All-New 2019 Acura RDX Wins Top IIHS Safety Award

As if we needed another reason to love the 2019 Acura RDX after our recent review, it has earned the highest possible award and safety ratings of any vehicle in its class from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).


The 2019 RDX qualified for TOP SAFETY PICK+ thanks to a top rating of “GOOD” in all crashworthiness tests, standard AcuraWatch active safety technology that earns a superior rating, and available good-rated headlights.

To earn the 2018 TOP SAFETY PICK+ award, a vehicle must earn good ratings in the driver-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests and an acceptable or good rating in the passenger-side small overlap test. It also needs available front crash prevention that earns an advanced or superior rating and available good-rated headlights.

According to the IIHS, “The 2019 Acura RDX excelled in our six crashworthiness evaluations, including the roof strength test. Our testing apparatus applied over 21,000-pounds of force to the RDX’s roof before it crushed 5 inches. That’s more than 5 times the weight of the vehicle.”

2019 Acura RDX Chart
Credit: IIHS

The IIHS rates the RDX’s base headlights as good. The curve-adaptive headlights that come with the Advance trim — the most expensive of four available trim levels — are rated acceptable.

“The 2019 Acura RDX offers the highest level of standard safety and driver-assistance features in its class, so earning class-leading safety ratings is a strong proof point of the technology and design innovation we’re bringing to the game,” said Jon Ikeda, Acura vice president & general manager.

Developed by the company’s U.S. R&D team, the 2019 RDX has the newest generation of Acura’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure, new high-strength steel door stiffener rings, and for the first time, eight airbags, including new driver and front-passenger knee airbags.


The standard AcuraWatch suite of safety and driver-assistance technologies include a Collision Mitigation Braking System, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow, and Road Departure Mitigation. The RDX also features Acura JewelEye LED headlights to help achieve its best-in-class ratings.

If you missed our recent review, you can see it by clicking below:

All-New 2019 Acura RDX Delivers Style, Luxury, Tech, Power, Solid Value

Photo Credit: Acura
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