Federal and independent testers think highly of the 2018 Acura MDX—and we agree. A lone four-star score from federal regulators keeps it from acing our safety scale. It earns a 9 out of 10 for safety. (Read more about how we rate cars.)
About those scores from federal safety officials: they’re stellar. The MDX earned a five-star overall score, including top scores in front- and side-impact crash safety.
The insurance industry-funded IIHS agreed, giving the MDX a Top Safety Pick+ nod. It earned top “Good” scores in every category, including a “Superior” rating for front-crash prevention that’s standard on all models. Its lone blemish is an “Acceptable” rating for its headlights, which are standard on every MDX.
Very few cars on the road today have better safety records than the MDX.
All Acura MDX crossovers leaving dealer lots are equipped with LED headlights, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning with active lane control, and adaptive cruise control.
Opting for the Technology package adds blind-spot monitors with rear cross-traffic alert. Advance package adds to that a surround-view camera system.
Primary safety equipment includes a full complement of airbags for all passengers, stability and traction control systems, and automatic headlights.