The 2019 Honda Insight was named a Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Perhaps it goes without saying but just in case anyone’s forgotten, the Top Safety Pick+ is the highest overall safety rating offered by the IIHS and achieving that rating is no easy task. Let’s go over what it takes to become a Top Safety Pick+ but first let’s take a minute to celebrate the Honda Insight.
More than just a pretty face
After receiving its Top Safety Pick+ award, Ray Mikiciuk, assistant vice president of Honda Automobile Sales, said, “Insight continues to prove that it’s much more than just a pretty face with great fuel-efficiency ratings.” And we’d have to agree. Since going on sale in June, the 2019 Honda Insight has thrilled customers who have come to Tracy Honda for a Honda test drive and for good reason. The 2019 Honda Insight has a lot to offer, including:
- sleek, sophisticated style unseen in the compact hybrid market
- class-leading power and passenger space
- EPA fuel economy rating of 55mpg city
- Honda Sensing suite of advanced active safety and driver assistive features
Honda Sensing is a good place to leave off because it’s just the thing that earned the sleek, efficient Insight top IIHS praise.
What is a Top Safety Pick+?
To achieve a Top Safety Pick+ rating, a vehicle must first receive top ratings in all crashworthiness tests. Crashworthiness means the degree to which a vehicle will protect its occupants from the effects of an accident. So the higher a vehicle’s crashworthiness the safer you are in the event of a collision.
To determine crashworthiness, a vehicle is subject to five tests — driver-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint — which gauge how well a vehicle performs. For instance, in the driver-side small overlap frontal test, a vehicle travels at 40 mph toward a 5-foot-tall rigid barrier. To get the Good rating (which the Honda Insight did), a vehicle must withstand this type of head-on collision with little deformation.
Similar measures apply for the other crashworthiness tests and to become a Top Safety Pick+ a vehicle must receive top ratings of GOOD in all tests.
Then there are the headlights. How clearly can drivers of the Insight see the road ahead and how clearly can the Insight be seen on the road? For the Insight the answer is easily. The Honda Insight’s LED headlights earned it a top IIHS rating of GOOD. Visibility is imperative to safe driving and it’s clear the Honda Insight takes that seriously.
And finally there’s the enviable Honda Sensing suite, a standard feature on all 2019 Honda Insights. Honda Sensing includes:
- Lane Keeping Assist
- Adaptive Cruise Control
- Forward Collision Warning
- Collision Mitigation Braking System
To be a Top Safety Pick+ a vehicle’s front crash prevention system must receive an ADVANCED or SUPERIOR rating. The 2019 Honda Insight earned a SUPERIOR rating.
So to review: To be rated an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ a vehicle must receive GOOD crashworthiness ratings, have GOOD headlights, and an ADVANCED or SUPERIOR front crash prevention system; and, the Honda Insight has them all.
Stop by our Tracy Honda dealership and test drive the Honda Insight. It’s a new age of hybrid driving, you might surprise yourself.