2018 Acura TLX Press Kit - Safety and Driver Assistance

5/18/2017 10:55:00 AM

The 2018 Acura TLX offers the highest level of standard safety and driver-assistive features in model history, positioning it as the only Entry Premium Sedan with both crash avoidance and active driving assist features standard.

A vehicle's safety performance starts with its dynamic capabilities. Acura engineers targeted a high level of predictability, precision and stability in the TLX's steering, braking and emergency handling capabilities. In the event of a collision, the many integrated active and passive safety features help to mitigate the potential for injury. These features include the newest generation of Acura's Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure and a new one-piece, high-strength steel door stiffener ring, along with advanced airbag and seatbelt restraint systems. Acura engineers also targeted the highest available safety ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Further, for the first time, all 2018 TLX trims are equipped with the AcuraWatch™ suite of driver-assistive technologies that help to improve the driver's situational awareness and, in certain circumstances, intervene to help avoid a collision or mitigate its severity. The standard driver assistive features are listed below.

AcuraWatch Technologies

2017 TLX

2018 TLX

Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)

Technology and Advance Package

all grades

Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS)

Advance Package

Forward Collision Warning (FCW) integrated with CMBS

Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow (LSF)

Road Departure Mitigation (RDM)

Lane Departure Warning (LDW) integrated with RDM

Key Safety and Driver-Assistive Features

  • NEW: Available Surround-View Camera System (Advance Package)
  • Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) Body Structure
  • 5-Star NHTSA Overall Vehicle Score
  • Pedestrian Injury Mitigation Design
  • Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with Traction Control
  • Motion-Adaptive Electric Power Steering (EPS)
  • Brake Assist
  • Advanced 4-Channel ABS with Electronic Brake Distribution
  • Advanced Front Airbags (SRS)
  • Driver and Front Passenger Side Airbags
  • Driver's Knee Airbag
  • Side Curtain Airbags
  • Adjustable Head Restraints
  • Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH)
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  • Available Front and Rear Parking Sensors (A-Spec and Advance Package)
  • Available Blind Spot Information (BSI) (Technology Package and above)
  • Available Rear Cross Traffic Monitor  (Technology Package and above)
  • Multi-View Rear Camera
  • AcuraWatch™
    - Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)
    - Collision Mitigating Braking System™ (CMBS®)
    - Forward Collision Warning (FCW) integrated with CMBS
    - Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow
    – Road Departure Mitigation (RDM)

Next-Generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) Body Structure
The TLX utilizes the latest version of Acura's Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body-structure to enhance occupant protection and crash compatibility in frontal collisions. The ACE body structure uses a network of interconnected structural elements — now using an even greater amount of high-tensile steel — to absorb and distribute crash energy away from the passenger compartment. The enhanced frontal crash energy management can also help to more evenly disperse the forces transferred to other vehicles in a crash. Additionally, ACE helps minimize the potential for under-ride or over-ride situations that can happen during frontal impacts with a larger or smaller vehicle.

Collision Safety Ratings
The ACE body design helps the 2018 TLX target the highest available crash safety ratings. In federal National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) testing, the TLX targets a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score. In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) testing, the TLX targets a SUPERIOR rating in the front crash prevention on all trims thanks to standard application of AcuraWatch™ with Collision Mitigating Braking System™ (CMBS®).



NHTSA Overall Vehicle Score


NHTSA Overall Frontal Crash


NHTSA Overall Side Crash


NHTSA Rollover


IIHS Front crash prevention


IIHS Moderate overlap front


IIHS Side impact


IIHS Roof strength


IIHS Head restraints & seats


IIHS Small overlap front


Crash Energy "Pathways"
Unlike most conventional designs that direct frontal crash energy only to the lower load-bearing structures in the front end, the next-generation ACE body actively channels frontal crash energy to both upper and lower structural elements, including the floor frame rails, side sills and A-pillars. By creating specifically engineered "pathways" that help distribute these frontal impact forces through a greater percentage of the vehicle's total structure, the ACE body can more effectively route crash energy around and away from the passenger compartment to help limit cabin deformation and further improve occupant protection.

