All 2018-19 Honda Models Claim 5-Star Safety Rating
As the year comes to a close, Honda has something big to celebrate: every 2018-2019 model tested this year has earned the highest-possible five-star score for overall vehicle safety in crash testing by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, making the Honda lineup one of the safest in the industry.
Of the 12 tested models, five earned a Top Safety Pick rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and two earned the much coveted Top Safety Pick+ rating. Leading the charge was the all-new 2019 Honda Insight, which was the only compact hybrid car to earn a 2018 TPS+ award, and which was able to do so right out of the box without options.
In the case of the Honda Pilot, the other model to earn the TPS+ honor, it only did so while equipped with LED headlights, a common trend across the industry this year as the IIHS raised its requirements to include a reasonable standard of headlight visibility.
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Honda Sensing represented one of the manufacturer’s big wins. Since its introduction in 2015, Honda has sold nearly 1.6 million vehicles equipped with the suite of active safety technologies, almost half of which were sold in 2018 alone. More than 70 percent of all new Honda vehicles sold today feature Honda Sensing tech, which is now standard in most of the automaker’s cars and went a long way toward earning those top safety scores.
Honda Sensing includes automatic emergency braking, road departure mitigation, lane keeping assistance, and adaptive cruise control. Combined with the manufacturer’s ACE (Advanced Compatibility Engineering) body structure, these technologies make Honda models among th safest you can buy in 2018.
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