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Honda HR-V earns five-star NHTSA crash rating

by Justin King

Honda's new has earned a five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's New Car Assessment Program (NCAP).

The new crossover earned top marks in the side-impact crash scenario and a lower four-star rating for a frontal impact. Rollover protection also received four stars, with an estimated 13.5 percent chance of tipping the car over in the government's theoretical maneuver, however the lower front-impact and rollover scores did not affect the overall five-star rating.

Honda claims the HR-V also earned Top Safety Pick honors from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, which implements the more challenging small-overlap crash scenario. Details of the IIHS tests were not immediately available following Honda's announcement.

"Using Honda's packaging magic, powertrain innovation and safety engineering expertise, the HR-V delivers a high level of occupant safety protection along with class-leading fuel economy and interior space," said Honda senior VP Jeff Conrad. "True to Honda's commitment to the safety of all road users, the HR-V is designed to make the vehicle more compatible with other vehicles and to help to mitigate injuries to pedestrians in the event of a collision."

The company's latest "advanced compatibility engineering" (ACE) body structure is said to improve energy absorption in frontal crash scenarios. Structural reinforcements throughout the body are credited with maintaining the cabin integrity in crashes from other directions.

The announcement suggests the HR-V did not qualify for the top IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award, reserved for vehicles available with automatic-braking technology to help avoid collisions.

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