Structural Safety
Meeting the TLX's crash-safety rating targets required numerous structural engineering advancements including side collision-load pathways and the use of hot-stamped high-strength steel — including a one-piece door opening stiffener ring — helping improve occupant protection in side impact collisions.

Hot-Stamped Stiffener Ring
The TLX uses a hot-stamped stiffener ring around both door openings. There are three major advantages of this construction method: (1) The one-piece door-opening ring has no joints, so crash loads are transferred more efficiently; (2) the single-piece construction improves the fit and finish of the door opening; and (3) weight is reduce by 9.0 pounds compared to a conventional multi-part ring.

To form the ring, a single steel blank is loaded into an oven and heated to 940º Centigrade, then formed and quenched in a single stamping and tempering process.

Airbag System
The TLX is equipped with seven airbags, including advanced front airbags, front side airbags, side-curtain airbags with rollover sensor, and a driver's side knee airbag.

Driver's Side Knee Airbag — The driver's knee airbag is designed to better position the driver in the event of a frontal collision, to take greater advantage of the protection provided by the front airbag and seatbelt. The knee airbag is contained beneath a panel on the underside of the instrument panel. For improved knee clearance, the panel is contoured away from the driver's knees.

Advanced Front Airbags (SRS) — Every TLX is equipped with advanced front airbags (SRS). Front airbags are designed to supplement the seat belts to help reduce the likelihood of head and upper body injuries in frontal crashes.

Driver and Front Passenger Side Airbags — Driver and front passenger side airbags mounted in the outboard area of each front seatback are designed to help provide pelvis and thorax protection in the event of a severe side impact.

Side Curtain Airbags with Rollover Sensor — All outboard seating positions include a side curtain airbag system. In the event of a sufficient side impact or rollover, the side curtain airbags deploy from the ceiling, providing a significant level of head protection in the window area. Compared to previous systems, the TLX's new side curtain airbags have a wider deployment profile, and remain fully deployed for an extended time to further mitigate the possibility of an occupant being ejected from the vehicle.

Adjustable Head Restraints
All five front and rear seating positions feature individually adjustable head restraints while the TLX's front head restraints feature the latest generation of neck protection performance.

Child Safety Features
Two Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH) child seat-mounting positions are built into the outboard rear seats. The LATCH system utilizes both an upper child-seat tether anchor and dedicated lower-anchor points that are built into the body of the vehicle. These help ensure correct mounting of a compatible child seat. A third upper tether is located in the rear center position. The TLX also features childproof rear door locks. When engaged, they permit the rear doors to be opened only from the outside, thereby helping to prevent accidental opening by a child.

Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow
Now included in all TLX models, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) allows the driver to set a desired speed and following interval behind a vehicle detected ahead, allowing the use of cruise control in light highway traffic conditions. This significantly reduces the driver stress of driving in traffic. The system uses Millimeter Wave Radar and a Monocular Camera to continually track the distance to the vehicle ahead, and then adjusts the TLX's speed to maintain the driver selected following interval. A short, medium, long, or extra-long interval can be selected.  When required, the TLX automatically brakes using the Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) modulator to maintain the set interval.

Integrated Low-Speed Follow, which uses the same Millimeter Wave Radar, Monocular Camera, and VSA modulator, extends the automatic following capability to stop-and-go traffic situations (down to 0 mph). ACC with Low-Speed Follow functions include the following:

  • A preceding vehicle is detected ­in the lane ahead — Decelerates automatically, if required, and then controls the following interval.
  • The preceding vehicle slows to a stop — Stops automatically and remains stationary.
  • The preceding vehicle accelerates from a stop — Resumes following when the SET or RES switch or accelerator pedal is operated.
  • Another vehicle is detected merging in between the TLX and the preceding vehicle — Automatically switches "targets" to the nearest detected vehicle.
  • The preceding vehicle exits the lane — ACC with LSF system continues at cruise-control speed previously selected by driver (25 to 90 mph).

A Multi Information Display (MID) message and audible warning alert the driver when either ACC or Low-Speed Follow functions are activated.

Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™)
Included in all TLX models for the first time, Acura's latest version of its Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) is one of the most sophisticated driver-assist technologies available. It continually scans traffic conditions ahead of the TLX, alerts the driver when it determines there is potential for a collision, and then applies automatic emergency braking to help reduce the severity of a collision if drivers don't take corrective action on their own.

