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2019 Acura RDX

midsize luxury SUV / 4-door SUV

Award applies only to vehicles with specific headlights

2019 Acura RDX 4-door SUV

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Small overlap front: driver-side
Small overlap front: passenger-side
Moderate overlap front
Side
Roof strength
Head restraints & seats

Crash avoidance & mitigation

Headlights (varies by trim/option)
Front crash prevention
Standard system
Superior

Child seat anchors

LATCH ease of use
+

Other available safety features

  • Standard daytime running lights
  • Optional blind spot detection
  • Standard lane departure warning
  • Standard lane departure prevention

Key

  • G
    Good
  • A
    Acceptable
  • M
    Marginal
  • P
    Poor
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

Some ratings use a scale of Poor to Good. Others range from Basic to Superior.

Small overlap front: driver-side

Rating applies to 2019-20 models

Tested vehicle: 2019 Acura RDX Advance 4-door 4wd

The Acura RDX was redesigned for the 2019 model year. Driver-side small overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Honda as part of frontal crash test verification.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Restraints and dummy kinematics
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTN1804
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 3
Footrest (cm) 3
Left toepan (cm) 1
Brake pedal (cm) 1
Parking brake (cm)
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 1
Upper occupant compartment
Steering column 0
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 1
Upper dash (cm) 2
Lower instrument panel (cm) 1

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTN1804
Head
HIC-15 78
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.8
Extension bending moment (Nm) 20
Maximum Nij 0.15
Chest maximum compression (mm) 23
Femur (kN)
Left 0.6
Right 0.3
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 1
Right 1
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.41
Right 0.36
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 2.4
Right 0.4
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 61
Right 32

How the driver-side small overlap front test is conducted

Small overlap front: passenger-side

Rating applies to 2019-20 models

Tested vehicle: 2019 Acura RDX Advance 4-door 4wd

The Acura RDX was redesigned for the 2019 model year. Passenger-side small overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Honda as part of frontal crash test verification.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Passenger restraints and dummy kinematics
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on passenger side

Test ID VTP1812
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 7
Footrest (cm) 6
Right toepan (cm) 4
Center toepan (cm) 3
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 0
Upper occupant compartment
Center dash (cm) 1
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 5
Upper dash (cm) 3
Right lower dash (cm) 4

Passenger injury measures

Test ID VTP1812
Head
HIC-15 72
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.9
Extension bending moment (Nm) 29
Maximum Nij 0.21
Chest maximum compression (mm) 20
Femur (kN)
Left 1.0
Right 0.8
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 3
Right 2
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.39
Right 0.42
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 1.8
Right 1.7
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 71
Right 38

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTP1812
Head
HIC-15 31
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.6
Extension bending moment (Nm) 18
Maximum Nij 0.12
Chest maximum compression (mm) 24
Femur (kN)
Left 0.3
Right 0.1
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 1
Right 0
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.40
Right 0.21
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 0.8
Right 0.4
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 35
Right 47

How the passenger-side small overlap front test is conducted

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2019-20 models

Tested vehicle: 2019 Acura RDX Advance 4-door 4wd

The Acura RDX was redesigned for the 2019 model year. Moderate overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Honda as part of frontal crash test verification.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Restraints and dummy kinematics
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTF1806
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 3
Left (cm) 8
Center (cm) 5
Right (cm) 6
Brake pedal (cm) 7
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) -1
Right (cm) -1
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 2
Rearward (cm) -5
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 0

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTF1806
Head
HIC-15 125
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.8
Extension bending moment (Nm) 23
Maximum Nij 0.18
Chest maximum compression (mm) 24
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 0.8
Femur force - right (kN) 0.7
Knee displacement - left (mm) 1
Knee displacement - right (mm) 1
Maximum tibia index - left 0.26
Maximum tibia index - right 0.30
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 2.1
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 2.6
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 53
Right 54

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

Side

Rating applies to 2019-20 models

Tested vehicle: 2019 Acura RDX Technology 4-door 4wd

The Acura RDX was redesigned for the 2019 model year. Side ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Honda as part of side crash test verification.

Rating applies to 2019-20 models

Tested vehicle:2019 Acura RDX Technology 4-door 4wd

The Acura RDX was redesigned for the 2019 model year. Side ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Honda as part of side crash test verification.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Driver head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Rear passenger head protection
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTS1806
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm) -14.0
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTS1806
Head HIC-15 149
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.3
Compression (kN) 0.2
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 30
Lateral force (kN) 1.3
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 37
Average deflection (mm) 32
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 3.18
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.46
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.9
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.5
Combined force (kN) 2.2
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.2
L-M moment (Nm) 48
A-P moment (Nm) 92

Passenger injury measures

Test ID VTS1806
Head HIC-15 52
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.6
Compression (kN) 0.1
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 18
Lateral force (kN) 1.0
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 27
Average deflection (mm) 13
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 2.96
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.24
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.7
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.1
Combined force (kN) 1.6
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.5
L-M moment (Nm) 49
A-P moment (Nm) 105

