Acura MDX earns Top Safety Pick Plus rating for fourth consecutive year
August 13 2019, Trevor Hofmann, Canadian Auto Press
Acura one of few manufacturers to get coveted "Plus" rating for its SUV lineup
It should hardly come as a surprise to hear that Acura's recently updated 2017 MDX received the highest possible safety rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), as the MDX earned Top Safety Pick Plus status for its three previous years.
If it was an easy feat then all of the MDX' competitors would have done likewise, but only two of its 16 mid-size rivals measured up, the Mercedes-Benz GLE and Lexus RX. That makes the MDX one of Canada's safest luxury SUVs, while the smaller RDX utility also achieved a Top Safety Pick Plus rating, and Acura's ILX compact sedan and flagship RLX luxury sedan managed Top Safety Pick ratings.
AcuraWatch technologies the key to highest "Plus" rating
The impressive IIHS safety score came thanks to the Japanese brand's advanced AcuraWatch suite of active safety and driver-assistive technologies that comes standard with every 2017 MDX and RDX model. AcuraWatch includes Collision Mitigation Braking with Forward Collision Warning, Road Departure Mitigation with Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, and Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow.
AcuraWatch has been deployed on more than 70,000 cars and SUVs since its inception, but Acura has even bigger plans for the safety suite moving forward. During November's 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show the brand announced it would eventually make AcuraWatch standard equipment with all of its core models, also adding that it would add Traffic Jam Assist to the package in certain models next year.
Standard multi-angle rearview camera enhances safety all-round
Also important for safety, every new Acura model comes standard with a multi-angle rearview camera, while the premium auto sector's usual assortment of standard safety features is also included across the line.
"Safety is a critically important factor in our customers' purchasing decisions, especially for family-oriented models like the MDX and RDX SUVs," said Craig Stewart, General Sales Manager at Dilawri Group's North Shore Acura. "The ability to avoid a potential accident with standard AcuraWatch active safety and driver-assist technologies, which are all backed up by a full assortment of airbags and Acura's ultra-strong Advance Compatibility Engineering body structure could be lifesaving."
Story credits: Trevor Hofmann, Canadian Auto Press
Photo credits: Acura
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