2018 Honda CR-V Nails Top Safety Pick Plus Rating

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, Automotive Editor - March 24, 2017

Add the new Honda CR-V to your list if you're looking for a safe small crossover.

The redesigned 2017 CR-V was named this week an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick Plus, the highest honor issued by the crash test agency. The ranking includes results from two frontal crash tests, a side test, roof strength, head restraint effectiveness, available advanced safety technology and headlight performance.

The rating applies only to the top CR-V Touring models, which come equipped with LED headlamps that earn an acceptable rating in the institute's headlight test. All other models are rated marginal for lights, which strips those CR-V models of the top honor.

EX and higher trims also come standard with front crash prevention that also got the IIHS' top score.

The 2017 CR-V now joins the Mazda CX-3, Mitsubishi Outlander, Nissan Rogue, Subaru Forester, and Toyota RAV4 as small SUVs that earn the IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus title to rank as among the safest vehicles in that class. For safety conscious customers, the Top Safety Pick Plus ranking is worth looking out for, but also make sure your model is equipped with all of the available features that make the car qualify for the top score.

, Automotive Editor

Zac Estrada is an automotive journalist and contributing writer who hails from Santa Barbara, CA. Zac attended Northeastern University's School of Journalism in Boston and currently runs the automotive blog Confessions of an Autoholic. 

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