2024 Acura TLX

midsize luxury car / 4-door sedan

2024 Acura TLX 4-door sedan

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Small overlap front
Moderate overlap front: original test
Side: original test

Crash avoidance & mitigation

Headlights
Front crash prevention: pedestrian (day)
Standard system
Superior

Seat belts & child restraints

Seat belt reminders
LATCH ease of use
+

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.

Small overlap front

The small overlap front evaluation consists of a driver-side and a passenger-side component. If the results of the two evaluations differ, then the combined small overlap rating is equal to the lower rating.

Driver-side

  • Rating applies to 2021-24 models

Tested vehicle: 2021 Acura TLX 4-door

The Acura TLX was redesigned for the 2021 model year.

Overall driver-side 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 very well.

Although intrusion into the driver's space was minimal, forces on the dummy's right lower leg were high enough to indicate a significant risk of injury.

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.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEN2008
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 1
Footrest (cm) 2
Left toepan (cm) 2
Brake pedal (cm) 2
Parking brake (cm)
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 1
Upper occupant compartment
Steering column 0
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 1
Upper dash (cm) 1
Lower instrument panel (cm) 1

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEN2008
Head
HIC-15 98
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.0
Extension bending moment (Nm) 17
Maximum Nij 0.25
Chest maximum compression (mm)
Femur (kN)
Left 0.9
Right 0.6
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 1
Right 1
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.67
Right 1.18
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 3.3
Right 3.2
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 43
Right 75

Passenger-side

  • Rating applies to 2021-24 models

Tested vehicle: 2021 Acura TLX Advance 4-door

The Acura TLX was redesigned for the 2021 model year. Passenger-side small overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test of a 2021 Acura TLX conducted by Honda as part of frontal crash test verification.

Overall passenger-side evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Passenger restraints and dummy kinematics
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on passenger side

Test ID VTP2018
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 4
Footrest (cm) 3
Right toepan (cm) 4
Center toepan (cm) 3
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 1
Upper occupant compartment
Center dash (cm) 2
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 4
Upper dash (cm) 2
Right lower dash (cm) 3

Passenger injury measures

Test ID VTP2018
Head
HIC-15 75
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.1
Extension bending moment (Nm) 24
Maximum Nij 0.29
Chest maximum compression (mm) 17
Femur (kN)
Left 2.3
Right 1.6
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 2
Right 3
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.64
Right 0.49
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 3.2
Right 2.8
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 49
Right 71

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTP2018
Head
HIC-15 85
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.7
Extension bending moment (Nm) 18
Maximum Nij 0.30
Chest maximum compression (mm) 22
Femur (kN)
Left 0.1
Right 0.6
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 2
Right 1
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.30
Right 0.48
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 0.5
Right 1.6
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 29
Right 44

How the small overlap front test is conducted

Moderate overlap front: original test

Rating applies to 2021-24 models

Tested vehicle: 2021 Acura TLX Advance 4-door 4wd

The Acura TLX was redesigned for the 2021 model year. Moderate overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test of a 2021 Acura TLX 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 VTF2015
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 3
Left (cm) 6
Center (cm) 8
Right (cm) 4
Brake pedal (cm) 7
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 0
Right (cm) 0
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) -2
Rearward (cm) -5
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 0

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTF2015
Head
HIC-15 165
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.7
Extension bending moment (Nm) 8
Maximum Nij 0.24
Chest maximum compression (mm) 21
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 0.5
Femur force - right (kN) 1.6
Knee displacement - left (mm) 1
Knee displacement - right (mm) 1
Maximum tibia index - left 0.39
Maximum tibia index - right 0.80
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 1.8
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 3.6
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 53
Right 117

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

Side: original test

Rating applies to 2021-24 models

Tested vehicle: 2021 Acura TLX Tech 4-door 4wd

The Acura TLX was redesigned for the 2021 model year. Side ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test of a 2021 Acura TLX 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 VTS2016
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm) -18.0
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTS2016
Head HIC-15 412
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.0
Compression (kN) 0.1
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 37
Lateral force (kN) 1.5
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 32
Average deflection (mm) 30
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 2.80
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.41
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.8
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.7
Combined force (kN) 2.5
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.5
L-M moment (Nm) 27
A-P moment (Nm) 105

