Honda Tops Insurance Industry Safety List

Honda Tops Insurance Industry Safety List
David Zalubowski/APA Honda Accord sedan.
Honda Motor Co. (HMC) has topped the insurance industry's annual list of the safest new vehicles.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety on Thursday gave 39 vehicles top safety ratings for 2014. That is dramatically fewer than the 130 on the list last year because vehicles now must meet tougher standards.

For the first time, the vehicles need top crash test scores and a good front crash prevention system -- such as warning systems or automatic braking -- to get its highest designation. Vehicles are now ranked as either a "Top Safety Pick" or "Top Safety Pick +" if they meet the front crash protection criteria as well.

Honda, which also owns the Acura brand, had the most winners of any automaker with eight of its vehicles making the list. The Honda Civic hybrid, Honda Accord, Acura RLX and Acura MDX all got the highest ranking. Its Honda Civic two-door and Acura TL were also ranked as top safety picks.

The list is often used by safety-minded car shoppers and by automakers in advertising.

There are eight newcomers to the list,
including Infinity's Q50, the Mazda 3, Toyota Highlander and the Chevrolet Spark mini-car. The Honda Civic Hybrid and several Volvo models won the top designation on the basis of standard equipment in their vehicles.

The IIHS's rankings have been a catalyst in recent years for automakers to make their cars safer. Automakers are scrambling to bolster the front-end protection of their cars and trucks to meet the institute's offset test, which measures how well a car protects people in a crash covering only part of the front end.

For example, Toyota Motor (TM) redesigned the midsize Camry sedan, America's top-selling car, so it could pass the test, the institute announced Thursday. The changes helped the Camry's crash-test rating move from "poor" to "acceptable," for all models built after Nov. 1, the institute said.

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kathy payne


December 20 2013 at 2:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Honda Civic (2007), what a P.O.S. Tires on the rear do not last. Try driving on ice and snowy roads. The rear of the car moves back and forth. And they did not correct this on the new models.
My daughter in law just purchased a 2013 and it does the same thing. Of course when the salesperson was asked about this his answer was it has been corrected. I guess Honda would rather pay if someone gets killed than correct their problems. No more Honda for me.

December 19 2013 at 11:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to b731's comment

Could she have purchased a car that was in an accident? I don't care it it was a new car, it could have been damaged on a test drive or while a salesman loaned another customer the car while their's was being repaired at the delaership. Have a reliable body shop check it out, the dealer might have repaired it in his own bodyshop hiding the fact the car was damaged. You may have an improperly repaired car with out knowing it. I used to work at dealerships and you won't believe the stuff they pull on trusting unknowing customers.

December 19 2013 at 11:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Russell Bennett

When you crash a Honda into a solid barrier that is the same a head on between two Hondas. if you happen to hit head on with a Lincoln Town Car don't expect to be safer then the folks in the Lincoln.

December 19 2013 at 6:49 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

My and always.

December 19 2013 at 6:01 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Honda and Toyota...also most stolen car in america........

December 19 2013 at 4:15 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

This article fails to tell you that Honda has the highest Insurance cost in the Industry to the Consumer due to their expensive parts cost.

December 19 2013 at 4:05 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Toyota or somebody else should like buy a few million, put them under fake names, insure them, park them in Fort Knox and watch the safety rating go through the roof. For giving them this ideal I would like a bicycle please! Though my Huffy is okay for the moment.

December 19 2013 at 9:33 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply