Acura is patting itself on the back, claiming supremacy in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s crash tests. The automaker says it’s the first luxury brand to earn the IIHS’s 2015 top Safety Pick+ Rating across its entire model lineup. The latest two vehicles to take home the prize are actually the 2016 ILK and RDX when equipped with AcuraWatch.
“As the first luxury brand to earn the IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating across its entire model line, Acura continues to champion safety performance as a key luxury attribute,” said Jon Ikeda, vice president and general manager for the Acura Division. “Acura has made the commitment to offer advanced safety performance technologies across our entire lineup, helping all Acura luxury sedans and SUVs earn the top safety rating from IIHS.”
The TOP SAFETY PICK+ ratings for the 2016 Acura ILX and RDX include a top rating of GOOD in all IIHS crash test modes, including a top score of GOOD in the Insurance Institute’s new small overlap front crash test and a top score of SUPERIOR in its front crash protection test.
“We commend Acura for receiving the highest IIHS award designation for all of its vehicles,” said David Zuby, executive vice president and senior research officer for IIHS. “With qualifying crashworthiness ratings, including in the rigorous front small overlap crash test, and an effective front crash prevention system available across the lineup, Acura is one of the leaders in the luxury segment.”
With both models receiving significant enhancements for 2016, the Acura ILX and RDX boast more advanced safety technology than ever before. The AcuraWatch suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies is now available on all Acura models and is standard on the 2016 RDX Advance package and 2016 ILX Tech Plus package. AcuraWatch can help improve the driver’s situational awareness and, in certain circumstances, intervene to help avoid a collision or mitigate its severity.
AcuraWatch includes features like Collision Mitigation Braking System with Forward Collision Warning, Lane Keeping Assist System, Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Departure Warning.. These systems use sensor fusion technology that combines a windshield-mounted monocular camera and front grille-mounted millimeter wave radar system. Acura says they provide enhanced sensing with the ability to identify and anticipate multiple collision scenarios, including those involving a pedestrian. When the system detects collision or road departure, it can initiate warnings and, in certain instances, initiate emergency braking and steering.
For more info on the IIHS crash tests head to its website.