The redesigned 2013 model-year Honda Accord Coupe has earned the highest available safety rating – a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score – from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The 2013 Accord Coupe has also earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick+ rating, with “good” ratings in all test modes. For model year 2013, all tested Honda models have earned a Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick+ rating from the IIHS. (Only the Civic Coupe, FCX Clarity and Fit EV have not been tested.)
"The Honda comprehensive approach to vehicle safety is validated by these top-level safety ratings," said Art St. Cyr, vice president of product planning and logistics at American Honda.
The Accord Coupe earned the 5-star Overall Vehicle Score by garnering a 5-star rating in each seating position in the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) frontal, side-barrier and side-pole crash test categories, as well as a 5-star rollover rating.
The 2013 Coupe joins the Honda Accord Sedan in earning an Overall 5-Star Safety Rating under NHTSA's testing.
In addition to its NCAP 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score designation, the 2013 Honda Accord Sedan has earned a “good” rating (the highest available) in all IIHS test modes, including the institute's new small overlap frontal crash test.
Under the IIHS' testing program, the new small overlap frontal crash test — sometimes called a "narrow offset" test — is designed to replicate what happens when the front corner of a vehicle collides with another vehicle or an object such as a tree or utility pole at high speed.
Beginning with the 2013 Honda Accord, Honda is applying the second generation of the Honda Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE II) body structure to its models. This reinforced frontal structure further enhances frontal crash energy management through a wider range of offset and oblique collision modes.
New standard and available safety and visibility technologies in Accord models such as Back-Up Camera, Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Lane Watch help increase driver awareness in the front, sides and rear of the vehicle.
In addition to the Honda next-generation Advanced Compatibility (ACE II) body structure, passive-safety features offered as standard equipment on the 2013 Accord include dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags; new SmartVent front side airbags, and side curtain airbags. The new SmartVent side airbag construction helps mitigate the risk of injury to occupants that may be positioned in the deployment path of the side airbag. SmartVent also allows heating of the passenger seatback on EX-L and Touring models.
Originally posted on Automotive Fleet