Thursday, September 3, 2015

2016 Honda Pilot Earns Top Safety Pick+ Rating

 Going through the crash test process must be for automakers what going through a home inspection feels like for people selling their houses. All the work is done, it’s time to move on, but before anything significant can happen somebody official has to make sure that everything is up to code. 

Just like with home inspections, there are a lot of things that can wrong with the kinds of crash tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, but thankfully the recently-redesigned 2016 Honda Pilot just got through its maiden voyage through the process with glowing marks. The Pilot earned top marks of “Good” on all five of the IIHS’s major crash tests, including the famously stringent small overlap test that has stymied so many automobiles over the course of the last few years.

With scores like that, the Pilot was given the coveted designation of Top Safety Pick+, the most prestigious label a vehicle can receive from the IIHS. Obviously Honda is thrilled to have come out of the inspection process figuratively (if not literally) unscathed.

 "The 2016 Pilot is not only the most technologically advanced Honda vehicle on the road today, but the top choice for family SUV buyers interested in safety performance," said Jeff Conrad, Honda Division senior vice president and general manager. "No other midsize mainstream SUV on the market today can match the comprehensive suite of Honda Sensing advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies on the new Honda Pilot."

San Diego Honda drivers considering a new SUV would do well to put some thought into the new Pilot. Its updates are pretty amazing, but the new Honda Sensing suite of advance safety features is such that the vehicle just aced its IIHS crash tests. That alone is enough to make this one of the most exciting new SUVs of the 2016 model year.

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