artist, album, track name, genre, playlist
and even composer.

From most navigation screens, the driver simply presses the ―TALK‖ button on the
steering wheel and then says ―iPod Search‖ or ―HDD Search.‖ A category screen
appears, and the user can choose by voice among categories to select the content they
want. Alternately, selections can also be made using the interface dial. To improve voice
recognition performance with unique words, the system has a feature that accommodates
phonetic adjustment for up to 2,000 names. These updated phonetic names then apply to
Song By Voice™ use of the hard drive or a connected iPod®.


ZDX models equipped with the Technology Package or the Advance Package have the
latest generation Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™ which features a
multi-view rear camera.

Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™ features summary:
    8-inch full VGA high-resolution color display with LED backlight for convenient
      viewing, positioned high up and closer to driver’s line of sight
    Ultra-fast 60 gigabyte hard disk drive (HDD) data storage
    Coverage includes the 48 contiguous United States, Hawaii, Alaska, Canada and
      Puerto Rico
    Fast Point Of Interest (POI) search time
    AcuraLink® Satellite Communication System with AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic
      with Traffic Rerouting™ (powered by XM
    AcuraLink Real-Time Weather™ (powered
      by XM NavWeather®)
    Voice recognition function with over 700
      navigation commands minimizes the need
      for manual character entry

2012 Acura ZDX                                                                 INTERIOR

      Voice recognition system recognizes city and street names as spoken words
      Simple system operation with clear visual prompts to guide voice navigation
      Interface dial simplifies control of the system and is accessible to driver and front
       seat passenger
      Audio system automatically mutes for turn-by-turn voice guidance (voice
       guidance can be turned off at any time)
      Voice Recognition™ operates common audio and climate control functions
      Highly directional array microphone for precise Voice Command recognition
      On-screen picture of highway interchanges indicates which lane(s) to use to stay
       on route
      3 languages for all destinations (English, French and Spanish)
      Destination memory recalls current trip addresses, previous destinations and user
       address books
      Split-screen mode features a simultaneous "map view" and selective route
      Trip routing can avoid user-selected areas
      Make telephone calls to on-screen points of interest with Bluetooth®
      Trip routing can include up to five user-chosen way points
      Ambient light sensing automatically adjusts screen brightness for the conditions
      Multi-view rear camera provides rearward view with parking guidelines on
       navigation screen when transmission is in Reverse
      Navigation system can be updated with available DVD
      Store and display owner image files as wallpaper on navigation screen (store up to
       10 images each for Driver 1 and Driver 2)

Enhanced database:
   Point Of Interest (POI) database includes approximately 7 million locations
   Fuzzy logic POI and address searching simplifies and speeds searches
   Smart logic for restaurant POI simplifies searching
   Business and recreation directory of virtually all of the continental United States
     complete with telephone numbers
   ZIP code entry speeds address input
   Directory categories include restaurants (searchable by type of cuisine), lodging,
     shopping, airports, hospitals, recreation areas and much more
   Zagat Survey™ restaurant guide provides detailed information and reviews on
     restaurants in database, which can be read on-screen or heard over the audio
   Scenic Route drive route listings categorized by individual state
   Exact addressing locates approximately 80-percent of addresses at their actual
     GPS coordinates (instead of estimating location based on linear street number)
   Destinations are searchable by GPS coordinates

2012 Acura ZDX                                                               INTERIOR

System Operation
The Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™ tracks the ZDX’s position based
on positioning data from up to 12 orbiting Global Positioning Satellites (GPS). If GPS
reception is blocked by a tall building, tunnel, or parking garage, an internal gyroscopic
system with a speed sensor tracks the location to keep the mapping information current
and reliable until satellite reception is restored.

The ZDX’s navigation system stores its mapping data on an internal hard disk drive
(HDD) media storage system. The same drive is also partitioned and used by the audio
system to store audio files. Much faster than the DVD drive used on many other
navigation systems, the ZDX’s hard drive is the key to the system’s impressive search
and routing speed. The system can be updated annually with the latest mapping
information by inserting an update disc into the audio system’s slot-loading CD/DVD
drive. DVD update discs are available for purchase on an annual basis on-line at
www.acura.com or by calling 888-549-3798.

The navigation system can be controlled by using the interface dial, by choosing menu
options, or by spelling out a word (e.g., an address, business name or place). Characters
on an on-screen keypad can be selected using the Interface Dial. For voice operation, the
driver simply presses the "Talk" button on the steering wheel and says any of a number of
preset command phrases. The system responds to over 700 command phrases, as well as
to spoken city and street names. Voice recognition capability saves time and simplifies
operation of the system.

