The ZDX hasn't exactly been a sales superstar for Acura. Only 1,564 examples of the oddball crossover were sold last year, making it the fourth-worst-selling new vehicle in the United States in 2011. But nevertheless, Acura is committed to offering its most-expensive crossover for at least another year, as we've now learned that a refresh is on deck for 2013.

We don't have any photos of the 2013 ZDX just yet (the 2012 model is pictured here), but rest assured, the design changes will likely be very slight. Acura released only a few details in its 2013 model year full-line press release, stating that the updated ZDX will feature styling changes, new technology features and that it "will be sold in a single, valued-added package offering clients greater value on a luxury scale."

For now, that's all we know. The 2013 ZDX goes on sale in October, and we'll likely have full pricing information (as well as a new batch of high-res photos) well before then. Scroll down for Acura's official press blast.
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2013 Acura "What's New" Change Summary

2013 Acura ILX


The all-new Acura ILX went on sale May 22, 2012. Positioned at the gateway to the Acura brand, it serves as Acura's all-new compact luxury sedan.

The ILX features three powertrain options:

The entry-level ILX 2.0L is powered by a 150-horsepower, 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder paired with a 5-speed automatic transmission with Sequential SportShift.

The ILX 2.4L is powered by a 201-horsepower, 2.4-liter engine paired with a close-ratio, six-speed manual transmission.

Acura's first-ever gasoline-electric hybrid, the ILX Hybrid, uses a 1.5-liter inline engine and an Integrated Motor Assist® electric motor paired with a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). The Acura ILX 1.5L Hybrid has an EPA estimated* fuel economy rating of 39/38/38 mpg.

With a starting MSRP of $25,900, the Acura ILX offers remarkable value for the money with robust feature content and premium appeal. Standard features include a Keyless Access System with smart entry and pushbutton start, Pandora® internet radio interface, SMS text message, power moonroof and Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®.

2013 Acura TSX

The Acura TSX received a mid-cycle refresh in 2011, which included changes to exterior styling, significantly improved NVH, a wide array of new standard and optional features and an all-new variant: the TSX Sport Wagon.

In 2012, the TSX Special Edition was introduced with numerous upgrades to exterior styling, celebrating Acura's fun-to-drive spirit and 25 year history as a luxury brand in America.

In 2012, the TSX line up continues to be one of Acura's most popular sedans thanks to a great mix of styling, sporty performance, luxury appointments, good fuel efficiency and outstanding value on a luxury scale.

The 2013 TSX sedan and Sport Wagon will go on sale in fall 2012 and will have no changes to the lineup.

2013 Acura TL

In 2012 the Acura TL was significantly refined receiving fresh styling, improved performance and fuel economy and upgraded technology.

The Acura TL can be equipped with Acura's acclaimed Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ system (SH-AWD™) along with the option of a close-ratio, six-speed manual transmission for driving enthusiasts.

The TL will go on sale in fall 2012 and will have no changes for 2013.

2013 Acura RDX

Completely redesigned for 2013, the new RDX went on sale April 20, 2012 and had an all-time record sales month in May 2012 (up 216.8% compared to May 2011).
The new Acura RDX is the right-sized crossover SUV with increased comfort, utility and power along with class-leading fuel-economy (EPA estimated* 20/28/23 for the RDX and 19/27/22 for the RDX AWD).

The Acura RDX features a new 3.5L V-6 with 33 more horsepower than the previous model (273 horsepower), a new six-speed automatic transmission and a new available all-wheel-drive system.

Standard features on the RDX include leather seating, heated power front seats, a power moonroof and a 360watt audio system. New technologies such as Pandora® internet radio interface, an SMS text messaging function, a Keyless Access System with pushbutton start, an Active Noise Control system and a rear view camera system with three unique viewing angles are also standard equipment.

Available on the Technology Package, the RDX receives new features including Acura's latest generation navigation system, a hard disk drive (HDD) with 60 gigabytes of storage capacity (15g dedicated for music) and a power actuated rear tailgate.

The 2013 RDX has received the highest possible safety rating of TOP SAFETY PICK from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) earning a score of GOOD in all categories.

