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Saturday, December 19, 2015

2016 Honda CR-V Earns NHSTA 5-Star Rating, Too


For those that weren’t aware, there are two main safety-centric organizations that perform crash tests on all automotive models in a given year: the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the federal government’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. While both are rather stringent in the tests that they perform, they have the same basic modus operandi in helping consumers choose automobiles that are going to protect them in the event of an unforeseen accident.


Both have their merits in making these determinations, and as we said in our last post, Honda had a few models earn the top designation from the IIHS earlier this month. Only a week later, the NHTSA announced that the new Honda CR-V will be the latest in a long line of 2016 Honda models to receive a top five-star overall safety rating, as well.

This particular model earning those top scores is notable because unlike many other models in the Honda lineup, the CR-V did not achieve a five-star rating in 2014. While a four-star rating is perfectly acceptable, it wasn’t good enough for Honda engineers who wanted to make sure that the best-selling SUV in the industry had elite safety features and crash test scores. Now, as proven by both the IIHS and NHTSA, it does, and that’s a great thing for Honda owners all over Southern California.

Honda credits revamped crumple zones for the boost, but whatever the reason for the higher designation, we here at Pacific Honda are thrilled to see yet another one of the vehicles that we sell earn top marks from the federal government. The 2016 Honda Civic has yet to be tested, but we have a good feeling that it will be a strong performer on crash tests, too.

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