2022 Acura MDX SUV Insurers' Top Safety Pick

Jason R. Sakurai
by Jason R. Sakurai
2022 acura mdx suv insurers top safety pick

The 2022 Acura MDX SUV’s Top Safety Pick (TSP) from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety runs counter to all the racing around done in Acura’s commercials. The MDX is the automaker’s third vehicle to receive the IIHS’s highest safety rating, along with the RDX and TLX.

Rated tops for crashworthiness, the MDX was superior in collision-mitigating braking systems, and standard for headlights. MDX has the same safety and driver-assistive technology found on all Acura sedans and SUVs.

Adaptive cruise control is paired with road-departure alleviation, for those ever-so-brief moments when you nod off behind the wheel.

In the event you do go off-roading unintentionally, the Acura MDX SUV’s advanced body structure has the nod from the IIHS for its occupant protection and ability to spread the crash energy. Having had the misfortune of paying for a 5-mile-per-hour frontal collision a few years ago, the ability to spread crash energy has nothing to do with the cost of replacing the front fascia.

Acura’s LED headlights received best-in-class ratings to go along with the TSP designation. Crashworthiness is the big deal, as the vehicle needs to hold up in every test thrown at it, including crashing into the passenger side. The IIHS should consider repair costs, as in what it takes to fix the damage.

TSP front crash protection must be up to advanced or superior standards, for both SUV-to-SUV, or vehicle-to-pedestrian. Thinking about this last test, do they use a crash test dummy? Running into a pedestrian, the MDX’s condition would not be a concern.

MullenLowe, the ad agency who coined Acura’s current tagline, “Less talk. More drive.” must find the IIHS’s endorsement somewhat amusing as it goes against the high-performing imagery they’re putting out there. Seems the agency thought the public had forgotten about Acura, and it was important to wake them up.

[Images: Acura]

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  • 28-Cars-Later 28-Cars-Later on May 14, 2021

    This is news? Oh and that interior isn't looking too good in whorehouse red and black. Really does resemble some one off MY trim in a late 80s Cadillac.

  • Michael S6 Michael S6 on May 14, 2021

    "The IIHS should consider repair costs, as in what it takes to fix the damage." The issue here is safety of passengers and not repair cost. The more energy the car absorbs during the crush the less energy the passengers absorb. The cost of fixing people (or disabling them) is exponentially higher than fixing or totaling a car. I do agree though that a car should not sustain major damage in 5 mile collision.

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    • Speedlaw Speedlaw on May 15, 2021

      @Urlik Well, experience with a current Active Headlamp System has shown me that US headlight regs are still in the past...headlights are an afterthought for most cars in the US....but outside the US, there's some radical technology in use.

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