WASHINGTON – The all-new 2016 Honda Pilot midsize SUV earned the highest five-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
On sale now at Honda dealerships, the 2016 Pilot received four stars in the front crash test, five stars in the side crash test and four stars in the rollover crash test.
The rating applies to front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive versions of the 2016 Pilot.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety last month said the 2016 Pilot earned the 2015 Top Safety Pick+ award when equipped with the optional front-crash prevention system.
The Pilot received “good” scores in all Institute crash tests. The 2016 Pilot’s optional front collision-prevention system, called Honda Sensing, earned a “superior” rating.
Honda Sensing is a $1,000 option on the Pilot EX and EX-L models. It is not available on the base 2016 Pilot LX model, but is standard on the top-of-the-line Pilot Touring and Elite models.
Standard safety equipment on the 2016 Pilot includes electronic stability control, antilock brakes with brake assist, six airbags and a rearview camera.
Key Pilot competitors include the Chevrolet Traverse, Ford Explorer and Nissan Pathfinder.
Edmunds says: Car shoppers keeping score should note that the 2016 Chevrolet Traverse and 2016 Nissan Pathfinder also earned the highest five-star safety rating from NHTSA. The 2016 Ford Explorer has not been rated.