Having revised its crash testing methods, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has now released its new findings on 55 vehicles, including the 2011 Honda Civic.
Although the Civic hasn’t been significantly updated since the 2006 model year, the new NHTSA methods, which include a ‘pole’ test, whereby the car is simulated in a 20 mph impact with a 10 foot pole or tree behind the A-pillar on the driver’s side, have resulted in some surprising changes to the car’s overall safety rating.
In the Civic’s case, it drops from a four-star overall rating in 2010, to three, largely due to a side impact test where it earned just two stars. Other small cars fared about the same or even worse – Honda’s new CR-Z received an overall three-star rating, while the Nissan Versa, garnered just two.
Even some larger cars didn’t do well, the best-selling Toyota Camry only garnering three stars overall. However, in the Civic’s defense, the current model is in the twilight of it’s existence, a re-designed 2012 model is due to debut (in concept form) at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit next month.
[Source: USA Today]