The audio system is automatically muted when the "Talk" button is pressed, and an
overhead array microphone receives the command from the driver. Commands can be
given in plain English, like "Display gas stations,‖ "Find nearest hospital," or "Find
nearest Chinese restaurant." The ZDX’s voice recognition technology allows the owner
to simply speak city and street names aloud, and the system responds by displaying
matches available in the database. Points of interest on the map (such as restaurants or
grocery stores) can be displayed or you can have the system provide turn-by-turn
navigation – all by voice command. The massive point-of-interest (POI) database
includes telephone numbers, which can be dialed by using the Bluetooth®
HandsFreeLink® system or with the driver's cellular telephone.

Wallpaper image display
To further customize the ZDX’s interior, the navigation system allows the storage of up
to 10 images each for each driver (two drivers total) on the built-in hard disk drive
(HDD) media storage system. Any one of the stored images can be displayed as a full-
screen image on the navigation display when the display is not otherwise in use. To avoid
driver distraction, there is no ―slide show‖ function. J-peg images can be loaded from a
computer onto a USB storage device. Then the storage device can be plugged into the
ZDX’s USB port that is located in the center console. Using on-screen menus, the images
can then be transferred to the ZDX’s internal HDD. Each driver can then choose among
their stored images for display, or set the system to not display wallpaper.

2012 Acura ZDX                                                                INTERIOR


Most frequently used electronic functions in the ZDX have dedicated controls placed on
the instrument panel or on the steering wheel. Voice control of navigation, climate
control, audio and communications functions are available, while the interface dial
positioned just ahead of the center console-mounted shift lever provides another avenue
of control. The Interface Dial can be rotated and rocked like a joystick to select function
menus displayed on the navigation screen. A push of the controller selects the highlighted

Functions controlled by the Interface Dial include:
    Audio system
    Navigation system
    AcuraLink® Satellite Communication System


The Technology Package or Advance Packages include the AcuraLink® Satellite
Communication System (within the 48 contiguous United States). AcuraLink® allows
two-way communication between Acura and the ZDX, providing customers with the
latest information specific to their vehicle.

Once the owner has enabled its data-transmission function, the owner's Bluetooth®
telephone is used in cases where communication from the car to the Acura Telematics
server is needed. In addition, while driving, the AcuraLink® system conveniently allows
the ZDX owner to make automated appointments for vehicle service. The data
connection from the server to the vehicle is enabled even if the monthly XM® service
package is not in effect.

Each AcuraLink® message is prioritized by importance, with high priority messages
displayed immediately while normal messages trigger a message icon on the navigation
display. To avoid distraction, low priority messages show up only on vehicle start-up.
The owner can choose to read or listen to a message immediately, or archive it to be
retrieved at a later time. AcuraLink® messages consist of a limited amount of text plus
expanded details via Text-To-Speech.

Messages that can be sent to the ZDX include Maintenance Minder™ (information
regarding the next required maintenance), Quick Tips (information regarding the ZDX
features), Feature Guide (supplements to the ZDX Owner's Manual) and Diagnostic Info
(detailed information and instructions should an onboard system issue arise). The ZDX
owner has complete control over the types of messages they receive. All AcuraLink®
preferences can be set via the Owner Link™ website (www.ahm-ownerlink.com).

2012 Acura ZDX                                                                 INTERIOR

AcuraLink® can provide the owner with important information that previously has been
unavailable. For example, if a warning light should appear on the ZDX instrument panel,
AcuraLink® can automatically send a trouble code along with the sensor data associated
with the fault to the Acura Telematics Server. The code is analyzed, and a message is sent
back to the ZDX— such as "A software issue has been detected. It is OK to continue
driving. The repair is currently being developed, so you do not need to visit your dealer at
this time.‖ A separate AcuraLink® message will be sent to the ZDX when it is time to
visit the dealer to have the system repaired. AcuraLink® can tell the ZDX owner if a
particular fault is serious enough to cancel a trip, if it can be dealt with later or if it
requires special driving techniques.


With AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic™, the ZDX’s navigation screen can display regularly
updated traffic information including traffic flow, incidents and construction on freeways
in more than 130 major metropolitan areas within the United States and three
metropolitan markets within Canada. The information is part of the XM NavTraffic®
feature (aggregated by NAVTEQ™ from multiple sources including police and highway
patrol incident reports and transportation departments). Information is transmitted by
XM® satellites to the ZDX where it is graphically displayed on the navigation system—
with a zoom scale ranging between 1/20-mile to 5-mile increments.

To see details or select traffic incidents, the ZDX owner can click on an icon on the map
by pushing ―Enter‖ on the interface dial. ZDX drivers can avoid congestion en route and
choose the fastest path to their destination with traffic information that is continuously
updated. The system displays traffic incidents, determines average traffic speed and, if a
destination is programmed into the navigation system, estimates travel time along the
chosen route. It can automatically recalculate results as factors change. Plus, XM
NavTraffic® alerts drivers of scheduled traffic incidents such as construction and road
closures, plus unscheduled incidents such as incidents and disabled vehicles.

