Agency was impressed by the car's crash prevention system.
According to the agency, the car earned good ratings in all five crashworthiness tests including the challenging small overlap front crash test.
More importantly, the IIHS was impressed by the car's new crash prevention system. During two different tests, at 12 miles per hour and 25 mph, a Civic Coupe equipped with the system was able to successfully avoid a collision. The IIHS goes on to point out the car's forward collision warning system meets the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's standards.
The crash prevention technology is sold under the Honda Sensing banner which includes an assortment of different technologies including a Collision Mitigation Braking System, a Forward Collision Warning system, and Lane Keeping Assist. The model can also be equipped with a Road Departure Mitigation system, a Lane Departure Warning system, and Adaptive Cruise Control.
The 2016 Honda Civic Coupe starts at $19,050 and can be equipped with two different engines. The entry-level 2.0-liter four-cylinder produces 158 horsepower and 138 pound-feet of torque, while the turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder develops 174 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque.
Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
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Two-door Honda Civic earns TOP SAFETY PICK+ award
ARLINGTON, Va. — The redesigned 2-door Honda Civic earns the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s TOP SAFETY PICK+ award when equipped with an available front crash prevention system, which earns a superior rating. Like the previous version of the small car, the 2016 model earns good ratings in the Institute’s small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint evaluations. A new feature is the optional front crash prevention system. In IIHS track tests at 12 mph and 25 mph, a two-door Civic equipped with the technology avoided collisions. The system also includes a forward collision warning system that meets National Highway Traffic Safety Administration criteria. The 4-door Civic’s TOP SAFETY PICK+ award was announced earlier. To qualify for the Institute’s top award a vehicle must have good ratings in all five crashworthiness tests and an available front crash prevention system that earns an advanced or superior rating.