Safety is a huge factor whenever considering purchasing a car, and while there are always plenty of options, features, add-ons and other factors to consider, the IIHS helps by testing every vehicle for how they respond in common collisions. While there are plenty of good cars with good safety ratings, finding the best cars with the best safety ratings is important to anyone who considers themselves and their passengers precious cargo. Here, the Acura TLX and the Audi A4’s safety features and collision reports from the IIHS will be covered.
Receiving the highest marks from the IIHS in every aspect has set the TLX apart from the rest of the midsize entry level luxury sedan class. The categories are small overlap front, moderate overlap front, and side collision impact, roof strength and front seat and head restraint, which tests for potential whiplash. The standard safety features for the TLX are anti lock disc brakes, front and rear head airbags, dual front side mounted air bags, child seat anchors, remote anti theft alarm system, emergency braking assist, ventilated front disc brakes and solid rear disc brakes, rear door child safety locks, engine immobilizer, passenger airbag occupant sensing deactivation, three rear headrests, rear center three point seat belt, front seat belt pretensioners, stability and traction control, electronic brake force distribution, emergency interior trunk release, and tire pressure monitoring.
The TLX also performed very well, earning the IIHS’ highest marks of ‘Good’ in every category of collision that the IIHS tests for. For small overlap frontal collision, a mark of ‘Good’ was achieved in every category except for safety cage, which earned a mark of ‘Acceptable’. The moderate overlap frontal collision test earned the TLX ‘Good’ marks in every category. The side collision test saw the Acura come away with ‘Good’ marks in every category except for the torso analysis which saw an ‘Acceptable’ rating awarded. The roof strength test also resulted in a ‘Good’ mark as the roof of the TLX is able to withstand over four and a half times the car’s weight. The front seats and head restraints were awarded ‘Good’ marks in all categories.
The Audi A4 also performed well in IIHS’ tests, earning ‘Good’ marks across the board except in the small overlap front collision test where it slumped to a ‘Poor’ rating. It does have a nice list of standard safety features that help to make out for the slip in that single test. Drivers can expect their cars to be fully loaded with safety features like anti lock disc brakes, front and rear head airbags, child seat restraint anchors, dual front side airbags, remote anti theft alarm system, emergency brake assist, ventilated front disc brakes, solid rear disc brakes, rear door child safety locks, engine immobilizer, daytime run lights, front fog lights, dusk and auto delay off headlamps, passenger airbag occupant sensing deactivation, turn signal mirrors, front and rear seat belt pretensioners, stability and traction control, pre and post collision safety systems, tire pressure monitor, electronic brake force distribution, and an interior emergency trunk release.
In the IIHS’ battery of collision and impact tests, the small overlap front collision is where the A4 had some problems. It scored ‘Poor’ marks in the overall, structure and safety cage, hip and thigh, and dummy kinetics categories. The only other category that the A4 scored less than ‘Good’ was the torso category of the side impact test, otherwise, the Audi in question came away from the collision testing like a champ. Its roof is capable of withstanding 4.6 times the weight of the car.
The safer vehicle is in fact the Acura TLX as it had a better average score than the Audi A4. To test drive the Acura TLX in Philadelphia, visit Montgomeryville Acura!