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Acura TLX earns top crashworthiness rating from IIHS [Video]

by Justin King

Acura\'s new midsize sedan receives acceptable rating for challenging small-overlap test.

Acura's has earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's Top Safety Pick+ award.

The new midsize sedan demonstrated acceptable performance in the challenging small-overlap test, good ratings for four other crashworthiness trials, and a superior rating for front-crash protection.

In the small-overlap test, the maximum intrusion of approximately seven inches was measured at the lower hinge pillar. The dummy's movement was well controlled, keeping its head nestled between two airbags.

"Measures from the dummy sensors indicated that injuries to the left lower leg would be possible, but the risk of other injuries in a crash of this severity was low," the organization noted.

The TLX outperforms one of its predecessors, the TSX, which earned a marginal rating for the small-overlap trial, however it received a lower rating than its other forebear, the TL, which achieved a good rating in the same test.

"The TLX joins the RLX flagship sedan and MDX sport-utility vehicle in earning top marks from the IIHS, making Acura the leader among all luxury brands with the most 2014 TOP SAFETY PICK+ rated models," Acura said in a statement.

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