Every year, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) releases its list of vehicle safety awards, handing out TOP SAFETY PICK+ designations to vehicles that received the highest score possible. This year, four models in Honda’s 2014 lineup earned TOP SAFETY PICK+ awards – the 2014 Honda Accord Coupe and Sedan, Civic Sedan and Odyssey – more than any other automaker out there.
The IIHS evaluates each model on its ability to protect drivers during crashes, conducting front, side, rear, rollover and small overlap front crash tests. For 2014, the IIHS also factored in whether or not a vehicle has the technologies in place to help drivers prevent crashes from happening in the first place. Many of Honda’s vehicles feature available safety technologies such as a Forward Collision Warning system.
Honda’s EPA Ratings Jump
Safety isn’t the only area where Honda models have tested highly. The EPA recently released its annual fuel economy report, finding that among major full-line auto manufacturers, Honda’s 2012 lineup had the biggest average mpg gain and one of the lowest CO2 emissions. On average, Honda’s 2012 model lineup delivered 26.6 mpg, three mpg above the industry average, with the highest increase from the previous year.