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2013 Accord earns top IIHS safety rating

TORRANCE, Calif. — The all-new 2013 Honda Accord Sedan was one of two midsize sedans to earn an overall “good” rating in the aggressive, new small overlap frontal crash test conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

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The 2013 Honda Accord sedan and coupe have earned top safety ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. (Photo | Honda)

Under the more stringent testing guidelines by the IIHS, 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 car collides with another vehicle or an object such as a tree or utility pole.

Additionally, both the 2013 Accord Sedan and Coupe are among the first vehicles in the industry to earn the highest possible safety rating of Top Safety Pick+ from the IIHS.

As a manufacturer, American Honda leads the industry with three Top Safety Pick+ vehicles which include the 2013 Accord Sedan and Coupe and 2013 Acura TL.

Additionally, 13 Honda and Acura vehicles for the 2013 model year earned Top Safety Pick status: Honda Civic Sedan, Fit, Crosstour, CR-V, CR-Z, Insight, Pilot, Odyssey, Ridgeline, the Acura ILX, TSX, MDX and RDX.

All models earned the top rating of “Good” in all four rating areas by the IIHS, including the more rigorous roof-strength test.

“The all-new 2013 Honda Accord lineup offers a distinct advantage among mainstream competitors in its class by achieving the highest possible rating,” said Art St. Cyr, vice president of product planning and logistics at American Honda. “American Honda offers a well-rounded lineup of vehicles that are not only fuel efficient and fun-to-drive, but that also offer top safety ratings.”

Beginning with the 2013 Honda Accord, Honda is applying the second generation of Honda's Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure to its models.

This reinforced front frame structure provides further enhanced frontal crash energy management through a wider range of offset and oblique crashes.

The new IIHS test is more challenging, as it requires additional vehicle cabin structure and front structure outboard of the main frame rails — the primary energy absorbing structure.

Through the re-engineering of the vehicle structure, Honda says it has incorporated enhancements that minimize the possible adverse effects on handling and ride comfort, fuel efficiency and overall body vibration, while increasing the safety performance of the vehicle for its passengers.

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