2025 Honda Pilot collects highest IIHS award

July 9, 2024

The 2025 Honda Pilot, a midsize SUV, qualifies for a Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

To earn the 2024 Top Safety Pick+ award, vehicles need good ratings in the small overlap front and updated side tests as well as a good or acceptable rating in the updated moderate overlap front test. Other requirements include an acceptable or good rating in the pedestrian front crash prevention evaluation and acceptable- or good-rated headlights across all trim levels.

The Pilot earns an acceptable rating in the updated moderate overlap front test, the differentiator between the lower-tier Top Safety Pick and higher-tier Top Safety Pick+ award. Beginning with the 2025 model year, changes were made to the Pilot’s rear seat belts to improve second-row passenger protection, the focus of the updated test.

In the test, the rear dummy’s lap belt moved from the ideal position on the pelvis onto the abdomen, which increases the risk of abdominal injuries. However, the shoulder belt didn’t exert undue force on the dummy’s chest, and measurements taken from the rear dummy showed no elevated risk of injury otherwise. The level of protection provided for the driver was excellent.

All trims of the Pilot come with a standard front crash prevention system that earns a good rating in the pedestrian test as well as good-rated headlights.

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