2011 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 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 space.

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.

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 and 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 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

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 power seat with 2-way power lumbar support)
  • 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 devices)
  • 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 features)
    • 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

    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)
    • Front ventilated 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.

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    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.

    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 four different colors: Ebony, Taupe, Sumatra 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 and 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.

    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 control.

    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.

    Straight-gate shifter assembly

    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 comfort.

    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).

    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.

    MULTI-INFORMATION DISPLAY and Maintenance Minder

    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 systems.


    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.

    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 III 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 dims.

    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®, iPhone® or a removable mass storage device. The USB port is located alongside a traditional AUX jack (that allows connectivity of MP3 music players) in the center console.

    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, to the left of the latch. The tailgate can also be closed manually, using a handle positioned to the right side of the latch.

    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 consumption.

    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).

    The ZDX audio system can play material from a variety of sources:

    • 6-disc changer:
      • CD audio
      • 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 volume).

    XM® Radio

    XM® Radio is a standard feature within the ZDX audio system and it provides more than 170 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 170 XM® channels, 69 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.


    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 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 www.acura.com/handsfreelink.


    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.

    Technology Package

    The 2011 Acura ZDX offers an available Technology Package that includes:

    • Keyless Access System (with Smart Entry and pushbutton ignition)
    • Perforated full-grain Milano leather seating surfaces
    • Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™
    • Multi-view rearview camera system
    • 8-inch full VGA high-resolution color display
    • 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 (with 3,500-song* capacity) and a 435-watt Digital Signal Processing (DSP) amplifier
    • Song By Voice™ (SBV)
    • Dolby® Pro Logic® II

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


    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 capture and 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:
      • DVD-Audio
      • CD audio
      • DTS CD
      • MP3 or WMA files (on CD)
    • 15 gigabytes of 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

    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 170 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. (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.

    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 NavTraffic®)
    • AcuraLink Real-Time Weather™ (powered by XM NavWeather®)
    • Voice recognition function with over 700 navigation commands minimizes the need for manual character entry
    • 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 visualization
    • Trip routing can avoid user-selected areas
    • Make telephone calls to on-screen points of interest with Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®
    • 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 system
    • 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

    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 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, such as a thumb drive. Then the thumb drive 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.


    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 item.

    Functions controlled by the Interface Dial include:

    • Audio system
    • Navigation system
    • AcuraLink® Satellite Communication System

    AcuraLink® Satellite Communication System

    TheTechnology 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).

    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 109 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.

    AcuraLinkReal-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 109 major metropolitan areas that runs on a 2-3 minute loop.

    109 major metropolitan markets
    (Traffic flow data and incident reporting coverage vary by market)

    Akron, OH


    Albuquerque, NM

    Allentown/Bethlehem, PA

    Ann Arbor, MI

    Atlanta, GA

    Austin, TX

    Baltimore, MD

    Baton Rouge, LA

    Beaumont, TX

    Birmingham, AL

    Boston, MA

    Bridgeport/Stamford, CT

    Buffalo/Niagara Falls, NY

    Cape Coral/Ft. Myers, FL

    Charlotte, NC

    Chicago, IL

    Cincinnati, OH

    Cleveland, OH

    Colorado Springs, CO

    Columbus, OH

    Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX

    Dayton, OH

    Daytona Beach, FL

    Denver/Boulder, CO

    Detroit/Warren, MI

    Durham, NC

    Flint, MI

    Fresno, CA

    Grand Rapids, MI

    Greensboro/Winston Salem/High Point, NC

    Greenville/Spartanburg, SC

    Harrisburg/ Carlisle, PA

    Hartford, CT

    Houston, TX

    Indianapolis, IN

    Jacksonville, FL

    Kansas City, KS

    Lakeland, FL

    Lancaster/York, PA

    Las Vegas, NV

    Lincoln, NE

    Little Rock, AR

    Los Angeles, CA

    Louisville, KY

    Manchester, NH

    Memphis, TN

    Merced, CA

    Miami/Ft. Lauderdale/ Hollywood, FL

    Milwaukee/Racine, WI

    Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN

    Mobile, AL

    Modesto, CA

    Napa, CA

    Naples/Ft. Myers, FL

    Nashville, TN

    New Haven/Milford, CT

    New Orleans, LA

    New York City, NY

    Norwich/New London, CT

    Ogden/Clearfield, UT

    Oklahoma City, OK

    Olympia, WA

    Omaha/Council Bluffs, NE

    Orlando/Kissimmee, FL

    Oxnard/Ventura, CA

    Palm Bay/Titusville, FL

     Philadelphia, PA

    Phoenix/Mesa, AZ

    Pittsburgh, PA

    Port St. Lucie, FL

    Portland, OR

    Poughkeepsie/Middletown, NY

    Providence, RI

    Provo/Orem, UT

    Raleigh/Durham, NC

    Richmond, VA

    Riverside/Ontario, CA

    Rochester, NY

    Sacramento, CA

    Salinas, CA

    Salt Lake City, UT

    San Antonio, TX

    San Diego, CA

    San Francisco/Oakland, CA

    San Jose/Santa Clara, CA

    Santa Barbara, CA

    Santa Cruz/Watsonville, CA

    Santa Rosa/Petaluma, CA

    Sarasota/Bradenton, FL

    Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, PA

    Seattle/Tacoma, WA

    Spokane, WA

    Springfield, MA

    St Louis, MO

    Stockton, CA

    Syracuse, NY

    Tampa/St. Petersburg, FL

    Toledo, OH

    Trenton/Ewing, NJ

    Tucson, AZ

    Tulsa, OK

    Vallejo/Fairfield, CA

    Virginia Beach/Norfolk, VA

    Washington D.C.

    Winston/Salem, NC

    Worcester, MA

    York/Hanover, PA

    Youngstown, OH


    The ideal complement to AcuraLinkReal-Time Traffic™ is the ZDX's integrated AcuraLinkReal-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 changes
    • 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.

    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 Rain/Ice
    • 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
    • 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 cloud)

    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


    When equipped with the available Navigation system, the ZDX has a multi-view rear camera. When the ZDX is placed in Reverse gear, a Normal View generated from a rear-mounted camera is displayed on the 8-inch full-VGA color monitor. To help 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 from the back of the ZDX. In addition, a close proximity dotted yellow line is positioned at a distance of 0.5 meter.

    In addition to Normal View, the driver can select Wide View or Top View simply by pushing the interface dial. When the vehicle is in Reverse, Wide-View mode is ideal when backing out from a parking space where vehicles approaching from the sides pose a threat. Top View provides valuable clearance information when backing into a confined space or when trying to align the tow hitch with a trailer.

    When set to Wide or Normal View, each time the vehicle is restarted, the system displays the previous viewing angle. However, if the vehicle is turned off while in Top View, during the next restart the system automatically reverts to Normal View.


    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.

    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.

    ADVANCE Package

    The 2011 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. 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 is designed for use on open highways and 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 (ECU) 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 willaccelerate 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.


    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.

    2011 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
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