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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
Five stars, frontal and side impact tests
Good," frontal offset, side, and rear tests
high-strength-steel content in the unit body jumped from 13 to 52 percent—the most in any current Honda
The 2010 Honda Pilot has achieved only the top ratings in all categories of crash testing from both the federal government and the insurance industry. In NHTSA (federal) tests, the Pilot achieved five-star protection in all frontal and side tests, and it got top "good" ratings from the insurance-supported IIHS in frontal offset, side, and rear tests. The IIHS named it a Top Safety Pick for 2009, an accolade that it's expected to also get for 2010.
Safety gear in the 2010 Honda Pilot includes “antilock brakes, an electronic stability system, side-impact airbags for the front seats, three-row side curtain airbags, and active head restraints for the front seats,” Cars.com reports. It also offers Brake Assist, which The Detroit News says “uses a computer to determine if the driver is slamming on the brakes and then increases brake pressure electronically to help provide maximum stopping power.”
Visibility can be an issue in the 2010 Honda Pilot, depending on the size and seating position of the driver. “Thick rear roof pillars block the driver's view to the rear corners,” ConsumerGuide observes, “but large windows and typically tall SUV driving stance mean good visibility otherwise.” USA Today adds that “the high hood line that accommodates the big grille makes it hard to see where the path goes when cresting an off-pavement hill.”
A backup camera is standard on the 2010 Honda Pilot EX-L and Touring models with the nav system. On models without navigation, the available rearview camera projects an image into “a small screen on the inside rearview mirror,” USA Today says. “Never did seem as intuitive as the big-screen backup image.”
Top crash-test results and a full range of safety features in the stout 2010 Honda Pilot promise excellent protection, with visibility the only concern.