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2016 Honda Accord

midsize car / 2-door coupe

Award applies only to vehicles with optional front crash prevention

2016 Honda Accord 2-door coupe

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Small overlap front: driver-side
Moderate overlap front
Side
Roof strength
Head restraints & seats

Crash avoidance & mitigation

Headlights (varies by trim/option)
Front crash prevention
Optional system
Superior

Child seat anchors

LATCH ease of use

Other available safety features

  • Standard daytime running lights
  • Optional lane departure warning
  • Optional lane departure prevention

Key

  • G
    Good
  • A
    Acceptable
  • M
    Marginal
  • P
    Poor
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

Some ratings use a scale of Poor to Good. Others range from Basic to Superior.

Small overlap front: driver-side

Rating applies to 2015-17 models

Tested vehicle: 2015 Honda Accord LX-S 2-door

The Honda Accord was redesigned for the 2013 model year. Beginning with 2015 2-door models, the frontal airbag programming was changed to improve occupant protection in small overlap frontal crashes.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics

Action shot taken during the small overlap frontal crash test.

The dummy's position in relation to the door frame, steering wheel, and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was maintained well.

The frontal and side curtain airbags worked well together to keep the head from coming close to any stiff structure or outside objects that could cause injury.

The driver's space was maintained well, and risk of injuries to the dummy's legs and feet was low.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEN1443
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 14
Footrest (cm) 10
Left toepan (cm) 5
Brake pedal (cm) 5
Parking brake (cm)
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 3
Upper occupant compartment
Steering column 1
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 3
Upper dash (cm) 3
Lower instrument panel (cm) 2

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEN1443
Head
HIC-15 270
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.0
Extension bending moment (Nm) 11
Maximum Nij 0.19
Chest maximum compression (mm) 22
Femur (kN)
Left 0.3
Right 0.2
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 0
Right 0
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.48
Right 0.60
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 1.2
Right 2.2
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 44
Right 63

How the driver-side small overlap front test is conducted

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2013-17 models

Tested vehicle: 2013 Honda Accord LX-S 2-door

The Honda Accord was redesigned for the 2013 model year. Moderate overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Honda as part of frontal crash test verification.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTF1209
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 7
Left (cm) 11
Center (cm) 9
Right (cm) 8
Brake pedal (cm) 7
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 0
Right (cm) 0
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 2
Rearward (cm) -2
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 2

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTF1209
Head
HIC-15 141
Peak gs at hard contact no data
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.8
Extension bending moment (Nm) 15
Maximum Nij 0.21
Chest maximum compression (mm) 27
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 1.0
Femur force - right (kN) 0.5
Knee displacement - left (mm) 0
Knee displacement - right (mm) 0
Maximum tibia index - left 0.35
Maximum tibia index - right 0.45
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 1.9
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 2.9
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 59
Right 77

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

Side

Rating applies to 2013-17 models

Tested vehicle: 2013 Honda Accord EX 2-door with standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags

The Honda Accord was redesigned for the 2013 model year. Two side tests of the Accord were conducted, one by the Institute and the other by Honda as part of side crash test verification. Ratings are based on both tests.

Rating applies to 2013-17 models

Tested vehicle:2013 Honda Accord EX 2-door

The Honda Accord was redesigned for the 2013 model year. Two side tests of the Accord were conducted, one by the Institute and the other by Honda as part of side crash test verification. Ratings are based on both tests.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Driver head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Rear passenger head protection

View of the vehicle and barrier just after the Institute's crash test.

View of the vehicle after the crash with door removed, showing the side airbags and damage to the occupant compartment (Institute test car shown).

Smeared greasepaint shows where the driver dummy's head was protected from being hit by hard structures by the side curtain airbag in the Institute's test.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the rear passenger dummy’s head was protected by the side airbag.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTS1207 CES1210
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm) -18.5 -18.5
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTS1207 CES1210
Head HIC-15 223 180
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.0 1.0
Compression (kN) 0.4 0.2
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 42 36
Lateral force (kN) 1.5 1.4
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 33 26
Average deflection (mm) 26 24
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 3.82 4.11
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.42 0.40
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 1.5 1.3
Acetabulum force (kN) 2.6 2.2
Combined force (kN) 3.7 3.3
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 1.3 1.0
L-M moment (Nm) 205 195
A-P moment (Nm) 48 25

