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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
'Good,' frontal, side, rear impact; 'good,' roof strength
Five stars Overall
Five stars frontal and side impact
The 2014 Acura RDX already has some great crash-test ratings--as well as a top-notch set of safety equipment.
Front, side, and side-curtain airbags are standard on the RDX, along with anti-lock brakes, stability and traction control, daytime running lights, a backup camera, and a rollover sensor to trigger appropriate airbags. The RDX is missing some of the advanced active-safety features of the larger (and pricier) MDX, however.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has given the RDX a five-star Overall Rating, as well as top five-star scores in frontal and side impact. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has given the RDX top 'good' ratings in all frontal, side, and rear tests, along with roof strength; although it hasn't yet been tested in the new small overlap frontal category.
A solid set of standard equipment and some of the best ratings in this class for safety make the 2014 RDX a secure pick.