Honda Accord shines, but Australians need equal technology - ANCAP

Continuing Honda's impressive record for offering drivers a high level of protection, the latest Accord model has earned the highest standard of vehicle safety, according to the Australasian New Car Assessment Program's (ANCAP) latest October safety report.

In the latest round of ANCAP crash tests, the Honda Accord stood out as a safe option for fleet managers.

The new model earned ANCAP's acclaimed 5-star rating, bettering the the previous design significantly.

As a good addition to fleet services, ANCAP Chairman, Mr Lauchlan McIntosh said that the latest model from the Japanese manufacturer is "the shining star" in this month's tests.

"As a result of ANCAP's independent testing, we have seen Honda improve the design of the Accord to raise its safety rating from 4 to 5 stars," he explained.

On its first crash test in July 2013, the current Honda Accord received a 4-star rating after results showed a risk of lower leg injury to the driver if the vehicle crashed head-on and at an overlap with another object (a frontal offset collision). After a second round of testing, the Accord improved its performance from this type of crash.

In small car tests, the hybrid Toyota Prius C and Honda City scored the highest 5-star ANCAP safety rating, with the Peugeot 308 also receiving top marks for its diesel model.

Australian models need equal technology

However, it wasn't all good news. ANCAP found a discrepancy between safety features on the Nissan X-Trail. Despite the model receiving a 5-star rating, the omission of autonomous emergency braking (AEB) on the Australian model proved bittersweet, ANCAP said.

The media release explained: "While available on European-sold models, AEB is again a notable omission from all Australasian X-Trail variants - as was the case with the Qashqai rated by ANCAP earlier this year."

With rear-end collisions under the microscope in Australia, these types of safety features may just provide a fleet with the extra security they need.