Your vehicle carries the most precious cargo: you and your passengers. Therefore, safety should be the first item on your new-car checklist. Thankfully, there’s an easy way to find out which new vehicles offer the most protection on the road—check safety ratings.

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America trusts two independent agencies to evaluate and rate automobiles based on safety: The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Both inform the public about which vehicles and models are the safest. Honda is always at the top of the list, and this year is no different. Here are the safest new Honda models available for lease and purchase right now at our Central Florida Honda Dealers.

Explaining Safety Ratings

Before we examine specific Honda models and their scores, let’s discuss how they are evaluated for safety.

The NHTSA uses a five-star rating system; one star is the lowest safety rating while five stars denote that the vehicle is among the safest. The agency puts vehicles into typical crash scenarios and evaluates the damage and inspects crash-test dummies for disastrous or fatal injuries.

The IIHS uses a letter-based grading system (A to F) and identifies the best vehicles in their respective classes with Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick+ awards.

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The Honda CR-V

The IIHS has given the 2017 CR-V some of the best safety ratings in its class. It received the highest possible crash scores in every category (side, front, and rear). Additionally, it received a superior rating in the crash avoidance and mitigation category. The CR-V passed every safety test with flying colors, proving once again that it’s one of the safest crossovers on the road. 

The CR-V is equipped with a host of features that increase safety. The blind-spot monitor and lane-departure warning systems help you to avoid a potentially devastating crash. The frame’s inherent rollover protection and a robust collection of strategically placed airbags protect you if a collision does occur. It’s the Honda SUV you can count on.

Come test drive the newest CR-V today at our Honda dealerships near Sanford, FL.

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The Honda Civic

The Civic’s long history of performance is no secret. Equally important, the Honda Civic remains one of the safest cars on the market. It has earned the highest possible crash test ratings from NHTSA and the IIHS in 2017. It is very resistant to rollovers, which translates to a lower risk of accidental injury and vehicle damage. Edmunds even puts the chance at rollover at 9.5%, which is extremely low.

View our inventory of all-new Civics for sale near Daytona, FL.

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The Honda Ridgeline

Honda believes that safety is of the utmost importance in every class, pickup trucks included. The Ridgeline, Honda’s compact truck, is the safest in its class—bar none. It received 5-star ratings in just about every NHTSA crash test. The Ridgeline’s seats and safety restraints also earned the highest safety ratings from IIHS. Such a great push toward safety has made the Ridgeline one of the most revered light-duty pickups on the market.

Find your ideal towing monster by browsing our Honda Ridgelines for sale in Orange City, FL.

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The Honda Pilot

The Honda Pilot has earned one of the best safety ratings amongst four-door SUVs. Its optional collision mitigation system has been rated “superior” by IIHS, and its high-speed auto brake system reduced collision speed by 12mph—a truly remarkable feat. This full-size Honda SUV is top in its class for safety because it helps drivers avoid collisions (and protects them when they do occur). The Pilot also garnered a “good” rating for its convenient LATCH anchor locations and ease-of-use.

Give your family peace of mind with the new Honda Pilot, available for lease and sale at our Central Florida Honda Dealers.

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The Honda Fit

The Honda Fit shows that a vehicle does not have to be big to be safe. IIHS tests show that the Fit helps mitigate collision-causing head, neck, and leg injuries of its driver and passengers. Honda put a lot of work into making the 2017 Fit the safest model yet, and both NHTSA and IIHS test results (and grades) show that their work paid dividends.

Find a Honda Fit for sale at any of our Honda dealerships near Orlando, FL.

Stay Safe. Drive Honda.

Honda wants to create a world with no automobile accidents. It is a lofty goal and only time will tell if it is attainable; still, with each passing model year, their diligent work brings them one step closer to complete Honda safety. This claim is proven by nearly perfect safety ratings from both the IIHS and the NHTSA.

Don’t spend another moment in an unsafe vehicle. Switch to a Honda and life will be your oyster. Find your nearest Central Florida Honda Dealers location around Orlando, Gainesville, or Daytona, and come take a test drive in one of our Honda cars, SUVs, trucks, or minivans. Stay safe out there, Floridians.


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