2019 Acura RDX Earns 5-Star Safety Rating in NHTSA Crash Tests

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has awarded Acura’s redesigned 2019 RDX a five-star overall safety rating following crash-testing of the compact SUV. Acura can add this to the list of the RDX’s accolades along with its Top Safety Pick Plus award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

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NHTSA tests vehicles in three separate crash types: frontal, side and rollover. The RDX — in both front- and all-wheel-drive configurations — scored four stars in the front and rollover crash tests, and five stars in the side-crash test.

NHTSA also considers whether a vehicle is available with three safety features: forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking and lane departure warning. The RDX comes standard with all three and also includes dynamic brake support as standard equipment. Dynamic brake support is a fancy way of saying a vehicle will apply additional braking force automatically if it determines the driver is not braking hard enough to avoid a collision.

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The RDX joins other Acuras like the TLX sedan, and MDXand MDX Sport Hybrid SUVs as 2019 models with five-star ratings from NHTSA. The NSX has not yet been tested. While one rival, the 2019 BMW X3, has not yet been tested, others like the 2019 Audi Q5 and 2019 Lexus NX 300 are both rated five-stars, as well.’s Editorial department is your source for automotive news and reviews. In line with’s long-standing ethics policy, editors and reviewers don’t accept gifts or free trips from automakers. The Editorial department is independent of’s advertising, sales and sponsored content departments.



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