Traffic Rerouting™ can automatically recalculate a "detour" route and display a pop-up
box signifying the route change, when traffic congestion or road incidents are detected
along the selected drive route. Alternately, the driver can recalculate a route in manual
mode simply by selecting ―TRAFFIC INCIDENTS‖ from the Map Info menu followed
by selecting the "AVOID" command relevant to an incident.

AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic™ with Traffic Rerouting™ gives ZDX owners a useful time
saving tool on freeways. AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic™ is offered on a subscription basis
following a 3-month free trial period. In addition to the on-screen traffic information,
ZDX owners who maintain their XM® Radio service also receive more general audio
traffic information for more than 130 major metropolitan areas that runs on a 2-3 minute

2012 Acura ZDX                                                                        INTERIOR

                             130 major metropolitan markets
                 (Traffic flow data and incident reporting coverage vary by market)
        Akron, OH                     Jacksonville, FL                      Punta Gorda, FL
Albany/Schenectady/Troy               Kansas City, KS                  Quebec City, QC, Canada
    Albuquerque, NM                    Knoxville, TN                     Raleigh/Durham, NC
Allentown/Bethlehem, PA                 Lakeland, FL                         Richmond, VA
      Ann Arbor, MI                 Lancaster/York, PA                   Riverside/Ontario, CA
       Atlanta, GA                      Lansing, MI                          Rochester, NY
        Austin, TX                     Las Vegas, NV                        Sacramento, CA
      Baltimore, MD                     Lincoln, NE                            Salem, OR
     Baton Rouge, LA                  Little Rock, AR                          Salinas, CA
      Beaumont, TX                    Los Angeles, CA                     Salt Lake City, UT
     Birmingham, AL                    Louisville, KY                       San Antonio, TX
       Boston, MA                        Macon, GA                           San Diego, CA
 Bridgeport/Stamford, CT              Manchester, NH                  San Francisco/Oakland, CA
    Brigham City, UT                   Memphis, TN                     San Jose/Santa Clara, CA
Buffalo/Niagara Falls, NY               Merced, CA                         Santa Barbara, CA
   Calgary, AB, Canada             Miami/Ft. Lauderdale/              Santa Cruz/Watsonville, CA
 Cape Coral/Ft. Myers, FL              Hollywood, FL                   Santa Rosa/Petaluma, CA
      Charlotte, NC                Milwaukee/Racine, WI                 Sarasota/Bradenton, FL
     Chattanooga, TN             Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN                    Savannah, GA
        Chicago, IL                      Mobile, AL                   Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, PA
      Cincinnati, OH                    Modesto, CA                          Sioux Falls, SD
      Cleveland, OH                   Mount Airy, NC                        Spartanburg, SC
   Colorado Springs, CO                  Napa, CA                        Seattle/Tacoma, WA
      Columbia, SC                 Naples/Ft. Myers, FL                       Spokane, WA
      Columbus, OH                     Nashville, TN                        Springfield, MA
   Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX           New Haven/Milford, CT                      Statesville, NC
       Dayton, OH                    New Orleans, LA                          St Louis, MO
    Daytona Beach, FL               New York City, NY                         Stockton, CA
   Denver/Boulder, CO            Norwich/New London, CT                       Syracuse, NY
      Des Moins, IA                Ogden/Clearfield, UT                     Tallahassee, FL
    Detroit/Warren, MI              Oklahoma City, OK                  Tampa/St. Petersburg, FL
       Durham, NC                      Olympia, WA                             Toledo, OH
  Edmonton, AB, Canada           Omaha/Council Bluffs, NE                Toronto, ON, Canada
     Ellensburg, WA               Orlando/Kissimmee, FL                   Trenton/Ewing, NJ
        El Paso, TX                 Ottowa, ON, Canada                         Tucson, AZ
         Flint, MI                  Oxnard/Ventura, CA                          Tulsa, OK
        Fresno, CA                Palm Bay/Titusville, FL                   Tuscaloosa, AL
    Grand Rapids, MI                  Philadelphia, PA                   Vallejo/Fairfield, CA
     Greensboro, NC                  Phoenix/Mesa, AZ                   Vancouver, BC, Canada
Greenville/Spartanburg, SC             Pittsburgh, PA                 Virginia Beach/Norfolk, VA
      Hammond, LA                       Portland, OR                       Washington D.C.
  Harrisburg/Carlisle, PA            Port St. Lucie, FL                   Winston/Salem, NC
       Hartford, CT              Poughkeepsie/Middletown,                    Worcester, MA
       Hickory, NC                           NY                           York/Hanover, PA
       Houston, TX                     Providence, RI                      Youngstown, OH
     Indianapolis, IN                 Provo/Orem, UT

2012 Acura ZDX                                                               INTERIOR


The ideal complement to AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic™ is the ZDX’s integrated
AcuraLink Real-Time Weather™. In difficult driving conditions, AcuraLink Real-Time
Weather™ can provide an up-to-date weather picture.

