Acura believes driving a luxury car should be a highly enjoyable experience. And while we tend to dwell on the more exhilarating aspects of our vehicles, we consider your safety a top priority.
Acura had the distinction in 2009 of being the first luxury brand to receive 5-Star crash safety ratings in front crash and side impact tests for all of its models under the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA)* prior New Car Assessment Program (NCAP). When the NCAP system was revised in 2011 to raise the bar for a 5-Star crash safety rating and add new tests and an Overall Vehicle Score (which ultimately meant that ratings from prior testing no longer were applicable or comparable), Acura still was able to excel. Specifically, the 2014 RDX and 2014 MDX – two of the three all-new platforms Acura introduced since NHTSA changed the NCAP program— earned 5 stars on all of the current NCAP front crash and side impact tests (for all seating positions) and have received 5-Star Overall Vehicle Scores; the 2014 ILX and ILX Hybrid also received 5-Star Overall Vehicle Scores. The third platform introduced since 2011 – the RLX – had not been tested as of this writing, but is targeted to achieve similar results as the MDX and RDX.
But Acura doesn’t just excel in the NCAP rating. In 2009, Acura was the first car company to have every one of its models receive a Top Safety Pick designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). In 2010, IIHS raised the requirements to achieve its Top Safety Pick rating, and by the 2012 model year, the TL, TSX, TSX Sport Wagon and MDX all regained Top Safety Pick status. In the summer of 2012, IIHS added an even more challenging test, the small overlap front crash test, and the 2013 TL was one of only two cars that received the highest possible rating of “Good” in IIHS’ first rounds of running that new test, helping it become a 2013 IIHS Top Safety Pick+ vehicle, with all other tested Acura models being designated IIHS Top Safety Pick vehicles. (At the time of this writing, IIHS had not released the results of its testing of 2014 Acura vehicles, though all were designed to achieve top IIHS ratings.)
Safety has been top of mind with Acura engineers since day one. In 1987, less than a year after the company’s debut, a front driver’s airbag was offered in the Legend Coupe—11 years before it was mandatory. Just two years later, airbags were standard on all Legend models. Acura also developed a proprietary Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) that first appeared on the 1988 Legend and soon graced our other models. Thus, a legion of new Acura safety technologies was introduced that helped define the brand. Over the years, we've added many advanced safety technologies to the list, and the vast majority of them are now standard on every model.
Learn more about Acura’s safety commitment and active and passive safety features, as well as systems designed to help keep you aware and secure.
* Government star ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA's) New Car Assessment program (www.safercar.gov). Models tested with standard side-impact airbags (SABs).