New 2023 Honda Pilot SUV Earns IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ Rating

2023 Honda Pilot Trailsport
The brand-new 2023 Honda Pilot SUV, designed,developed, and built* exclusively in the United States, has achieved the prestigious 2023 TOP SAFETY PICK+ (TSP+) rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The Pilot’s superior safety rating stems from its impressive performance in IIHS Crash Avoidance & Mitigation assessments, encompassing both daytime and nighttime vehicle-to-pedestrian avoidance as well as headlight performance. This remarkable accomplishment adds to the collective success of seven Honda models that have secured TSP ratings or better for the year 2023.

Rooted in Honda’s enduring commitment to “Safety for Everyone,” which centers on advancing safety for all road users, all 2023 Pilot models come equipped with the comprehensive Honda Sensing® suite. This suite includes the Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™), recognized by the IIHS as a “front crash prevention” system, Forward Collision Warning, Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) featuring Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). Notably, Honda Sensing® is now a standard feature across all new Honda models, benefitting over 6 million Honda vehicles on U.S. roads today.

Honda’s commitment to safety extends to all its vehicles, thanks to the proprietary Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure. This design aids in safeguarding occupants during various frontal collisions and includes advanced supplemental restraint systems. In the case of the 2023 Pilot, Honda engineers have taken ACE™ a step further by optimizing and integrating it into the front sub-frame and side-frame. This innovation enhances the Pilot’s compatibility with smaller vehicles and bolsters occupant protection in oblique frontal collisions.

The new Pilot also introduces Honda’s award-winning front passenger airbag, featuring a three-chamber design. This innovation proves particularly effective in angled frontal impacts where lateral forces might cause an occupant’s head to rotate excessively or slide off the airbag, thereby reducing the risk of severe injury. The new Honda Pilot is a testament to American innovation and craftsmanship. It was meticulously designed at the Honda Design Studio in California, developed by Honda engineers at the North American Automotive Development Center in Ohio, and is exclusively manufactured by dedicated associates at the Alabama Auto Plant.

In addition to IIHS testing, Honda models that underwent the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) 2023 model year New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) evaluations have all received an outstanding 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score1. For a comprehensive understanding of the innovative methods employed to achieve the exceptional safety standards of the 2023 Honda Pilot, please refer to the “Safety & Driver-Assistive Technology” section of the Pilot’s press kit, accessible here: Pilot info.
*produced using domestic and globally sourced parts

Honda 2023 IIHS Award Winners:

  • 2023 Honda Accord (TSP+)
  • 2023 Honda Civic Hatchback (TSP) except Type R performance variant
  • 2023 Honda Civic Sedan (TSP)
  • 2023 Honda CR-V (TSP+)
  • 2023 Honda HR-V (TSP+)
  • 2023 Honda Odyssey (TSP+)
  • 2023 Honda Pilot (TSP+)

Honda Commitment to Safety

In pursuit of its vision for a collision-free society, Honda is actively enhancing road safety for all, a comprehensive approach known as “Safety for Everyone.” Honda boasts two of the world’s most advanced crash-test facilities, located in Ohio and Japan, and has spearheaded numerous pioneering initiatives in crashworthiness, collision compatibility, and pedestrian safety.
Honda’s commitment to safety extends to both passive and active measures. Advanced passive safety features include the proprietary Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure and cutting-edge technology in the passenger front airbag. These innovations are meticulously designed to offer occupants a high level of protection during collisions. Furthermore, Honda has introduced advanced active safety and driver-assistive systems through Honda Sensing® and AcuraWatch™ technologies. These systems, now incorporated into over 6 million vehicles on U.S. roads, are engineered to reduce the frequency and severity of accidents. They also play a crucial role as a technological and perceptual bridge to the future of highly automated vehicles.
1Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) New Car Assessment Program (www.SaferCar.gov).