2013 Acura RDX, BMW 3 Series Earn IIHS Top Safety Pick

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

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.

Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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