2003 Acura MDX

midsize luxury SUV / 4-door SUV

2003 Acura MDX 4-door SUV
2001 Acura MDX shown


Rating overview
Moderate overlap front: original test
Head restraints & seats


  • G
  • A
  • M
  • P
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

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

Moderate overlap front: original test

Rating applies to 2001-06 models

Tested vehicle: 2001 Acura MDX 4-door 4wd

The Acura MDX was introduced in the 2001 model year.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics

Action shot taken during the frontal offset crash test.

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

Dummy movement was well controlled. During rebound, the dummy's head hit only the head restraint, as indicated by smeared greasepaint.

Intrusion into the driver's space was minimal to moderate, and all leg and foot injury measures were low.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEF0113
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 9
Left (cm) 20
Center (cm) 22
Right (cm) 15
Brake pedal (cm) 17
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 1
Right (cm) 1
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 7
Rearward (cm) 1
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 0

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEF0113
HIC-15 238
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Tension (kN) 1.3
Extension bending moment (Nm) 21
Maximum Nij 0.27
Chest maximum compression (mm) 32
Femur force - left (kN) 2.2
Femur force - right (kN) 0.7
Knee displacement - left (mm) 0
Knee displacement - right (mm) 2
Maximum tibia index - left 0.27
Maximum tibia index - right 0.38
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 0.7
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 2.5
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 37
Right 66

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

Head restraints & seats

Seat type: All seats

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
Technical measurements for this test
Seat type All seats
Backset (mm) 55
Distance below top of head (mm) 50
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Fail
Max T1 acceleration (g) 10.5
Head contact time (ms) 118
Force rating 3
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 243
Max neck tension (N) 828

How the head restraint & seat test is conducted
Currently, IIHS tests apply only to front seats.

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