Acura Emphasizes Safety For RDX, TLX

The 2021 Acura RDX and TLX earned the highest possible safety rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Both Acura models qualified for Top Safety Pick+ and earned a top rating of “Good” in all crashworthiness tests. They also received a “Superior”” rating for the Collision Mitigation Braking System--a standard part of the AcuraWatch safety and driver-assistive technology.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety performs annual reviews of vehicles. It is an independent agency focused on reducing injuries and property damage from motor vehicle crashes.

IIHS began its annual evaluations for Top Safety Pick began in the 2006 model year and introduced its Top Safety Pick+ in 2013. Both awards identify the best vehicle choices for safety within size categories during a given year.

All Acura sedans and SUVs feature the AcuraWatch suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies as standard equipment. The suite includes Collision Mitigation Braking System, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow and Road Departure Mitigation.

The 2021 Acura RDX and TLX provide Acura's Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure, designed to enhance occupant protection and crash compatibility in frontal collisions. The design has network of connected structural elements to distribute crash energy more evenly throughout the front of the vehicle.

Acura’s JewelEye LED headlights also helped both models achieve its best-in-class ratings. To receive the 2021 Top Safety Pick+ award, a vehicle must earn good crashworthiness ratings in all test modes.

The vehicle also must offer front crash prevention--a standard feature on RDX and TLX-- and received an advanced or superior rating in both vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian testing. The vehicle also must achieve a “standard good” or “acceptable” rating for headlights.

Acura RDX offers a suite of advanced new technologies such as True Touchpad Interface, a high-mounted 10.2-inch full-HD display. True Touchpad Interface is standard for the line and includes Apple CarPlay compatibility.

Delivering 272 horsepower and 280 lb.-ft. of torque, the Acura RDX features a direct-injected and turbocharged 2.0-liter 16-valve DOHC inline-4-cylinder engine with VTEC valvetrain.

The Acura TLX standard powerplant is a 2.0-liter DOHC, direct injected and turbocharged engine mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. It delivers peak output of 272 horsepower and 280 lb.-ft. of torque.

Like the Acura RDX, The TLX line offers advanced convenience and connectivity technologies. Acura True Touchpad Interface features a high-mounted 10.2-inch HD display and a full-color, 7-inch Multi-Information Display. The TLX also includes 12-way adjustable seats standard for both front-seat occupants.

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