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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
'Good,' frontal, side, and rear impact; 'good,' roof strength; 'good,' small overlap frontal
Top Safety Pick+
Five stars overall; five stars frontal; five stars side impact
The 2014 Acura MDX has an entirely new body structure, and based on all the information we see so far, it looks like Acura has made what was already a top safety pick even better.
The MDX has already earned top 'good' ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)—including the Top Safety Pick+ accolade—as well as top five-star scores from the federal government in frontal and side impact (and overall).MDX models with the Technology Package add Lane Departure Warning (LDW), which will warn you when you're straying out of your travel lane, and Forward Collision Warning (FCW). Which warns you of a rapid closing distance on a vehicle or barrier ahead.
In addition to the full roster of airbags, a driver knee airbag has been added for 2014. A Wide View Camera system is included on all models, and a Blind Spot Information system is included in all models but the base MDX. Our only wish is that Acura had reached into the Honda parts bin and also thrown in the excellent LaneWatch system from the Honda Accord.
Advance Entertainment models also have Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS), which will provide a gentle, proactive nudge to the steering to help you stay in your intended lane.
An all-new structure, more airbags, and active features that help keep you safe and sound all add up to one of the safest vehicles in an already very safety-conscious class.