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Honda Accord leads the pack in rear-seat safety
August 8, 2023

The rating criteria for the updated moderate overlap front test were adjusted in 2024 to better account for variations in the position of the rear shoulder belt. The ratings provided in this news release reflect the methodology that IIHS used at the time of publication. Under the new methodology, the Subaru Outback’s overall rating is marginal instead of acceptable. In addition, some of the component ratings changed for that vehicle and others whose overall ratings remained the same. Up-to-date ratings using the current criteria can be found in the vehicle ratings section of our website. The news release can be viewed at

Out of seven midsize cars tested, the Accord is the only vehicle to earn a good rating in the new, tougher moderate overlap front crash test, which emphasizes rear-seat safety.