Two of Honda's updated-for-2019 models also see upgrades in their safety ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The revised Honda Pilot SUV and redesigned Insight hybrid both earned the Top Safety Pick Plus award, the agency's highest honor.
The three-row Pilot earned good scores in five of IIHS' crash tests and an acceptable rating in the challenging new passenger-side small overlap test. IIHS said the Pilot's newly standard front crash prevention system avoided a collision at 12 miles per hour and reduced crash-impact speed at 25 mph; the system earned a superior rating.
Also improved for 2019 are the model's headlights. The 2018 model's headlights received an acceptable rating, whereas the 2019 model's available LED reflector headlights with high-beam assist earned a good rating. Base headlights are still rated acceptable, however.
The 2019 Insight sedan earned good scores in all crash tests and also comes standard with a superior-rated front crash prevention system. The Insight's standard headlights also received a good rating. The previous Insight, which was a hatchback, was last available for model-year 2014 and was not equipped with a front crash prevention system.
To qualify as a Top Safety Pick Plus, a vehicle must earn a rating of good in the driver-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraints and seats crash evaluations, as well as a good or acceptable score on the passenger-side small overlap front test. In addition, a vehicle must earn an advanced or superior rating for its front crash prevention system and an acceptable or good rating for headlights.
Three-row SUV competitors to the Pilot are a mixed bag. Hyundai's Santa Fe was revised for 2018 and it, too, is a Top Safety Pick Plus. The 2018 Toyota Highlander scored well enough in all of the crash tests, but its acceptable-rated headlights earned it a Top Safety Pick, not the Plus. The 2018 Ford Explorer, however, did not score well in either small front overlap test and has poorly rated headlights, precluding it from either Top Safety Pick status.
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