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SAFETY | 10 out of 10
Five stars, front and side impacts; four stars, rollover resistance
excellent crash test scores
Reviewers find very little to complain about when it comes to the 2008 Acura RDX's ability to keeps its occupants safe.
Cars.com applauds the safety ratings in this Acura; 2008’s RDX earns “the top rating of Good in both frontal and side-impact crash tests" performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety--a feat that also earns the RDX IIHS’s Top Safety Pick honor.
Edmunds agrees that the Acura 2008 RDX is "very crash-worthy," with a host of standard safety features such as "front-seat side airbags, head-protecting side curtain airbags with a rollover sensor, active front head restraints, anti-lock brakes with brake assist, stability control and traction control." Kelley Blue Book notes that "child door locks" and an "engine immobilizer" are also standard.
ForbesAuto calls attention to design features of the Acura 2008 RDX that improve safety: "The hood is specially designed with collapsible hinges" and "breakaway windshield wiper pivots...lessen pedestrian injury during a crash."
ConsumerGuide mentions that there are "no factory options" related to safety, such as lane-departure warning systems or blind-spot detection systems—features becoming more common on high-end vehicles.
The Acura 2008 RDX earns top safety scores.