Applies to 2016 models
|Structure and safety cage|
|Restraints and dummy kinematics|
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 TSX's performance in the small overlap test.
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.
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 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|
|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
|Lower occupant compartment|
|Lower hinge pillar max (cm)||19|
|Left toepan (cm)||2|
|Brake pedal (cm)||6|
|Parking brake (cm)|
|Rocker panel lateral average (cm)||6|
|Upper occupant compartment|
|Upper hinge pillar max (cm)||8|
|Upper dash (cm)||13|
|Lower instrument panel (cm)||13|
Driver injury measures
|Peak gs at hard contact||no contact |
|Tension (kN)||1.3 |
|Extension bending moment (Nm)||9 |
|Maximum Nij ||0.22 |
|Chest maximum compression (mm)||19 |
|Knee displacement (mm)|
|Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)|
|Maximum tibia index|
|Tibia axial force (kN)|
|Foot acceleration (g)|