Consumer Reports said Wednesday it is dropping its recommended status for the Honda Fit subcompact after the Fit scored poorly in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s small-overlap front crash test.
Among 11 subcompacts the institute tested, the Chevrolet Spark was the only one that it found provided adequate protection, though the car scored too low overall in testing by Consumer Reports to be recommended. The test looks to replicate what happens when a front vehicle corner collides with another vehicle or object such as a tree or light pole. Twenty five percent of the vehicle’s driver’s side front end strikes a barrier at 40 miles per hour.
Honda, in a statement, said its newly redesigned 2015 Fit will soon be in dealerships and the company expects the new Fit will earn top scores from the institute, including a “good” rating in its tests including the small-overlap front crash test. Honda said it also predicts it will earn a 5-Star vehicle score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
“With these top test results, we intend to demonstrate that small cars can deliver outstanding crash test performance,” the company said in the statement.