The age-old argument between the Domestic and Import has raged on since what feels like forever. And for the past decade it seemed rather one-sided.
That is until auto industry research and consulting company Strategic Vision released its 2013 Total Quality Index study recently. Strategic Vision has been at this since 1994 and looks at factors from traditional counting of reported problems to examining subtle elements that influence car-buying decisions.
“If you want a compact car with a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating, the 2013 Honda Civic is the only choice,” said Art St. Cyr, vice president of product planning and logistics at American Honda. “We believe this is a distinct competitive advantage, especially as more and more consumers place a premium on crash rating performance.”
Top Safety Pick Plus is the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s newest top ranking, which separates out the best of best for safety. IIHS scores the 2013 Honda Civic Good in the moderate overlap front test results, Good for the small overlap front test, good for side impact test results, and good for roof strength test. To achieve Top Safety Pick Plus status, a vehicle must receive a score of good in at lease 4 of 5 tests and no less than acceptable in the fifth test. Less than 20 vehicles across the United State have been designated as a Top Safety Pick Plus.