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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
Good," frontal offset impact; "good," side impact; Top Safety Pick
Five stars, front impact; five stars, side rear passenger impact; four stars, side driver impact
VSA stability control also is now standard on all EX-L, Hybrid, and Si models
If you're looking for a weakness in the 2009 Honda Civic, research conducted by TheCarConnection.com reveals that you won't find it in the safety category. The 2009 Honda Civic not only performs extraordinarily well in crash tests, but it also adds to the 2008 Civic's list of standard safety features.
The latest Honda 2009 Civic is a true standout in crash tests, earning the highest possible rating of "good" in both frontal offset and side impact tests from the IIHS. The IIHS also awards the Honda Civic its Top Safety Pick Award for 2009, citing its "good performance in front, side, and rear tests and optional electronic stability control." NHTSA also reports solid results for the Honda 2009 Civic sedan and coupe: perfect five-star ratings for front and side rear passenger impacts, along with four stars for side driver impacts.
In addition to its strong crash-test ratings, the 2009 Honda Civic boasts numerous standard safety features. Car and Driver says that the Honda Civic "is pretty well equipped with standard safety features, including front, front side, and curtain airbags on all models, along with four-wheel anti-lock brakes." Kelley Blue Book lists the Honda 2009 Civic's "active head restraints" as another noteworthy feature, while Cars.com reports that the "EX-L, Hybrid and Si models also have an electronic stability system."
It seems that the only safety criticism of the 2009 Honda Civic arises when the discussion turns to driver visibility. ConsumerGuide reviewers are somewhat disappointed that the Honda Civic's "long front roof pillars impede [the] outward view to the corners," while the "long dashtop shelf and sloping nose complicate judging distance in close quarters."
The addition of a vehicle stability control system rounds out an impressive list of safety credentials on the 2009 Honda Civic.