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2011 Acura MDX

Midsize luxury SUV
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    G
  • Head restraints & seats
    G
1
Side airbags: head curtain airbags for all three rows of seats and front seat-mounted torso airbags
2
Rollover sensor: designed to deploy the side curtain airbags in the event of an impending rollover
3
Electronic stability control
4
Antilock brakes
5
Daytime running lights
Model yearFront small overlapFront moderate overlapSideRoof strengthHead restraints & seats
2014
G
G
G
G
G
2013
G
G
G
G
2012
G
G
G
G
2011
G
G
G
2010
G
G
G
2009
G
G
G
2008
G
G
G
2007
G
G
G
2006
G
P
2005
G
P
2004
G
P
2003
G
P
2002
G
2001
G

Applies to 2007-13 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Leg/foot, left
G
Leg/foot, right
G
Restraints and dummy kinematics
G
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Acura MDX was redesigned for the 2007 model year. Frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Honda as part of frontal crash test verification.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled. After the dummy moved forward into the airbag, it rebounded into the seat without its head coming close to any stiff structure that could cause injury.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2007 Acura MDX 4wd
Weight 4,588 lbs.
Side airbagshead curtain airbags for all three rows of seats and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase108 in.
Length191 in.
Width79 in.
Engine3.7 L V6
EPA ratings17 mpg city / 22 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDVTF0614
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)7
Left (cm)8
Center (cm)11
Right (cm)11
Brake pedal (cm)4
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)1
Right (cm)1
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)-1
Rearward (cm)-1
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)0

Driver injury measures

Test IDVTF0614
Head
HIC-15199
Peak gs at hard contactno contact
Neck
Tension (kN)1.0
Extension bending moment (Nm)8
Maximum Nij 0.25
Chest maximum compression (mm)29
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)0.0
Femur force - right (kN)2.2
Knee displacement - left (mm)1
Knee displacement - right (mm)1
Maximum tibia index - left0.37
Maximum tibia index - right0.46
Tibia axial force - left (kN)2.0
Tibia axial force - right (kN)2.5
Foot acceleration (g)
Left61
Right44

Applies to 2010-13 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Side crash test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

The Acura MDX was redesigned for the 2007 model year. Beginning with 2010 models, the side airbags were modified to improve occupant protection in side impact crashes. Side ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Honda as part of side crash test verification. Because there were no structural changes, the structure rating of the current model is based on both Honda's test and an earlier Institute test of a 2007 MDX model.

Injury measures

Driver — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Passenger — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Head protection

Driver — The dummy's head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.

Passenger — The dummy's head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2010 Acura MDX 4wd
Weight 4,557 lbs.
Side airbagsstandard head curtain airbags for all three rows of seats and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase108 in.
Length189 in.
Width78 in.
Engine3.7 L V6
EPA ratings17 mpg city / 22 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCES0711VTS0907
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm)
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.
-16.5-15.5

Driver injury measures

Test IDVTS0907
Head HIC-15151
Neck
Tension (kN)1.0
Compression (kN)0.7
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)24
Lateral force (kN)1.6
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)34
Average deflection (mm)30
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)4.16
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.66
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)2.1
Acetabulum force (kN)1.8
Combined force (kN)3.6
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.5
L-M moment (Nm)27
A-P moment (Nm) 49

Passenger injury measures

Test IDVTS0907
Head HIC-15138
Neck
Tension (kN)0.2
Compression (kN)0.5
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)30
Lateral force (kN)1.6
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)36
Average deflection (mm)28
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)2.87
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.49
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)2.1
Acetabulum force (kN)1.5
Combined force (kN)3.5
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.5
L-M moment (Nm)37
A-P moment (Nm) -50

Applies to 2010-13 models

Overall evaluation
G
Dynamic rating
G
Seat/head restraint geometry
G
Important: Ratings for head restraints & seats should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

Seat type

Power leather seat (AHR)

How this test is conducted

Seat typePower leather seat (AHR)
Geometry
Backset (mm)40
Distance below top of head (mm)28
Seat design parameters
Pass/failPass
Max T1 acceleration (g)13.3
Head contact time (ms)68
Force ratingLow
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)0
Max neck tension (N)355

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