Passenger injury measures

Test ID VTS2016
Head HIC-15 63
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.3
Compression (kN) 0.4
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 24
Lateral force (kN) 1.1
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 21
Average deflection (mm) 18
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 2.53
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.20
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.5
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.2
Combined force (kN) 1.7
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.3
L-M moment (Nm) 27
A-P moment (Nm) 66

How the side crash test is conducted

Headlights

Trim level(s)

  • All trims
Low-beam headlight typeLED projector
High-beam headlight typeLED projector
Curve-adaptive?No
High-beam assist?Yes
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was fair on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was good on both right curves, fair on the sharp left curve and inadequate on the gradual left curve.

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was good on both right curves and fair on both left curves.

High-beam assist compensates for some limitations of this vehicle's low beams on the straightaway and on both left curves.

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • All trims
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Applies to 2021-24 models
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 88.9 m None
Straightaway left edge 51.2 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 81.9 m None
250m radius left curve, right edge 43.6 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 69.4 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 47.9 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 150.5 m
Straightaway left edge 152.3 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 87.0 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 74.2 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 68.8 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 56.1 m

How headlights are evaluated

Front crash prevention: pedestrian (day)

System details

  • standard Collision Mitigation Braking System

Overall evaluation

This rating applies to all 2021-24 models

Superior
Superior

Crossing child

  • In the 12 mph test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
  • In the 25 mph test, impact speed was reduced by 23 mph.

Crossing adult

  • In the 12 mph test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
  • In the 25 mph test, this vehicle avoided a collision.

Parallel adult

  • In the 25 mph test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
  • In the 37 mph test, impact speed was reduced by 31 mph. A warning was issued 2.2 seconds before impact.

Seat belt reminders

Rating applies to 2024 models

Overall evaluation
Front row
Unbelted occupant alert (audible & visual)
Initiation time
DurationLong enough (90+ seconds)
Volume
Audio frequency
Second row
Startup status alert (visual)
Initiation time
Duration at least 60 seconds
Belt disengaged alert (audible & visual)
Initiation time
Duration at least 30 seconds
Volume
Audio frequency
Technical measurements for this test
Background cabin sound pressure level at 24 km/h 52 dB
Audible signal sound pressure level at 24 km/h 74 dB
Difference between background and signal 22.1 dB
Background cabin sound pressure level at 40 km/h 55 dB
Audible signal sound pressure level at 40 km/h 74 dB
Difference between background and signal 19.3 dB
Dominant audio frequency 800 Hz

How seat belt reminders are evaluated

Child seat anchors

Rating applies to 2021-24 models

Overall evaluation
+
extra LATCH positions
Vehicle trim
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 and the ability to borrow lower anchors from the other seating positions.

Note: When anchors are borrowed, they aren't available to use in their designated positions.

Overall evaluation
+
extra LATCH positions
Vehicle trim
Seat type leather
1 2 3
GGood
AAcceptable
MMarginal
PPoor
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
not too deep in seat
not 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
Can be borrowed from 1 and 3
3
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
not too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors
Technical measurements for this test

Seat position 21

3

Lower anchor A
Open access rated Yes
Depth Visible
Force (lbs) 0
Clearance angle (degrees) 81
Lower anchor B
Open access rated Yes
Depth Visible
Force (lbs) 0
Clearance angle (degrees) 84
Tether anchor
Location Rear deck
Confusing hardware present No
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

Seat position 22

2

Lower anchor A
Lower latch is shared for this seat position
Lower anchor B
Lower latch is shared for this seat position
Tether anchor
Location Rear deck
Confusing hardware present No
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

Seat position 23

1

Lower anchor A
Open access rated Yes
Depth Visible
Force (lbs) 0
Clearance angle (degrees) 80
Lower anchor B
Open access rated Yes
Depth Visible
Force (lbs) 0
Clearance angle (degrees) 77
Tether anchor
Location Rear deck
Confusing hardware present No
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

How child seat anchors are evaluated

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