Key features
    Professional grade weather information provided by Baron Services, Inc.
    Weather information continually updated to reflect rapidly occurring weather
    AcuraLink Real-Time Weather™ information for 21 specific metropolitan areas
    Weather forecasts for the next 3 hours, 6 hours or over the next 1-day or 3-days
    Severe weather alerts
    Specific area weather information
    Weather radar image maps

AcuraLink Real-Time Weather™ was co-developed with XM NavWeather® to provide a
weather tracking system for area specific, regularly updated weather conditions between
your current location and a programmed final
destination. The system focuses on the specific
weather on your personal drive route, rather
than just offering general weather conditions for
a region. AcuraLink Real-Time Weather™
information is continuously updated and is
delivered to the vehicle navigation system via
the ZDX’s built-in XM® satellite receiver.

AcuraLink Real-Time Weather™ technology is enhanced for specific travel conditions in
21 major metropolitan areas. The information focuses on identifying potential weather
threats along with current and future forecast weather conditions. The navigation screen
displays current weather conditions in an easy-to-read format. By moving the ZDX’s
navigation system cursor to the desired location on the map you can obtain weather info
for a specific location. Press the ―Enter‖ button and information regarding your current
location will return.

Unique Threat Matrix Technology within AcuraLink Real-Time Weather™ generates
prompts with specific icons (within 46 different categories) that inform the ZDX driver if
the vehicle is headed into oncoming severe weather— such as a developing snow storm,
ice, wind shear or even a tornado warning. Based on this advance information, the ZDX
driver can choose to reroute before encountering the severe weather. When the display is
zoomed out to reveal the entire United States, a radar image map shows current weather
patterns across the entire country. AcuraLink Real-Time Weather™ offers 1- or 3-day
weather forecasts for specific areas of the United States.

2012 Acura ZDX                                                            INTERIOR

Weather data is provided by Baron Services, Inc., which deciphers a complex array of
National Weather Service information to produce the weather information. ZDX owners
receive a complementary 3-month trial subscription that delivers AcuraLink Real-Time
Weather™ along with AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic™ and XM® Radio. After the
complementary subscription expires, AcuraLink Real-Time Weather™ is available on a
monthly subscription basis individually, together with AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic™ or
XM® Radio, or as a combined package of all three features.


Current Condition Weather Information
   Clear
   Partly Cloudy
   Mostly Cloudy
   Cloudy
   Light Rain
   Moderate Rain
   Heavy Rain
   Freezing Rain
   Heavy Freezing
   Snow
   Heavy Snow
   Fog

Present Threats
    Hail Storm
    Shear Storm (Potential Tornado)
    Lightning
    Winds (expressed as Low, Medium, or Heavy)
    Visibility (expressed as Good, Patchy, Marginal, or Very Poor)

Potential Threats (5- to 15-minute advance warning)
    Hail Storm
    Shear Storm (Potential Tornado)

Precipitation Forecast (30-minute advance warning)
    No Predicted Weather Issues
    Rain
    Snow

Current Road Conditions
   Clear
   Flooded
   Slippery

2012 Acura ZDX                                                               INTERIOR

      Ice, Patchy Ice
      Snow
      Heavy Snow
      Road Closed

National Weather Service (NWS) Warnings
    Official NWS warnings for 46 threat categories

Current Conditions
   Temperature
   Wind (wind speed, wind gusts and wind direction)
   Sky conditions (OK, haze, fog, dust/sand, drizzle/mist, smoke/ash, rain, heavy
      rain, thunderstorm, hail, freezing rain/ice, snow, heavy snow, tornado/funnel

Future Weather Forecasts
    Current weather
    1- or 3-day forecasts (with separate night and day forecasts for each day)
    Daytime high and nighttime low temperatures
    Precipitation type (rain, ice, rain or snow, snow)
    Chance of thunderstorm (yes/no)
    Sky condition (clear, mostly clear, partly cloudy, cloudy)
    Wind


ZDX models with the Technology Package or Advance Package have the latest
generation of Acura’s Keyless Access System (with smart entry and pushbutton ignition).
The enhanced system identifies one of two drivers each time the driver’s door is opened
(even if it is already unlocked) then sets within the ZDX’s memory a multitude of
features to a custom profile preset by that driver. The system sets the driver’s seat,
steering wheel, outside mirrors, climate control, audio system presets, select navigation
system settings and the HandsFreeLink® Profile. In the event both owners approach the
car at the same time, the ZDX will set the vehicle preferences of the Keyless Access
Remote that approaches the driver’s door.

