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2009 Acura RDX

midsize luxury SUV / 4-door SUV

2009 Acura RDX 4-door SUV
2007 Acura RDX shown

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Moderate overlap front
Side
Roof strength
Head restraints & seats

Other available safety features

  • Standard daytime running lights

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.

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2007-12 models

Tested vehicle: 2007 Acura RDX 4-door 4wd

The Acura RDX was introduced in the 2007 model year. 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 VTF0610
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 4
Left (cm) 10
Center (cm) 6
Right (cm) 8
Brake pedal (cm) 3
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 1
Right (cm) -1
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 2
Rearward (cm) -2
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 1

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTF0610
Head
HIC-15 220
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.1
Extension bending moment (Nm) 17
Maximum Nij 0.22
Chest maximum compression (mm) 28
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 0.3
Femur force - right (kN) 1.9
Knee displacement - left (mm) 4
Knee displacement - right (mm) 3
Maximum tibia index - left 0.38
Maximum tibia index - right 0.96
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 1.8
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 4.4
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 77
Right 69

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

Side

Rating applies to 2007-12 models

Tested vehicle: 2007 Acura RDX 4-door 4wd with standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags

The Acura RDX was introduced in the 2007 model year.

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

View of the vehicle and barrier just after the crash test.

View of the vehicle after the crash with doors removed, showing the side airbags and damage to the occupant compartment.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the driver dummy's head was protected from being hit by hard structures by the side curtain airbag.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the rear passenger dummy’s head was protected by the side airbag.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CES0637
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm) -11.5
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.

Driver injury measures

Test ID CES0637
Head HIC-15 167
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.2
Compression (kN) 0.0
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 39
Lateral force (kN) 2.3
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 25
Average deflection (mm) 20
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 2.66
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.35
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 4.4
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.2
Combined force (kN) 5.6
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.6
L-M moment (Nm) 145
A-P moment (Nm) 41

Passenger injury measures

Test ID CES0637
Head HIC-15 391
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.2
Compression (kN) 1.0
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 23
Lateral force (kN) 1.3
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 39
Average deflection (mm) 25
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 3.34
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.63
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.8
Acetabulum force (kN) 2.5
Combined force (kN) 2.9
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.4
L-M moment (Nm) 65
A-P moment (Nm) 24

How the side crash test is conducted

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2007-12 models

Tested vehicle: 2011 Acura RDX 4-door 4wd

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 3,911 lbs
Peak force 11,325 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 2.90

How the roof strength test is conducted

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2009-12 models

Seat type: Power leather seats AHR

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
Technical measurements for this test
Seat type Power leather seats AHR
Geometry
Backset (mm) 34
Distance below top of head (mm) 38
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 11.2
Head contact time (ms) 58
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 11
Max neck tension (N) 228

How the head restraint & seat test is conducted