The controls are arrayed in a logical fashion, but that doesn't necessarily make them logical to use. The large knob at the center manipulates navigation, stereo and other functions on the LCD touch-screen above it. The knob is rather large, which is nice, but the back button directly above it is hard to reach with so much bulk in the way.
The front seats are wide and well-bolstered, and I found them quite comfortable over extended commutes and drives of more than 90 minutes. There's less room in back than you'd find in the MDX, but it's perfectly acceptable for short trips for adult passengers or longer ones for children in car seats, like mine enjoyed.
Cargo space is rated at 27.5 cubic feet, which is a step beyond the X6 at 25.6 cubic feet and the FX at 24.8 cubic feet. Many shoppers interested in the ZDX probably were converted to the practicality of the MDX and its 42.9 cubic feet of storage behind the second row. It has three rows of seats, while the ZDX, X6 and FX have just two rows. You can compare all four here.
The ZDX also has some nifty compartments in the cargo area, with hard plastic panels carpeted to match the floor. Removing two of them on the sides reveals a large cutout for a golf bag. There's also extensive underfloor storage. The problem with the cargo area isn't the size; it's the height. The ZDX's cargo floor was gut-high on me, and I'm 5-foot-10. My medium-sized boxer was barely able to leap into the back on her own, and she can really jump. Hauling loads from Costco or the garden center would become a tiring chore pretty quickly.
The ZDX comes with a standard suite of airbags, including side-impact ones for the driver and front passenger. It has a five-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, but hasn't been fully tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
ZDX in the Market
Since the ZDX is leaving the market, there's little to say besides we're sad to see its funky styling leave our streets. I loved the looks of the test car in my driveway; what can I say? But the public has spoken, and they're not buying.
After testing it, I can see why it will be hard to find anyone new willing to take a chance on the ZDX as it leaves the world of new cars to enter the annals of automotive history, along with other fondly remembered but awkward vehicles like the Isuzu Vehicross and Subaru SVX.