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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
'Good,' frontal offset, side and rear impacts, roof strength; Top Safety Pick
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The Insight extends the rear glass into the top of the trunk lid to improve visibility, but it doesn't work. A thick bar splitting the rear window limits the view in the rearview mirror.
The 2013 Honda Insight covers all the bases in terms of safety, though only one of the two major testing organizations has rendered a verdict on its crash safety. It has the expected suite of electronic safety systems, though no particularly innovative or advanced features beyond those.
The 2013 Insight doesn't get an Overall safety rating from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which hasn't retested the Insight since establishing new and more stringent frontal crash and side crash tests. For rollover, the agency rates the Insight at four out of five stars.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, on the other hand, gives the top rating of 'Good' to the 2013 Insight in frontal offset, side, and rear impacts, and also for roof strength. Earlier 2010-2011 Insight models did not do as well on roof strength; they were only rated 'Acceptable' for roof crush strength. The institute deems the 2013 Honda Insight an IIHS Top Safety Pick--as is the larger Toyota Prius, if you're keeping score.
The 2013 Honda Insight offers decent outward visibility, helped by its low window line and the Prius-like additional vertical glass panel in the tailgate for rearward vision. The list of safety features in the Insight includes electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes, front, side, and side-curtain airbags, and active front head restraints. Honda redesigned and moved the rear window wiper to improve visibility last year as well.
The 2013 Honda Insight hasn't been tested by the NHTSA, though the IIHS calls it a Top Safety Pick.