- Mar 5, 2010
Seven Super Segment Busters
Numbers don't lie. Today, the most popular body style in America is the four-door sedan. It's been that way for decades because sedans have long met the needs of so many drivers.
But American buyers are always looking for something different. Manufacturers have responded. In the 1980s, it was the minivan. In the 90s, it was more car-like sport utility vehicles and pickup trucks. In the 00s, the crossover class emerged.As the second decade of this still-young millennia begins, we're seeing the definition of crossover change. Crossovers are no longer only car-based vehicles with tough-looking SUV exteriors. For 2010 and beyond, the term crossover defines vehicles that defy traditional classification. Click ahead to see modern segment busters for every budget ...
From coast to coast, the all-new 2010 Acura ZDX turns heads. In a word, the exterior is provocative. What designers call "the greenhouse" is a sleek canopy shape that tapers dramatically as it flows over the cargo area. The powerful-looking rear fenders help give the ZDX a pleasingly aggressive look. Clever design details include the hidden handles for the rear doors.As for what segment it falls into, the roof is too tall for a sedan, but the shape is way too sleek to be considered an SUV. Technically, the ZDX is a fresh design that is based upon the same chassis as Acura's main crossover, the MDX.