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2016 Acura TLX

Midsize luxury car
Crashworthiness
  • Small overlap front
    M
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    G
  • Roof strength
    G
  • Head restraints & seats
    G

Crash avoidance & Mitigation
Front crash prevention
Crash avoidance rating
Superior
with optional
equipment

Headlights
M

Child Seat Anchors (LATCH)
ease of use
M

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Model year Front overlap Side Roof strength Head restraints & seats Front crash prevention
Small Moderate
2016
M
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Superior
2015
A
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Superior

Applies to 2016 models

Overall evaluation
M
Structure and safety cage
M
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Hip/thigh
G
Lower leg/foot
M
Restraints and dummy kinematics
A
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Acura TLX was introduced in the 2015 model year as a replacement for the discontinued Acura TL and TSX models. Beginning with 2016 models, the front door hinge pillar was reinforced with the intent of improving occupant protection in small overlap frontal crashes. The change, however, wasn't enough to improve the TLX's performance in the small overlap test.

Structure

The driver space wasn't maintained well, with maximum intrusion of the lower interior of 19 cm at the lower hinge pillar. Upper interior intrusion measured 13 cm at the instrument panel.

Injury measures

Measures from the dummy indicate that injuries to the left lower leg would be possible in a crash of this severity. The risk of significant injuries to other body regions is low.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

The dummy’s head contacted the frontal airbag but almost slid off the left side, leaving the head vulnerable to contact with forward structure. Additionally, the seat belt allowed excessive forward excursion of the dummy’s head and torso. The side curtain airbag deployed and has sufficient forward coverage to protect the head from contact with side structure and outside objects. The side torso airbag also deployed.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2016 Acura TLX 3.5L 4-door
Weight 3,568 lbs.
Side airbags front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 109 in.
Length 190 in.
Width 73 in.
Engine 3.5 L V6
EPA ratings 21 mpg city / 34 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEN1534
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 19
Footrest (cm) 7
Left toepan (cm) 2
Brake pedal (cm) 6
Parking brake (cm)
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 6
Upper occupant compartment
Steering column 2
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 8
Upper dash (cm) 13
Lower instrument panel (cm) 13

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEN1534
Head
HIC-15 113
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.3
Extension bending moment (Nm) 9
Maximum Nij 0.22
Chest maximum compression (mm) 19
Femur (kN)
Left 4.3
Right 0.6
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 1
Right 0
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 2
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 1.19
Right 0.41
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 4.8
Right 2.6
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 129
Right 70

Applies to 2015-16 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 TLX was introduced in the 2015 model year. It is a replacement for the discontinued Acura TL and TSX models. Moderate overlap 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. The driver side curtain airbag 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 vehicle 2015 Acura TLX 3.5L Technology 4-door
Weight 3,644 lbs.
Side airbags front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 109 in.
Length 190 in.
Width 73 in.
Engine 3.5 L V6
EPA ratings 21 mpg city / 34 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTF1405
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 2
Left (cm) 10
Center (cm) 7
Right (cm) 4
Brake pedal (cm) 9
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 0
Right (cm) 0
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) -3
Rearward (cm) 1
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 0

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTF1405
Head
HIC-15 229
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.8
Extension bending moment (Nm) 36
Maximum Nij 0.20
Chest maximum compression (mm) 22
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 0.8
Femur force - right (kN) 0.8
Knee displacement - left (mm) 2
Knee displacement - right (mm) 2
Maximum tibia index - left 0.37
Maximum tibia index - right 0.33
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 2.3
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 2.3
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 52
Right 43

Applies to 2015-16 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 TLX was introduced in the 2015 model year. It is a replacement for the discontinued Acura TL and TSX models. 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 vehicle 2015 Acura TLX Advance 4-door
Weight 3,618 lbs.
Side airbags standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 109 in.
Length 190 in.
Width 73 in.
Engine 2.4 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings 24 mpg city / 35 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTS1408
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.
-19.0

