The redesigned 2013 Acura RDX aced all of the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety crash tests, earning itself a Top Safety Pick Award.
While it’s not the most exciting news, it’s nice to know that Acura has improved in the safety department with its newest RDX model, outperforming its predecessor significantly on the roof strength test. The previous generation RDX was only able to withstand 2.90 times its weight on the roof before crushing by five inches, while the new RDX had an impressive 5.48 strength-to-weight ratio. This helped earn it the IIHS’ Good rating which requires the roof be able to withstand four times its weight.
Much of the improvement is in the RDX’s new structural enhancements in the roof and side pillars. The addition of the RDX with a Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS now gives Acura’s model lineup an IIHS Top Safety Pick except for the aging RL model. Undoubtedly, the newly redesigned RL will complete Acura’s lineup of full Top Safety Pick models.
BMW’s 2013 3 Series also earned the high safety award, for the same reason. The previous generation only scored an “acceptable” rating, but thanks to a stronger roof the luxury sedan joined the Top Safety Pick Ranks.