2019 Honda Passport Changes Earn Higher IIHS Safety Rating

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Honda now has eight vehicles that earn either a Top Safety Pick or a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), as changes to the 2019 Honda Passport mean it meets the requirements to earn the institute’s lower safety rating. The award only applies to models built after June 2019, which is when Honda updated the SUV’s headlights.

Passport models built before June 2019 had two headlights that were both found to be Poor. Models after June 2019 have two updated headlights, both of which earn a rating of Acceptable. That rating is good enough to boost the Passport’s score to earn a Top Safety Pick rating.

Requirements to be named a Top Safety Pick include Good ratings in five of the six crash tests, an Acceptable rating is all that’s needed in the passenger-side small overlap front test, an Advanced or Superior rating for a front crash prevention system, and headlights that earn a rating of Acceptable. The Passport met these requirements, earning a score of Acceptable in the passenger-side small overlap front test and a Superior for its standard front crash prevention system.

With the new safety rating, the Passport matches the same safety rating as the Honda Pilot. Compared to other two-row SUVs, the Passport is one of the safer choices in the segment. The only other options that have earned one of the IIHS’ top safety ratings include the Jeep Cherokee (a Top Safety Pick) and the Hyundai Santa Fe (Top Safety Pick+). The Ford Edge, Jeep Grand Cherokee, and Nissan Murano all failed to earn a Top Safety Pick rating from the IIHS. The all-new Chevrolet Blazer hasn’t been fully tested by the IIHS yet.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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