All-New 2019 Acura RDX Wins Top IIHS Safety Award

As if we needed another reason to love the 2019 Acura RDX after our , it has earned the highest possible award and safety ratings of any vehicle in its class from the (IIHS).


The 2019 RDX qualified for TOP SAFETY PICK+ thanks to a top rating of “GOOD” in all crashworthiness tests, standard AcuraWatch active safety technology that earns a superior rating, and available good-rated headlights.

To earn the 2018 TOP SAFETY PICK+ award, a vehicle must earn good ratings in the driver-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests and an acceptable or good rating in the passenger-side small overlap test. It also needs available front crash prevention that earns an advanced or superior rating and available good-rated headlights.

According to the IIHS, “The 2019 Acura RDX excelled in our six crashworthiness evaluations, including the roof strength test. Our testing apparatus applied over 21,000-pounds of force to the RDX’s roof before it crushed 5 inches. That’s more than 5 times the weight of the vehicle.”

2019 Acura RDX Chart
Credit: IIHS

The IIHS rates the RDX’s base headlights as good. The curve-adaptive headlights that come with the Advance trim — the most expensive of four available trim levels — are rated acceptable.

“The 2019 Acura RDX offers the highest level of standard safety and driver-assistance features in its class, so earning class-leading safety ratings is a strong proof point of the technology and design innovation we’re bringing to the game,” said Jon Ikeda, Acura vice president & general manager.

Developed by the company’s U.S. R&D team, the 2019 RDX has the newest generation of Acura’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure, new high-strength steel door stiffener rings, and for the first time, eight airbags, including new driver and front-passenger knee airbags.


The standard AcuraWatch suite of safety and driver-assistance technologies include a Collision Mitigation Braking System, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow, and Road Departure Mitigation. The RDX also features Acura JewelEye LED headlights to help achieve its best-in-class ratings.

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