The 2014 Acura MDX three-row crossover and 2014 Acura RDX compact crossover have been awarded a five-star overall crash test rating—the top overall score—from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), based on recent tests.
The results are based on crash tests that are part of the NHTSA’s New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) and the overall score represents a composite of scores from frontal, side-impact and rollover crash tests.
Both the 2014 Acura MDS and RDX have already earned Top Safety Pick status from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), although neither has been tested in the new small overlap frontal test. If they achieve the top “Good” rating in that test, they’ll be the top rated (or tied for top-rated) for crash-test results in their respective classes.
2014 Acura MDX
With an all-new body structure, the 2014 Acura MDX was expected to achieve the NHTSA overall five-star crash test rating. All MDX models include a full roster of airbags, plus a driver knee airbag that’s new for 2014. Other standard safety equipment includes a Wide View Camera and Blind Spot Information System on all but the base model.
MDX models with the optional Technology package get the Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Forward Collision Warning (FCW) advance active-safety systems. With the Advanced Entertainment package, the MDX also includes Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS).
2014 Acura RDX
Standard safety equipment in the 2014 Acura RDX includes front, side, and side-curtain airbags, as well as antilock brakes, stability and traction control, daytime running lights, a backup camera and a rollover sensor to trigger appropriate airbags.
What the RDX is missing, however, are the advanced active-safety features of the larger and more expensive MDX.