The freshly reintroduced 2023 Acura Integra has earned a Top Safety Pick Plus award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, with its strong performance in the agency’s crash tests a return to form for what was previously known as the ILX. The ILX last received an IIHS accolade for 2017.
Integra Embraces Winning Ways
In order for a vehicle to earn a Top Safety Pick Plus Award, it must get a good rating in six crash-test categories: driver-side small overlap front, passenger-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, original side, roof strength and head restraints. It must also earn an advanced or superior rating for its front-crash prevention system in vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian crashes. Top Safety Pick Plus also requires an acceptable or good rating for headlights across all trims (for a Top Safety Pick, only one trim’s headlights requires an acceptable or good rating).
In the Integra’s case, it managed to earn good marks in all six crash tests. This was the nameplate’s first such award, though the ILX last received a Top Safety Pick designation for 2017 and a Top Safety Pick Plus for 2016.
AcuraWatch Puts on Strong Performance
In addition to its sweep of the traditional crash-test categories, the Integra’s AcuraWatch system also managed to get a superior rating thanks to its automatic emergency braking system. AcuraWatch is standard on all Acura models and also comes with adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, rear cross-traffic alert and lane departure steering assist.
The Integra’s strong showing in these tests reflects Acura’s recent efforts to enhance the safety of its production models. It joins the model-year 2022 TLX sedan and model-year 2022-23 MDX and RDX SUVs.
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