Last week Honda CR-V was awarded the “Top Safety +” rating by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety. Is CR-V the safest small SUV available in North America; perhaps, but it isn’t without company. For 2015 the significantly refreshed CR-V joins Mazda, Mitsubishi and Subaru in the ranks of the highest safety rated small SUVs sold in North America.
This year an unprecedented 71 vehicles earned the IIHS highest safety ratings with advance forward collision avoidance, ride stability and backup cameras weighing heavily as to which vehicles earned the “Top Safety +” rating. You may read the complete IIHS list here.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, with today’s technically advanced radar measured and camara activated safety features as found in Honda LaneWatch and Lane Keep Assist(LKA)being offered as optional or standard features by most major automotive manufacturers, Honda leads the way to fewer auto related collisions and personal injury claims.
In the case of Honda CR-V, collected IIHS data indicates a reduction of 10 to 27% in accident related insurance claims attributed to active and passive accident avoidance and stability features.
Accident avoidance equipped CR-Vs will track lane markings and self steer when sensing erratic lane wandering, thus reducing the incidence of head on and side lane collision. These features in combination with electronic ride stability, electronically monitored and assisted ABS braking and multiple airbag systems make for the safest driver and passenger transportation experience to date.
2015 CR-V is the safest Honda SUV built to date when all optional active and passive safety features are activated as initiated by the driver. Torque News experienced CR-V in Huntington Beach, Ca and found a few of the autonomous like safety features to be counter to a conventional driving experience. We have released the wheel of Acura TLX , RLX and Honda CR-V equipped with Honda LaneWatch. ™ While not recommended by the manufacturer, while set in cruise control these vehicles will self drive for awhile.
Systems such as electronic brake assist and ride stability can be a bit unnerving at first; requiring a bit of a learning curve to master. Is 2015 Honda CR-V the safest small SUV in North America? That’s up to you and IIHS to decide. Read about our extended drive experience here.