A Look at One of the Safest Small SUVs and Other 2020 Top Safety Picks

Honda has a reputation for designing vehicles that are at the top of their class when it comes to safety. A recent report by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety put the Honda CR-V on their list of Top Safety Picks for 2020 in the small SUV category.

The CR-V is known for being practical, and well-designed. All CR-Vs come well-equipped with comfortable features that buyers want, but let’s talk more about what makes this vehicle so safe.

For vehicles to be recognized as a top safety, they must perform extremely well in multiple crash safety tests. If the car doesn’t get a “good” or “superior” rating, it isn’t designated as a top safety pick by the IIHS. The CR-V passed every test received top ratings in crashworthiness and crash avoidance & mitigation.

Honda CR-V Safety Features

The Honda SensingⓇ Safety Suite is definitely something that makes its vehicles stand out from the competition and the CR-V is no exception. The suite uses a combination of features to keep motorists and pedestrians safe on the roads. These features include:

Features You Will Notice

  • Vehicle Stability Assist™*
  • Anti-Lock Braking System 
  • Electronic Brake Distribution 
  • Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System* 
  • LED Daytime Running Lights 
  • Multi-Angle Rearview Camera*
  • Forward Collision Warning 
  • Lane Departure Warning 
  • Collision Mitigation Braking System™* 
  • Road Departure Mitigation System

*Vehicle Stability Assist™ is not a substitute for safe driving. It cannot correct the vehicle’s course in every situation or compensate for reckless driving. Control of the vehicle always remains with the driver. Tire Pressure Monitoring System For optimal tire wear and performance, tire pressure should be checked regularly with a gauge. Do not rely solely on the monitor system. Please see your Honda dealer for details. Multi-Angle Rearview Camera Always visually confirm that it is safe to drive before backing up; the rearview camera display does not provide complete information about all conditions and objects at the rear of your vehicle. Forward Collision Warning cannot detect all objects ahead and may not detect a given object; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and other factors. System operation affected by extreme interior heat. FCW does not include a braking function. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions. Lane Departure Warning only alerts drivers when lane drift is detected without a turn signal in use. LDW may not detect all lane markings or lane departures; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and road condition. System operation affected by extreme interior heat. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions.Collision Mitigation Braking System™ cannot detect all objects ahead and may not detect a given object; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and other factors. System operation affected by extreme interior heat. System designed to mitigate crash forces. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions. Road Departure Mitigation System only alerts drivers when lane drift is detected without a turn signal in use and can apply mild steering torque to assist driver in maintaining proper lane position and/or brake pressure to slow the vehicle’s departure from a detected lane. RDM may not detect all lane markings or lane departures; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and road condition. System operation affected by extreme interior heat. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions.

Passive Safety Features

  • Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ Body Structure
  • Advanced Front Airbags (i-SRS)
  • SmartVent® Front Side Airbags
  • Side Curtain Airbags with Rollover Sensor
  • 3-Point Seat Belts at all Seating Positions
  • Front 3-Point Seat Belts with Automatic Tensioning System
  • Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH): Lower Anchors (2nd-Row All), Tether Anchors (2nd-Row All)
  • Driver’s and Front Passenger’s Seat-Belt Reminder
  • Child-Proof Rear Door Locks

2020 CR-V Upgrades and Trim Models

The 2020 CR-V has 4 trim levels available (LX, EX, EX-L and Touring). All trims come with a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine (190 horsepower, 179 lb-ft of torque), a variable automatic transmission, and can comfortably seat 5 people. All trim levels also include:

  • Bluetooth® Streaming Audio*
  • Pandora® Compatibility*
  • Radio Data System (RDS)
  • Speed-Sensitive Volume Compensation (SVC)
  • Remote Entry System

*The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are owned by the Bluetooth SIG, Inc., and any use of such marks by Honda Motor Co., Ltd., is under license. Pandora, the Pandora logo, and the Pandora trade dress are trademarks or registered trademarks of Pandora Media, Inc. Used with permission. Compatible with select smartphones. See: pandora.com/everywhere/mobile. Not all devices compatible with USB connection. Your wireless carrier’s rate plans apply.

Other Top Safety Picks From Honda

Every decision is subject to the individual and what you prefer in a vehicle. However, in terms of safety, comfort, and functionality, you can’t go wrong with the CR-V. Honda had quite a few other vehicles that made the 2020 list. The vehicles below also have a lot to offer!

Honda Civic 2-door Coupe

The Honda Civic 2-door Coupe is both sporty and safe. When most people think about 2-door cars, the first thing that comes to mind usually isn’t comfort, but the 2020 Civic 2-door Coupe with both comfort and sophistication in mind.

Although not ideal for those with large families, this vehicle is great for individuals or couples who want a car that offers a fun, safe ride and the creature comforts of a larger vehicle.

Honda Civic 4-door Hatchback

This sporty hatchback is fantastic for individuals or small families who value safety and style. The standard interior is practical and comfortable with many upgrades available. The Honda Civic 4-door Hatchback is efficient and affordable and you can choose from either a continuously variable automatic transmission or a six-speed manual transmission.

Honda Civic 4-door Sedan

Offering even more comfort than the hatchback and coupe, the Honda Civic 4-door Sedan is a fantastic vehicle. Boasting excellent fuel economy, standard advanced technology and safety features, and a roomy cabin with high-quality materials, this sedan definitely doesn’t disappoint.

Honda Insight 4-door Sedan

If you are looking for a hybrid, the Honda Insight 4-door Sedan offers amazing gas mileage, quick acceleration, superior safety, and a roomy interior, the Honda Insight might be what you are looking for. This vehicle gets 52 MPG* and is much more affordable than its competitors. Don’t let the affordability fool you though, this sedan feels premium even without any upgrades.

*55 city/49 highway/52 combined mpg rating for LX and EX trims. 51 city/45 highway/48 combined mpg rating for the Touring trim. Based on 2021 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-pack age/condition and other factors.

Honda Accord 4-door Sedan

If comfort, performance, and fuel efficiency are your thing, the 2020 Honda Accord 4-door Sedan might also be worth considering. The standard engines in these cars are both powerful and use less gas. The interior is extremely comfortable and the sporty handling makes this sedan very fun to drive. With many advanced safety features coming standard, the Accord is a great choice for individuals or small families.

Buying a new vehicle is a big decision and we want to help you make the right choice. If you have questions regarding any of the models discussed above, safety features, or just want a second opinion before you buy, give our team at Scholfield Honda a call at (316) 688-6400.

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