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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
Good," frontal offset impact; "good," side impact
Five stars, frontal impacts; five stars, side impacts; three stars, rollover risk
Active front seat head restraints have been designed to help reduce the severity of neck injuries in the event of a rear impact
The 2009 Honda Element may look a bit quirky, but when it comes to safety, it’s all business. The Honda Element excels in crash tests and offers a wide range of standard safety equipment.
Very few cars manage to sweep both the IIHS and NHTSA crash tests, but the 2009 Honda Element is one of those rare breeds. The Honda Element earns the IIHS's highest possible score, "good," in both the frontal offset and side impact tests. In NHTSA testing, the 2009 Honda Element also wins perfect five-star ratings in all impact tests, including front and side impacts. In addition, the Honda 2009 Element garners a Top Safety Pick 2009 award from the IIHS, which cites the Honda Element's "good performance in front, side, and rear tests and standard electronic stability control." The only cause for concern on the 2009 Honda Element is its poor rollover rating from NHTSA, a mere three stars, due to its tall, narrow stature.
In case those stellar crash-test ratings don't convince you that the 2009 Honda Element is a safe vehicle, Honda packs a wide array of safety features into this Honda 2009 Element. Edmunds predicts that the latest edition of the Honda Element "should also be safer than ever, thanks to new safety equipment including standard stability control and optional side curtain airbags." Autoblog notes that the Honda 2009 Element "is equipped with dual-stage, dual-threshold supplemental restraint system (SRS) airbags for the driver and front passenger." Reviews read by TheCarConnection.com also invariably mention the rollover capabilities of the airbags, as Motor Trend points out that "both front- and rear-seat passengers get side-curtain airbags, which the vehicle can adjust for optimal protection in the event of a rollover."
Another critical element of overall safety is the field of view afforded the driver, and the Honda Element does an above-average job in this regard. ConsumerGuide notes that the "SUV-tall driving stance and short nose offer a panoramic feel, but the roof pillars slice into visibility aft and over the shoulders." Fortunately, an available rearview camera should help increase driver awareness to the rear of the Honda Element.
With the exception of rollover concerns, the 2009 Honda Element is tops for safety.