2016 Honda PilotWe have exciting news for West Michigan drivers shopping for that safe and dependable new family vehicle: the 2016 Honda Pilot was awarded a 2015 Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) on models equipped with Honda Sensing safety features.

The new Honda Sensing package of features includes accident prevention and driver assistance technologies, letting the Pilot score high in the new “Front Crash Prevention” category of the IIHS crash safety tests.

Let’s take a look at how Honda’s SUV did on its exams.

How Did the Pilot Score?

The IIHS looks at multiple critical safety areas to determine if a vehicle is worthy of a Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick+ award. The highest score a vehicle can earn in the standard safety tests is “Good,” and in order to be in the running for a Top Safety Pick+ award, it has to earn ratings of “Good” in all categories except the new Small Overlap Front test, in which an “Acceptable” is allowed.

Here’s how the 2016 Honda Pilot scored:

  • Small Overlap Front: Good
  • Moderate Overlap Front: Good
  • Side Impact: Good
  • Roof Strength: Good
  • Head Restraints and Seats: Good

That’s a perfect score on the standard safety tests, but in order to take home that coveted “+” marker, the Pilot needs to have an appropriate level of front crash prevention technology. The IIHS rated 2016 Honda Pilot models with Honda Sensing a “Superior” in the “Front Crash Prevention” category.

Adrian Lund, the President of the IIHS, weighed in on Honda’s new SUV, saying, “The Pilot demonstrates Honda’s commitment to achieving the highest levels of safety performance. 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.”

These high scores ensure that even the 2016 Honda Pilot models without Honda Sensing technology have been granted a standard Top Safety Pick award as well.

Test Drive a Pilot Today

The safety scores of the 2016 Honda Pilot are just one reason why you should have your eye on it for your next family vehicle. Visit a West Michigan Honda Dealer near you today to see what the new Pilot has to offer; we can go over its five different trim levels and find out which is the right one for you.

West Michigan Honda Dealers includes Battle Creek Honda, Betten Honda, Crown Honda, Fox Honda, River Town Honda, and Zeigler Honda.