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Honda Fit Earns 5-Star Crash Rating From NHTSA

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On: Thu, Feb 5, 2015 at 9:20AM | By: Carl Malek


Honda Fit Earns 5-Star Crash Rating From NHTSA

In an official statement released earlier today, Honda revealed that its 2015 Fit subcompact earned a perfect five-star rating from the NHTSA in overall crashworthiness after recent tests by the goverment agency.

The Fit was subjected to a series of crash tests with the car earning five stars for both driver and front passenger safety in both frontal and side impact collision tests while rollover protection was slightly lower with the Fit earning a still commendable four stars in that particular category. The NHTSA's high ratings follows the Top Safety Pick honor that the Fit received from the Insurance Insitute for Highway Safety (IIHS). During that particular round of testing, the IIHS initially gave the Fit a poor rating due to the suprise failure of a bumper beam. The Fit was promptly recalled to fix the component in question, and was later retested—it then scored top marks in the IIHS's second round of crash testing.

"The Fit shows that owning a smaller car doesn't mean you have to skimp on space, comfort, or crashworthiness," said Art St. Cyr vice president of Honda auto operations. "Honda's commitment to the safety of our customers and other road users is second to none, and the Fit demonstrates this commitment in a powerful way."

According to Honda's press release on the rating, the company's Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure made the difference. "The ACE body structure improves frontal crash energy management through a wider range of offset and oblique collision modes. In addition, other body reinforcements work in tandem with the strengthened body structure to better maintain the occupant compartment volume during frontal collisions by providing additional crash energy pathways to help mitigate the forces transmitted to the passenger compartment."

This strong performance also allows the Fit to stand out in a segment that has become packed with entries such as the Chevrolet Sonic, Ford Fiesta, and Nissan Versa. This abundance in choices can sometimes make it hard for a particular model to be noticed in the crowd, but look for the Fit's recent safety triumphs to resonate with consumers who want a smaller car but do not want to sacrifice the level of safety often found in larger cars.




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Stephy | 9:27AM (Thu, Feb 5, 2015)

I honestly think this car is beyond ugly i see them on the road an think who would ever buy them.

Any who one awesome thing about it has great safety for being such a small subcompact car.

Way to go Honda!


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VRouge | 11:30AM (Thu, Feb 5, 2015)

I love the Honda Fit! I test drove one a while back it is was great. It is nice to know that it is also really safe.


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Eugeneia | 10:25AM (Fri, Feb 6, 2015)

I really think this is a really nice car to be so compact. Good job Honda on recalling them and fixing the problem with the bumper.



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