Honda must be very glad today, as the Japanese manufacturer received the best possible safety rating among 2011 model-year passenger cars for the 2011 Accord. The big surprise is that the 2011 Accord received the rating under the new U.S. evaluation standards, edging ahead of Toyota and Hyundai.
The 2011 Honda Accord received an overall five-star rating according to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's website, and this is very good news as the Accord is Honda’s top-selling U.S. model. The Honda Accord received five stars on side and frontal crashes and rollovers.
So far, six vehicles were rated five stars overall, and 40 models were tested. Regarding the competition, the 2011 Hyundai Sonata obtained an overall five-star rating, and scored five stars on side-crashes and rollovers and four stars in frontal crashes.
The 2011 Toyota Camry, which is the best-selling U.S. passenger car, obtained three stars overall, earning three stars for side and frontal crashes and four stars for rollovers.
Testing continues for the other 2011 model-year cars and trucks, and the results will be announced as they are complete.
According to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, the new ratings are aimed to boost safety of the cars and the changes include the use of female crash- test dummies for the first time, and to collect data about injuries found to the chest, head, neck and legs. [via autonews - sub. required]