Acura RDX, ILX earn Top Safety Pick Plus ratings
Acura‘s 2016 RDX and ILX have both received Top Safety Pick+ ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Engineers modified the RDX’s front end and occupant compartment to improve performance in front crashes, resulting in a ‘good’ rating for the challenging small-overlap test. Maximum intrusion reached five inches at the parking brake pedal, while dummy movement was well controlled by the front and side airbags.
The refreshed 2016 ILX also brought structural tweaks to enhance crashworthiness. The sedan achieved a ‘good’ rating in the small-overlap trial, though intrusion at the footrest indicated a potential for lower-leg injuries.
Both models earned a ‘superior’ rating for front crash prevention. Automatic emergency braking slowed both vehicles by 11 mph in the 12 mph track test, and dropped speed by 15-16 mph in the 25 mph test.
Acura claims to be the first luxury brand to earn 2015 Top Safety Pick+ ratings across its entire model lineup.
“We commend Acura for receiving the highest IIHS award designation for all of its vehicles,” said IIHS senior research officer David Zuby. “With qualifying crashworthiness ratings, including in the rigorous front small overlap crash test, and an effective front crash prevention system available across the lineup, Acura is one of the leaders in the luxury segment.”