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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
Five stars, front impact; five stars, side rear passenger impact; four stars, side driver impact
Good," frontal offset impact; "good," side impact; Top Safety Pick
VSA stability control also is now standard on all EX-L, Hybrid, and Si models
Simply put, the 2010 Honda Civic is one of the best small cars for safety. The Civic not only performs extraordinarily well in crash tests but also includes a very strong set of standard safety features.
Looking at crash-test results from either the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) or the federal government, the 2010 Civic does very well. It earns the highest possible rating of "good" in both frontal offset and side impact tests from the IIHS. The IIHS also grants 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." The news is also good but not perfect from the federal government; NHTSA reports four- and five-star results.
Front side and side-curtain airbags are standard on all Civics for 2010, along with 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."
Driver visibility is a drawback in the 2010 Honda Civic, particularly in the Civic Coupe. 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."
Safety credentials in the 2010 Honda Civic are very impressive, though there’s a little room for improvement.