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"Good," front- and side-impact protectionIIHS »
Five stars overall; four stars front, five stars side, four stars rollover protectionNHTSA »
Roof pillars hinder visibility to some anglesConsumer Guide »
These crash-test performances are among the best in the MDX's classEdmunds »
SAFETY | 8 out of 10
"Good," front- and side-impact protection
Five stars overall; four stars front, five stars side, four stars rollover protection
Roof pillars hinder visibility to some angles
These crash-test performances are among the best in the MDX's class
The 2012 Acura MDX has a great record for safety--including good ratings, an extensive list of safety features, and some high-tech accident-avoidance options.
The MDX has a great record for safety, and it's been a longtime IIHS Top Safety Pick (it's only not for 2012 as it still hasn't been tested for roof strength). In the new, revised federal frontal test, it achieved four out of five stars--plus a five-star rating for side impact.Front, side and curtain airbags; all-wheel drive; anti-lock brakes, stability, and traction control; active headrests; and a rearview camera are all standard in the 2012 MDX. An Advance option package adds on adaptive cruise control, a blind-spot warning system, and a multiple-view rearview camera. The warning systems are among the more invasive that we've tested, though the camera system could be very useful for outward visibility.
The 2012 Acura MDX is one of the safest luxury crossover picks, and you can opt up to several innovative accident-avoidance technologies.