The Keyless Access System has a unique digital identity that lets the ZDX owner gain
access to the car without ever having to unlock it with the remote transmitter or a
conventional key. With the Keyless Access Remote in his/her possession, the vehicle can
be unlocked when the driver pulls one of the front door handles. When carrying the fob
(or if all doors are unlocked), the tailgate can be opened by pulling the tailgate release
switch located above the rear license plate.

2012 Acura ZDX                                                                 INTERIOR

Once the driver has opened the door and is seated, the Keyless Access System allows the
ZDX to be started by pushing the brake and then pushing the Engine Start/Stop button
positioned on the instrument panel. When leaving the car, a press of the soft-touch button
on the outside of the door handle or tailgate locks all the doors. Alternatively, a press of
the Lock button on the Keyless Access Remote will simultaneously lock all the doors.
The Keyless Access System will not allow the recognized transmitter to be locked in the
interior of the ZDX.

The Keyless Access System also features a unique ―quick vent‖ feature (activated by
pressing the Keyless Access Remote ―unlock‖ button two times and then holding it) that
automatically lowers all side windows as well as opens the panoramic glass roof to
quickly vent built-up interior heat. In addition, turning the key in the driver’s door key
cylinder to the "lock" position twice (and then holding it the second time), simultaneously
closes all open windows and the dual moonroof.

Built-in Key
A built-in mechanical key is provided as a back up to enter vehicle in the event that the
Keyless Access Remote battery should fail (the ZDX will signal the driver when the
remote battery is low). Once inside, the driver can start the car by placing the fob in an
illuminated remote port near the engine STOP/START button.


The 2012 Acura ZDX offers an Advance Package that includes all items in the
Technology Package and adds:

   Integrated Dynamic System (IDS)
   Active Damper System (ADS)
   Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
   Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™)
   Blind spot information system (BSI)
   Heated and ventilated front seats
   Premium brushed tricot headliner material
   Sport steering wheel
   LED illumination for door handles


The ZDX with the Advance Package includes the Collision
Mitigating Braking System™ (CMBS™) and Adaptive Cruise
Control (ACC). ACC is a vehicle speed and distance control
system that uses a grille-mounted millimeter-wave radar unit to
monitor the distance between the ZDX and the vehicle directly
ahead. Like a conventional cruise control system, the ZDX’s
ACC can maintain a pre-set speed.

2012 Acura ZDX                                                                INTERIOR

In addition, by combining radar data with data from speed sensors, ACC can regulate the
ZDX’s speed to maintain a pre-set following distance interval between it and the vehicle
directly ahead. The system works only when the ZDX is traveling over 25 miles per hour.

Pressing the ―ACC‖ button (located below the right-hand spoke of the steering wheel)
activates the system. When this button is pushed, ―ACC‖ will appear on the Multi-
Information Display (located between the tachometer and speedometer) indicating that
the ACC system has been turned on. To select the ACC cruising speed, the driver
accelerates to a chosen speed and presses the ―Decel/Set‖ button located on the right-
hand spoke of the steering wheel. Once selected, the cruising speed is shown on the
Multi-Information Display (MID).

The following distance interval is selected by pressing the ―Distance‖ button on the lower
right spoke of the steering wheel. Using this button, the driver can choose one of three
following intervals: approximately 1 second, 1.5 seconds or 2 seconds that is based on the
speed of the ZDX along with the following distance the driver wants to maintain from the
car directly ahead. Each time the button is pressed, a vehicle-shaped icon on the MID
changes to reflect the chosen following interval:

      One bar represents approximately a 1-second interval
      Two bars represents approximately a 1.5-second interval
      Three bars represents approximately a 2-second interval

Once ACC is activated, the system’s electronic control unit adjusts the throttle or applies
light braking to maintain the chosen following distance interval between the ZDX and the
vehicle directly in front of it. If a vehicle from another lane cuts in front of the ZDX
(between the ZDX and the vehicle the ZDX has been following) the ACC
system will beep and a ―vehicle‖ icon will flash on the MID to alert the
driver that a new vehicle has been detected. The ACC system then adjusts
the throttle and/or applies braking to maintain the pre-set following interval
between the ZDX and the new vehicle. A vehicle icon will appear each time
a vehicle moves into the ACC system’s range. Conversely, when a vehicle
moves out of the ACC system’s range, the vehicle icon changes to an ―outlined‖ image.

