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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
'Good,' frontal offset test; 'good,' side impact test; 'good,' roof strength; 'good,' rear impact; Top Safety Pick
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outside mirrors are 'on the small side'
Even though the 2013 Acura TSX is a step smaller than the TL sedan, we see it as being just as strong of a pick for safety-minded shoppers. Although the TSX's feature list is missing some of the active-safety options that are becoming expected in a luxury-brand vehicle.
While the TSX has earned top 'good' results in Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) crash tests, as well as the IIHS Top Safety Pick designation in prior model years, the TSX hasn't been tested in recent years by the federal government.
The TSX includes all the expected standard safety features in this class--including active front-seat headrests--but it's missing some of the advanced safety-tech options like a blind-spot warning system or active cruise control. A rear-view camera system is available though, and some drivers might benefit from it, although overall outward visibility is reasonably good.
The 2013 Acura TSX has reassuring ratings, but its features and options lists lack active-safety extras.