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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
Five stars, front impact; four stars, side driver impact; five stars, side rear passenger impact
Good," frontal offset test; "good," side impact test
an impressive list of safety equipment
Kelley Blue Book
The 2009 Civic Hybrid doesn't disappoint, offering a full range of safety equipment and top scores on almost all crash tests.
In crash tests performed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the IIHS, the Honda Civic Hybrid held up well and afforded good occupant protection. The IIHS found no problems with the Honda Civic Hybrid and bestowed its highest rating, "good," upon the Honda Civic Hybrid in both frontal offset and side impact tests. NHTSA awarded the 2009 Honda Civic Hybrid five stars for front impact and side rear passenger impact protection, along with four out of five stars for side driver impacts. Kelley Blue Book attributed these strong crash-test ratings to the 2009 Honda's "advanced body structure," which is "designed to better absorb and distribute collision forces, especially in impacts involving taller SUVs."
Kelley Blue Book reports that the 2009 Honda Civic Hybrid offers "an impressive list of safety equipment including front, front-side and side-curtain airbags, active head restraints, anti-lock brakes (ABS), and more," a list echoed in most of the reviews read by TheCarConnection.com. Electronic stability control is newly standard for 2009. Optional safety features aren't available on this 2009 Honda, but the standard features are enough to satisfy even the most worried drivers.
Further boosting the 2009 Honda Civic Hybrid's score in this category is the above-average visibility afforded by the large windshield and overall design. While ConsumerGuide notes that the "long front roof pillars impede outward view to the corners," Cars.com testers find that "all-around visibility is exceptional."
The 2009 Honda Civic Hybrid is a very safe car, with the safety features and top ratings needed to prove its mettle.