The new Honda Accord will carry a 5-star Australian New Car Assessment Programme (ANCAP) safety rating, an improvement on its 4-star rating last year.

The Accord was found to have an elevated risk of injury to the driver’s lower legs when it was tested in June 2013.

But improvements to the design for models built from August this year have seen its frontal offset test score rise from 11.21 points to 14.79 points, resulting in a 5-star rating.

Three other popular vehicles – the Nissan X-Trail, Peugeot 308 (diesel) and Toyota Prius C – also scored highly, each recently achieving the maximum 5-star safety rating.

AA Motoring Services general manager Stella Stocks said it was good to see an ever-increasing range of 5-star options.

“Credit must go to Honda for demonstrating how ANCAP results can be used to manufacturers’ advantage and design improvements made to provide consumers with a safer car,” Ms Stocks said..

The full list of ANCAP’s vehicle safety ratings, other vehicle safety information and the specifications of the rated vehicles are available at aa.co.nz or rightcar.govt.nz.