Why Honda Civic's not included in IIHS top 10 safer pre owned cars for teen drivers
We have a problem with the applicable financial viability of placing a teenaged driver in a 2 or 3 year old pre-owned car; they’re expensive. But, the IIHS likes the idea for accident avoidance technology.
In the most recent IIHS assessment of used car safety based on reported incident of accident, offset frontal crash test results and roll-over body structure and impact, 5 pre-owned Honda models with a price tag of under $20,000 made the IIHS top 10.
You can read about it here. Honda Pilot and Odyssey were recognized by the institute as being safer choices for teens in the under $10,000 classification. Unfortunately, we know of very few teenaged drivers actively pursuing shotgun position, much less proud ownership of mom or dad’s pre-owned Odyssey or Honda Pilot. They’re not cool...
The IIHS concluded that motor vehicle crashes are the # 1 cause of death for teenagers.
The Institute expressed with conviction that the majority of used cars in this segment lack accident prevention technology. Honda, a leader in accident and rollover avoidance technology and the specific models listed by the institute, may be the logical safety net for teen drivers.
The entry level compact Honda Civic is the affordable choice of many young adults. Initially affordable( purchase) and easily race modified, Civic is the metric “Tuner” car of choice for todays young driver. While a pre-owned Civic is available in several trim variants, including the Si Coupe and Sedan, prior to 2013, honda did not install accident avoidance or roll over prevention in Civic.
While Civic did score high in frontal and side crash testing, it does not meet the electronic and camera activated frontal and lane drift accident-avoidance criteria of the latest IIHS recognition.
Civic’s a great choice for young adults wishing to drive an affordable, mechanically bullitproof Coupe or Sedan. We believe that training in defensive driving is foremost in operation safety and wish all teen drivers safe passage.