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2019 Acura RDX earns Top Safety Pick Plus award

2019 Acura RDX earns Top Safety Pick Plus award

by Justin King

Interestingly, the base headlights are rated higher than the curve-adaptive beams on the most expensive trim.

The 2019 Acura RDX has earned a Top Safety Pick Plus award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The redesigned crossover has received across-the-board 'good' marks for driver- and passenger-side small overlap, moderate overlap, side, roof strength and head restraint tests. It has also landed a 'superior' rating for front-crash prevention and 'good' headlights.

Counterintuitively, the IIHS says the RDX's best-performing headlights are the LED projectors on the base model and midrange trims.

"The curve-adaptive headlights that come with the Advance trim — the most expensive of four available trim levels — are rated acceptable," the report notes.

The RDX joins several other TSP+ winners in the midsize luxury SUV segment including the BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class and GLC.