CARS.COM — Having already earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Top Safety Pick Plus designation, the 2016 Honda CR-V has now added a five-star feather to its cap courtesy of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The compact SUV received a five-star overall vehicle score in NHTSA’s crashworthiness evaluations, improving on its four-star rating from the previous year.
The 2015 CR-V fell short of NHTSA’s top safety rating, scoring four stars in testing for frontal crashes and rollovers, and five stars for side crashes, for an overall score of four stars. While its rollover rating remained the same for 2016, the latest version improved its score for frontal crashes to five stars, bumping up its overall score to five as well.
Honda noted in a statement that the 2016 CR-V had also met the requirements for three NHTSA-recommended technologies, including a backup camera, forward collision warning and lane departure warning. Moreover, the automaker said the CR-V uses the latest generation of its Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure, “which helps make the CR-V highly effective at absorbing and dispersing the energy of a frontal collision crash.”
This latest rating puts the CR-V ahead of its competitors in NHTSA’s crashworthiness evaluations. The 2016 Ford Escape and Mazda CX-5 both received four-star overall ratings. The 2016 Toyota RAV4, meanwhile, earned a five-star rating, though its performance wasn’t quite as good as the CR-V’s as it scored only four stars for both frontal crashes and rollovers.