This is no mean feat.
One of the key areas consumers study before deciding which new car to purchase is safety. This subject, let's face it, is nowhere near as fun to discuss compared to things like performance and massive touchscreens, but it's important nonetheless. It's far easier when a great-looking, popular vehicle achieves the non-profit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's coveted Top Safety Pick+ Award.
The all-new 2022 Acura MDX has earned that coveted honor by scoring a top rating of "Good" in all six crashworthiness tests, including driver-side/passenger-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraints.
The headlights received the same rating and the safety systems scored a "Superior." Achieving the IIHS's Top Safety Pick+ is not easy to do. For starters, the IIHS crash tests are more demanding than the federal standards set by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Although many new cars, trucks, and SUVs earn the Top Safety Pick status, they fail to get the higher "Plus" rating for one key reason: the headlights. They must be rated, at the very least, "Acceptable" in every trim level. The new MDX one-ups this having received a "Good" score thanks to its LED projectors.
The standard AcuraWatch suite of safety and driver-assist systems were vital in the IIHS's outcome thanks to lane-keep assist, automatic emergency braking, and adaptive cruise control.
The 2022 MDX isn't the only new Acura to get a TSP+. Both the redesigned TLX and RDX were recognized for their safety achievements back in February. This means that only two Acuras - the ILX and NSX - currently lack the IIHS's highest score. Production of the 2022 MDX got underway last January at Honda's East Liberty Auto Plant in Ohio, which also assembles the RDX and Honda CR-V. Sales are officially underway at dealerships nationwide with prices beginning at $46,900.