2014 Acura MDX and RDX Earn Top NHTSA Crash Scores

Sami Haj-Assaad
by Sami Haj-Assaad

While other automakers are struggling to meet standards set by new crash tests, Honda and Acura are putting out winners, at least according to the latest round of NHTSA crash testing.

Acura proudly announced today that its two crossovers scored a 5-star overall vehicle score by NHTSA, thanks to impressive performance in both front and side impact tests. While both impact tests resulted in a five-star rating, the cars also scored an acceptable four-star rating for rollover resistance.

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With these top scores from NHTSA, Acura expects its cars to get the top “good” rating from the IIHS in the recently introduced frontal overlap crash test, a score that few automakers are seeing. As a result the brand also believes the MDX will earn the prized “Top Safety Pick+” rating from the IIHS and thinks the RDX is good for a “Top Safety Pick” as well.

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This marks a bit of a streak for the Japanese automaker, as its Civic compact and Odyssey minivan both scored top marks recently for crash safety. This recent success should help Honda and Acura win marks with consumers especially after 400,000 vehicles were recalled for faulty air-bag sensors.

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Sami Haj-Assaad
Sami Haj-Assaad

Sami has an unquenchable thirst for car knowledge and has been at AutoGuide for the past six years. He has a degree in journalism and media studies from the University of Guelph-Humber in Toronto and has won multiple journalism awards from the Automotive Journalist Association of Canada. Sami is also on the jury for the World Car Awards.

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