Acura received top safety honors for both of its luxury SUVs today, after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) awarded the 2014 Acura MDX and 2014 Acura RDX with 5-Star scores in its New Car Assessment Program (NCAP). Both vehicles achieved 5-Star scores for frontal and side impact tests, while earning 4-Stars in the rollover resistance test.
The 2014 Acura MDX utilizes a range of standard safety features including Acura’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure, as well as a unique ultra-high strength steel, one-piece front door stiffener ring which reduce weight and improve crash safety. Other features that come standard are load-tensioning front seatbelts, driver’s knee airbag and three-row side-curtain airbags, child seat anchors in the second row, multi-view rear camera, and Acura’s Vehicle Stability Assist system.
Acura’s real accomplishment comes with the available safety features, the full line of which is included with the Advance package. Prospective MDX-buyers will have to pay $55,400 including destination for an Advance-equipped model, but will have access to state-of-the-art driver assistive technologies like collision mitigation braking, forward collision warning, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, blind-spot information system, and adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow capability.
The 2014 Acura RDX employs the same ACE body structure, Vehicle Stability Assist, auto-tensioning front seatbelts, and child seat anchors as the MDX. Additional standard safety highlights include advanced six-airbag system and occupant position detection system for front seats, which determines the height and position of the passenger in the event of a crash, and active front seat and adjustable rear seat head restraints.
New Insurance Institute for Highway Safety ratings, which will feature the stringent small-overlap front crash test, are yet to take place for the 2014 Acura MDX and RDX. Acura engineers are optimistic about the results of the forthcoming tests, but we’ll let you know the specifics once they actually take place. The 2013 MDX and RDX were named Top Safety Picks by the IIHS.