Acura launches its first electric vehicle, the Acura ZDX. While Acura fans may be excited about this electric launch, the pricing announcement has prompted some questions. Starting at $64,500 for the entry-level A-Spec RWD trim, the Acura ZDX does not come cheap, but prospective buyers can already place their orders online, coinciding with Acura’s digitalization strategy.
In comparison, the Cadillac Lyriq, which shares the same GM Ultium EV architecture as the ZDX, offers a more budget-friendly Tech trim priced at $58,590. If affordability is a top priority, the Genesis GV60 starts at $52,000 and the Tesla Model Y looks like a real bargain at $43,990. Acura might need to sweeten the deal further, considering the competitive landscape in the electric car market.
The A-Spec RWD version of this EV has 340 horsepower, making it no slouch on the road. While the AWD variant is expected to have slightly more power, exact figures are unknown, but Acura will ensure that the AWD model does not step on the toes of the 500-hp powerhouse featured in the sportier ZDX Type S.
One of the ZDX’s distinguishing characteristics is its ability to charge quickly. With a DC fast charger, the A-Spec RWD’s huge 102-kWh lithium-ion battery pack can deliver up to 81 miles of range in 10 minutes. This quick charging capabilities enables ZDX owners to get back on the road quickly, making long trips more convenient.
Acura is also offering a variety of home charging packages to assist new owners in making the move to an electric vehicle. The $100 option includes a level 2 home charging station and a $500 installation credit, while the $300 option includes a portable charging kit and a $250 installation credit.
The Acura ZDX comes standard with Google built-in software, as well as wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Furthermore, the ZDX is the first Acura to have Bang & Olufsen audio, which will soon be available throughout the Acura portfolio.
The top-tier Acura ZDX Type S is outfitted with height-adjustable air suspension, adaptive dampers, and massive 396 mm Brembo front brakes with six-piston calipers painted in brilliant yellow. The Type S variant has gigantic 22-inch machine-finished wheels, the largest ever seen on an Acura car, with 275/40ZR22 self-sealing tires.
Potential purchasers will need to be patient, as Acura intends to begin delivery of the all-electric ZDX in early spring 2024. The ZDX’s price may hinder budget-conscious users when more economical choices are available. While the ZDX promises great charging capabilities, advanced technology, and a sportier Type S variant, Acura’s pricing approach will have to be carefully considered in order to compete effectively in the extremely competitive electric vehicle industry.