Acura’s First EV, the ZDX, is Now Available For $64,500

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Key Takeaways

  • Acura has started deliveries of its electric ZDX SUV.
  • The lineup starts at $64,500 for a single-motor RWD model.
  • The ZDX is effectively a luxury version of the Honda Prologue.

Acura has started deliveries of the 2024 ZDX, its first EV.

The upscale electric SUV starts at $64,500 for the single-motor (358HP), rear wheel drive A-Spec model. This offers the longest range in the ZDX lineup, according to Acura, with an estimated 313 miles of driving.

A dual-motor all wheel drive A-Spec with 304 miles of rang and 490HP is available for $68,500. If performance matters, Acura is offering a ZDX Type S with 499HP, a higher 544lb/ft of torque (versus 437 for the A-Spec) and a 278-mile range for $73,500.

All 2024 ZDX models qualify for the $7,500 U.S. federal tax credit, Acura said.

The SUV can charge at up to 190kW on a DC fast charger. Acura estimated that the ZDX RWD can add 81 miles of range in about 10 minutes, and get from 20% to 80% charge in 42 minutes. That’s not the quickest recharge (800V cars from Hyundai, Kia, Porsche, and Audi will be much faster), but could be enough to get you home without a particularly long wait.

All variants have Google built-in with support for wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The Type S adds Hands Free Cruise, a spin on GM’s Super Cruise that offers semi-autonomous highway driving on supported roads.

The ZDX is a unique entry in Acura’s EV lineup. As with its lower-cost Honda Prologue sibling, it’s the result of a short-lived partnership between Honda and GM. It uses GM’s Ultium battery and motor architecture, with Acura mainly providing the design.

Future Honda and Acura EVs will have entirely in-house platforms. The automaker previewed its strategy at CES 2024, where it unveiled a Saloon concept sedan that hints at an EV reaching North America in 2026. That car had a new, denser battery that could jump from 15% to 80% in less than 15 minutes.

Honda is also collaborating with Nissan on the development of EV components and software. The two mainly hope to counter the rise of Chinese-made electric cars from brands like BYD, Nio, and Xiaomi.