Honda is no doubt doing some celebrating where its 2016 Honda Pilot is concerned. It’s been named a 2015 TOP SAFETY PICK+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety when equipped with optional front crash prevention.
This IIHS distinction includes a top rating of GOOD in five IIHS crash test modes including a top score of GOOD in the Insurance Institute’s stringent small overlap frontal crash test. The 2015 TOP SAFETY PICK+ designation is awarded to vehicles that also have an available front crash prevention system that earns an advanced or superior rating from the Institute. The 2016 Pilot offers an available frontal crash prevention system that earns a top rating of superior.
“The 2016 Pilot is not only the most technologically advanced Honda vehicle on the road today, but the top choice for family SUV buyers interested in safety performance,” said Jeff Conrad, Honda Division senior vice president and general manager. “No other midsize mainstream SUV on the market today can match the comprehensive suite of Honda Sensing advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies on the new Honda Pilot.”
Available on Pilot EX trims and above, Honda Sensing can help improve drivers’ situational awareness with its various systems, which include the Collision Mitigation Braking System, with Forward Collision Warning, Lane Keeping Assist System, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning and Road Departure Mitigation. These systems use sensor fusion technology which uses a windshield-mounted monocular camera and front grille-mounted millimeter wave radar system. Together they provide enhanced sensing with the ability to identify and anticipate multiple collision scenarios, including those involving a pedestrian. The system initiates warnings and, in certain instances, initiate emergency braking and steering, when needed.
“The Pilot demonstrates Honda’s commitment to achieving the highest levels of safety performance,” said IIHS president Adrian Lund. “The Pilot’s crashworthiness ratings set a high standard, and its optional front crash prevention system will help drivers avoid some kinds of crashes to begin with.”
In addition, the 2016 Pilot adopts the latest generation of Honda’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure along with a new “3-bone” underbody frame design and new hot-stamped ultra-high strength steel door rings.
Standard safety equipment on all Honda models include Vehicle Stability Assist electronic stability control system, Anti-lock Braking System with Brake Assist, frontal airbags, side airbags, side-curtain airbags and a front seat design that can help reduce the severity of neck injury in the event of a rear collision.
Honda calls itself an industry leader in the deployment of rearview cameras, which come standard on all model year 2015 and newer Honda vehicles.