Honda Motor Co.’s Civic, the U.S. auto industry’s best-selling compact car, received the top safety rating on Thursday from an insurance industry group in a new crash test.
Both the two- and four-door versions of the Civic received a “good” crash-test rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, a non-profit group funded by the insurance industry.
Volvo’s XC60 mid-sized SUV also received a “good” rating in the IIHS test.
Testing was based on a vehicle’s performance in the new, tougher small overlap frontal crash test, which is designed to replicate what happens when the front corner of a vehicle collides with another vehicle or object like a tree or utility pole.
Only five cars underwent the new IIHS crash test, including the two versions of the Civic.
Honda introduced a redesigned Civic last year, only 18 months after a major model change to the car in the United States to address complaints about the 2012 model. The Japanese automaker upgraded the car inside and out, with a sleeker look, better quality interiors and improved steering feel.
Consumer Reports, the influential consumer magazine, in the summer of 2011 ranked the Civic dead last in a field of 12 compact sedans it test drove and dropped it from its “recommended” list. The magazine’s testing did not involve crash tests. It was the first time the Civic had failed to make the list since the buyer’s guide was launched in 1993.
Honda officials previously acknowledged they miscalculated the market after the U.S. economy turned south after the Lehman Brothers collapse in 2008, removing features from the Civic because they thought recession-weary customers would want less expensive cars.
Sales of the Civic, the most popular compact in the U.S. market, are down 9 percent through February after jumping about 44 per cent to 317,909 cars last year.
In the IIHS new crash tests, Ford Motor Co’s Lincoln MKZ luxury sedan and Mazda Motor Corp’s 6 sedan both received “acceptable” ratings.
All of the vehicles tested – 2013 models, except for the 2014-model Mazda 6 – were named a “Top Safety Pick +” by IIHS. The tests were done outside the institute’s normal schedule at the request of the automakers.
Vehicles earning the institute’s “Top Safety Pick +” award have received “good” ratings in the four traditional tests plus “good” or “acceptable” ratings in the small overlap test.
Columns Everything you need to know about purchasing, maintaining and driving your car.
Become a member
Register now to access all features including:
- Save and ask friends to review vehicles
- Exclusive rebates & offers from local dealers
- Premium content, reviews and tools
- You can unsubscribe at any time. Please Contact Us for details.
All for free!
Already a member?
Registration 2 of 2
Welcome to Wheels!
As a final step we've sent a confirmation to your email address as a security measure. Please click the link in the email to complete your registration.
Terms of services
DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES AND LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, TORONTO STAR IS PROVIDING THE TORONTO STAR WEBSITES ON AN "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE" BASIS AND MAKES NO WARRANTIES OR REPRESENTATIONS, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, IN ANY CONNECTION WITH THE TORONTO STAR WEBSITES, THEIR CONTENTS, OR ANY WEB SITE OR CONTENTS WITH WHICH IT IS LINKED. TORONTO STAR DOES NOT WARRANT THAT THE FUNCTION OF THE TORONTO STAR WEBSITES OR THEIR CONTENTS WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR FREE, THAT DEFECTS WILL BE CORRECTED, OR THAT THE TORONTO STAR WEBSITES OR THE SERVERS THAT MAKE IT AVAILABLE ARE FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS.
TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, NEGLIGENCE, SHALL TORONTO STAR BE LIABLE FOR ANY LOSS OF USE, LOSS OF DATA, LOSS OF INCOME OR PROFIT, LOSS OF OR DAMAGE TO PROPERTY, OR FOR ANY DAMAGES OF ANY KIND OR CHARACTER (INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION ANY COMPENSATORY, INCIDENTAL, DIRECT, INDIRECT, SPECIAL, PUNITIVE, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES), EVEN IF TORONTO STAR HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES OR LOSSES, ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE USE OF THE TORONTO STAR WEBSITES, THEIR CONTENTS, OR ANY WEBSITE OR CONTENTS WITH WHICH IT IS LINKED. IN NO EVENT SHALL TORONTO STAR'S TOTAL LIABILITY FOR ALL DAMAGES, LOSSES, AND CAUSES OF ACTION, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, TORT (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, NEGLIGENCE), OR OTHERWISE, EXCEED THE AMOUNT PAID BY YOU FOR ACCESSING THIS SITE.X