What Are Some of the Safest Small Cars?

February 18th, 2014 by

2014 honda accord 800x400pxSmall cars used to have a bit of a reputation for being unsafe—after all, how safe could you be when you might get hit by a vehicle two or three times your size, right? Those times are gone now, though, and small cars like the 2014 Honda Accord receive some of the top safety ratings around.

In fact, the 2014 Honda Accord Sedan was named a TOP SAFETY PICK+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety—that’s their highest award.

The NHTSA also praised the Accord; let’s see how it compares against the 2014 Nissan Altima, another small car, for safety.

The Honda Midsize Sedan

While technically a midsize vehicle, many still think of the Accord as a “small car” due to the popularity of SUVs, crossovers, and minivans, and with the Accord LX Sedan with continuously variable transmission getting an EPA-estimated 36 highway mpg,* we’re comfortable putting it among the fuel-efficient small cars.

We told you it already earned high marks from the IIHS, but what about the NHTSA? While both the Accord and the Altima earned five-star overall ratings, the Accord came ahead in two crucial scores:

  • NHTSA Front Side Crash Test
  • NHTSA Rollover Safety

We think that both of these scores are likely due to Honda’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering (or ACE) II body structure. An upgrade from the previous ACE design, this new body structure is built to crumple in all the right places and distribute energy away from the driver and passengers in the event of an accident.

Visit a West Michigan Honda Dealer

Safety is just the tip of the iceberg on the Accord. It’s efficient, well-equipped, and affordable. But don’t just take our word for it, see how fun it is to drive for yourself by visiting a West Michigan Honda Dealer and taking one for a test drive. We think you’ll agree that it’s worth your time.

 

*Based on 2014 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.

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

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