2019 Honda Passport earns five-star crash-test ratings from the NHTSA

June 13, 2019

The 2019 Honda Passport earned a five-star overall rating in the federal government's crashworthiness tests, the automaker said Wednesday. The five-seat crossover SUV earned four stars for the frontal crash test, five stars in the side-impact assessments, and four stars in the calculated rollover risk measurement.

The NHTSA tests vehicles in three areas: frontal crash, side crash, and a rollover crash risk. The agency also measures how well a vehicle performs on a five-star scale, with five stars being the best. Earning five stars in the tests translates to a less than 10 percent chance of serious injury, according to the NHTSA's estimates. 

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The NHTSA takes measurements of crash test dummies following the crash test to calculate the injury probability, which is rated on the five-star scale.

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Honda's mid-size SUV also crashed will in the IIHS' barrage of tests. The insurance industry-funded group awarded the Passport the highest "Good" rating in all categories, save for the small-overlap front passenger crash test. There, it scored an "Acceptable" rating. The SUV only scored a "Poor" rating for its headlights, which kept it from earning a Top Safety Pick with the IIHS.

At 12 mph, the Passport's automatic emergency braking system avoided a crash altogether.

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