$5k price boost and the axe for Acura ZDX crossover

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After abysmal sales, the plug is getting pulled on the Acura ZDX after the 2013 model year. Image from Wikimedia Commons.

ZDX, we hardly knew you and ultimately, didn’t really want to. The Acura ZDX has been confirmed for a $4,800 price hike for the 2013 model year as well as the boot from the lineup, as no one is buying the thing.

Even Iron Man can’t shift Acura ZDX

The big buzz about Acura these days is the upcoming NSX, the successor to the iconic Honda/Acura supercar from the 1990s. They even enlisted the help of Hollywood, showing the car being driven by Robert Downey, Jr., who actually does voiceover work for Nissan, in the “Avengers” movie.

However, even Iron Man can’t sell some models. The ZDX, for instance, the crossover based on the MDX sedan, has basically been a $50,000 paperweight for dealers, as Acura only managed to sell 642 of them by September of this year, according to MotorTrend. In September, only a further 48 found homes, according to AutoGuide. It isn’t entirely down to a slow month; in September 2011, only 87 were sold.

As a result, Acura is giving the coupe-ish crossover the axe after the 2013 model year, which is heading to dealerships in the near future albeit with a send-off.

$5k price bump for car no one buys

To give the Acura ZDX a bit of a send-off, Acura is giving it some goodies for its final production run. A new front fascia, with a revised grille and redesigned front and rear bumpers, along with a parking sensor system, lane departure and forward collision warning systems, according to Inside Line.

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The interior, according to MotorTrend, gets wood trim on the center console, navigation system, heated ventilated front seats that are clad in Milano leather, keyless access system and a multi-view rearview camera. The control console, according to AutoGuide, gets an 8-inch viewscreen and the sound comes from a 10-speaker, 435-watt sound system.

However, since all these goodies are going to be standard equipment, there’s a price bump. The 2013 Acura ZDX will run a princely $51,815, including the $895 destination charge, a $4,800 increase over the last model. Just like previous models, it will still have the panoramic sunroof sloping over the back hatch.

Similar sibling not doing too well either

A similar-looking car by Honda, the Crosstour, also isn’t selling too well. The Crosstour and ZDX only look the same, underneath they’re built on different architectures.

The 2013 Acura ZDX isn’t getting any mechanical changes. It’s the same 300 horsepower 3.7-liter V-6 and all-wheel drive, according to MotorTrend. It gets 16 miles per gallon city and 23 highway, a bit thirsty but then again, owners are already doing alright for themselves in all likelihood.

However, given the high sticker, one could probably score one a bit cheaper if they wait before buying. The ZDX doesn’t sell, which is why the model is getting killed. Waiting a bit might cut the price, meaning running the financing through an auto loan rate calculator might not be as harsh later on.

Sources

AutoGuide

MotorTrend

Inside Line

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