2016 Honda Pilot Gets Top Safety Pick+ Rating from IIHS
“Honda Sensing” Safety Suite Help It Make Cut
When it comes to vehicles targeted toward families, safety is often just as big, if not bigger, purchasing consideration than horsepower, acceleration, and fuel economy. Lately, large-to-midsize crossovers are the new de facto minivans of the second decade of the 21st century. So when the 2016 Honda Pilot crossover earned the coveted Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick+ award, of course it got a press release.
Key to the Pilot’s high score is the Honda Sensing suite of safety technologies. Contrary to what the name might imply, the system senses all vehicles, not just Hondas. Among the features of Honda Sensing are collision mitigation braking, forward collision warning, lane keeping assist and departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and road departure mitigation. The system utilizes signals and data from both an optical camera, as well as a grille-mounted millimeter wave radar system.
In terms of the hardware enabling the high safety rating when things get too close for comfort are Honda’s Advance Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure with a “three-bone” underbody frame design and hot-stamped ultra-high strength steel door rings. Like all Honda models 2015 or newer, the Pilot features a standard rear-view camera.