IIHS Picks First Small Car ‘Top Safety Pick Plus’

J.D. Power blog - March 12, 2013

The Insur­ance Insti­tute for High­way Safe­ty makes its first “top safe­ty pick plus” of a small car, based on the new rat­ings set by the Insti­tute.

Find out which small car received a top rat­ing.

The updat­ed 2013 Hon­da Civic is the first small car to earn a “Top Safe­ty Pick Plus” rat­ing from the IIHS, thanks to a “Good” rat­ing in the new small over­lap frontal-impact test that the vehicle’s struc­tur­al changes were intend­ed to address. Hon­da made addi­tion­al safe­ty-relat­ed changes for the 2013 mod­el year, includ­ing mak­ing a revers­ing cam­era stan­dard equip­ment and installing new SmartVent side-impact air bags. Addi­tion­al­ly, Short Mes­sage Ser­vice (SMS) text mes­sag­ing is also stan­dard for the 2013 Civic, and the automak­er plans to make a lane-depar­ture warn­ing sys­tem and a for­ward-col­li­sion warn­ing sys­tem option­al on the Civic Hybrid mod­el.

Among the changes were struc­tur­al mod­i­fi­ca­tions designed to help the vehi­cle per­form well in strin­gent new small over­lap frontal impact tests con­duct­ed by the Insur­ance Insti­tute for High­way Safe­ty (IIHS). By Honda’s account­ing, these changes and oth­er upgrades intend­ed to fix real or per­ceived fail­ings of the redesigned 2012 Civic, cost the automak­er $500 per car that it sells.

Were the changes worth­while? By one mea­sure, the answer is “Yes.”

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