2017 Acura RLX Safety Features
These 2017 Acura RLX safety features work together to ensure that your vehicle is visible, that you are able to keep the car stable and remain in control, and that you are aware of your surroundings. They actively work to help you avoid an accident.
- Vehicle Stability Assist: When this safety feature detects a loss of traction, it can independently adjust wheel velocity and engine torque to improve overall stability, counteracting understeer or oversteer.
- Anti-Lock Braking System: When the RLX experiences hard braking, this safety feature pumps the brakes automatically to prevent the wheels from locking up in low-traction scenarios.
- Electronic Brake Distribution: This braking feature applies brake force to all four wheels to slow the RLX down at a consistent rate, even if the vehicle has an uneven distribution of weight to one side or the other, reducing the risk of a loss of control.
- Multi-Angle Rearview Camera: When you shift the RLX into reverse, the rearview camera display shows up on the dash, offering three different views of what’s behind you before backing up. The surround-view camera system is available as well, offering a 360-degree look at your surroundings before driving.
- Blind-Spot Information System: Rear radar sensors alert you to potential obstructions in your blind spots, issuing audio warnings if you signal to change lanes when it senses a car in the lane.
- Tire Pressure Monitoring System: This safety feature tracks the tire pressures of the RLX and alerts you if any are significantly deflated so you can search for leaks and refill your tires.
- Daytime Running Lights: The LED lights of the RLX catch the attention of other drivers, even during the day. Daytime running lights turn on when the sedan turns on, increasing the likelihood that the vehicle is seen by other drivers on the road.
Passive or “reactive” safety features are those that are just waiting to spring into action, protecting passengers and mitigating any damage. These 2017 Acura RLX safety features begin with the very frame and work their way up to what many drivers think of as “traditional” safety features like seat belts and airbags.
- Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) Body Structure: Acura’s ACE body structure is the skeleton of the RLX, built with reinforcements in common collision locations and featuring localized crumple zones to best direct potential damage away from passengers.
- Seat Belts: Three-point seat belts are standard on the RLX and are located in every seating position so passengers can be kept secure in the event of a collision. Front seats feature load limiters and an automatic tensioning system as well.
- Airbags: Dual-stage multi-threshold front airbags, front side airbags, a driver knee airbag, and side curtain airbags are set to deploy during an accident to cushion passengers and reduce the risk of injury.
Cars are becoming smarter and smarter, and that’s not limited to connecting your smartphone or navigating you through town. These 2017 Acura RLX safety technologies are accident prevention—or driver assistance—features that alert you to potential accidents and can even take temporary control of the vehicle to help mitigate an accident or avoid it entirely.
These AcuraWatch features are standard on all 2017 RLX models:
- Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow: Radar sensors on the RLX detect the speeds of surrounding vehicles and are able to automatically adjust your cruising speed to keep pace with traffic and allow for cruising at lower driving speeds.
- Forward Collision Warning: The radar sensors of the Adaptive Cruise Control system serve multiple purposes and can also detect when you’re approaching another vehicle too quickly. This safety feature issues a warning to alert the driver and return their attention to the road.
- Collision Mitigation Braking: If the AcuraWatch system senses that the driver has not yet responded to the Forward Collision Warning, Collision Mitigation Braking can automatically apply the brakes to slow the RLX or stop it completely.
- Lane Departure Warning: The RLX sports a forward-facing camera that tracks the pavement markings and can sense if the vehicle has started to drift left or right, warning the driver of the drift.
- Lane Keeping Assist: If the Lane Departure Warning goes un-responded to, the Lane Keeping Assist system can give the wheel a gentle nudge to keep it centered in its lane.
- Road Departure Mitigation: This safety feature ensures you’re only leaving the pavement if you want to, tracking roadside markings with a camera and issuing a warning before adjusting wheel position and applying brakes (if necessary) to keep the RLX on the road.