When CMBS determines there is a potential for collision, visual and audible alerts prompt the driver to take corrective actions. The visual alerts appear on the Multi-Information Display (MID), with another visual warning on the windshield via the head-up warning display. If the system determines that a collision is imminent, it applies the brakes to help reduce vehicle speed and eventual collision forces.

Further assisting TLX drivers, CMBS also recognizes shapes, and can differentiate between a vehicle and a pedestrian, warning the driver when either is detected. A Millimeter Wave Radar unit located behind the front grille and a Monocular Camera mounted at the upper portion of the windshield are used to detect vehicles and pedestrians. The radar unit and camera work simultaneously and cooperatively to control the VSA modulator, which provides any required braking. This "fusion" of radar and camera allows the system to more quickly determine a whether there's a potential for a collision, significantly increasing the likelihood of bringing the car to a complete stop and avoiding impact.

It is important to note that CMBS cannot detect all objects ahead, nor is it intended to replace the driver's assessment of traffic conditions and control of the vehicle. The driver must intervene in certain situations, and must always be attentive when using the system. Although in many cases CMBS will stop the car, it is not intended to apply enough braking force to prevent all collisions. Based on the conditions, the system also may not perform all visual-, audible- and tactile-alert stages, and may instead automatically engage the brakes if the system deems it necessary.

Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
Now included in all TLX models, Forward Collision Warning (FCW) uses a camera mounted in the upper portion of the windshield to detect vehicles and pedestrians ahead and to determine whether a collision is imminent. If the FCW system detects a vehicle or pedestrian in front of the TLX and then determines that a collision may occur (due to a speed differential between the TLX and the object), it will trigger a "BRAKE" message on the Multi-Information Display (MID) and an audible alert. If the CMBS system is activated and the driver fails to respond to the FCW system, the vehicle's brakes will be automatically applied if the system determines a collision is imminent.

Drivers may adjust the distance at which FCW alerts occur and may choose between "Long," "Normal," or "Short." Drivers may also select "Off" to disable the FCW system entirely.

Note that the FCW system cannot detect all objects ahead; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and other factors.

Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)
Now included in all TLX models, the Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) provides a less stressful driving experience by reducing steering correction movements and driving effort on the highway. LKAS uses a camera to read lane markings and uses EPS to assist the driver in keeping in the middle of the lane.

Designed for the U.S. road structure, the system uses a Monocular Camera mounted on the upper portion of the windshield to identify painted lanes, Botts' dots and cats eye markers at speeds between 45 mph and 90 mph. When LKAS senses that the driver is drifting from the middle of a detected lane, the system generates corrective steering torque to assist the driver in maintaining lane position.

Road Departure Mitigation (RDM)
Included in all TLX models for 2018, Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) uses a Monocular Camera (mounted on the upper portion of the windshield) to identify solid or dashed painted lane lines, Botts' dots and cats eye markers. RDM uses both steering force, via EPS, and braking force, via VSA, to help the TLX stay in its lane.

The Monocular Camera recognizes lane features and identifies the lane. If the RDM system detects that the TLX is about to leave the detected lane, it will provide steering assist (primary) and in rare occasions when steering is not sufficient, braking assist, to help the driver stay on the road. Only lane departure is activated if the driver is passing over a dashed line, Botts' dots or cats eye, while deceleration support is disabled. In this case, TLX uses active steering force to return to the lane. RDM is integrated with the Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) system to provide moderate braking, and with the Electric Power Steering (EPS) system to provide steering input.

Multiple visual and audible warnings alert the driver when the RDM system is taking corrective action. These include a lane departure warning on the driver's Multi Information Display (MID) along with an audible warning.

RDM also has a customizable initial warning of either a steering wheel shake/vibration, or an audible alert. This can be customized in the vehicle settings.

Multi-Angle Rearview Camera
A multi-angle rearview camera is standard on the TLX. It offers three viewing angles (wide view, normal view and top view). Drivers may select the preferred view according to driving conditions. The rearview image is displayed on the 8-inch color upper information display. On-screen guidelines help the driver better judge distances, and predictive guidelines help make maneuvering in reverse easier.

