The Honda Accord manages some of the best safety scores in the segment and also offers some breakthrough safety items that are uncommon in the class.
The NHTSA gave the 2016 Honda Accord an overall five-star rating, with five stars in all tests except a four-star score in the frontal crash. The IIHS gave the Accord top "Good" ratings across the board in its crash tests, and with advanced safety technology it's also rated a Top Safety Pick+. Those two agencies represent some of the toughest tests on the planet.
Standard on Touring models and optional on all other trim levels is the Honda Sensing suite of driver assists. It includes a collision mitigation braking system, forward-collision warnings, lane-departure warnings, lane keeping assist, road departure mitigation, and adaptive cruise control.
Except on the base LX, Accords include a nifty feature called LaneWatch that greatly enhances lane-changing vision with a live video feed from a camera mounted in the passenger-side mirror. It activates when the driver uses the turn signal.
And thanks to the Accord's low beltline and thinner pillars, outward visibility really isn't that bad without all the extras. Thanks to its increased use of high-tensile steel and the smart ACE safety structure, Honda was able to make pillars thinner.
LED headlamps are also offered at the top of the lineup, and they're the first ever in a Honda, but daytime running lamps are included in all V-6 and Sport models, and LED brake lights are fitted to all models.
All Accord models come with four-wheel disc brakes, including Electronic Brake Distribution and Brake Assist, plus stability control, and hill start assist. And in addition to all the expected airbags, the Accord features a new SmartVent technology for its side airbags that eliminates the need for fussy occupant-position detection systems.