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTS1408
Head HIC-15 348
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.7
Compression (kN) 0.1
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 38
Lateral force (kN) 1.9
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 36
Average deflection (mm) 26
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 5.00
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.39
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.7
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.3
Combined force (kN) 1.8
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.3
L-M moment (Nm) 109
A-P moment (Nm) 54

Passenger injury measures

Test ID VTS1408
Head HIC-15 177
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.1
Compression (kN) 0.4
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 23
Lateral force (kN) 1.6
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 32
Average deflection (mm) 26
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 3.81
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.45
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.4
Acetabulum force (kN) 0.8
Combined force (kN) 1.1
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.3
L-M moment (Nm) 16
A-P moment (Nm) 119

Applies to 2015-16 models

Overall evaluation
G
Curb weight 3,598 lbs
Peak force 20,412 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 5.67
Tested vehicle
2015 Acura TLX 3.5L Advance 4-door
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 2015-16 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 seat

How this test is conducted

Seat type Power leather seat
Geometry
Backset (mm) 34
Distance below top of head (mm) 32
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 12.4
Head contact time (ms) 60
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 0
Max neck tension (N) 455

Applies to 2015-16 models

System details

  • Optional Collision Mitigation Braking System

Package name

  • Optional Advance Package

Overall evaluation

Crash avoidance rating
Superior
with optional
equipment
6 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 10 mph.
2 points

High-speed autobrake

In the 25 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
3 points

Tested vehicle

2015 Acura TLX 3.5L Advance 4-door

How this rating is determined

Applies to 2015-16 models

System details

  • Optional Forward Collision Warning

Package name

  • Optional Technology Package

Overall evaluation

Crash avoidance rating
Basic
with optional
equipment
1 point total

Forward collision warning

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

Low-speed autobrake

Not available.
0 points

High-speed autobrake

Not available.
0 points

How this rating is determined

Trim level(s)
  • All trims
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? No
Automatically switches between low beams and high beams (high-beam assist)? No
Overall rating
M
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams

On the straightaway, visibility was fair on the left side of the road and inadequate on the right side. On curves, visibility was good on the gradual right curve, fair on the sharp right curve and inadequate on both left curves.

The low beams never created excessive glare.

High beams

On the straightaway, visibility was fair on the right side of the road and inadequate on the left side. On curves, visibility was fair on the gradual right curve and inadequate on the sharp right and both left curves.

How this test is conducted

Trim level(s)
  • All trims
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Applies to 2016 models
M
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Acceptable glare?
Straightaway right edge 76.4 m Yes
Straightaway left edge 50.9 m Yes
250m radius right curve, right edge 68.7 m Yes
250m radius left curve, right edge 46.5 m Yes
150m radius right curve, right edge 52.7 m Yes
150m radius left curve, left edge 42.8 m Yes
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 132.7 m
Straightaway left edge 102.1 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 72.4 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 57.4 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 54.6 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 46.3 m

Applies to 2016 models

How this rating is determined

Overall evaluation

M
Vehicle trim 3.5L
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.

1 2 3


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
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
too deep in seat
too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors
2
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
none available
3
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
too deep in seat
too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors

Seat position 21

3
Lower anchor A
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 4-6
Force (lbs) 40
Clearance angle (degrees) 63
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 2-4
Force (lbs) 40
Clearance angle (degrees) 66
Tether anchor
Location Rear deck
Confusing hardware present No
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
Location Rear deck
Confusing hardware present No
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

Seat position 23

1
Lower anchor A
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 4-6
Force (lbs) 40
Clearance angle (degrees) 58
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 4-6
Force (lbs) 40
Clearance angle (degrees) 60
Tether anchor
Location Rear deck
Confusing hardware present No
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No
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
Driver knee airbag: a separate airbag in the lower instrument panel designed to minimize knee injuries in frontal crashes
4
Electronic stability control
5
Antilock brakes
6
Daytime running lights

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