If the vehicle directly ahead of the ZDX brakes suddenly, a series of beeps will sound and
the word ―BRAKE‖ will appear on the MID warning the driver to apply the brakes. If the
vehicle directly in front of the ZDX accelerates out of the radar’s detection zone or
moves to another lane, and another vehicle is not within the system’s range, ACC will
accelerate the ZDX until the pre-set cruising speed is achieved.

When a vehicle moves out of range, the ―vehicle icon‖ on the MID will change from
solid to an outline. The driver can switch between ACC and conventional cruise control
by holding down the ―Distance‖ button located on the steering wheel for five seconds.
Cruise control system status is displayed continuously on the MID. Because rain, snow
and fog can affect the ACC system’s millimeter-wave radar, the ACC system should not
be used during these conditions.

2012 Acura ZDX                                                                  INTERIOR


The ZDX Advance Package includes a Collision Mitigating Braking System™ (CMBS™),
the first application of this technology on an Acura SUV. This revolutionary safety
technology monitors the likelihood of a rear-end collision, and uses audio, visual and
tactile signals to alert drivers to the risk of collision. Should the system determine that a
collision likely is unavoidable, it applies the ZDX’s brakes and tensions the front seat
belts to help reduce impact force on occupants. Unlike pre-collision systems on
competitive vehicles, in certain circumstances CMBS™ automatically applies the brakes
to help mitigate the severity of a collision.

Using a millimeter-wave radar unit located inside the front grille, the CMBS™ system
monitors the distance between the ZDX and the vehicle directly in front of it up to a
distance of 300 feet, and tracks the rate of closure between the two vehicles. If the closing
rate increases to a point where a collision is likely to occur (based on relative vehicle
speeds and following distance), CMBS™ uses visual and audible warnings to prompt the
driver to take preventative action.

Based on the driver’s response, the system will disengage if it determines that the
likelihood of a collision has decreased to an acceptable level. If the driver’s response
does not sufficiently reduce the risk of a collision, CMBS™ will issue a secondary
warning consisting of audible, visual and tactile elements as well as light braking to alert
the driver to take action. If the closing rate increases so much that a collision becomes
seemingly unavoidable, CMBS™ can initiate hard braking to reduce the vehicle’s speed
as well as automatically
tension the driver and front
passenger seat belts to help
reduce the severity of the
crash. In some circumstance,
CMBS will not give any or
all warnings before applying
the brakes.

The CMBS™ system used in
the ZDX’s Advance Package
uses special seat belt
retractors that replace the
standard automatic tensioning
system found on the base
ZDX and the ZDX with
Technology Package.

2012 Acura ZDX                                                            INTERIOR


As part of the available Advance Package, the blind spot information (BSI) system uses
numerous radar sensors to continually monitor conditions around the ZDX and then alert
the driver if another vehicle is detected in close proximity to the ZDX—
especially when in the blind spot of the driver. The BSI system uses
small indicators (mounted in the A-pillars) that illuminate to alert the
driver when another vehicle is detected in close proximity to the ZDX.

To prevent false alarms while maneuvering at low speed, the BSI system is disabled
below approximately 6 mph. The system can also be manually switched off by the driver
using a switch is located on the instrument panel to the left of the steering wheel.


A line of Acura Genuine Accessories was developed simultaneously with the ZDX to
provide personalization for the Acura owner. Like all Acura Genuine Accessories, the
ZDX accessories are covered by a 4-year/50,000-mile limited warranty when installed at
the time of initial vehicle purchase.

Acura ZDX interior accessory features include:
    All-season floor mats
    Ashtray (cupholder type)
    Cigarette lighter
    Cargo container
    Cargo cover
    Cargo liner
    Cargo net
    Cargo tray
    Interior wood trim kit
    Wood-accented shift knob
    Wood-accented steering wheel

2012 Acura ZDX                                                                    SAFETY


The 2012 ZDX continues Acura’s tradition of advancing passive safety feature content to
achieve a high level of crash worthiness as well as is targeted to receive top safety ratings
in its class. The story begins with the Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™)
body structure, a technology designed to manage and disperse frontal collision forces to
better protect the passenger cabin and improve car-to-car collision safety. Inside, standard
passive-safety features include front seat belts with automatic tensioning system with
load limiters, dual-stage, multiple-threshold airbags, front-seat side airbags, active front
head restraints, knee bolsters for the driver and front passenger, and side curtain airbags
for front and outboard rear passengers. The Acura ZDX with Advance Package also gets
Acura’s innovative Collision Mitigating Braking System™ (CMBS™).


As the popularity soared for light trucks (including pickups, crossover vehicles and
SUVs) in the last decade, so did the risk of such large vehicles colliding head-on with
smaller ones. In light of this risk, engineers of the Acura ZDX designed a front structure
that helps minimize the likelihood of over-ride or submarining in frontal collisions
between vehicles of disparate size.

