Considering results just released from the federal government, the 2016 Acura RLX is looking like one of the safest bets you could make on a full-size luxury sedan.
In federal New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) testing, conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, (NHTSA), the 2016 RLX earned perfect five-star scores in Frontal Crash and Side Crash tests, as well as all subcategories. It also earned a top five-star result in the rollover test, which consists of static and dynamic components.
That’s not all. The RLX has also earned top ‘good’ results from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in every one of its dynamic crash-test categories—including the small overlap front test. And it has an ‘advanced’ rating in front crash prevention when equipped with the optional Collision Mitigation Brake System, as part of the Advance Package. That operates in conjunction with the RLX’s standard Forward Collision Warning system.
The new federal results apply to the 2015 Acura RLX and 2016 Acura RLX, in its front-wheel-drive form as well as the RLX Sport Hybrid.
For 2016, Acura has underscored the RLX’s flagship status by making the navigation system standard, while the Technology and Advance packages remain step-ups. This year the RLX also includes the AcuraWatch suite of active-safety features—now expanded to include Road Departure Mitigation and a Cross Traffic Monitor—and its suspension has been retuned for a reduction in harshness and better tracking. Remote Start is also now offered as part of the top Advance Package.
See our full review of the 2015 Acura RLX for more information.