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2012 Acura TL Got Highest Rating in IIHS’s New “Small Overlap Frontal” Test

Video 1 (05m:46s): 2012 Acura TL Driving Scenes
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Press Release : 2012 Acura TL – Good Rating in IIHS Small Overlap Front Test

Acura announced its 2012 TL has achieved a highest rating in the new “Small Overlap Frontal” test from Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Introduced by IIHS in 2012, the new “Small Overlap Frontal” crash test is intended to imitate a collision between the front corner of a vehicle and another vehicle or a fixed object.  The test challenges some safety belt and airbag designs because occupants move both forward and toward the side of the vehicle.  Study by IIHS in 2009 showed that small overlap crashes accounted for almost 25 percent of frontal crashes resulting in a serious injury or fatality.

A group of ten vehicles were picked to undergo this new crash test and the 2012 Acura TL was only one of two vehicles that got the highest “Good” rating.

In this specific “Small Overlap Frontal” test, the 2012 Acura TL travels at 40 miles per hour headed for a 5-foot-tall rigid barrier.  According the IIHS, the TL’s front and side airbags performed well together, they prevented the head from getting near to stiff structures that could cause injury.

Newly redesigned in 2009, the 2012 Acura TL is classified as a midsize luxury car.  It weighs 3,723 lbs and measures 194-inch long (109-inch wheelbase) and 74-inch wide.  Powered by a 3.5-L V6 engine producing 280 horsepower and 254 lb-ft of torque, the 2012 TL has estimated fuel economy rating of 20 mpg city and 29 mpg highway.

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