2016 Acura TLX

midsize luxury car / 4-door sedan

2016 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

Headlights (varies by trim/option)
Front crash prevention
Optional system
Superior
Optional system
Basic

Child seat anchors

LATCH ease of use

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 models

Tested vehicle: 2016 Acura TLX 3.5L 4-door
The Acura TLX was introduced in the 2015 model year as a replacement for the discontinued Acura TL and TSX models. Beginning with 2016 models, the front door hinge pillar was reinforced with the intent of improving occupant protection in small overlap frontal crashes. The change, however, wasn't enough to improve the TLX's performance in the small overlap test.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Restraints and dummy kinematics
The dummy’s head contacted the frontal airbag but almost slid off the left side, leaving the head vulnerable to contact with forward structure. Additionally, the seat belt allowed excessive forward excursion of the dummy’s head and torso. The side curtain airbag deployed and has sufficient forward coverage to protect the head from contact with side structure and outside objects. The side torso airbag also deployed.

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 wasn't maintained well.

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

The dummy’s head contacted the frontal airbag but then moved off to the left and into the gap between the frontal and side curtain airbags.

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
Injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Restraints and dummy kinematics

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
Head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Head protection

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

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2015-20 models

Seat type: Power leather seat

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry

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

Headlights

Trim level(s)

  • All trims
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating

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

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

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

How headlights are evaluated

Child seat anchors

Applies to 2016-20 models

Overall evaluation
Vehicle trim 3.5L
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
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
too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors

How child seat anchors are evaluated