By on May 13, 2021


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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18 Comments on “2022 Acura MDX SUV Insurers’ Top Safety Pick...”

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    >>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.<<

    not really

    high performance is not the opposite of safe

    and vice versa

    accolades to Acura for showing they can go hand in hand

  • avatar

    I prefer to die in Cadillac XT6.

    • 0 avatar

      If this is your intent, best bet is to ride in low-light conditions in a child safety seat (per IIHS):

      • 0 avatar

        So the XT6’s structural performance ratings are derived from the Acadia’s. And I thought the automotive media was being too hard on Cadillac for sourcing the XT6 from its mainstream brethren. . .

      • 0 avatar

        Unfortunately I outgrew child safety seat. But thank you for advice. There is higher chance to die when sitting in front seat than in the back seat.

        • 0 avatar

          Here is *driver* death rate per million registered vehicle years [years not miles]:

          Latest data available is 2017. (Death rate is expressed as confidence interval.) If you insist on dying at the wheel of a “midsize” “luxury SUV” (select the appropriate dropdowns), allow plenty of time [or alternatively, drive very differently than the typical driver of these vehicles].

    • 0 avatar

      Die in the Miata. Easy death.

  • avatar

    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.

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    Michael S6

    “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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