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2015 Acura TLX

midsize luxury car / 4-door sedan

Award applies only to vehicles with optional front crash prevention

2015 Acura TLX 4-door sedan

Crashworthiness

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

Crash avoidance & mitigation

Front crash prevention
Optional system
Superior
Optional system
Basic

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 2015 models

Tested vehicle: 2015 Acura TLX 3.5L 4-door

The Acura TLX was introduced in the 2015 model year. It is a replacement for the discontinued Acura TL and TSX models.

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 reasonably 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.

Intrusion of the door hinge pillar and instrument panel contributed to a significant risk of injury to the left lower leg.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEN1442
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 17
Footrest (cm) 8
Left toepan (cm) 4
Brake pedal (cm) 5
Parking brake (cm)
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 0
Upper occupant compartment
Steering column 1
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 8
Upper dash (cm) 10
Lower instrument panel (cm) 9

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEN1442
Head
HIC-15 136
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.3
Extension bending moment (Nm) 15
Maximum Nij 0.23
Chest maximum compression (mm) 19
Femur (kN)
Left 3.2
Right 0.7
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 0
Right 1
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 1
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 1.10
Right 0.53
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 4.0
Right 2.5
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 105
Right 58

How the driver-side small overlap front test is conducted

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2015-20 models

Tested vehicle: 2015 Acura TLX 3.5L Technology 4-door

The Acura TLX was introduced in the 2015 model year. It is a replacement for the discontinued Acura TL and TSX models. 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 VTF1405
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 2
Left (cm) 10
Center (cm) 7
Right (cm) 4
Brake pedal (cm) 9
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 0
Right (cm) 0
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) -3
Rearward (cm) 1
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 0

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTF1405
Head
HIC-15 229
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.8
Extension bending moment (Nm) 36
Maximum Nij 0.20
Chest maximum compression (mm) 22
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 0.8
Femur force - right (kN) 0.8
Knee displacement - left (mm) 2
Knee displacement - right (mm) 2
Maximum tibia index - left 0.37
Maximum tibia index - right 0.33
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 2.3
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 2.3
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 52
Right 43

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

Side

Rating applies to 2015-20 models

Tested vehicle: 2015 Acura TLX Advance 4-door with standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags

The Acura TLX was introduced in the 2015 model year. It is a replacement for the discontinued Acura TL and TSX models. 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 VTS1408
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm) -19.0
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTS1408
Head HIC-15 348
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.7
Compression (kN) 0.1
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 38
Lateral force (kN) 1.9
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 36
Average deflection (mm) 26
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 5.00
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.39
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.7
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.3
Combined force (kN) 1.8
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.3
L-M moment (Nm) 109
A-P moment (Nm) 54

Passenger injury measures

Test ID VTS1408
Head HIC-15 177
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.1
Compression (kN) 0.4
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 23
Lateral force (kN) 1.6
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 32
Average deflection (mm) 26
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 3.81
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.45
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.4
Acetabulum force (kN) 0.8
Combined force (kN) 1.1
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.3
L-M moment (Nm) 16
A-P moment (Nm) 119

How the side crash test is conducted

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2015-20 models

Tested vehicle: 2015 Acura TLX 3.5L Advance 4-door

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 3,598 lbs
Peak force 20,412 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 5.67

How the roof strength test is conducted

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2015-20 models

Seat type: Power leather seat

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
Technical measurements for this test
Seat type Power leather seat
Geometry
Backset (mm) 34
Distance below top of head (mm) 32
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 12.4
Head contact time (ms) 60
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 0
Max neck tension (N) 455

How the head restraint & seat test is conducted

Front crash prevention

Ratings are given for 2 different trim variations available on this vehicle.

System details

  • Optional Collision Mitigation Braking System

Package name

  • Optional Advance Package

Applies to 2015-17 models

Overall evaluation

  • This system meets the requirements for forward collision warning.
  • In the 12 mph IIHS test, impact speed was reduced by 10 mph.
  • In the 25 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
Superior
Superior
with optional equipment

System details

  • Optional Forward Collision Warning

Package name

  • Optional Technology Package

Applies to 2015-17 models

Overall evaluation

  • This system meets the requirements for forward collision warning.
  • Autobrake not available.
Basic
Basic
with optional equipment

How front crash prevention is evaluated