Surround View Camera System (Advance Package)
In the TLX with Advance Package, four exterior cameras provide a 360-degree view of the space immediately around the vehicle through the navigation display. A camera button among the upper display controls changes camera views.

When Reverse is selected, the rear camera view appears on screen along with an overhead 360- degree view. Guidelines appear in each view, which correspond with the angle of the front wheel's angle to show the vehicle's predicted rearward path. A press of either camera button switches to show the rear view alone, and another press shows a wide-angle rear view.

Pressing either "Camera" button when not in reverse shows the 360-degree view combined with a front view that is ideal for putting the vehicle in the ideal position in the garage. Another button press provides a front wide-angle view that is useful for helping spot an approaching vehicle or person when nosing out a tight spot with a blocked side view. Additional views include looking ahead from both sides and just the passenger side view alone.



Front view + ground

Parking spot

Front view wide

Parallel parking

Both side view

"Blind spot" parking

Rear view + ground view

Parking spot

Rear wide view

Backing up

Right side view

Parking against curb

Blind Spot Information (BSI)
Included in the Technology Package, Advance Package and A-Spec, the blind spot information (BSI) system uses two radar sensors to continually monitor conditions behind the TLX and alert the driver if another vehicle is detected in close proximity — especially in the blind spot of the driver. The BSI system uses the LED indicators (mounted on the A-pillar) and an audible warning to alert the driver.

There are two warning levels: 1) If a vehicle is detected in the driver's blind spot then the LED indicator on the incoming side illuminates; and 2) If a vehicle is detected and the TLX turn signal is activated, the LED indicator on the incoming side blinks and a buzzer sounds three times.

To prevent false alarms while maneuvering at low speed, the BSI system is disabled below approximately 20 mph.

Rear Cross Traffic Monitor
Included in the Technology Package, A-Spec and Advance Package, the Rear Cross Traffic Monitor works in conjunction with the TLX's BSI radar sensors to enhance driver confidence and safety when backing up. The system is especially useful when reversing in congested parking lots with an obstructed view from driver's seat.

The system utilizes a pair of blind-spot radar units located in the rear bumper corners. When Reverse is selected and an approaching vehicle is detected, arrows indicating the approaching vehicles direction are shown on the 8-inch upper display's rear camera image. Simultaneously, an audible warning is emitted if cross-traffic is approaching from either side.

Pedestrian Injury Mitigation
The TLX has an impact-absorbing front body design to help reduce injury in the event of a frontal collision with a pedestrian. Research shows that the following features can dramatically improve a pedestrian's chance of survival if struck by a moving vehicle:

  • Impact-energy absorbing hood — Space is provided between the underside of the hood and key powertrain components, allowing the hood to bend and deform if contact is made with either an adult or a child pedestrian.
  • Energy-absorbing fender mounts and supports — Front fender mounts and brackets are designed to deform easily to help absorb impact energy.
  • Deformable windshield wiper pivots — Wiper pivots are designed to deform and break away easily.

Safety and Driver Assistive Features

Active Safety Features


TLX A-Spec

Advance Pkg

Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) with Forward Collision Warning (FCS)



Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW)


Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with Traction Control


Advanced 4-Channel ABS

Electronic Brake Distribution (EDB)

Brake Assist

Multi-Angle Rear View Camera System with dynamic guidelines

Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

Daytime Running Lights (DRL)





Passive Safety Features


TLX  A-Spec

Advance Pkg

Next-Generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure



Advanced Front Airbags (SRS)

Driver and Front Passenger Side Airbags

Side Curtain Airbags with Rollover Sensor

3-Point Seat Belts at all Seating Positions

Front 3-Point Seat Belts with ELR

Driver's and Front Passenger's Seat-Belt Reminder

Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH): Outboard 2nd-Row

Child-Proof Rear Door Locks


Driver Assistive Features


TLX  A-Spec

Advance Pkg

Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)


Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow



Front and Rear Parking Sensors


Blind Spot Information (BSI) w/ Rear Cross Traffic Alert

Tech Package

Surround-View Camera System