Honda tops IIHS safety tests

The redesigned 2014 Civic was the only small car to score maximum ratings for both its 2-door and 4-door models in stringent front-end crash tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Twelve compact and subcompact cars including the Honda Civic, Dodge Dart, Ford Focus, Hyundai Elantra and Kia Soul were included in the "small overlap" crash test, which replicates an accident in which the front corner of a car clips another car, a pole or a tree at 40 mph. In all, half of the dozen cars tested by the IIHS fared poorly, but six performed well with the Honda Civic cinching top ratings and being named the ‘Top Safety Pick +’ .

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."

Safety is critical in the fast-growing small-car market with many buyers downsizing from larger vehicles in favour of the compact car’s impressive gas mileage.

The Honda Civic has earned consecutive safety awards with its 2013 four-door model nabbing the highest five-star rating in crash tests by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the two-door earning four out of five stars.

ATL Automotive is the exclusive dealership for Honda in Jamaica and in addition to the award winning Civic also carries the Accord, City, Fit and CRV models.

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