The 2011 Acura MDX has new safety ratings for the new model year, but unlike many other vehicles, it's maintained a class-leading score from both agencies.
The MDX picks up five stars overall from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA, with a four-star rating for front-impact and rollover protection, and a five-star rating for side-impact protection.
Though it's no longer a Top Safety Pick, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the insurance industry-funded group still gives the MDX its "good" rating for front and side impacts.
The MDX comes with standard dual front, side and curtain airbags; all-wheel drive; anti-lock brakes, stability, and traction control; active headrests; and a rearview camera. An Advance option package adds on adaptive cruise control, a blind-spot warning system, and a multiple-view rearview camera, but none are available individually--a shame, since we'd opt for the camera and leave behind the bleeps and bloops of the other systems.