Honda says it's invested heavily in safety structures and technology in the new Civic—everything from more standard features and wider availability of the latest advanced safety technology, to using more high-strength steel in the body for extra passive-safety protection.
Every Civic gets the prerequisite airbags and stability control, with hill-start assist. A wide-angle rearview camera is standard, and so is Bluetooth. And praise be, Honda has finally uncoupled its most advanced safety features from the top trim levels of its products. So while features like adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warnings, and forward-collision warnings with automatic braking are standard on the top Touring level, they're available on all other versions for $1,000, even on the base Civic LX.
The Civic's very design offers an added measure of safety. Like those on most Subarus, the Civic's roof pillars are thin and yield excellent visibility, though the high decklid at the rear cuts into that view more than in the past.
The Civic has earned five-star ratings across the board from federal safety officials. The IIHS has crash-tested the new sedan and given it top "Good" ratings in every category of testing—including the top "Superior" rating in the front collision avoidance category, where the Civic managed to autonomously brake and fully avoid an impact at a closing speed of up to 25 mph. The Civic earned the agency's coveted Top Safety Pick+ award.
With its Honda Sensing Package, including automatic emergency braking, the Civic earns that top accolade. And it's not only reserved for the top trim level in the lineup; you can now get that system in the base EX—or other models in the lineup—for $1,000.