Acura Automobiles: 2013 RDX

Posted on 26. Mar, 2012 by in Acura Canada


As a approach outcome of Acura’s “Safety Through Innovation” initiative, a pattern of a 2013 RDX emphasizes reserve for everyone- from a motorist and passengers, to a occupants of other vehicles, as good as repairs slackening to pedestrians.

The RDX is versed with a extensive array of a latest technologies and designs to raise active reserve (collision avoidance) and pacifist reserve (crash reserve performance). Standard facilities such as Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with traction control and a 4-wheel anti-lock braking complement (ABS) raise collision deterrence capability in a new RDX.

Key reserve technologies embody a Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) physique structure, a sum of 6 airbags, active conduct restraints (for a front seats) as good as front seatbelts with an involuntary tensioning system.


The Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) physique structure is an disdainful physique pattern incorporated into a RDX that enhances newcomer insurance and pile-up harmony in frontal crashes. The ACE™ pattern utilizes a network of connected constructional elements to discharge pile-up appetite some-more uniformly via a front of a vehicle. This extended frontal pile-up appetite government helps to revoke a army eliminated to a newcomer cell and can assistance to some-more uniformly sunder a army eliminated to other vehicles in a crash. ACE™ helps say a constructional firmness of a newcomer cabin in a frontal crash. It does so by considerably improving appetite placement divided from a cabin during a crash, so permitting a some-more uniform fullness of impact energy. This pile-up appetite redirection helps revoke a possibility of penetration into a newcomer cabin. By doing so, ACE™ is a cornerstone engineering underline that defines most of a RDX structure.

In addition, a ACE™ pattern also provides advantages by augmenting car harmony in frontal crashes, that can urge newcomer reserve when vehicles of separate size, tallness or weight collide.


As full-size pickups and SUVs have turn incomparable and taller, so has a quandary of when such vehicles hit head-on with smaller vehicles. ACE™ helps discharge a impact army of a incomparable and heavier car opposite a whole front structure of a RDX. This redirection of pile-up appetite helps to revoke a risk of interior penetration as good as helps to improved sunder a pile-up appetite opposite a wider area of a front of a car to assistance revoke a risk of newcomer injury.

The RDX also has a special revoke member that extends next a front buffer beam. This revoke member helps safeguard that if a RDX collides with a smaller vehicle, a revoke front member will improved rivet a other vehicle’s buffer system.


Another aim that Acura designers felt strongly about was a RDX’s ability to withstand a rollover with a roof support maintained, no fuel complement damage, and no tailgate door-opening damage. The use of a high-strength steel reserve enclosure helps yield a rigidity that allows a RDX to improved withstand rollover forces.

In a eventuality of a rollover, a roll-rate sensor (along with mixed G sensors) determines a rate of roll- and afterwards muster a side screen airbags accordingly. The complement uses algorithms to ceaselessly weigh a conditions and determines possibly a rollover is imminent. The roll-rate sensor and mixed G sensors calculate a angle of hurl and a speed of a car in method to muster a airbags during a scold indicate for best protection. In a box of a rollover, a side screen airbags on both sides of a car will deploy. However, in a eventuality of a sufficient side impact that does not outcome in a rollover, usually a airbags on a impacted side of a car will deploy. The airbags say full acceleration for approximately 3 seconds after acceleration to concede for a increasing generation of a rollover accident.


To assistance revoke a odds of injuries to a motorist or front passenger’s legs in a frontal collision, a RDX has energy-absorbing knee bolsters. The bolsters are designed to assistance waste collision army if a motorist or front passenger’s legs should hit a revoke instrument row during a frontal collision.


Even yet there is no stream bureaucratic requirement to do so, as partial of Acura’s “Safety Through Innovation” engineering philosophy, a 2013 RDX incorporates pattern elements that take into comment a good being of pedestrians.

Specifically, engineers optimized certain structures in a RDX front finish to assistance catch appetite in a eventuality of a collision with a pedestrian. Research shows that these facilities can dramatically urge a pedestrian’s possibility of presence if struck by a relocating vehicle.

Key Pedestrian Safety Features include:

  • Hood designed to twist if hit is done with a pedestrian
  • Energy-absorbing buffer mounts and supports located underneath a hood
  • Greater clearway between hood and engine components
  • Crushable hood hinges


Dual-stage, mixed threshold front airbags (SRS) are supposing for a motorist and front passenger. One or both of these airbags will be deployed in a eventuality of a sufficient frontal impact. If deployed, these airbags are able of being arrogant during opposite rates depending on pile-up severity, seatbelt use and/or other factors. Frontal airbags are designed to further a seatbelts to assistance revoke a odds of conduct and top physique injuries in frontal crashes. A seamless dashboard cover conceals a newcomer front airbag, while a driver’s front airbag is located in a tiny housing within a steering-wheel.

