2015 Acura TLX: Crash-Tested
May 12, 2015
It looks worse than it is.
There I was, driving our long-term 2015 Acura TLX in the second-to-right-most lane of a well-lit, divided boulevard in Culver City at about 10 o'clock on a clear night. The pavement was dry, which is about what you'd expect in the desert during a drought. Two lanes over, a Toyota Camry was traveling in the same direction, the lanes between us empty on this wide street.
I prepared to move into the right lane so that I could turn right at the next intersection. At this point, the TLX and Camry are roughly directly across from one another. In rapid fashion, the Camry shot across the roadway, presumably to make the same upcoming right turn or to reach the fuel station at the corner.
The Camry's passenger front corner collided into the TLX's driver side. The impact lurched the TLX over a few feet, whereupon I eased the Acura alongside the curb and slapped on the hazards. It wasn't a violent hit and there were no injuries or property damage, unless you consider the kissing cars.
In the moment, there wasn't much time to do anything about the land-missile Camry. I spotted its oncoming trajectory in my peripheral vision just before impact.
Again, the damage looks worse than it is. The outer door skins soaked up the brunt of the collision and the TLX's occupants suffered minimal jolt. The front door still opens and latches, there is no obvious damage to the front sill or B-pillar, and the car drove straight and true afterwards. I even drove it to the office the next day.
Still, the car's pretty comprehensively worked over. Both doors are clearly trashed, the rear door doesn't open and the unibody aft of the rear door is crinkled. The rear wheel was lightly kissed, too.
There's not much of a lesson here other than: don't drive into the sides of other cars, kids.
Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor