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2019 Honda Passport Earns IIHS Top Safety Pick Rating

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2019 Honda Passport
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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has awarded the new 2019 Honda Passport its Top Safety Pick rating, one of the most coveted honors in the automotive industry.

The Passport earned the highest possible score of “Good” in all but one of the IIHS’s crashworthiness evaluations, including the driver-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraint and seat tests.

It also received the second-highest “Acceptable” rating for the passenger-side small overlap front crash test, headlight visibility (with optional LEDs), and ease of use of the LATCH system for child seats. The headlight visibility test is a recent addition to the crash avoidance and mitigation portion of the IIHS’s battery of tests, and one that has given many new vehicles a lot of trouble.

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Thanks to the standard Honda Sensing system, however, the 2019 Honda Passport earned top marks for front crash prevention. The SUV’s automatic emergency braking system was able to successfully avoid a collision at 12 mph, and reduce impact speed by 12 mph in a 25 mph test.

Despite the aforementioned areas of possible improvement, the Honda Passport’s crash test results should definitely be taken as positive overall, and add to Honda’s already impressive lineup of safe vehicles. So far, the Passport is the eighth vehicle to receive a Top Safety Pick rating from the IIHS, and the Honda Insight has even received the Top Safety Pick+ award.

Separately, every single Honda model that has been fully evaluated by the government’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has received the highest-possible five-star score for overall safety.

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