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2019 Honda HR-V Earns IIHS Top Safety Pick

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2019 Honda HR-V Touring
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The Honda HR-V has made big forward strides for the 2019 model year, earning Top Safety Pick certification from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety after improving in several areas over the 2018 model.

The 2019 HR-V earned the highest possible score of “Good” in the moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, seat, and head restraint crash tests — the same as last year. It also earned the highest score in the passenger-side and driver-side small overlap front tests, where it had only managed an “Acceptable” rating in 2018, thanks to upgrades to the front crash structure.

Honda also improved the compact crossover’s headlight visibility with multi-element LED lighting (though it is only available on the new Touring trim), and made the child anchors easier to use. Both the headlights and the anchors earned an acceptable score from the IIHS.

Learn More: Discover the 2019 Honda HR-V

More importantly, with Honda Sensing technology, the HR-V earned the highest possible “Superior” score for front crash prevention. Honda Sensing is standard on all EX and above trims and includes automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, road departure mitigation, forward collision warning, and lane keeping assistance.

The HR-V is now the sixth Honda model to earn a Top Safety Pick rating from the IIHS after the Accord, CR-V, Pilot, Odyssey, and Insight, the last earning the coveted and elusive Top Safety Pick+ rating. All of these models, including the HR-V, have also earned the top five-star overall vehicle score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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