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2010 Acura TSX

Midsize luxury car
2009 Acura TSX shown
2009 Acura TSX shown
Crashworthiness
  • Small overlap front
    M
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    G
  • Head restraints & seats
    G

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Model year Front overlap Side Roof strength Head restraints & seats Front crash prevention
Small Moderate
2014
M
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
2013
M
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
2012
M
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2011
M
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2010
M
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2009
M
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2008
G
A
P
Crash avoidance rating
2007
G
A
P
Crash avoidance rating
2006
G
A
P
Crash avoidance rating
2005
G
A
P
Crash avoidance rating
2004
G
P
Crash avoidance rating

Applies to 2009-14 models

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

The Acura TSX was redesigned for the 2009 model year. The small overlap front test ratings also apply to the station wagon version of the TSX, known as the TSX Sport Wagon, beginning with 2011 models.

Two tests of the TSX were conducted because the onboard (car interior) cameras failed during the first test. Also in the first test, the driver side curtain and side thorax airbags deployed, but they did not in the second test. Honda subsequently provided data showing that the side airbags are close to their deployment threshold under the small overlap test conditions. The restraints and dummy kinematics rating is based on the second test. Injury and structural ratings are based on both tests.

Structure

The driver space was not maintained well. The lower part of the door hinge pillar was pushed in toward the driver 23 cm, while the instrument panel intruded as much as 17 cm.

Injury measures

Measures from the dummies in the two tests, taken together, indicate that injuries to the left lower leg would be likely in a crash of this severity. The risk of significant injuries to other body regions is low.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

In the second test, the dummy’s head contacted the frontal airbag but slid off the left side, leaving the head vulnerable to contact with forward side structure. The side curtain airbag did not deploy, also leaving the dummy’s head vulnerable to contact with side structure and outside objects.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2012 Acura TSX 4-door
Weight 3,483 lbs.
Side airbags front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted side torso airbags
Wheelbase 106 in.
Length 186 in.
Width 72 in.
Engine 2.4 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings 22 mpg city / 31 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEN1202 CEN1213
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 25 21
Footrest (cm) 13 11
Left toepan (cm) 4 6
Brake pedal (cm) 6 9
Parking brake (cm) 0 0
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 5 5
Upper occupant compartment
Steering column 2 5
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 12 15
Upper dash (cm) 14 16
Lower instrument panel (cm) 18 15

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEN1202 CEN1213
Head
HIC-15 77 116
Peak gs at hard contact no contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.1 1.1
Extension bending moment (Nm) 12 8
Maximum Nij 0.23 0.24
Chest maximum compression (mm) 27 28
Femur (kN)
Left 3.7 3.0
Right 0.6 2.7
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 4 15
Right 1 0
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 1 0
Right 0 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 1.31 1.21
Right 0.38 0.43
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 3.3 3.2
Right 1.7 2.1
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 71 58
Right 55 60

Applies to 2009-14 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 TSX was redesigned for the 2009 model year. Frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Honda as part of frontal crash test verification.

The frontal crash test ratings also apply to the station wagon version of the TSX, known as the TSX Sport Wagon, beginning with 2011 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 airbag deployed during the crash.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2009 Acura TSX 4-door
Weight 3,364 lbs.
Side airbags front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted side torso airbags
Wheelbase 106 in.
Length 186 in.
Width 72 in.
Engine 2.4 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings 21 mpg city / 30 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTF0804
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 2
Left (cm) 8
Center (cm) 8
Right (cm) 5
Brake pedal (cm) 3
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 0
Right (cm) 0
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 0
Rearward (cm) 0
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 0

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTF0804
Head
HIC-15 160
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.8
Extension bending moment (Nm) 13
Maximum Nij 0.19
Chest maximum compression (mm) 29
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 0.9
Femur force - right (kN) 0.8
Knee displacement - left (mm) 0
Knee displacement - right (mm) 0
Maximum tibia index - left 0.26
Maximum tibia index - right 0.46
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 1.4
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 2.2
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 63
Right 56

Applies to 2009-14 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 TSX was redesigned for the 2009 model year. The side impact crash test ratings also apply to the station wagon version of the TSX, known as the TSX Sport Wagon, beginning with 2011 models.

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 2009 Acura TSX 4-door
Weight 3,435 lbs.
Side airbags standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted side torso airbags
Wheelbase 106 in.
Length 186 in.
Width 72 in.
Engine 2.4 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings 21 mpg city / 30 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CES0826
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.
-12.5

Driver injury measures

Test ID CES0826
Head HIC-15 345
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.3
Compression (kN) 0.0
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 44
Lateral force (kN) 1.9
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 33
Average deflection (mm) 30
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 2.83
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.51
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 2.6
Acetabulum force (kN) 2.1
Combined force (kN) 4.5
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.4
L-M moment (Nm) 126
A-P moment (Nm) 43

Passenger injury measures

Test ID CES0826
Head HIC-15 244
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.1
Compression (kN) 0.2
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 39
Lateral force (kN) 1.6
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 32
Average deflection (mm) 29
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 4.13
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.61
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.8
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.6
Combined force (kN) 2.3
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.2
L-M moment (Nm) 119
A-P moment (Nm) -43

Applies to 2009-14 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 with manual adjustable lumbar AHR

How this test is conducted

Seat type Power leather seats with manual adjustable lumbar AHR
Geometry
Backset (mm) 42
Distance below top of head (mm) 36
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 14.5
Head contact time (ms) 64
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 0
Max neck tension (N) 367
1
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
2
Electronic stability control
3
Antilock brakes
4
Daytime running lights

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