Arlington, Virginia – The 2009 Acura TSX has been named a “Top Safety Pick” by the U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), having received top ratings for front, side and rear tests, and equipped with electronic stability control.

The rating is an improvement over the 2008 model, which received the highest rating of “Good” for frontal offset tests, but only “Acceptable” for side impact tests, and “Poor” in rear impact tests.

“Criteria to win are tough because Top Safety Pick is intended to drive continued improvements such as top crash test ratings and rapid addition of electronic stability control, which is standard equipment on the TSX,” said IIHS president Adrian Lund. “Recognizing vehicles at the head of the class for safety helps consumers distinguish the best overall choices without having to sort through multiple test results. This is the third Acura and the eighth model from Honda to earn our top award. Frontal crashworthiness has improved dramatically for all cars in recent years, but there are still significant differences in how vehicles perform in our side and rear tests.”

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