2022 Acura MDX Earns Highest Safety Award

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, Automotive Editor - May 6, 2021

The 2022 Acura MDX becomes the latest vehicle to earn the highest safety award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). In the organization’s testing, the MDX earned a perfect score, representing an improvement over the previous generation.

In the IIHS’ crash tests, the MDX earned a rating of “Good” in all six crash tests. The midsize SUV comes with LED headlights as standard that earned a rating of “Good,” while the front crash prevention system earned “Superior” ratings in both vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian tests. The 2022 MDX’s child seat anchors were found to be “Good+,” the highest score possible.

Seeing the 2022 MDX earn the Top Safety Pick+ award from the IIHS is surprising. Usually, all-new vehicles tend to do poorly in the IIHS’ testing and automakers are then forced to update their vehicles to improve their score. This is a refreshing surprise.

The 2022 MDX’s score is an improvement over the previous generation’s. The 2019 MDX earned a rating of “Good” in five crash tests, came with “Acceptable” rated headlights, and had a standard front crash prevention system that earned a rating of “Superior.” That was good enough to be named a Top Safety Pick. The 2020 model year was not put through all of the IIHS’ crash tests, so it did not earn an award.

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In addition to getting the IIHS’ highest safety award, the 2022 MDX also comes with more safety features than the previous generation. Every MDX comes with automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, traffic sign recognition, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, and adaptive cruise control as standard. A head-up warning display, a surround-view camera, parking sensors, and reverse automatic braking are available. The previous generation of the MDX came with adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and lane keeping assist as standard.

Acura is doing relatively well when it comes to IIHS award winners. The luxury brand has three vehicles – the 2021 TLX, 2021 RDX, and 2022 MDX – that have won an award. All of the vehicles, are Top Safety Pick+ award winners. Volvo has a total of 15 award winners, though the IIHS counts the automaker’s electrified offerings as separate vehicles, Mercedes has four winners, BMW has one award, Audi has 10 awards, and Genesis has three award-winning vehicles.

Compared to other midsize luxury SUVs, the Cadillac XT6, Genesis GV80, Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class, and Volvo XC90 are also Top Safety Pick+ award winners. The Lexus RX and Lincoln Aviator are the only Top Safety Pick vehicles.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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