- The 2013 Honda Civic sedan and coupe are the first compact cars to earn the Top Safety Pick+ rating from the IIHS.
- To earn the award, vehicles must receive a "good" rating in at least four of five IIHS crash tests and no less than "acceptable" in the fifth test.
- The 2013 Honda Civic sedan and coupe have been partially rated by NHTSA, earning four out of five stars in the rollover test.
TORRANCE, California — The 2013 Honda Civic sedan and coupe are the first compact cars to earn the Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
To earn the award, vehicles must receive a "good" rating in at least four of five IIHS crash tests and no less than "acceptable" in the fifth test.
Honda touted the Civic award on Thursday. It is one gauge of a small car's safety capabilities and a way to help consumers differentiate among the competitors in the crowded compact-sedan segment.
In comparison, the 2013 Ford Focus sedan and hatchback earned five out of five stars in NHTSA's crash-test program. The 2013 Chevrolet Cruze and 2013 Hyundai Elantra also earned a five-star overall rating in federal crash tests. The 2013 Toyota Corolla lagged behind its competitors with a four out of five star overall rating in federal crash tests.
The 2013 Chevrolet Cruze, Ford Focus and Hyundai Elantra were also named Top Safety Picks by the IIHS. The Top Safety Pick+ is the highest award. Top Safety Pick vehicles must receive good ratings in the moderate overlap front, side, rollover and rear tests, regardless of their rating in the small overlap front test. Top Safety Pick is the second-highest award by IIHS.
The 2013 Civic is the first compact car to earn the highest rating of "good" in the IIHS' new small overlap frontal crash test. The test is designed to simulate what happens when the front corner of a vehicle collides with another vehicle or an object such as a tree or utility pole at high speed.
Standard safety equipment on the 2013 Civics includes vehicle stability assist with traction control, antilock brakes and six airbags.
Edmunds says: Important safety information for consumers shopping in the compact-car segment, but be aware that NHTSA has yet to weigh in with its safety rating on the 2013 Civic.