• Jun 29th 2011 at 4:31PM
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Infiniti EX35 IIHS roof strength test – Click above for high-res image gallery

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety is tough on vehicles. The institute's crash tests are among the most difficult to ace, with very high standards for front and side impacts, plus rigid roof strength standards. But while some vehicles struggle to achieve the top score of "Good," the Infiniti EX35 seems to have had the answers to the test.

Infiniti's smallest luxury crossover achieved the top score of "Good" because it features standard stability control, it passed the all-important rear and side impact protection tests and it has a roof that can handle the pressure of more than four times its overall weight. The roof test is measured by pressing a metal plate into a corner of the roof at a constant rate. The pressure continues to build until five inches of crush is achieved. If the roof can withstand at least four times the overall weight of the vehicle, it receives a score of "Good." Since the EX35 checked off every box with a score of "Good," the IIHS feels comfortable calling the CUV a "Top Safety Pick."

But while the EX35 was aces in the roof test, the similarly sized Acura RDX didn't fare nearly as well. IIHS gave the RDX an overall score of "Marginal" after the Acura roof was found to only be able to withstand 2.9 times the overall weight of the vehicle.

Hit the jump to read over the Infiniti press release.

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Infiniti EX35 Named IIHS Top Safety Pick

– 2011 Infiniti EX Luxury Crossover Joins Infiniti M37/56 as an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety 2011 Top Safety Picks –

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) today awarded the 2011 Infiniti EX35 a "Top Safety Pick" rating. The rating is given to vehicles that achieve the Institute's highest rating of "Good" in front, rear and side impact protection, are equipped with electronic stability control, and earn a good rating in roof strength. The Infiniti EX35 joins the Infiniti M37/M56 on the list of 2011 Top Safety Picks.

"Infiniti is proud to receive another Top Safety Pick rating from IIHS," said Infiniti Americas Vice President Ben Poore. "Like all Infiniti vehicles, the 2011 Infiniti EX35 luxury crossover is designed to offer owners a strong sense of peace of mind, whether from its exhilarating driving performance, engaging interior environment, advanced technology or long list of standard safety features."

Every 2011 Infiniti EX35 comes equipped with the Infiniti Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) with dual-stage, dual-threshold front air bags and seat belt and occupant classification sensors, roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental air bags for front and rear outboard occupant head protection, seat-mounted driver and front passenger side-impact supplemental air bags and front-seat Active Head Restraints.

Additional standard equipment includes LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) system, Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and Traction Control System (TCS).

In addition, the Infiniti EX also offers a host of available advanced technologies including: Lane Departure Prevention system (LDP), Intelligent Cruise Control, Distance Control Assist (DCA) and Intelligent Brake Assist (IBA) with Forward Collision Warning. The Blind Spot Warning (BSW) system illuminates an indicator light if another vehicle is detected in the blind spot area. If the driver then uses the turn signal, the indicator flashes and an audible warning sounds.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      Do any of you remember the Volvo advertisements in the early 1970s where 7 (or was it 10?) Volvo sedans were piled up and the roof of the one on the bottom held up the whole stack? That was back when Detroit was still trying to fight seat belt installation by going to court rather than embrace safety features.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Considering that the RDX is just a CR-V on crack, this does not surprise me the least.
      The T
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not unexpected for the RDX since it's based off the CR-V which also received a Marginal rating for roof strength.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @The T
        Also not surprising since the RDX was introduced in early-mid 2006 as a 2007 model. The model is five years old while the EX is basically new. The RDX was designed WELL before the new roof crush standards....
      • 4 Years Ago
      Falters. The word "faulters" is a noun -- people who fault others. To lose your footing is to falter. Learn English or get your own language.
      Rob K
      • 4 Years Ago
      Now that the grammer police have made their presense known, how long before the Honda fanbois show up to defend their precious Acura?
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Rob K
        You're far more likely to see posters accusing the IIHS of conspiring with its benefactors to rip us all off than defending the mediocre results of a crossover that's at the end of its lifecycle.
      • 4 Years Ago
      These are two of the most embarrassing vehicles on the road today for a variety of reasons, be it the EX's useless back seat, the RDX's poor fuel economy, the fact the both are hideous, etc. etc. Judging from how few I've seen on the road, they're not setting sales charts on fire. I hope they're both discontinued.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think that the people who buy these cars were also hit in the head by the same "hammer"
      Mike P
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think you mean that the RDX "falters."
      • 4 Years Ago
      There's no 'u' in "falters". Might wanna fix that, since it's in the title.
      Soul Shinobi
      • 4 Years Ago
      Do these pics make anyone else uneasy? They look to me like a guy about to deliver an imminent punch to someones face.
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