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New Honda CR-V Hybrid Safety Tech Could Be The Small SUV’s Best Attribute

Car shoppers are interested in fuel-efficiency, but what about the new 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid safety tech? It could be the SUV's best attribute.


A new generation of consumers are interested in green, fuel-efficient cars and are wanting SUVs and crossovers like the new 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid. These consumers range in age and are willing to spend more to help conserve our resources and environment. Honda executives seem to be in tune with you.

Art St. Cyr, vice president, and business unit head-American Honda Auto Operations tells WardsAuto “You are finding a whole generation of people committed to saving the world, saving the environment.”

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Fuel-efficiency is on the minds of many customers, but safety seems to be on everyone’s mind. Being safe in a small SUV that’s carrying your loved ones is even more important to families. How safe is the new Honda CR-V Hybrid and why should it be at the top of your shopping list?

2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid

Honda says they use a next-generation body structure to keep you safe in the event of a collision, but you don’t have to believe what Honda says. The industry experts at Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) give the CR-V 4-door SUV a TOP SAFETY PICK rating, Euro NCAP gives it the highest five-star rating, and CR-V with AWD gets a top score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

The 2020 Honda CR-V also incorporates Honda's next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure, helping CR-V achieve these highest possible collision safety ratings.

Honda seems to be passionate about safety and they include Honda Sensing as standard equipment on all 2020 CR-V trims. It’s a suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive tech that includes a collision mitigation braking system with forward collision warning and pedestrian sensing capability. This will stop the SUV if it senses a car or pedestrian and could prevent an accident or death.

It also comes with road departure mitigation with lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow lane-keeping assist. Additional driver-assist tech includes the available blind-spot information, with rear cross-traffic monitor and auto high beam headlights. All are designed to keep you safer on the road.

Honda has also added a new acoustic vehicle alerting system on the CR-V Hybrid that is designed to increase awareness by pedestrians who may not hear you coming when traveling under electric-only power. The system uses a speaker mounted in the front bumper to alert pedestrians with an audible alert that varies in volume depending on vehicle speed. This is especially useful if you are driving near a busy city crosswalk.

It's not just about fuel-efficiency and saving the environment. It looks like Honda is serious about safety and is doing a good job with the new 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid to keep you and your family safe.

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