Pedestrian Safety
The Acura ZDX makes pedestrian safety a high priority, and adopts several pedestrian-
safety measures that U.S. law does not require. For example, the ZDX hood frame and
aluminum hood panel are designed to help protect pedestrians by deforming over a broad
area to absorb collision energy. In addition, the hood hinges are designed to bend and the
windshield wiper pivots also feature a breakaway design to help reduce injury in the
event that a collision with a pedestrian should occur.

Dynamic Rollover
Another target that Acura designers felt strongly about was the ZDX’s ability to
withstand a rollover with the panoramic glass roof frame maintained, no fuel system
damage, and no tailgate or tailgate door-opening damage. Though not required or
regulated by the government, the high-strength steel safety cage provides the stiffness
that allows the ZDX to better withstand rollover forces.


Like every other Acura vehicle, the 2012 ZDX features
Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™)
unit-body design. ACE™ is an exclusive body
design that enhances occupant protection and
crash compatibility in frontal crashes.

2012 Acura ZDX                                                                      SAFETY

The ACE™ design utilizes a network of connected structural elements to distribute crash
energy more evenly throughout the front of the vehicle. This enhanced frontal crash
energy management helps to reduce the forces transferred to the passenger compartment
and can help to more evenly disperse the forces transferred to other vehicles in a crash.

If the ZDX should collide head-on with a smaller and/or lighter vehicle, the Advanced
Compatibility Engineering™ structure helps provide good engagement with the small
vehicle’s frame thanks to a special lower member that extends below the front bumper
beam. This lower member helps ensure that if the ZDX collides with a smaller vehicle,
the lower front member will better engage the other vehicle’s bumper system. This helps
reduce the risk of intrusion while simultaneously helping to disperse the crash energy
across a wider area at the front of the vehicle.


To help reduce the likelihood of injuries to the driver or front passenger’s legs in a frontal
collision, the ZDX has energy-absorbing knee bolsters. The bolsters are designed to help
dissipate collision forces if the driver or front passenger’s legs should contact the lower
instrument panel during a frontal collision.


Dual-stage, multiple threshold front airbags (SRS) are provided for the driver and front
passenger. One or both of these airbags will be deployed only in the event of a sufficient
frontal impact. If deployed, these airbags are capable of being inflated at different rates
depending on crash severity, seatbelt usage and/or other factors. Frontal airbags are
designed to supplement the seatbelts to help reduce the likelihood of head and upper body
injuries in frontal crashes.

Dual-Stage, Multiple-Threshold Airbag Parameters
   Airbag deployment thresholds are controlled depending on the severity of a
      collision, driver seat position, passenger weight, and the seatbelt buckle status of
      both occupants.
   The dual-stage, multiple-threshold strategy applies to front airbags only and does
      not affect operation of side airbags or side curtain airbags.

The ZDX airbag system uses a sensor to assess the weight of the front seat passenger.
The front passenger airbag is shut off if the weight sensor indicates that a child or small
stature person is occupying the front seat. In addition, the driver’s seat has a seat position
sensor: if the seat is in a more forward position (where the occupant will be close to the
airbag), the airbag stages are fired with a longer delay to reduce the chance of injury
caused by the airbag itself. A laser-cut, seamless instrument panel cover fully conceals
the instrument panel-mounted passenger airbag while the driver-side front airbag is
housed within the steering wheel.

2012 Acura ZDX                                                                    SAFETY


Side airbags mounted in the outboard portion of each ZDX front seatback are designed to
provide torso and pelvis protection in the event of a severe side impact. In addition, the
front passenger seat is equipped with Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS), an
innovative technology designed to deactivate the side airbag if a child or small-stature
adult leans into the deployment path of the side airbag. When the front passenger returns
to an upright seating position, the side airbag reactivates so it can deploy to help protect
the occupant in a side impact. The unique system utilizes sensors in the passenger
seatback to determine the height and position of the occupant. The ZDX’s side airbags
have a 2-chamber design featuring a stiffer lower chamber to load the pelvis area along
with a softer upper chamber to help reduce the likelihood of a rib injury.


In a severe side impact or rollover, the ZDX’s side curtain airbags deploy from roof-
mounted modules to help provide head protection for front and outboard rear occupants.
Side curtain airbags effectively cover the side window area from the front to rear seats in
both vehicle rollover and side impact collisions. Tests show that the g forces acting upon
an outboard occupant’s head are far lower with side curtain airbags.


The ZDX front seat belts have an automatic tensioning system with load limiters to help
protect the driver and front passenger in a collision. Research has shown that seat belts
that are snugly secured around the occupants provide better protection; thus, in the first
few milliseconds of a collision a tensioning system (powered by a small pyrotechnic
device) automatically tightens the front seat belts.

