The 2019 Passport, a new midsize SUV derived from the larger Honda Pilot, underwent a series of rigorous testing by IIHS engineers. - Photo courtesy of IIHS

The 2019 Passport, a new midsize SUV derived from the larger Honda Pilot, underwent a series of rigorous testing by IIHS engineers.

Photo courtesy of IIHS

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has named Honda Passport SUVs built after June of this year to be 2019 Top Safety Pick vehicles—making this the seventh 2019 Honda model to join the IIHS winner’s circle.

The 2019 Passport, a new midsize SUV derived from the larger Honda Pilot, underwent a series of rigorous testing by IIHS engineers. The Passport aced the evaluations, earning good ratings in five crashworthiness tests—the first step toward garnering a Top Safety Pick award.

The tests included the driver-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests.

However, to capture Top Safety Pick status a vehicle must also earn a good or acceptable rating in the passenger-side small overlap front test. In addition, the vehicle needs an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention and a good or acceptable headlight rating.

The 2019 Passport covered all the bases. Not only did it score an acceptable rating in the passenger-side small overlap front crash test, the Passport comes standard with a superior-rated front crash prevention system. In fact, the system avoided a collision in the 12 mph test and reduced its impact speed by an average of 12 mph in the 25 mph test.

Finally, the Passport's two available headlight systems both earn acceptable ratings for models built after June 2019. However, both rate poor for Passports built earlier, meaning earlier models don't qualify for the IIHS recognition.

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