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2013 Honda Civic is First Small Car to Earn "Top Safety Pick Plus" Rating

2013 Honda Civic is First Small Car to Earn "Top Safety Pick Plus" Rating

By Jeff Youngs, March 12, 2013
For the 2013 model year, Honda made significant changes to the Civic Coupe and Civic Sedan, just 12 months after a completely redesigned 2012 model went on sale. Among the changes were structural modifications designed to help the vehicle perform well in stringent new small overlap frontal impact tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). By Honda's accounting, these changes and other upgrades intended to fix real or perceived failings of the redesigned 2012 Civic, cost the automaker $500 per car that it sells.

Were the changes worthwhile? By one measure, the answer is "Yes."

The updated 2013 Honda Civic is the first small car to earn a "Top Safety Pick Plus" rating from the IIHS, thanks to a "Good" rating in the new small overlap frontal-impact test that the vehicle's structural changes were intended to address. Honda made additional safety-related changes for the 2013 model year, including making a reversing camera standard equipment and installing new SmartVent side-impact air bags. Additionally, Short Message Service (SMS) text messaging is also standard for the 2013 Civic, and the automaker plans to make a lane-departure warning system and a forward-collision warning system optional on the Civic Hybrid model.

"If you want a compact car with a 'Top Safety Pick Plus' rating, the 2013 Honda Civic is the only choice," said Art St. Cyr, vice president of product planning and logistics at American Honda. "We believe this is a distinct competitive advantage, especially as more and more consumers place a premium on crash rating performance."

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