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2017 Acura ILX

small car / 4-door sedan

Award applies only to vehicles with optional front crash prevention

2017 Acura ILX 4-door sedan
2016 Acura ILX shown

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Small overlap front: driver-side
Moderate overlap front
Side
Roof strength
Head restraints & seats

Crash avoidance & mitigation

Headlights
Front crash prevention
Optional system
Superior

Child seat anchors

LATCH ease of use

Other available safety features

  • Standard daytime running lights
  • Optional blind spot detection
  • Optional lane departure warning
  • Optional lane departure prevention

Key

  • G
    Good
  • A
    Acceptable
  • M
    Marginal
  • P
    Poor
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

Some ratings use a scale of Poor to Good. Others range from Basic to Superior.

Small overlap front: driver-side

Rating applies to 2016-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2016 Acura ILX Premium 4-door

The Acura ILX was introduced in the 2013 model year and is derived from the Honda Civic. Beginning with 2016 models, the ILX was re-engineered with structural and occupant restraint changes to improve occupant protection in both small overlap and moderate overlap frontal crashes.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics

Action shot taken during the small overlap frontal crash test.

The dummy's position in relation to the door frame, steering wheel, and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was maintained well.

The frontal and side curtain airbags worked well together to keep the head from coming close to any stiff structure or outside objects that could cause injury.

Forces during the crash contributed to a moderate risk of injury to the dummy's left lower leg.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEN1530
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 9
Footrest (cm) 12
Left toepan (cm) 4
Brake pedal (cm) 4
Parking brake (cm)
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 7
Upper occupant compartment
Steering column 2
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 4
Upper dash (cm) 5
Lower instrument panel (cm) 4

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEN1530
Head
HIC-15 264
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) no data
Extension bending moment (Nm) no data
Maximum Nij 0.00
Chest maximum compression (mm) 22
Femur (kN)
Left 1.3
Right 0.0
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 1
Right 0
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.89
Right 0.54
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 1.7
Right 1.0
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 64
Right 40

How the driver-side small overlap front test is conducted

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2016-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2016 Acura ILX Technology 4-door

The Acura ILX was introduced in the 2013 model year and is derived from the Honda Civic. Beginning with 2016 models, the ILX was re-engineered with structural and occupant restraint changes to improve occupant protection in both small overlap and moderate overlap frontal crashes.

Moderate overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Honda as part of frontal crash test verification.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTF1419
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 5
Left (cm) 6
Center (cm) 6
Right (cm) 6
Brake pedal (cm) 2
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 0
Right (cm) 0
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) -1
Rearward (cm) -3
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 0

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTF1419
Head
HIC-15 230
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.1
Extension bending moment (Nm) 21
Maximum Nij 0.25
Chest maximum compression (mm) 21
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 0.1
Femur force - right (kN) 0.1
Knee displacement - left (mm) 0
Knee displacement - right (mm) 0
Maximum tibia index - left 0.30
Maximum tibia index - right 0.59
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 2.2
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 2.4
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 55
Right 75

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

Side

Rating applies to 2016-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2016 Acura ILX Technology 4-door

The Acura ILX was introduced in the 2013 model year and is derived from the Honda Civic. Beginning with 2016 models, the ILX was re-engineered with structural and occupant restraint changes to improve occupant protection in side impact crashes.

Side ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Honda as part of side crash test verification.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Driver head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Rear passenger head protection
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTS1421
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm) -15.5
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTS1421
Head HIC-15 414
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.8
Compression (kN) 0.0
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 50
Lateral force (kN) 1.5
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 38
Average deflection (mm) 26
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 3.22
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.43
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 1.2
Acetabulum force (kN) 2.1
Combined force (kN) 3.1
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.7
L-M moment (Nm) 58
A-P moment (Nm) 159

Passenger injury measures

Test ID VTS1421
Head HIC-15 205
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.2
Compression (kN) 0.8
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 41
Lateral force (kN) 1.4
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 32
Average deflection (mm) 27
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 3.24
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.42
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.2
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.7
Combined force (kN) 1.7
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 1.0
L-M moment (Nm) 49
A-P moment (Nm) 185

How the side crash test is conducted

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2013-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2013 Acura ILX 4-door

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 2,879 lbs
Peak force 16,226 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 5.64

How the roof strength test is conducted

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2016-19 models

Seat type: Power leather seats

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
Technical measurements for this test
Seat type Power leather seats
Geometry
Backset (mm) 39
Distance below top of head (mm) 35
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 13.0
Head contact time (ms) 63
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 0
Max neck tension (N) 478

How the head restraint & seat test is conducted

Headlights

Trim level(s)

  • All trims
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was fair on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was fair on the sharp left and both right curves and inadequate on the gradual left curve.

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

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

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • All trims
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Applies to 2017-18 models
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 80.0 m None
Straightaway left edge 50.3 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 61.7 m None
250m radius left curve, left edge 47.0 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 50.2 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 46.6 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 148.0 m
Straightaway left edge 133.0 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 77.1 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 67.7 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 55.8 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 49.8 m

How headlights are evaluated

Front crash prevention

System details

  • Optional Collision Mitigation Braking System

Package name

  • Optional AcuraWatch Plus

Applies to 2016-18 models

Overall evaluation

  • This system meets the requirements for forward collision warning.
  • In the 12 mph IIHS test, impact speed was reduced by 11 mph.
  • In the 25 mph IIHS test, impact speed was reduced by 15 mph.
Superior
Superior
with optional equipment

How front crash prevention is evaluated

Child seat anchors

Applies to 2016-19 models

Overall evaluation
Vehicle trim Premium
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
G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor
Seating positions that rely on borrowed lower anchors or have only a tether anchor available are not rated.
thether anchor symbol
Tether anchor
lower anchor symbol
Lower anchors
shared lower achors symbol
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
not 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
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors
Technical measurements for this test

Seat position 21

3

Lower anchor A
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 4-6
Force (lbs) 26
Clearance angle (degrees) 65
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 2-4
Force (lbs) 34
Clearance angle (degrees) 65
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) 2-4
Force (lbs) 29
Clearance angle (degrees) 60
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 4-6
Force (lbs) 30
Clearance angle (degrees) 60
Tether anchor
Location Rear deck
Confusing hardware present No
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

How child seat anchors are evaluated