2016 Honda HR-V Achieves (Mostly) Five-Star Safety Scores

August 24, 2015

The 2016 Honda HR-V has earned a five-star rating, overall, in federal New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) crash-testing. However its results aren’t quite top-tier.

In frontal crash testing (35 mph into a fixed barrier), the HR-V was able to achieve just four stars for both male-size occupants in the driver’s seat and female-size passengers.

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The HR-V did, however, achieve top five-star results from the federal government in all aspects of side testing, including a structurally demanding side pole test.

That NCAP testing is overseen by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

So far, that puts the HR-V, which is an entirely new small compact crossover model, a step behind the safety ratings earned by the current Honda Fit, on which the HR-V is based. The 2015 and 2016 Honda Fit earn five stars in every category of testing.

We do like the HR-V's outward visibility, as well as its widely available LaneWatch camera system that assists in seeing vehicles, pedestrians, or bicyclists alongside the vehicle when making a right turn.

The HR-V hasn’t been rated yet by the other organization that conducts U.S. crash testing, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

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