2013 Honda Civic Leads Latest Top Safety Pick+ List
Lincoln MKZ, Mazda Mazda6 and Volvo XC60 Also Earn New IIHS Honor
The 2013 Honda Civic—in both coupe and sedan body styles—recently became the first small car in America to receive a Top Safety Pick+ Award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), setting the pace in a graduating class that also included the 2013 Lincoln MKZ, 2013 Mazda Mazda6 and 2014 Volvo XC60. Perhaps as importantly, this latest round of testing also shows how quickly automakers have begun adapting to the IIHS’ new evaluations.
The safety-minded amongst us may recall that receiving Top Safety Pick+ recognition requires, as a starting point, the highest possible scores in the Institute’s evaluations from front-, side- and rear-impact scenarios, as well as in a roof-strength test that analyzes occupant protection in rollovers. But that front-impact test involved a “moderate overlap” impact, in which a vehicle strikes an obstacle across 40 percent of its frontal area; garnering the “+” designation also requires vehicles to achieve “good” or “acceptable” ratings in a small-overlap test in which the corner of a vehicle impacts a narrow object like a pole or tree.