Sunday, August 24, 2014

2015 Honda Fit Named IIHS Top Safety Pick

Honda could have just let it go, but they didn’t.

When the 2015 Honda Fit originally went through the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s crash tests back in March, it of course scored top marks in the four tests that have been around forever, but it was only granted a score of “Marginal” in the newer small front overlap crash test that has stymied so many automakers across the industry.

Of course, while Honda engineers could have waited until the next model year to correct the somewhat disappointing score on that test, they didn’t just sit back and accept defeat. Instead, they immediately went back to the drawing board and quickly came back with some modifications to the front bumper structure that moved the 2015 Honda Fit up a grade in that crash test. Now, the Fit is right at the top of its class in terms of how it scored on the small front overlap test, and as a result was named a 2014 IIHS Top Safety Pick.

“Honda’s deep-rooted commitment to safety and to our customers is perhaps best demonstrated by the fact that we were not satisfied with anything but a Top Safety Pick for the new 2015 Honda Fit,” said Art St. Cyr, VP of auto operations at American Honda. “Vehicle by vehicle, our engineers are passionate about developing safety technologies that consumers have come to trust and expect from Honda.”

At the end of the day, that’s why the automaker invested the extra time and money to get things right. There are high hopes for the new Fit, and Honda, known for making cars with elite safety ratings, wanted to make sure that safety wasn’t a concern for anyone buying the buzzy new version of this respected vehicle.

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