The current generation of the MDX dates back to the year 2014. In its almost half a decade life cycle, Acura has given the MDX some cosmetic and safety-related aids every alternate year. Thanks to these updates, the MDX remains one of the best selling three-row luxury crossovers. What works further in MDX’s favor is the strong brand equity provided by Acura. The Japanese marque remains the top pick for those who prioritize safety and reliability over gizmos and technology.
Being in a luxury segment and competing with the likes of Volvo XC90 and Lexus RX 350, Acura has given the MDX plenty of standard safety features to ensure it remains in contention. Just like other Acura cars, even the MDX uses a modular chassis, which is stiff and rigid making MDX one of the safest cars in its class.
How safe is Acura MDX?
The AcuraWatch package has been made standard in the base trim. Standard safety features include:
- LED Headlights
- Auto-dimming Rearview Mirror
- Forward Collision Warning with Automatic Emergency Braking
- Lane and Road Departure Warning and Mitigation
- Adaptive Cruise Control
- Multi Rear-view Camera with Dynamic Guidelines
- Lane Keeping Assist System
- Integrated Dynamics System with Agile Handling Assist
- Advanced Engineering Compatability (ACE) Body Structure
Opting for the Technology Package adds the following niceties:
- Automatic Wipers
- Blind-Spot Monitoring
- Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
- Front and Parking Sensors
With the A-Spec trim, you only get some exterior and interior enhancements, and in terms of safety features, it is exactly similar to the Technology Package.
With the Advance Package,you get a host of additional safety goodies:
- LED Fog Lights
- Top-Down Surround View Camera system
- Head-Up Warning
- Active Damper System
Apart from all these you also get Front, Side-Impact and Curtain Airbags, Driver's Knee airbag, LED Daytime Running Lights, Anti-Lock Brakes, Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist and Theft Protection System with Electronic Immobilizer and LATCH anchors as standard. One can say that 2020 Acura MDX is packed with enough safety features and built as safe as a fortress on wheels.
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Standout Safety Features
The MDX SUV is loaded to the gills with driver-assistance, and the following standout active-safety features ensure you get a sense of utmost safety while driving this car around, with your family or friends or even when driving solo:
Collision Mitigation Braking System(CBMS):- The system consists of a front-facing camera a radar transmitter that continuously monitors the distance with the vehicle in the front. If the system detects a potential imminent collision, it warns the driver to apply brakes immediately. The system begins light braking on its own if the driver doesn't take any action. If the system determines that the collision cannot be avoided, it initiates automatic hard emergency braking. The system assists in preventing or reducing the severity of the crash but the sole responsibility lies with the driver.
Lane Keeping Assist System(LKAS):- It warns the driver if the car is drifting away from the lane without using indicators/turn signals. The LKAS will gently nudge the car back into the center of the lane if the appropriate action isn’t taken. However, the driver is still in control as the system will not take over the steering wheel.
Blind-Spot Information System:- It alerts the driver through warning signs on the side mirror. Warning beeps are also sounded if there is any vehicle in the blind spot of the driver's vision when the driver tries to change lanes.
Road Departure Mitigation System:- The system alerts the driver with a warning message on the Multi-Information Display and also tightens the seat belt when it detects that the vehicle is drifting off the road. The system then uses the active steering function of the LKAS and the vehicle’s autonomous braking capability to guide the MDX back into the original lane.
Adaptive Cruise Control(ACC):- Adaptive Cruise Control makes your everyday commuting a breeze. All you have to do is to set your vehicle speed and the interval between your car and the vehicle ahead, the ACC system takes care of the rest by automatically modulating the throttle and the brakes as required. It also comes with low speed follow that helps you in light traffic conditions.
Surround-View Camera System:- The car is equipped with multiple cameras and sensors whose video feeds and proximity data are merged to provide the driver with a top-down surround view of the vehicle that particularly helps in parking.
Is Acura MDX safe enough?
Yes, MDX is built rock solid and loaded with plenty of safety features to go along with the current generation of buyers' mindset and demand. To add sweetness to your ride, the company decided to offer most of its safety features as standard. That is MDX for you! You absolutely cannot go wrong with this one. Safe. Solid. Stylish!
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