Honda Accord Earns Top Safety Pick From IIHS

January 16th, 2024 by

Premier Honda is proud to be part of a brand that wows audiences once again as a 2020 Top Safety Pick+ (TSP+)* from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) with the 2021 Honda Accord and its available LED high-beam and low-beam headlights. Honda refreshes the model for this coming year, and with a new look, the mid-size sedan looks to dominate with the highest safety ratings. There is no doubt that with a bolder, fresher look, the Accord is on its way to being a best-seller for 2021, but debuts the year as a testament to Honda’s commitment to safety. There is so much to dive into for the 2021 Honda Accord, a new look, outstanding safety features, and recognition from the automotive industry’s highest institutions.

Beginning with the Accord’s safety features, it’s hardly a surprise that it’s already receiving the highest accolades. Honda aspires for accessible safety features for all of its consumers with its “Safety for Everyone” initiative, which puts many safety features standard on its vehicles with an entire suite of passive safety features that are there in case of emergency. Honda’s safety system is the aptly named “Honda Sensing,” a series of driver assists and other safety features. For the Accord, these features include collision warnings, lane keep assists and departure warnings, adaptive cruise control and more. These features are not only seen on Accords as Honda has roughly four million vehicles currently on the road equipped with Honda Sensing.

The Accord takes home the top prize from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, with glowing ratings across the board. The 2021 Accord achieved a “superior” rating for its frontal collision prevention system, which falls under testing done from vehicle-to-vehicle avoidance and vehicle to pedestrian avoidance. In addition to its great features from Honda Sensing, the Accord also features an ACE (Advanced Compatibility Engineering) body structure. When combined with its seatbelt systems, it is ideal for protecting passengers and drivers from a wide range of collision scenarios. The fun doesn’t stop there for Honda, as a total of seven models have now earned top safety pick awards from the IIHS, including the Odyssey, Insight, and now the Accord.

Honda has undoubtedly pushed for the highest in safety standards within the company, and along with the Safety For Everyone Campaign, they are well on their way to a legacy of exceeding governing standards. The brand currently runs two of the most state of the art testing facilities, one located in Ohio and the other in Japan. Having crash-testing sites available at their disposal has allowed Honda to be at the forefront of new technology. They also have an advantage in different crash testing elements, including pedestrian safety, airbag engineering, and body structure architecture.

Honda is growing by leaps and bounds regarding a safer, greener future. In addition to an endeavor for widely-accessible safety features on their vehicles, the best-selling brand aims for more eco-friendly cars. Currently, Honda holds the EPA record for the lowest CO2 emissions among an entire fleet out of any major automaker in the United States. Honda is also making a push for electric vehicles, and among many of its popular vehicles, its current EV lineup includes the Accord, CR-V, Insight, and Clarity.

*To qualify as a Top Safety Pick+, an automobile must earn “GOOD” ratings in six of the IIHS’ crashworthiness evaluations, including in driver-side small overlap front, passenger-side small overlap front, roof strength, moderate overlap front, side, and head restraint tests. It also requires “ADVANCED” or “SUPERIOR” ratings in both vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention, plus an “ACCEPTABLE” or “GOOD” headlight rating across all trim levels.

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