2014 Honda Civic, Odyssey and Accord Among Elite Earning Top Safety Honors


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    2014 Honda Civic Picture

    2014 Honda Civic. | December 19, 2013

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Just the Facts:
  • Honda went to the head of the "Top Safety Pick" class announced by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, with such winners as the 2014 Honda Civic, Odyssey and Accord.
  • Honda/Acura had the most winners of any automaker, with six models earning Top Safety Pick+ ratings and two earning Top Safety Pick.
  • Other winners include the 2014 Ford Fusion, Subaru Forester, Toyota Highlander and Volvo S80.

ARLINGTON, Virginia — Honda went to the head of the "Top Safety Pick" class announced by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, with such winners as the 2014 Honda Civic, Odyssey and Accord.

Honda/Acura had the most winners of any automaker, with six models earning Top Safety Pick+ ratings and two earning Top Safety Pick.

Four 2014 Honda models were named a Top Safety Pick+ including the Accord sedan and coupe; Civic Sedan; and Odyssey, which is the only minivan yet to earn this designation. The Civic coupe was named a Top Safety Pick. Additionally, the 2014 Acura MDX and the RLX each achieved Top Safety Pick+ status, with the 2014 Acura TL earning a Top Safety Pick rating.

The IIHS said it made testing "more difficult for manufacturers this year."

Just 39 vehicles earned its "Top Safety Pick" ratings for 2014, down from 130 in 2013. The IIHS said 22 vehicles earned the Top Safety Pick+ rating, the highest designation. Another 17 won the Top Safety Pick award.

The 22 top winners include the 2014 Ford Fusion, Subaru Forester, Toyota Highlander and Volvo S80. The IIHS also included the 2014 Mazda 3 built after October 2013 in the group and the 2014 Toyota Prius built after November 2013 in the top group.

Rounding out the top 22 are the 2014 Mazda 6, Subaru Legacy and Outback, Infiniti Q50, Lincoln MKZ, Volvo S60, Mitsubishi Outlander and Volvo XC60. The 2014 Mazda CX-5 built after October 2013 is also included in the top group, along with the 2014 Mercedes-Benz M-Class built after August 2013.

Among Top Safety Pick winners, the Chevrolet Spark minicar is a new model.

The new criteria requires good performance in tests for moderate and small overlap for frontal crashes, as well as side protection, roof strength and head restraints. Extra credit is given to automakers that have front crash avoidance systems, with those earning the Top Safety Pick+ rating.

"Vehicles that have fallen off the list have less than acceptable ratings for small overlap protection or they haven't been tested yet," said the IIHS in a statement on Thursday.

Edmunds says: Some critical safety information for car shoppers to consider.

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