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SAFETY | 10 out of 10
Five stars, frontal impact; five stars, side impact
Good, frontal offset test; good, side impact test
Incorporates Acura's Advanced Compatibility Engineering body technology
The 2009 Acura TSX is, to put it simply, an excellent performer in the safety category. Whether in regard to crash tests or safety features, the 2009 Acura TSX doesn't disappoint.
Both National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) crash tests show that the Acura TSX is remarkably good at keeping its occupants protected during a collision. For 2009, Acura has earned the NHTSA's highest rating for the TSX, a full five stars, in front and side impact tests for both passengers and drivers. The IIHS also gives the Acura TSX its highest rating, "good," for both frontal offset and side impact tests. Furthermore, the IIHS was so impressed with the Acura TSX's survivability that it awarded the 2009 Acura TSX a Top Safety Pick. Much of the credit for these test ratings should go to the fact that the TSX "incorporates Acura's Advanced Compatibility Engineering body technology," which, according to Cars.com, makes sure the "car's crumple zones are fully utilized."
Aside from superlative crash-test ratings, reviews read by TheCarConnection.com show that the 2009 Acura TSX also offers a typical assortment of standard safety gear. Edmunds lists the standard gear on this 2009 Acura as including "antilock brakes with brake assist, stability control, traction control, front seat side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags." Cars.com adds that other noteworthy safety features include "active head restraints for the front seats" and "a backup camera" that comes with the "optional navigation system." It might be worth opting for the nav feature; ConsumerGuide reports that while "visibility is good all around...the outside mirrors are on the small side."
The 2009 Acura TSX boasts the best possible crash-test ratings, but it would be nice to see that backup camera come standard.