The 2015 Honda Accord Wins IIHS Top Safety Pick
No one ever wants to be in a car crash, but choosing a car with high safety ratings is a decision that could save your life down the road. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) uses five criteria to determine what will happen when a vehicle is in a crash. They take measurements of two types of frontal impact, side impact, rear impact, and roof strength. The data is then compiled, and the vehicles ranked to give consumers the best information for safety rankings.
The Honda Accord passed all of these criteria for safety and exceeded requirements with even more safety features. The tests showed that there is a low risk of injury to drivers and passengers of the Honda Accord for all of the crashes tested, which is good news for those thinking about getting behind the wheel of the Accord.
- Moderate Overlap Front Test – This test determines whether the driver’s “survival space” is intact after a front driver’s side impact. The doorframe, steering wheel, and instrument panel of the Accord didn’t collapse or injure the driver in this test.
- Small Overlap Front Test – Next, the front and side curtain airbags worked together to keep the dummy’s head from striking any hard surface inside the car. The Honda Accord comes with both front and side airbags and torso airbags.
- Side Impact Test – The dummy’s legs and feet were protected by a rigid doorframe that resisted collapse in the collision, keeping the lower body safe. If the car senses that a rollover is imminent, the side airbags deploy, so when you’re in the car, tests show that you are protected from side impact.
- Rear Crash Protection – The Accord protected driver and passengers from injury in a collision event from behind.
- Roof Strength Test – Last, the roof of the Accord was pressed under a heavy weight. The roof resisted buckling under four times the weight of the car to earn its high safety rating in all five categories tested.
The Honda Accord also goes above and beyond the IIHS rating. Its stability and traction are controlled electronically. It has a 4-wheel antilock brake system and daytime running lights, and for even greater security, you can opt for the forward collision warning feature. This car is a clear frontrunner for the safety-aware consumer.