On December 7, American Honda announced that three of its models have been received the 2017 Top Safety Pick+, highest safety rating awarded by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in the U.S.
The three Honda models selected for this honor are the Accord Sedan for the midsize car category; the Pilot for the midsize SUV category; and the Ridgeline for the large pickup category. All three vehicles feature the Honda Sensing advanced safety system (including automatic brakes).
To be awarded IIHSâ€™ Top Safety Pick, each vehicle must receive a â€œgoodâ€ ratingâ€•the highest ratingâ€•in all categories of crashworthiness testing, which consists of small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints & seats. Moreover, the Top Safety Pick is also awarded to vehicles that receive a â€œbasicâ€ rating for crash avoidance and mitigation.
To qualify for the even higher Top Safety Pick+ award, each vehicle must earn a good rating for the aforementioned categories in addition to receiving an â€œadvancedâ€ or â€œsuperiorâ€ rating for crash avoidance and mitigation.
According to American Honda, the Ridgeline is Hondaâ€™s first pickup truck to be awarded IIHSâ€™ Top Safety Pick+ and was the only pickup to be selected for this yearâ€™s award.
(Translated by Masayuki Shikata)