Top Safety Pick

2017 Honda Civic

small car / 2-door coupe

Award applies only to vehicles with optional front crash prevention

2017 Honda Civic 2-door coupe
2016 Honda Civic shown

Crashworthiness

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

Crash avoidance & mitigation

Headlights
Front crash prevention: vehicle-to-vehicle
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 2016-20 models

Tested vehicle: 2016 Honda Civic LX 2-door

The Honda Civic was redesigned for the 2016 model year.

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 very 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 CEN1615
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 2
Footrest (cm) 3
Left toepan (cm) 4
Brake pedal (cm) 1
Parking brake (cm)
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 0
Upper occupant compartment
Steering column 0
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 2
Upper dash (cm) 2
Lower instrument panel (cm) 2

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEN1615
Head
HIC-15 329
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.0
Extension bending moment (Nm) 12
Maximum Nij 0.20
Chest maximum compression (mm) 21
Femur (kN)
Left 0.2
Right 0.2
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 0
Right 0
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.50
Right 0.62
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 1.5
Right 2.2
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 100
Right 59

How the driver-side small overlap front test is conducted

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2016-20 models

Tested vehicle: 2016 Honda Civic Touring 2-door

The Honda Civic was redesigned for the 2016 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 VTF1612
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 6
Left (cm) 10
Center (cm) 6
Right (cm) 4
Brake pedal (cm) 3
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 0
Right (cm) -1
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 0
Rearward (cm) -3
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 0

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTF1612
Head
HIC-15 384
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.7
Extension bending moment (Nm) 44
Maximum Nij 0.18
Chest maximum compression (mm) 27
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 0.3
Femur force - right (kN) 0.2
Knee displacement - left (mm) 0
Knee displacement - right (mm) 0
Maximum tibia index - left 0.33
Maximum tibia index - right 0.46
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 2.1
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 1.9
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 50
Right 48

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

Side

Rating applies to 2016-20 models

Tested vehicle: 2016 Honda Civic LX 2-door

The Honda Civic was redesigned for the 2016 model year. Side ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Honda as part of side crash test verification.

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
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTS1611
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm) -19.0
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTS1611
Head HIC-15 384
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.9
Compression (kN) 0.0
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 38
Lateral force (kN) 1.6
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 29
Average deflection (mm) 27
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 2.89
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.29
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.6
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.6
Combined force (kN) 2.1
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.7
L-M moment (Nm) 37
A-P moment (Nm) 169

Passenger injury measures

Test ID VTS1611
Head HIC-15 362
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.3
Compression (kN) 0.8
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 44
Lateral force (kN) 1.5
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 34
Average deflection (mm) 28
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 3.54
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.53
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.2
Acetabulum force (kN) 0.3
Combined force (kN) 0.4
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.4
L-M moment (Nm) 32
A-P moment (Nm) 95

How the side crash test is conducted

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2016-20 models

Tested vehicle: 2016 Honda Civic LX 2-door

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 2,730 lbs
Peak force 13,159 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 4.82

How the roof strength test is conducted

Head restraints & seats

Seat type: Manual cloth seat

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
Technical measurements for this test
Seat type Manual cloth seat
Geometry
Backset (mm) 25
Distance below top of head (mm) 31
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 13.7
Head contact time (ms) 53
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 0
Max neck tension (N) 142

How the head restraint & seat test is conducted

Front crash prevention: vehicle-to-vehicle

System details

  • Optional Collision Mitigation Braking System

Package name

  • Optional Honda Sensing Package

Overall evaluation

Applies to 2016-18 models

Superior
Superior
with optional equipment
  • 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.

How front crash prevention is evaluated

Headlights

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

Trim level(s)

  • LX trim
  • EX trim
  • EX-T trim
  • EX-L trim
  • Si 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:
car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler 0 ft 100 ft 200 ft 300 ft 400 ft 500 ft 600 ft Low beams Optimal low-beam illumination High beams Optimal high-beam illumination

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

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • LX trim
  • EX trim
  • EX-T trim
  • EX-L trim
  • Si trim
Low-beam headlight type Halogen projector
High-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Applies to 2016-18 models
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 85.5 m None
Straightaway left edge 28.3 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 46.5 m None
250m radius left curve, left edge 35.9 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 36.5 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 30.1 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 169.4 m
Straightaway left edge 143.1 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 61.8 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 61.2 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 44.9 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 45.4 m

Trim level(s)

  • Touring trim
Low-beam headlight type LED reflector
High-beam headlight type LED reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler 0 ft 100 ft 200 ft 300 ft 400 ft 500 ft 600 ft Low beams Optimal low-beam illumination High beams Optimal high-beam illumination Excessive glare

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

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 on both right curves and inadequate on both left curves.

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • Touring trim
Low-beam headlight type LED reflector
High-beam headlight type LED reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Applies to 2016-18 models
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 106.1 m 110.4 %
Straightaway left edge 61.3 m 110.4 %
250m radius right curve, right edge 64.9 m 9.4 %
250m radius left curve, left edge 51.5 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 53.6 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 47.7 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 145.4 m
Straightaway left edge 84.6 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 69.7 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 57.5 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 56.1 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 49.3 m

How headlights are evaluated

Child seat anchors

Applies to 2016-20 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.

Overall evaluation
Vehicle trim EX
Seat type cloth
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
easy 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
easy to maneuver around anchors
Technical measurements for this test

Seat position 21

3

Lower anchor A
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 2-4
Force (lbs) 24
Clearance angle (degrees) 81
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 2-4
Force (lbs) 15
Clearance angle (degrees) 80
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) 2-4
Force (lbs) 11
Clearance angle (degrees) 71
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 2-4
Force (lbs) 22
Clearance angle (degrees) 83
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