2014 Acura MDX, RDX receive top 5-Star NHTSA Crash Scores

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 4, 2013

The 2014 Acura MDX and 2014 Acura RDX received 5-Star scores in the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Acura has to be feeling good about the top safety honors that its luxury SUVs were awarded. 5-Star scores were given to the two vehicles for frontal and side impact tests. Meanwhile, they got 4-Stars in the rollover resistance test. The 2014 Acura MDX has a series of safety features that are offered as standard.

These include Acura’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure, unique ultra-high strength steel, and a one-piece front door stiffener ring that minimize weight and reinforce crash safety. The features that are offered as standard include load-tensioning front seatbelts, driver’s knee airbag and three-row side-curtain airbags, child seat anchors in the second row, multi-view rear camera, and Acura’s Vehicle Stability Assist system.

The complete line of Acura’s safety features is included in the Advance package. To acquire an Advance-equipped model, the prospective MDX-buyers will need to pay $55,400 (which includes destination costs). But then, they benefit from getting access to high-tech driver assistive technologies such as collision mitigation braking, forward collision warning, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, blind-spot information system, and adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow capability.

The 2014 Acura RDX is built using the same ACE body structure, Vehicle Stability Assist, auto-tensioning front seatbelts, and child seat anchors as the MDX. Safety is improved further with advanced six-airbag system and occupant position detection system for front seats, which figure out the height and position of the passenger if there’s a crash, and active front seat and adjustable rear seat head restraints.

The 2014 Acura MDX and RDX have yet to be subjected to the stringent small-overlap front crash test of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. But Acura engineers are positive that the SUVs will get good results. It should be noted that the IIHS named the 2013 MDX and RDX as Top Safety Picks. [source: Acura]

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