Acura Safety – In a Class of Its Own

Acura Safety

Safety is one of the most pressing concerns for all auto manufacturers, but Acura prides itself on a line of vehicles that secure top safety ratings year-after-year, model-after-model! Like most luxury vehicles, people tend to dwell on the more flashy features, but Acura believes that safety should be a top priority – and it has been since day one for Acura.

Less than one year after starting its assembly lines, Acura introduced its first vehicle, the Legend Coupe, to come standard with an airbag. This was 11 years before airbags became mandatory in all vehicles. By 1988, the entire Legend line came standard with both airbags and anti-lock brakes.

More recently, in 2009, Acura was the first manufacturer to have every one of its models designated a “Top Safety Pick” by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). In 2010, IIHS raised the bar on its Top Safety Pick requirements, and by the 2012 model year, Acura’s TL, TSX, TSX Sport Wagon and MDX all regained Top Safety Pick status. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Acura was also the first and only luxury brand to receive 5-Star crash safety ratings for all of its models in NHTSA’s New Car Assessment Program’s front and side impact crash tests.

While standards have changed over the years, Acura’s dedication to safety has not. To that end, Acura has developed two levels of safety features for its line of vehicles: Active and Passive. The idea behind the Active safety features is to help drivers avoid accidents before they occur, while the Passive safety features are designed to protect both driver and passengers if a collision does occur.

Acura began with the basics of driving when designing its Active safety system. Starting with precision steering, an enhanced suspension, and anti-lock brakes, and moving on to advanced technologies like headlights that swivel to illuminate curves in the road, and the Collision Mitigation Braking System that gives drivers advanced warning of a possible impact situation while braking automatically if impact is imminent, these vehicles are made to prevent accidents. Finally, Acura offers navigation systems with voice recognition and Bluetooth integrations to help eliminate distractions while driving.

Acura’s Passive safety features utilize a wide range of safety technologies starting with the structure of the vehicles themselves. Each model since 2005 is built with Acura’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE)™ and unit-body construction, both of which are engineered to help absorb crash energy and offer protection to the driver and passengers in the cabin. Acura also offers advanced dual-stage, multiple-threshold front air bags, front side air bags, and side curtain air bags on most models with the passenger-side Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS) to help keep you safe and secure when collision becomes unavoidable. Finally, all Acura models come equipped with breakaway steering columns and many models use front-seat-active head restraints that use the force of the occupants’ body to position the head restraint forward and upward in a rear-end collision in order to help reduce the likelihood of neck injuries.

To Acura, safety is not just another feature to be added in for the right price, but rather a proven commitment to protecting drivers in the event of an accident. For more than two decades, Acura safety engineers have worked tirelessly to improve and advance safety components built into every model, every year.

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Choosing the Right Acura for Your Lifestyle

Choosing an Acura

Which Acura is right for you?

Acura offers an extensive line of vehicles to fit a number of different consumer needs. Whether you’re looking for a reliable family vehicle, a high-quality SUV or a luxury supercar, Acura’s line has something for everyone!

Entry-Level Luxury Vehicles:

The Acura ILX, TSX and TSX Sport Wagon are all great and affordable entry-level luxury vehicles. Whether you’re looking to get into you first luxury car or trying to save a little money, these are great introductory Acuras.

The ILX, which is geared toward younger car owners, is a compact sedan that debuted in the 2013 model year and is available in both base trim level and hybrid. The base model features a 150 horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 40 pound-feet of torque and a five-speed automatic transmission, while the hybrid model has a 1.5-liter four-cylinder working in concert with an electric motor for a total of 111 hp and 127 lb-ft. The latter employs a continuously-variable automatic transmission (CVT).

The TSX and TSX Sport Wagon, which are both a little larger, feature a 201-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder i-VTEC engine and comes standard with a 5-speed Sequential SportShift automatic transmission or with an optional 6-speed manual transmission. Buyers also have the option to upgrade to a 280-horsepower, 3.5-liter VTEC V6 engine, which is only available with the Sequential SportShift automatic transmission.

Mid-level Luxury SUV Crossovers:

For consumers with families and kids looking for a little luxury, the RDX and the ZDX – Acura’s mid-level SUV Crossovers – are a perfect balance between performance and pleasure.

The RDX is a crossover for those looking to have the performance of a luxury vehicle with the space and cargo room of an SUV. Featuring a 273 horsepower, 3.5-liter VTEC V6 engine with a six-speed automatic transmission, the also boasts a total of 71 cubic feet of interior space. The simple, lighter all-wheel-drive setup helps keep the RDX agile on the road.

The 300-horsepower ZDX is a vehicle that blurs the lines between sports coupe, sedan and SUV in a seamless fashion that provides the driver with the best features of all three. From the sleek silhouette to the powerful 3.7 liter VTEC V6 engine, this crossover sports an EPA-estimated 23-MPG highway rating and a 6-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. The Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD®), 4-wheel independent suspension and torque-sensing variable power-assist steering all work in conjunction to make the ZDX one of the smoothest riding crossovers on the road today.

Top-of-the-Line Luxury:

Finally, for those looking for the best of the best in luxury from Acura, look no further than the all-new, reinvented RLX.

The 2014 RLX base model will feature a direct-injection 3.5-liter SOHC i-VTEC V6 engine with variable cylinder management. The front-wheel-drive engine will boast a whopping 310-horsepower and 272-pound-feet of torque, while giving drivers an expected EPS fuel economy of 20 miles-per-gallon (MPG) city and 31 MPG highway. TheSport Hybrid model will feature the same 3.5-liter V6 engine, but will incorporate dual electric motors integrated into an all-wheel-drive system that will distribute additional power to both front and rear wheels. This Hybrid model is expected to boost horsepower to 370 and will have an estimated EPS fuel economy of 30 MPG city/highway.

Acura offers drivers both luxury and affordability, while providing a great line of vehicles that curtail to any need and budget. We know you will find the Acura that fit for you. We would be delighted to show you in person any or all of the vehicles mentioned above, or any of the rest in the Acura line.

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