Dual-Stage, Multiple-Threshold Airbag parameters:

  • Airbag deployment characteristics are finely tranquil depending on a astringency of a collision, seatbelt use and/or other factors
  • The twin stage, multiple-threshold plan relates to front airbags usually and does not impact operation of front side airbags or side screen airbags

In addition, a airbag complement also uses a sensor in a chair to consider a weight of a front passenger. The front newcomer airbag is close off if a weight sensor indicates that a child or small-stature chairman is occupying a front seat.


Side airbags mounted in a outboard area of any front seatback are designed to yield top torso insurance for front occupants in a eventuality of a sufficient side impact. In addition, a front newcomer chair is versed with a Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS), an innovative complement designed to deactivate a side airbag if a child (or tiny status adult) is occupying a front seat. The complement utilizes sensors in a newcomer seatback to establish a tallness and position of a occupant, and determines possibly to muster a side airbag. If a front newcomer leans into a side airbag deployment path, OPDS will forestall a airbag from firing. When a front newcomer earnings to a normal honest seating position, a side airbag reactivates so it can deploy.

Side Curtain Airbags

In a sufficient side impact or rollover, a RDX side screen airbags muster from roof-mounted modules, providing conduct insurance for outboard occupants seated in both rows of seating. Side screen airbags effectively cover a window area from a A-pillar behind to a C-pillar. Tests uncover that a g-forces behaving on an outboard occupant’s conduct during a collision are distant revoke when side screen airbags are used.


The RDX includes a LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) child-seat ascent complement for a outboard locations of a back seat. LATCH facilities built-in revoke anchors and ready-to-use fasten connection points that concede concordant child reserve seats to be commissioned though regulating a vehicle’s chair belt system, that can simplifies child chair installation. Up to dual LATCH child seats can be commissioned simultaneously.


Both front seatbelts have an involuntary tensioning complement with bucket limiters that work in and to assistance strengthen a motorist and front newcomer in a collision. The components work automatically in a 1-2 sequence. In a initial few milliseconds of a sufficient collision, a tensioning complement automatically tightens a front chair belts. Research has shown that chair belts that are snugly cumulative around a occupants yield improved protection. However, if a deceleration army arise above a fixed threshold, a bucket limiter releases (in a tranquil manner) a tiny length of seatbelt webbing to revoke a vigour on a occupant- that helps revoke a odds of injuries that seatbelts can means in a severe, high-speed collision.


Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) is enclosed as customary apparatus on a 2013 RDX. By ceaselessly monitoring a vehicle’s doing parameters (such as car speed, stifle position, steering angle, particular circle speeds, parallel G-force and bend rate), VSA® detects if a car is about to knowledge oversteer or understeer.

To assistance scold possibly of these situations, 4-channel VSA® automatically reduces a engine’s energy outlay as needed, and relates one or some-more brakes away to assistance stabilise a chassis. The VSA® response is so discerning that a instability competence be corrected even before a motorist knows that it is occurring. Traction Control is integrated into a VSA® to assistance a RDX accelerate uniformly on sleazy surfaces. If required, Traction Control can be disabled.


Acura RDX has an onboard Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) that warns a motorist if a atmosphere vigour decreases significantly in any tire. The complement helps revoke a possibility of deleterious a tire or losing control of a car due to low atmosphere pressure. This is critical since a delayed trickle competence not be simply detectable though could over time means poignant atmosphere detriment ensuing in detriment of hold or potentially a blowout.

TPMS uses a sensor mounted in any circle that ceaselessly monitors tire vigour and sends a coded vigilance to a TPMS electronic control section (ECU). The routine starts with a vigilance initiator located on a framework only inboard of any tire. The initiator sends a singular vigilance for any TPMS sensor. Then a TPMS sensor sends tire vigour information to a TPMS ECU, that compares a values for any tire’s vigour opposite an excusable operation of pressures.


The RDX’s 16-gallon fuel tank is located in a stable area in front of a back body-deformation zone, that helps minimize a risk of tank repairs during a collision. In addition, locating a fuel tank in this stable area helps optimize car change by relocating a weight of a fuel tank over forward. Thus, doing characteristics are minimally influenced possibly a fuel tank is full or nearby empty.

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