2013 Acura MDX

The Acura MDX received a mid-cycle refresh in 2010 which included a new engine and transmission, a revised chassis, more comfort, improved technology and a fresh new exterior look.

The MDX continues to be the best selling seven passenger luxury SUV.

The 2013 MDX will go on sale in fall 2012 and will have no changes for the model year.

2013 Acura ZDX

The Acura ZDX receives a mid-cycle refresh for the 2013 model year including exterior styling changes, new technology and will be sold in a single, valued-added package offering clients greater value on a luxury scale.

Although the ZDX remains a niche vehicle for the Acura brand, it continues to garner attention for its unique styling while transcending the traditional distinctions between coupe, sedan and sport utility vehicle.

The 2013 ZDX will go on sale in October 2012.

A "Sneak Peak" at What's Coming in 2014

2014 Acura RLX


The all-new RLX will launch in early 2013 as Acura's new flagship sedan delivering an entirely new level of performance, sophistication and comfort.

The RLX will boast the interior space of a large luxury sedan with the footprint and agility of a midsize luxury sedan.

The all-wheel-drive RLX model will employ Acura's highly advanced new Sport Hybrid SH-AWD® system (Super Handling All-Wheel Drive). The performance hybrid system utilizes a front-mounted electric motor, located within the dual clutch transmission, and a unique dual electric motor drive unit with a bilateral torque adjustable control system to instantly generate negative or positive torque to the rear wheels during cornering.

The RLX will be offered in a 310 horsepower, front-wheel-drive version, which will deliver superior handling performance through the application of a new Acura technology- Precision All Wheel Steer™.

The RLX equipped with Sport Hybrid SH-AWD® will deliver V-8 acceleration with four-cylinder fuel economy-producing 370 horsepower with an EPA estimated* fuel economy rating of 30/30/30 mpg.


