The 2016 MDX received five stars in the front and side crash tests and four stars in the rollover crash test.
The rating applies to front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive versions of the MDX, which is on sale now at Acura dealerships.
Standard safety equipment includes a rearview camera, vehicle stability assist with traction control, antilock brakes, LED daytime running lights and seven airbags, including a driver's knee airbag.
The AcuraWatch suite of advanced safety and driver-assist technologies is available as a stand-alone package on every 2016 MDX and is standard with the Advance package. It features road-departure mitigation and a rear cross-traffic monitor.
Edmunds says: Car shoppers should note that the 2015 BMW X5 earned the top five-star safety rating from NHTSA. The 2015-'16 Audi Q7 and 2016 Volvo XC90 have not been rated.