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.
Safety has been top of mind with Acura engineers since day one, In 1987, less than a year after the company's debut, an 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.
Acura's history of safety innovation has not gone unnoticed by the experts. 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 bar on its Top Safety Pick requirements, 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 2013 TL was among two out of thirteen cars in its class that received the highest possible rating in the new IIHS small overlap frontal crash test.
Acura was also the first and only luxury brand to receive 5-Star crash safety ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)* for all of its models pursuant to NHTSA’s New Car Assessment Program’s (NCAP) front and side impact crash tests. While the NHTSA NCAP rating system changed for the 2011 and later model years, Acura’s dedication to safety has not.
Learn more about Acura's safety commitment, active and passive safety features, as well as systems designed to help keep you secure.
* Government star ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA's) New Car Assessment program (www.safercar.gov). Model tested with standard side-impact airbags (SABs).