2004 Acura TL

midsize luxury car / 4-door sedan

2004 Acura TL 4-door sedan

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Moderate overlap front
Side
Head restraints & seats

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 2004-08 models

Tested vehicle: 2004 Acura TL 4-door

The Acura TL was redesigned for the 2004 model year. Its base price has increased sufficiently to reclassify it as a midsize luxury car. (The 1999-2003 TL was classified as a midsize moderately priced car.)

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
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 very 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, and forces on the legs and feet were low.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEF0404
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 6
Left (cm) 8
Center (cm) 8
Right (cm) 5
Brake pedal (cm) 4
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 1
Right (cm) 0
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 3
Rearward (cm) -1
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 1

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEF0404
Head
HIC-15 159
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.0
Extension bending moment (Nm) 12
Maximum Nij 0.20
Chest maximum compression (mm) 32
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 0.3
Femur force - right (kN) 1.8
Knee displacement - left (mm) 0
Knee displacement - right (mm) 1
Maximum tibia index - left 0.40
Maximum tibia index - right 0.52
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 1.6
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 2.8
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 62
Right 42

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

Side

Rating applies to 2004-08 models

Tested vehicle: 2004 Acura TL 4-door with standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags

The Acura TL was redesigned for the 2004 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.

Action shot taken during the side impact crash test showing 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 CES0410
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm) -6.5
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.

Driver injury measures

Test ID CES0410
Head HIC-15 461
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.9
Compression (kN) 0.4
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 39
Lateral force (kN) 2.0
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 46
Average deflection (mm) 41
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 5.00
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.95
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 2.7
Acetabulum force (kN) 3.3
Combined force (kN) 5.0
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.9
L-M moment (Nm) 103
A-P moment (Nm) 53

Passenger injury measures

Test ID CES0410
Head HIC-15 251
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.7
Compression (kN) 0.3
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 25
Lateral force (kN) 1.0
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 26
Average deflection (mm) 20
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 4.02
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.41
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.1
Acetabulum force (kN) 0.5
Combined force (kN) 0.5
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 1.9
L-M moment (Nm) 215
A-P moment (Nm) 28

How the side crash 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
Geometry
Backset (mm) 55
Distance below top of head (mm) 42
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 9.5
Head contact time (ms) 106
Force rating 3
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 250
Max neck tension (N) 882

How the head restraint & seat test is conducted