If deceleration forces rise above a predetermined threshold, a load limiter releases a small
length of seat belt webbing to reduce the pressure applied to the occupant. The load
limiter system helps reduce the injuries that seat belts can cause in a severe high-speed
collision. In addition, the driver’s seat belt has a dual-stage load limiter that provides a
higher initial load, and then steps down to a lower load after a certain amount of the seat
belt spools out. The dual-stage load limiter is specially designed to prevent too much
forward movement of the driver, given the close proximity of the steering wheel.
All ZDX seating positions feature 3-point seat belts, and adjustable shoulder belt height is
available for front seat passengers. The rear center seat belt buckle stores in a recessed
pocket when not in use.

2012 Acura ZDX                                                                  SAFETY


The ZDX includes a LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) child-seat
mounting system for the outboard rear seating positions. LATCH features built-in lower
anchors and ready-to-use tether attachment points that allow compatible child safety seats
to be installed without using the vehicle's seat belt system. Additionally, the LATCH
system simplifies child-seat installation when an owner installs a LATCH-compatible
child seat. The rear seat center passenger position has upper tether anchors only.


The ZDX front seats are fitted with active front head restraints designed to
help minimize the risk of neck injuries in the event of a rear impact. The
head restraint system is mechanically linked to a lumbar plate located
inside of the seatback. In a rear impact, the occupant’s body pushes
against the seatback, causing the head restraint to move forward and
upwards in a carefully prescribed arc. This motion helps reduce the gap
between the head and head restraint, diminishing the likelihood of
neck and spine injuries.


Standard equipment on the ZDX is Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®), an Electronic
Stability Control system that enhances control when the vehicle is accelerating, braking
or cornering, or when the driver makes a sudden maneuver. The VSA® works in
conjunction with the vehicle’s drive-by-wire throttle and its 4-channel ABS system to
help the vehicle maintain the driver’s intended path of travel. It functions by applying
brake force to one or more wheels independently while also managing the throttle,
ignition and fuel systems to reduce engine power output.

Vehicle Stability Assist™ constantly analyzes data from seven sensors that monitor wheel
and vehicle speed, steering input, lateral G-forces and yaw rate, and compares the
driver’s control inputs with the vehicle’s actual response. Whenever the vehicle’s actual
response falls outside of a predetermined acceptable range, VSA® intervenes with
corrective action. If VSA® detects an oversteer condition, the system may apply braking
force to the outside front and rear wheels to counteract the unintended yawing effect. Or
in the event of understeer, VSA® may apply braking to the inside rear wheel while
reducing engine power to help return the car to its intended course.

Vehicle Stability Assist™ is calibrated to work in a nearly transparent manner, meaning
that drivers may not even be aware of its operation. Therefore, to keep the driver
informed, an indicator light flashes on the instrument panel anytime the system is
enhancing vehicle stability. While the driver may deactivate the VSA® and traction-
control functions via a switch on the instrument panel, ABS and Brake Assist remain
fully operational at all times.

2012 Acura ZDX                                                                   SAFETY

Emergency Braking
Brake Assist, which utilizes some of the VSA® system components, recognizes
emergency braking situations and assists the driver to apply maximum braking force to
slow the vehicle more quickly. This important system is controlled by special computer
logic that determines when the speed and stroke of the brake pedal exceed a typical
range—as they would in a panic stop. At this point the modulator pump increases braking
pressure to ensure maximum stopping force and help shorten braking distance as much as
possible. Brake Assist functions only when the driver is pressing the brake pedal; the
additional braking force provided by the system ceases when the driver releases pressure
on the brake pedal.


The ZDX is equipped with 4-wheel disc brakes and a sophisticated 4-channel, 4-sensor
anti-lock braking system. The system helps improve active safety by offering a firm
brake-pedal feel and a short activation stroke, as well as Electronic Brake Distribution
(EBD) circuitry that automatically proportions braking force between the front and rear
wheels based on the vehicle’s weight distribution. EBD helps maximize braking
effectiveness whether the ZDX is transporting only the driver, or is fully loaded with
passengers and luggage.


The Acura ZDX has a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) that alerts the driver
whenever the air pressure in one or more of the tires decreases below a specified level.
Using four sensors (one mounted in each tire), TPMS transmits information on tire air
pressure to the vehicle’s ECU. A low tire pressure indicator located on the instrument
panel illuminates when tire pressure drops to a potentially critical level.


The ZDX’s 21-gallon fuel tank is positioned in front of the rear body-deformation zone to
help minimize the risk of damage in a collision. Locating the fuel tank in this protected
area optimizes vehicle balance by moving the weight of the fuel tank farther forward.
High-strength steel, which is used to help the ZDX meet the offset rear collision testing
that is part of the federal FMVSS 301 fuel system integrity standard, is also used to help
protect the fuel tank.


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