2012 Acura TL Earns “Good” Rating in IIHS Frontal Crash Test
See the 2012 Acura TL in super slow motion as it strikes a test barrier at 40 mph.
A new stricter crash test from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety(IIHS) has recently handed out low marks to many of today’s popular midsize luxury sedans. Out of 11 cars tested, the 2012 Acura TL along with the Volvo S60 were the only two to receive the top rating of “good”.
Just how tough was this test? Although the Acura TSX received a “marginal” rating with three other vehicles, there were only three models with a higher ranking of “good” or “acceptable”. The remaining five cars tested were grouped with the lowest rating of “poor”.
“In the test, 25 percent of a car’s front end on the driver side strikes a 5-foot-tall rigid barrier at 40 mph. A 50th percentile male Hybrid III dummy is belted in the driver seat. The test is designed to replicate what happens when the front corner of a car collides with another vehicle or an object like a tree or utility pole. Outside of some automakers’ proving grounds, such a test isn’t currently conducted anywhere else in the United States or Europe.”
The 2012 Acura TL has earned a top-level rating of GOOD in the new Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) small overlap frontal barrier crash test, designed to simulate a collision between a vehicle and a fixed object, such as a utility pole, where only 25 percent of the vehicle’s front structure is engaged by the opposing object. The TL was one of only two vehicles to achieve the highest rating of GOOD among a group of ten models that were the first to be tested under this rigorous new crash test protocol.
“Acura is working continuously to advance the safety performance of our vehicles and to provide high levels of occupant protection through smart technology and vehicle design,” said Art St. Cyr, vice president of Corporate Planning and Logistics. “As one of the very first vehicles to achieve a GOOD rating in this new test, Acura illustrates the leadership of our vehicles in key areas that are important to our customers.”
The new IIHS test involves a collision between a fixed five-foot-tall rigid barrier and a vehicle traveling at 40 miles per hour. This frontal impact test focuses stress on a narrow section of the vehicle, outside of the side frame, which is typically the primary energy absorbing structure in frontal crashes, and requires a strong cabin structure. According to a 2009 study by the IIHS, small overlap crashes accounted for nearly 25 percent of frontal crashes resulting in a serious injury or fatality.
In addition to the Acura TL’s frontal body structure, the front and side curtain airbags played an instrumental part in protecting the occupant from serious injury. According to the IIHS, “The Acura TL’s front and side curtain airbags worked well together to keep the head from coming close to any stiff structures or objects that could cause injury.”
Here’s a Crystal Black Pearl TL that’s quickly garnering attention on AcuraZine. Sleek and stealthy, it’s hard to believe Oscar has only been an owner of this 2012 Acura TL SH-AWD for about three months. Then again, Oscar is no rookie when it comes to Acuras. I guess it’s not too much of a surprise after you’ve seen his other ride – a nicely modified 2006 Acura RL.
What really stands out on this TL is the way the grille is painted. I haven’t seen many 2012 TLs with painted grilles, and Oscar chose to colour match the inside “shield” and leave the outside frame chrome. It’s an interesting look that compliments the chrome accents on the lower bumper quite nicely.
Part two of Vossen’s recent Acura photoshoot brings us yet another TL on 20″ Vossen VVS-CV3s. I’ll say it again, Vossen shoots never fail to impress. So even if you saw Andy’s White Diamond Pearl TL, you will still definitely want to check out this set.
Although Andy’s 2009 TL may have looked like a new model, I. Zabar’s Graphite Luster Metallic TL is the first offical 2012 to have a featured gallery on Acura Connected. While I. Zabar doesn’t have a long list of mods quite yet, it’s looking super clean with 20×9 Matte Silver Machined Vossen VVS-CV3s up front and 20×10.5 in the rear. Other add-ons include Tein SS Coilovers, 20% 3M Tint, 6K Fog Lights and LED Reverse lights. Enough said, I’ll let the photos do the rest of the talking.
Have a peek at I. Zabar’s Graphite Luster Metallic 2012 Acura TL below, or head to Flickr for the full set.
NADAguides Featured Vehicle of the Month: 2012 Acura TL
Automotive pricing and information publisher NADAguides.com has named the 2012 Acura TL featured Vehicle of the Month for January. The refreshed Acura TL was released early in 2011 and struggled with shortages throughout the year but finished with a strong sales month in December.
NADAguides.com has noticed a rising trend in consumer interest levels according to recent website data, and has recommended the 2012 Acura TL “a compelling vehicle option for consumers shopping for performance luxury sedans.”
Joe Bruzek of Cars.com reviews the 2012 Acura TL SH-AWD 6-Speed Manual Transmission with Technology Package. The 3 minute video review doesn’t get too in-depth, but it does offer a quick summary of what’s new with the 2012 model.
See the video below or visit Cars.com for the full review.