Two Acuras, 2 Hondas join ranks of Top Safety Pick+ winners

September 30, 2015

Two Acura models earn good ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for small overlap front crash protection following modifications for the 2016 model year.

The Acura RDX and ILX also have available superior-rated front crash prevention systems and qualify for the IIHS 2015 Top Safety Pick+ award, as do the 2016 Honda Accord sedan and coupe. That brings the total number of Honda Motor Co. models earning the Institute's highest award to nine.

The RDX, a midsize luxury SUV, had its front end and occupant compartment modified to improve protection in front crashes. In the small overlap test, the driver space was maintained well with maximum intrusion of 5 inches at the parking brake pedal. The dummy's movement was well-controlled, and the front and side airbags worked together to protect the head. Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

The ILX, a small car, also was modified for improved front crash protection. In the small overlap test, the driver space was maintained well with maximum intrusion of 5 inches at the footrest. Measures from the dummy showed that left lower leg injuries would be possible in a crash of this severity. There were no problems with the dummy's movement or the airbags.

Both vehicles have good ratings in the other IIHS crashworthiness tests — moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints.

The 2016 RDX and the ILX each earn a superior rating for front crash prevention when equipped with Acura's Collision Mitigation Braking System. In the 12 mph IIHS track test, both vehicles reduced their speed by 11 mph. In the 25 mph test, the RDX reduced its speed by 16 mph, while the ILX shaved off 15 mph. The system includes a forward collision warning component that meets criteria set by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The Honda Accord sedan and coupe both have improved front crash prevention ratings for 2016. Previously, the midsize cars were available with forward collision warning only, earning a basic rating. Now their optional systems include automatic braking as well. The models avoided collisions in both the 12 mph and 25 mph track tests.

The Accords earn good ratings in all five IIHS crashworthiness tests.

To qualify for the 2015 Top Safety Pick award, vehicles must earn good ratings in the moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests, plus a good or acceptable rating in the small overlap test. For Top Safety Pick+, vehicles also need an available front crash prevention system with an advanced or superior rating.

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