The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has bestowed a Top Safety Pick award onto the 2013 Acura RDX and the 2012 BMW 3 Series, respectively. Both the RDX and 3 Series earned a score of Good — the highest rating available through the IIHS and its testing procedures — in all of its four categories which consists of front, side, rollover and rear crashes. The IIHS Top Safety Pick only applies to the redesigned four-door variant of the 3 Series and not the coupe or convertible.
The 2013 Acura RDX and the 2012 BMW 3 Series were able to seal the deal as an IIHS Top Safety Pick thanks to improvements made to each vehicle’s roof. Rollover testing by the IIHS consists of a metal plate that is pushed down against a corner of a vehicle’s roof at the same speed throughout the entire test. The RDX earned a Marginal rating while the 3 Series was rated as Acceptable. Improved roof strength helped both vehicles cruise through the rollover crash testing on their way to receiving the award as a Top Safety Pick.
Standard safety features on the 2013 Acura RDX include Vehicle Stability Assist with traction control, ABS, dual-stage front airbags, front-side airbags, side curtain airbags, active head restraints for the front seats, an automatic tensioning system for the front seatbelts, and a tire pressure monitoring system. The latest RDX also employs Acura’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure which better protects passengers in the event of a frontal collision.
For the 2012 BMW 3 Series sedan, standard safety features include front and rear head airbags, ABS, LATCH points, emergency braking assist, front seatbelt pretensioners, a post-collision safety system, an emergency braking system, a driver head restraint whiplash protection system, and a tire pressure monitoring system.