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2003 Acura TL

Midsize luxury/near luxury car
Crashworthiness
  • Moderate overlap front
    G

Check for NHTSA recalls
1
Side airbags: front seat-mounted torso airbags (2000-03 models)
2
Electronic stability control (optional, 2002-03 models)
3
Antilock brakes
Model year Front overlap SideRoof strengthHead restraints & seatsFront crash prevention
SmallModerate
2014
G
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
2013
G
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
2012
G
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2011
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2010
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2009
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2008
G
G
M
Crash avoidance rating
2007
G
G
M
Crash avoidance rating
2006
G
G
M
Crash avoidance rating
2005
G
G
M
Crash avoidance rating
2004
G
G
M
Crash avoidance rating
2003
G
Crash avoidance rating
2002
G
Crash avoidance rating
2001
G
Crash avoidance rating
2000
G
Crash avoidance rating
1999
G
Crash avoidance rating

Applies to 1999-2003 models

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

The Acura TL was redesigned for the 1999 model year.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the head, neck, chest, and left leg indicate low risk of injuries to these body regions in a crash of this severity. Forces on the right tibia indicate that injuries to the lower leg would be possible.

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 vehicle2002 Acura TL 4-door
Weight 3,474 lbs.
Side airbagsfront seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase108 in.
Length193 in.
Width71 in.
Engine3.2 L V6
EPA ratings19 mpg city / 29 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCEF0206
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)8
Left (cm)17
Center (cm)21
Right (cm)18
Brake pedal (cm)12
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)-1
Right (cm)-2
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)5
Rearward (cm)3
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)1

Driver injury measures

Test IDCEF0206
Head
HIC-15191
Peak gs at hard contactno contact
Neck
Tension (kN)0.0
Extension bending moment (Nm)12
Maximum Nij 0.23
Chest maximum compression (mm)29
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)2.4
Femur force - right (kN)1.5
Knee displacement - left (mm)0
Knee displacement - right (mm)4
Maximum tibia index - left0.57
Maximum tibia index - right1.00
Tibia axial force - left (kN)1.5
Tibia axial force - right (kN)3.6
Foot acceleration (g)
Left60
Right116

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