The first electric vehicle from Acura will also be the brand’s most expensive. With a starting price of at least $64,500, the 2024 Acura ZDX is nearly $15,000 more than Acura’s next most expensive vehicle, the MDX three-row crossover SUV.
Most notably, the ZDX will cost at least $7,000 more than the related Cadillac Lyric that starts at $58,590, including a $1,395 destination fee.
Acura crossover SUVs come with a destination fee of $1,350, but Acura’s announcement last Friday didn’t clarify if that will be the same amount for the ZDX. If so, the starting price will be $65,850. Acura has not responded to inquiries confirming if the ZDX will be built in GM’s factory in Spring Hill, Tenn., where the Lyriq is built. Where it’s built affects its eligibility for the $7,500 federal EV tax credit.
With stricter materials sourcing rules imposed for 2024, the Cadillac Lyriq lost its tax credit, though GM expected it to regain the credit early this year as it changed sourcing for two minor components, according to Green Car Reports. It remains to be seen what incentives the Acura ZDX will qualify for when it goes on sale early this spring.
The two electric crossovers share GM’s Ultium platform and propulsion system. At 197.7 inches long, 77.0 inches wide, and 64.4 inches high, the ZDX shares similar proportions as the Lyriq and rides on the same 121.8-inch wheelbase. A 102-kwh battery pack provides an estimated range of 325 miles, according to Acura, while the Lyriq has an EPA-rated range of 314 miles.
2024 Acura ZDX
2024 Cadillac Lyriq
The base ZDX A-Spec configuration has a single motor powering the rear axle. The rated output of 340 hp applies as well to the dual-motor, all-wheel drive A-Spec that costs $4,000 more to $69,850. The dual-motor range drops to 315 miles.
The ZDX comes well equipped with an 11.0-inch digital instrument cluster with an 11.3-inch touchscreen that has wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The operating system will run on Google built-in, but unlike the Cadillac, it will have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Options include an 18-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio and a limited hands-free drive system called Hands Free Cruise similar to GM’s Super Cruise that enables hands-free driving on up to 400,000 miles of highways across the U.S. and Canada.
Also standard on the ZDX are driver-assist tech such as automatic emergency braking front and rear, adaptive cruise control, active lane control, blind-spot monitors, and a driver attention monitor.
The performance-oriented ZDX Type S costs $74,850, including destination, while the performance wheel and tire package adds $1,000 and will likely cut into range more so than the 288-mile estimate for the standard Type S. The dual-motor all-wheel-drive Type S makes 500 hp. Performance upgrades for the Type S include Brembo brakes with 6-piston calipers and 15.6-inch rotors up front, plus an adjustable air suspension, adaptive dampers, and 22-inch wheels.
Acura estimates the ZDX can recoup up to 81 miles of range in just 10 minutes while DC-fast charging at a peak of 190 kw. Acura offers three charging packages for the home, as well as providing 60 kwh of free charging on the Electrify America network. Even though it will have a CCS charge port this year, the ZDX will have an adapter to charge on Tesla’s Supercharger network; by 2025, Acura expects to employ Tesla North American Charging Standard hardware on future electric cars.