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2013-MY Acura RDX Named IIHS ‘Top Safety Pick’

June 13, 2012

2013-MY Acura RDX
2013-MY Acura RDX

The all-new 2013 model-year Acura RDX has received the highest possible safety rating of “Top Safety Pick” from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The designation recognizes the vehicle’s ability to protect occupants involved in front, side and rear crashes, plus the RDX’s rollover performance based on ratings in IIHS tests.

The 2013 RDX, along with the 2012 TL, MDX and TSX sedan and Sport Wagon, have all earned IIHS 2012 Top Safety Pick ratings and the highest possible score of “good” in all four IIHS tests, including the rigorous roof-strength test.

For 2013, a revised 4-wheel disc brake system on the RDX teams with an anti-lock braking system (ABS) and Brake Assist to further enhance safety and greater driver control. To meet the federal government's new standard (FMVSS 216) for roof crush resistance, the RDX body incorporates several new structural enhancements in the roof and side pillar areas, Acura said.

All models in the current Acura lineup use the Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure that’s designed to enhance occupant protection and crash compatibility in frontal crashes.

The ACE design uses a network of connected structural elements to distribute crash energy more evenly throughout the front of the vehicle, Acura said. This enhanced frontal crash energy management helps to reduce the forces transferred to the passenger compartment.

Standard safety equipment on all Acura models includes Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) with traction control, ABS, dual-stage/multiple-threshold front airbags, front-side airbags with passenger side Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS), side curtain airbags for all outboard seating positions, front seats with integrated active head restraints, front seatbelts with automatic tensioning system and load limiters, Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) and Daytime Running Lights (DRL).

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