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      Richard
      • 2 Years Ago
      Waiting for news on the next MDX actually. ....
      IBx27
      • 2 Years Ago
      The ZDX is the only car that truly works with Acura's failed design language. It's a spaceship and I hope they dont' screw up the refresh, although I know they will.
        Alexi
        • 2 Years Ago
        @IBx27
        I don't see how it could get much worse... Maybe the new one will be designed for people this time.
      CarCrazy24
      • 2 Years Ago
      This car needs some serious upgrades to the engine...mpg needs to get better. The beak needs to go away too
      NightFlight
      • 2 Years Ago
      They should have just killed the model. NO ONE is buying them.
      James Fabin
      • 2 Years Ago
      Everyone, everyone - the problem isn't that Acura should kill off the ZDX! They are just marketing it wrong. Imagine this commercial...... Dad finishes off his coffee and grabs his briefcase to head off to work, but the keys to his BMW are missing. He turns to the wife and ask "Where's the BMW?". "Oh, Jimmy borrowed it, he wanted to impress some girl at school" replies the mom, "he said you can use his car." and smiles. Dad looks out the window at an old beaten car that would be at home up on blocks in front of a trailer and shakes his head. Dad responds "I know how to fix this problem!". The next morning we see Jimmy getting into his old clunker and backing out of the driveway, spewing exhaust fumes everywhere. The dad finishes his cup of coffee and grabs the keys to his Acura. We then see the dad walking outside to his Acura ZDX as a voiceover stats "The Acura ZDX - The first luxury car that's kid-proof". See, it's just a positioning issue. :-)
      desinerd1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Interesting read http://blog.caranddriver.com/why-honda-is-in-even-more-trouble-than-you-think-deep-thoughts/
      desinerd1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why would anyone buy this when you can have Crossturd for thousands of dollars less.
        Jesus!
        • 2 Years Ago
        @desinerd1
        Why would anyone buy either one? So many better choices.
        joe shmoe
        • 2 Years Ago
        @desinerd1
        because the crossturd is god damn sinfully ugly
      Cadillacftw
      • 2 Years Ago
      NOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!! Kill these things becare they lay any more eggs!!!!
      k_m94
      • 2 Years Ago
      BMW: Let's, instead of making a wagon, make a frumpy hunchback version of our midsize sedan. And don't you make it look good, it has to make eyeballs bleed and little children cry. Behold: The 5 GT! Acura: Me too! Behold: The Crosstour! BMW: Let's remove all of the utility of our SUV/CUV by giving it no rear headroom or cargo, all trying and failing to look stylish! Behold: The X6! Acura: Me too! Behold: The ZDX!
        Cadillacftw
        • 2 Years Ago
        @k_m94
        The Bmw 5 series GT, if I am correct, is actually based off of The Bmw F01 7 series platform. I could be wrong though.
          ClementZ
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Cadillacftw
          It is. But that isn't the point. It's a frumpy hunchback version of a car that would work much better as a wagon.
      ryanandrewmartin
      • 2 Years Ago
      One of the only at least, mildly attractive designs Honda has right now. aaaaaand let the honda fanboy fake account thumb downs commence.
        regionrat
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ryanandrewmartin
        That's because it's one of the most hideous and awkward vehicles on the road, and the sales numbers back it up. And all because they think no one would buy a wagon. Well, they won't buy a jacked up shoe on 20 inch wheels, either. And then we have Acura saying "Eh, we're gonna stick with this design theme." Maddening.
          hdcjm1
          • 2 Years Ago
          @regionrat
          jacked up shoe on 20's? Last i checked they were able to sell BMW X6's. however, i understand where your coming from and I agree this thing is awful.
        Timothy Tibbetts
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ryanandrewmartin
        Calling the majority of car lovers who agree it is fugly honda fanboys might make you feel better about the down voting. Don't get me wrong, someone has to like this design like yourself but every line on this car is awkward and makes you want to look away.
          ryanandrewmartin
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Timothy Tibbetts
          Ah, you clearly missed my point. My point was that Honda fan boys will down vote any negative comment about Honda. My comment wasn't really a compliment. I was merely stating that, to me, it's the only thing they have out right now with even a TINY bit of appeal. Largely because it is odd and I like odd looking vehicles.
        carguy1701
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ryanandrewmartin
        >One of the only at least, mildly attractive designs Honda has right now. I think that is being generous.
          ryanandrewmartin
          • 2 Years Ago
          @carguy1701
          Perhaps. It is quite possible that nothing they're building right now has even a tiny bit of appeal.
      Brandon Allen
      • 2 Years Ago
      So uhh, let me get this straight.... Less than 2k units of the crosstour were sold in an ENTIRE year, people equate it to the Pontiac Aztec and is a laughing stock for Honda/Accura. Yet, they don't kill the car but spend another few gobs of cash to refresh the doomed vehicle. Meanwhile the BRZ/FT86 nearly outsold the production quantity in pre-orders and Honda isn't working on bringing back the S2000?!?!?!?! What the hell is wrong with Honda!?!?!?
        Gorgenapper
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Brandon Allen
        Because bean counting.
        Indubitably
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Brandon Allen
        ALL TRUE! I think Hondas logic is that if this ZDX was a hit, they'd rake in gobs of cash for a big luxo barge like this over a sports car. I truly hate how Honda is trying to be Toyota. At least Toyota is now turning around, and FAST.
        ClementZ
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Brandon Allen
        The S2000 was an anniversary edition car. It wasn't intended to be a mainstay of their lineup or anything. Honda should make a successor, I agree. But if they do, I don't think it will be because the BRZ/FT86/FRS are selling well.
      Andy Dufresne
      • 2 Years Ago
      According to Acura's statement: "...the ZDX continues to garner attention for its unique styling while transcending the traditional distinctions between coupe, sedan and sport utility vehicle." Yeah, I'm sure this monstrosity garners attention alright... NEGATIVE attention! Is Honda seriously this disconnected from the real world when it comes to design????
        Dr. Claw
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Andy Dufresne
        "transcending the traditional distinctions between coupe, sedan and sport utility vehicle." the perversions of American motoring tastes amalgamated and placed on full display, in other words... this and the X6 are the pits. TSX Wagon >>>>>>>>>> ZDX.
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