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2011 Honda Civic gets 2 stars in NHTSA side-crash test

07:19 PM


The 2011 Honda Civic sedan got an overall crash test rating of just three stars in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's new testing, the agency announced today. NHTSA has been slowly revealing results for the of 55 vehicles tested under its revised five-star New Car Assessment Program.

How Civic's overall score, which is based on three of the five tests, breaks down: Four stars for the frontal-crash test, two stars in the side-crash test, four stars for rollover risk.

NHTSA's new testing protocol also includes a "pole test," which simulates a 20-mph side crash into a 10-inch pole or tree at a 75-degree angle just behind the windshield pillar on the driver's side. The Civic did well in this new test, receiving a five-star rating.

It's in the side-crash test where the car lost out. While the female crash-test dummy in the passenger seat received a four-star rating for injury risk in the test, the male dummy in the driver's seat received only a two-star rating.

That's in stark contrast to:

The 2010 Civic sedan's overall four-star rating for the front passengers in the previous side-barrier crash test before the testing program was revised for this year. To learn more about NHTSA's five-star safety ratings, click here.

Many small cars haven't fared well under NHTSA's new guidelines: the Nissan Versa received an overall rating of two stars and the Honda CR-Z earned three. And some larger cars also have come in lower, such as Toyota's Camry, which earned just a three-star overall score.

The 2011 Civic is due to be replaced in showrooms this spring by a redesigned 2012 model. The new Civic will be unveiled in January at the Detroit auto show and we posted here a sketch released by Honda of the redesign.

-- Colin Bird/Kicking Tires at Cars.com



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Honda Civic only nets two stars on revamped NHTSA side impact test

by Chris Shunk (RSS feed) on Dec 16th 2010 at 11:31AM


The new National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is slowly unveiling the results of the freshly updated five-star New Car Assessment Program, and not all 2011 models are faring so well. USA Today reports that the 2011 Honda Civic is the latest such victim after the popular compact sedan received an overall score of three stars; down one star from the 2010 model year. The Civic's score was downgraded due in part to a woeful side impact score of two stars. The female crash-test dummy on the passenger side reportedly netted a four-star score, but the male crash-test dummy driver managed but two stars. On the upside, the Civic netted four-star ratings for front crash and rollover risk.

The Civic isn't the only popular vehicle among the 55 models tested that hasn't fared so well in testing. The Toyota Camry and Honda CR-V were also rated at three stars, while the Nissan Versa received only two scores. Luckily for Honda, a newly refreshed Civic is on the way for the 2012 model year.



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