2012 Acura RDX Safety

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The 2012 Acura RDX has a good list of safety equipment and a mostly impressive set of safety ratings, although it has one particularly worrisome test score.

The RDX earns top 'good' ratings in frontal and side impact from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), although it achieves only 'marginal' from the agency in the roof strength test, which corresponds to the likelihood of injury in a rollover. The 2012 RDX hasn't been tested in the tougher, revised New Car Assessment Program, the federal government's crash-test program run by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

While the scores aren't perfect, the safety-feature list is pretty respectable. Traction and stability control, anti-lock brakes, active head restraints, and side and curtain airbags and a rearview camera are all included--but you won't find some of the active-safety features, like blind-spot detection or lane-departure warning, that are offered elsewhere in the Acura lineup.

Safety-minded shoppers who value agile handling as much as they do other safety attributes should still consider the 2012 Acura RDX.

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