2013 Honda Civic Is Top Performer in New Crash Test


  • 2013 Honda Civic Picture

    2013 Honda Civic Picture

    The 2013 Honda Civic earned a "good" rating in the small overlap front crash test by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. | August 08, 2013

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Just the Facts:
  • The 2013 Honda Civic is the only small car to get a top score on a new crash test that simulates a severe front-end crash, while the 2014 Kia Forte was the worst performer.
  • The 2013 Dodge Dart, Ford Focus, Hyundai Elantra and 2014 Scion tC earned acceptable ratings.
  • The IIHS did not test the Toyota Corolla in this round because the automaker plans to release a redesigned 2014 model in August.

ARLINGTON, Virginia — The 2013 Honda Civic is the only small car to get a top score on a new crash test that simulates a severe front-end crash, while the 2014 Kia Forte was the worst performer, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Both two-door and four-door versions of the Civic earned the top score in the test, a "small overlap" crash test. The test replicates a crash in which the front corner of a vehicle strikes another vehicle or an object like a tree or a utility pole at 40 mph. The IIHS released the results of its latest round of testing on Thursday.

IIHS engineers said in a YouTube video that the 2014 Kia Forte test resulted in a "horrendous" crash with intrusion into the occupant compartment.

The 2013 Dodge Dart, Ford Focus, Hyundai Elantra and 2014 Scion tC earned acceptable ratings. The 2013 Nissan Sentra, Kia Soul and 2014 Kia Forte all received a "poor" rating. The 2013 Chevrolet Sonic, Volkswagen Beetle and Chevrolet Cruze earned a "marginal" rating.

The IIHS did not test the Toyota Corolla in this round because the automaker plans to release a redesigned 2014 model in August.

"As a group, small cars fared worse than their midsize moderately priced counterparts in the same test but better overall than small SUVs," said the IIHS in a statement.

"In the worst cases safety cages collapsed, driver airbags moved sideways with unstable steering columns and the dummy's head hit the instrument panel. Side curtain airbags didn't deploy or didn't provide enough forward coverage to make a difference. All of this adds up to marginal or poor protection in a small overlap crash."

In the case of the Honda Civic, the IIHS said "dummy movement during the test was well-controlled and both cars had only minimal intrusion into the occupant compartment, so survival space for the dummy was well-maintained."

The 2013 Honda Civic four-door earned the highest five-star rating in crash tests by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The 2013 Honda Civic two-door earned four out of five stars in the NHTSA test.

The 2014 Kia Forte earned four out of five stars in crash tests by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The Civic, Dart, Elantra, Focus and tC earn the Top Safety Pick+ award from the IIHS. The award recognizes models with "superior crash protection."

Edmunds says: Some important safety information for consumers shopping in the small-car segment.

Comments

  • reminder reminder Posts:

    Yikes. The Forte took one on the chin. Crash rating is important in all segments, but particularly in the compact division. Survivability is the name of the game. Advancements in safety have come in bunches over the past 20 years or so. Small cars used to be deathtraps & the larger cars weren't that much better. Kinda disappointed with Chevy Sonic & Cruze. Back to the drawing board for the bow-tie boys.

  • jamess1985 jamess1985 Posts:

    I think the Nikkei might get a three- or four-day trading bounce starting tomorrow, provided the Crazy Yen Shorts can manage not to be so greedy this time and divorce Japanese currency from Japanese markets. They've gotta do it sometime, and after this latest - overdone - rout, it might be a good place to start. I bought a little HMC today. Not only does the crash test results help it - and their opening another US factory - and a nice upgrade from Credit Suisses - but I think the idiotic Tesla Mania also does. The contrast between Tesla and Honda as both stocks and companies couldn't be greater. And I, for one, have always been partial to Honda. - Jake from http://www.4-insure.com/blog/

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