There’s no doubt that the 2015 Acura TLX is safe, considering the midsize sedan has already been named an IIHS Top Safety Pick +. Now, the TLX is also considered a top-rated car by the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration, having just passed the NHTSA’s battery of tests with flying colors and earning a five-star overall vehicle rating.
This includes the frontal crash test, side crash, and rollover tests, all of which the TLX earned five stars.. Its strong performance was aided by Honda’s next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure, which helps distribute crash energy more evenly throughout the car. A host of advanced safety air bags such as the knee airbags also helped the midsize luxury sedan earn top marks.
The TLX is also the first Acura to be equipped with AcuraWatch, which utilizes sensor fusion technology with a radar and camera mounted to the windshield. This helps increase the vehicle’s sensing capabilities, and Acura plans on introducing the safety suite in all of its other models for 2016. AcuraWatch features include forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, low-speed follow, blind spot information, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, rear cross traffic monitor, and a multi-view rear view camera.
The TLX replaces the TSX and TL, and the last time the NHTSA tested the 2014 TSX, the sedan achieved a five star rating in the rollover test, though it was not tested for the other tests. The TLX is an improvement over the TL, as a 2014 model earned four stars in the overall rating, with four stars in the frontal and side crashes, and five in the rollover test.
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