Passenger injury measures

Test ID VTS1207 CES1210
Head HIC-15 131 127
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.2 0.3
Compression (kN) 0.8 0.8
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 22 29
Lateral force (kN) 1.1 1.4
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 30 25
Average deflection (mm) 23 17
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 4.94 1.86
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.45 0.23
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.5 0.2
Acetabulum force (kN) 2.1 1.6
Combined force (kN) 2.3 1.8
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.5 0.4
L-M moment (Nm) 92 60
A-P moment (Nm) 52 51

How the side crash test is conducted

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2013-17 models

Tested vehicle: 2013 Honda Accord LX-S 2-door

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 3,240 lbs
Peak force 15,048 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 4.64

How the roof strength test is conducted

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2013-17 models

Seat type: Manual cloth seats

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
Technical measurements for this test
Seat type Manual cloth seats
Geometry
Backset (mm) 30
Distance below top of head (mm) 30
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 11.3
Head contact time (ms) 62
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 0
Max neck tension (N) 430

How the head restraint & seat test is conducted

Front crash prevention

System details

  • Optional Collision Mitigation Braking System

Package name

  • Optional Honda Sensing Package

Applies to 2016-17 models

Overall evaluation

  • This system meets the requirements for forward collision warning.
  • In the 12 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
  • In the 25 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
Superior
Superior
with optional equipment

How front crash prevention is evaluated

Headlights

Ratings are given for 2 different headlight variations available on this vehicle.

Trim level(s)

  • LX-S trim
  • EX trim
  • EX-L trim
  • EX-L V-6 trim
Low-beam headlight type Halogen projector
High-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was fair on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was fair on both right curves and inadequate on both left curves.

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on the right side of the road and fair on the left side. On curves, visibility was fair on the gradual right curve and inadequate on the sharp right and both left curves.

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • LX-S trim
  • EX trim
  • EX-L trim
  • EX-L V-6 trim
Low-beam headlight type Halogen projector
High-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Applies to 2016-17 models
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 88.3 m None
Straightaway left edge 51.3 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 56.6 m None
250m radius left curve, left edge 45.2 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 46.9 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 40.1 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 150.8 m
Straightaway left edge 135.6 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 67.0 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 64.9 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 52.1 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 50.4 m

Trim level(s)

  • Touring trim
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was good on the sharp right curve and fair on the gradual right and both left curves.

The low beams created excessive glare.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on the right side of the road and inadequate on the left side. On curves, visibility was fair in all 4 tests.

High-beam assist compensates for some limitations of this vehicle's low beams on both left curves and on both right curves.

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • Touring trim
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Applies to 2016-17 models
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 100.7 m 69.1 %
Straightaway left edge 64.1 m 69.1 %
250m radius right curve, right edge 62.0 m 10.9 %
250m radius left curve, left edge 55.2 m 38.5 %
150m radius right curve, right edge 55.4 m 2.1 %
150m radius left curve, right edge 53.1 m 25.9 %
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 152.7 m
Straightaway left edge 118.0 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 72.7 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 70.6 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 58.2 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 59.5 m

How headlights are evaluated

Child seat anchors

Applies to 2016-17 models

Overall evaluation
Vehicle trim EX
Seat type cloth

This vehicle has 2 rear seating positions with complete child seat attachment (LATCH) hardware.

It has 1 additional seating position with a tether anchor only.

1 2 3
G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor
Seating positions that rely on borrowed lower anchors or have only a tether anchor available are not rated.
thether anchor symbol
Tether anchor
lower anchor symbol
Lower anchors
shared lower achors symbol
Lower anchor(s) can be borrowed from adjacent positions(s)
No hardware available

Details by seating position

1
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
difficult to maneuver around anchors
2
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
none available
3
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
difficult to maneuver around anchors
Technical measurements for this test

Seat position 21

3

Lower anchor A
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 4-6
Force (lbs) 32
Clearance angle (degrees) 51
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 4-6
Force (lbs) 31
Clearance angle (degrees) 48
Tether anchor
Location Rear deck
Confusing hardware present No
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

Seat position 22

2

Lower anchor A
No lower latch for this seat position
Lower anchor B
No lower latch for this seat position
Tether anchor
Location Rear deck
Confusing hardware present No
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

Seat position 23

1

Lower anchor A
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 4-6
Force (lbs) 34
Clearance angle (degrees) 45
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 4-6
Force (lbs) 30
Clearance angle (degrees) 61
Tether anchor
Location Rear deck
Confusing hardware present No
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

How child seat anchors are evaluated