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2016 Acura RDX

Midsize luxury SUV
Crashworthiness
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    G
  • Roof strength
    G
  • Head restraints & seats
    G

Front crash prevention
Crash avoidance rating
Superior
with optional
equipment

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Child Seat Anchors (LATCH)
ease of use
M
1
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags 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 year Front overlap SideRoof strengthHead restraints & seatsFront crash prevention
SmallModerate
2016
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Superior
2015
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
2014
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
2013
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
2012
G
G
M
G
Crash avoidance rating
2011
G
G
M
G
Crash avoidance rating
2010
G
G
M
G
Crash avoidance rating
2009
G
G
M
G
Crash avoidance rating
2008
G
G
M
G
Crash avoidance rating
2007
G
G
M
G
Crash avoidance rating

Applies to 2016 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 RDX was redesigned for the 2013 model year. Beginning with 2016 models, the RDX was re-engineered with front-end and occupant compartment structural modifications to improve occupant protection in both small overlap and moderate overlap frontal crashes.

Moderate overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Honda as part of frontal crash test verification. (The car tested by Honda was designated as a 2013 model but included all modifications applied to the 2016 models.)

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. The driver side curtain and side thorax airbags deployed during the crash. After the dummy moved forward into the frontal airbag, it rebounded into the seat without its head coming close to any stiff structure that could cause injury.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2016 Acura RDX Technology 4-door 4wd
Weight 3,937 lbs.
Side airbagsfront and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase106 in.
Length184 in.
Width74 in.
Engine3.5 L V6
EPA ratings19 mpg city / 28 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDVTF1504
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)4
Left (cm)7
Center (cm)4
Right (cm)6
Brake pedal (cm)1
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)0
Right (cm)0
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)0
Rearward (cm)-3
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)0

Driver injury measures

Test IDVTF1504
Head
HIC-15342
Peak gs at hard contactno contact
Neck
Tension (kN)0.9
Extension bending moment (Nm)15
Maximum Nij 0.22
Chest maximum compression (mm)25
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)1.2
Femur force - right (kN)0.2
Knee displacement - left (mm)0
Knee displacement - right (mm)0
Maximum tibia index - left0.26
Maximum tibia index - right0.44
Tibia axial force - left (kN)2.0
Tibia axial force - right (kN)1.7
Foot acceleration (g)
Left85
Right62

Applies to 2016 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 RDX was redesigned for the 2013 model year. Beginning with 2016 models, the RDX was re-engineered with side structural modifications 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.

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 vehicle2016 Acura RDX Advance 4-door 4wd
Weight 3,946 lbs.
Side airbagsstandard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase106 in.
Length184 in.
Width74 in.
Engine3.5 L V6
EPA ratings19 mpg city / 28 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDVTS1504
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.
-17.0

Driver injury measures

Test IDVTS1504
Head HIC-15133
Neck
Tension (kN)1.0
Compression (kN)0.4
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)34
Lateral force (kN)1.2
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)27
Average deflection (mm)24
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)3.28
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.39
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)1.1
Acetabulum force (kN)2.1
Combined force (kN)3.1
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.5
L-M moment (Nm)39
A-P moment (Nm) 125

Passenger injury measures

Test IDVTS1504
Head HIC-1544
Neck
Tension (kN)0.1
Compression (kN)0.8
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)29
Lateral force (kN)1.2
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)22
Average deflection (mm)18
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)2.04
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.16
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)0.2
Acetabulum force (kN)2.1
Combined force (kN)2.2
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.8
L-M moment (Nm)20
A-P moment (Nm) 92

Applies to 2013-16 models

Overall evaluation
G
Curb weight3,806 lbs
Peak force20,843 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio5.48
Tested vehicle
2013 Acura RDX 4-door 4wd
Roof strength test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

In the test, the strength of the roof is determined by pushing a metal plate against one side of it at a slow but constant speed. The force applied relative to the vehicle's weight is known as the strength-to-weight ratio. This graph shows how the ratio varied as the test of this vehicle progressed. The peak strength-to-weight ratio recorded at any time before the roof is crushed 5 inches is the key measurement of roof strength.

A good rating requires a strength-to-weight ratio of at least 4. In other words, the roof must withstand a force of at least 4 times the vehicle's weight before the plate crushes the roof by 5 inches. For an acceptable rating, the minimum required strength-to-weight ratio is 3.25. For a marginal rating, it is 2.5. Anything lower than that is poor.

How this test is conducted

Applies to 2013-16 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 seats

How this test is conducted

Seat typePower leather seats
Geometry
Backset (mm)39
Distance below top of head (mm)35
Seat design parameters
Pass/failPass
Max T1 acceleration (g)13.0
Head contact time (ms)63
Force rating1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)0
Max neck tension (N)478

Applies to 2016 models

System details

  • Optional Collision Mitigation Braking System

Package name

  • Optional Advance Package

Overall evaluation

Crash avoidance rating
Superior
with optional
equipment
5 points total

Forward collision warning

This system meets the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's criteria for forward collision warning.
1 point

Low-speed autobrake

In the 12 mph IIHS test, impact speed was reduced by 11 mph.
2 points

High-speed autobrake

In the 25 mph IIHS test, impact speed was reduced by 16 mph.
2 points

How this rating is determined

Applies to 2016 models

How this rating is determined

Overall evaluation

M
Vehicle trimAcuraWatch Plus
Seat type leather

This vehicle has 2 rear seating positions with complete child seat attachment (LATCH) hardware.

It has 1 additional seating position with a tether anchor only.

123


Good
Acceptable
Marginal
Poor
Seating positions that rely on borrowed lower anchors or have only a tether anchor available are not rated.
Tether anchor
Lower anchors
Lower anchor(s) can be borrowed from adjacent positions(s)
No hardware available

Details by seating position

1
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
difficult to maneuver around anchors
2
Tether anchor
hard-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
none available
3
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors

Seat position 21

3
Lower anchor A
Depth (cm)6-8
Force (lbs)7.0
Clearance angle (degrees)57
Lower anchor B
Depth (cm)6-8
Force (lbs)8.1
Clearance angle (degrees)58
Tether anchor
LocationMiddle seatback
Confusing hardware presentYes
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

Seat position 22

2
Lower anchor A
No lower latch for this seat position
Lower anchor B
No lower latch for this seat position
Tether anchor
LocationRoof
Confusing hardware presentNo
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

Seat position 23

1
Lower anchor A
Depth (cm)6-8
Force (lbs)8.8
Clearance angle (degrees)50
Lower anchor B
Depth (cm)6-8
Force (lbs)9.6
Clearance angle (degrees)54
Tether anchor
LocationMiddle seatback
Confusing hardware presentYes
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

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