2019 Acura RDX Named Top Safety Pick Plus

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, Automotive Editor - August 10, 2018

Earlier this year, Acura rolled out a redesigned RDX SUV. But this wasn’t just a new front fascia and fancy wheels. Acura put the RDX on an entirely new and improved platform, which qualified it for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Top Safety Pick Plus award. The new underpinnings strengthen the vehicle for the IIHS' bevy of crash tests. The 2019 Acura RDX earned the award thanks to its "Good" crash test rating and "Good" headlights.

According to IIHS, a vehicle must earn “Good” ratings in several crash test categories to be named a Top Safety Pick Plus, including the front driver-side small overlap, moderate front overlap, side, roof strength, and head restraint. The vehicle must also earn an “Acceptable" or “Good” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap test. Also required is front crash prevention technology that earns an advanced or superior rating along with good-rated headlights available.

The RDX earned a “Good” rating in all of the crash test categories, including the challenging passenger-side small overlap front crash test. The base RDX headlights were rated “Good” while the curve-adaptive headlights earned an “Acceptable” rating. The SUV’s standard front crash prevention system avoided a 12 to 25 mph crash.

The redesigned 2019 RDX is packed with other optional safety technology and comfort features. It's powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 272 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque.

, Automotive Editor

Anthony Alaniz is an award-winning journalist living in southeast Michigan. His professional writing career spans nearly a decade, ranging from writing for the local newspaper to Autoweek and Motor1. When he's not writing about cars, he covers the horror film genre at Modernhorrors.com.

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