Honda Wins Safety Award

May 9th, 2016 by

Hodan AccordHonda pre-owned vehicles have been recognized by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) as part of its first-ever list of safer used vehicles for teen drivers. The IIHS used research that suggests that the type of vehicle driven has a big effect on the degree of risk for teen safety on the road. Another factor that the IIHS found is that many teens drive used vehicles lacking important safety technology. With the research in hand, the IIHS compiled a list to help guide parents in making safer choices.

Honda earned recognition from IIHS as among the best, safer choices for teen drivers under $20,000. Specifically the vehicles recommended were the Honda Accord Sedan (2012 and later), Accord Coupe (2013-14), CR-V (2012 and later), Element (2007 and later) and Honda Odyssey (2011 and later). Additionally, the Honda Pilot (2006 and later) and the Honda Odyssey (2005-10) were included on the list of good choices for teen drivers under $10,000.

All Honda vehicles on the list come equipped with standard Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with traction control (what IIHS calls Electronic Stability Control or ESC) and provide good protection in moderate overlap front crash tests. According to IIHS, systems like Honda’s VSA® reduce fatal single-vehicle accidents.

Vehicles considered “best choices” for under $20,000 have good ratings for side crash protection, good head restraints and seats for rear crash protection, and good roof strength to protect occupants in rollover crashes.  If rated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the vehicles earn a 4 or 5 Star Overall Vehicle Score, for model years 2011 and later, or 4 or 5 Stars in the front and side crash safety tests for earlier models tested under NHTSA’s old rating system.

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