Affordable Safety: 2016 Honda Civic Earns IIHS Top Safety Pick+ Rating

January 15, 2016

The 2016 Honda Civic has been fully tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), and it’s earned top ratings in every respect.

That includes the best ‘good’ ratings for moderate and small overlap frontal tests, as well as side impact, head restraints and seats (rear impact), and roof strength. And with the optional Collision Mitigation Braking System, which is part of the Honda Sensing Package, the Civic manages to earn a ‘superior’ rating in front crash prevention, with automatic-braking capability avoiding a collision at 12-mph and 25-mph test speeds.

The Honda Sensing Package also includes lane-keep assist and lane-departure warning (with steering intervention).

Results for the Civic were released earlier this week, along with results also confirming the top “superior” front crash prevention rating and Top Safety Pick+ designation for the 2016 Hyundai Sonata, 2016 Lexus RX, and 2016 Nissan Altima.

The 2016 Honda Civic has already earned some of our best ratings of the new model year here at The Car Connection, and it’s been named the North American Car of the Year (NACTOY).* And in addition to much-improved driving refinement and an available turbocharged engine, improved value in tech and safety features is definitely part of the new Civic’s appeal.

Less bang for the buck, more value

Safety-conscious shoppers will appreciate how the latest Civic breaks with Honda packaging tradition: This package is actually very affordable; it costs just $1,000 and is offered even on the base 2016 Honda Civic EX—which means that it’s offered at a bottom-line price as low as $22,875.

Among price-conscious compact cars, only the Mazda 3, Subaru Impreza (and WRX and Crosstrek), and Volkswagen Golf (and GTI) have earned the TSP+ accolade. And a size smaller, the Scion iA stands strong as the most affordable Top Safety Pick+.

The redesigned Civic is built on entirely new underpinnings, and it hasn’t yet been rated by the federal government; but expect ratings to be released soon, as it’s among the 19 passenger cars slated to be tested this year.

* Full disclosure: The writer, as well as three other Internet Brands Automotive editors, currently serve on the jury for the NACTOY award.

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