How the side crash test is conducted

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2019-20 models

Tested vehicle: 2019 Acura RDX 4-door 4wd

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 3,983 lbs
Peak force 21,332 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 5.36

How the roof strength test is conducted

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2019-20 models

Seat type: Power leather seat

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
Technical measurements for this test
Seat type Power leather seat
Geometry
Backset (mm) 20
Distance below top of head (mm) 28
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 12.2
Head contact time (ms) 57
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 0
Max neck tension (N) 293

How the head restraint & seat test is conducted

Front crash prevention

System details

  • Standard Collision Mitigation Braking

Package name

  • Standard Acura Watch

Applies to 2019-20 models

Overall evaluation

  • This system meets the requirements for forward collision warning.
  • In the 12 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
  • In the 25 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
Superior
Superior

How front crash prevention is evaluated

Headlights

Ratings are given for 2 different headlight variations available on this vehicle.

Trim level(s)

  • Standard trim
  • Technology trim
  • A-Spec trim
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler 0 ft 100 ft 200 ft 300 ft 400 ft 500 ft 600 ft Low beams Optimal low-beam illumination High beams Optimal high-beam illumination High-beam assist credit Some glare

Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on the right side of the road and fair on the left side. On curves, visibility was good on the sharp left and both right curves and inadequate on the gradual left curve.

The low beams created some glare.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was good on the sharp left and both right curves and fair on the gradual left curve.

High-beam assist compensates for some limitations of this vehicle's low beams on the straightaway and on both left curves.

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • Standard trim
  • Technology trim
  • A-Spec trim
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Applies to 2019-20 models
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 114.1 m None
Straightaway left edge 52.5 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 80.6 m 8.2 %
250m radius left curve, right edge 49.4 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 66.8 m None
150m radius left curve, right edge 55.1 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 169.4 m
Straightaway left edge 156.8 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 87.9 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 67.6 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 67.9 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 67.2 m

Trim level(s)

  • Advance trim
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? Yes
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler 0 ft 100 ft 200 ft 300 ft 400 ft 500 ft 600 ft Low beams Optimal low-beam illumination High beams Optimal high-beam illumination High-beam assist credit Some glare

Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on the right side of the road and fair on the left side. On curves, visibility was good on the sharp left and both right curves and inadequate on the gradual left curve.

The low beams created some glare.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was good in all 4 tests.

High-beam assist compensates for some limitations of this vehicle's low beams on the straightaway and on the gradual left curve.

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • Advance trim
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? Yes
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Applies to 2019-20 models
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 119.3 m 1.6 %
Straightaway left edge 54.8 m 1.6 %
250m radius right curve, right edge 99.1 m 89.7 %
250m radius left curve, right edge 54.4 m 2.7 %
150m radius right curve, right edge 77.1 m 22.5 %
150m radius left curve, left edge 73.9 m 0.7 %
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 179.9 m
Straightaway left edge 144.4 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 102.0 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 80.8 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 77.2 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 73.5 m

How headlights are evaluated

Child seat anchors

Applies to 2019-20 models

Overall evaluation
+
extra LATCH positions
Vehicle trim base
Seat type leather

This vehicle has 2 rear seating positions with complete child seat attachment (LATCH) hardware.

It has 1 additional seating position with a tether anchor and the ability to borrow lower anchors from the other seating positions.

Note: When anchors are borrowed, they aren't available to use in their designated positions.

1 2 3
G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor
Seating positions that rely on borrowed lower anchors or have only a tether anchor available are not rated.
thether anchor symbol
Tether anchor
lower anchor symbol
Lower anchors
shared lower achors symbol
Lower anchor(s) can be borrowed from adjacent positions(s)
No hardware available

Details by seating position

1
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
not too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors
2
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
Can be borrowed from 1 and 3
3
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
not too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors
Technical measurements for this test

Seat position 21

3

Lower anchor A
Open access rated Yes
Depth Visible
Force (lbs) 0
Clearance angle (degrees) 93
Lower anchor B
Open access rated Yes
Depth Visible
Force (lbs) 0
Clearance angle (degrees) 85
Tether anchor
Location Middle seatback
Confusing hardware present Yes
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
Yes

Seat position 22

2

Lower anchor A
Lower latch is shared for this seat position
Lower anchor B
Lower latch is shared for this seat position
Tether anchor
Location Middle seatback
Confusing hardware present Yes
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
Yes

Seat position 23

1

Lower anchor A
Open access rated Yes
Depth Visible
Force (lbs) 0
Clearance angle (degrees)
Lower anchor B
Open access rated Yes
Depth Visible
Force (lbs) 21
Clearance angle (degrees)
Tether anchor
Location Middle seatback
Confusing hardware present Yes
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
Yes

How child seat anchors are evaluated