Honda Civic performs poorly in side-crash tests

Honda Civic performs poorly in side-crash testsThe latest five-star safety ratings tests performed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reveal shortcomings of the Honda Civic in side-crash safety testing.

The NHTSA has recently performed its crash tests on a batch of vehicles including the Civic, the Chevrolet Equinox, the GMC Terrain and the Nissan Sentra, according to Consumer Reports. Of this group, the Civic's overall rating was the lowest, which received only two stars out of five in the side crash test. It fared slightly better in the front crash test, in which it attained a rating of four stars.

The Sentra didn't fare significantly better than the Civic, with a three-star rating on both crash tests.

The Honda Accord continues to be the only vehicle tested under the new NHTSA rating system to attain five stars in all testing categories, according to the news source.

Crash test safety ratings are among the most important factors a consumer can consider when deciding which vehicle to purchase. Before filling out an auto loan application for a new car, drivers may want to do thorough research about which cars have the best crash test safety ratings.