2015 Honda CR-V Earns Four-Star Safety Rating From NHTSA

Jan 20, 2015 04:00 PM EST | Matt Mercuro

Federal regulators seem to the like the 2015 Honda CR-V, as the crossover recently earned a four-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

SafeCar.gov reports the 2015 model received five stars in the side crash test and four stars in the front crash test and rollover crash test.

The rating also applies to the all-wheel-drive and front-wheel-drive options of the CR-V.

Five stars is the highest rating a vehicle can receive.

The 2015 CR-V is equipped with a new 2.4-liter 4-cylinder 185-horsepower engine, which features direct fuel injection that makes more torque and gets better gas mileage than its predecessor.

Honda designed the latest CR-V to come with safety features like antilock brakes, six airbags, and electronic stability control. The front seat has also been designed to reduce the severity of neck injuries if a rear crash were to occur.

Frontal crash prevention system is optional to buyers as well, according to the automaker. 

The latest CR-V competes for sales against vehicles like the Mazda CX-5, Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, Ford Escape and Toyota RAV4.

In comparison, the 2015 Mazda CX-5 and Hyundai Santa Fe Sport both earned five-star overall safety ratings from NHTSA. The 2015 Toyota RAV 4 and Ford Escape meanwhile earned four-star overall safety ratings from NHTSA.

The 2015 Honda CR-V is on sale now at your local dealership for $33,775, including a $880 destination charge. .

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2015 CR-V a 2015 Top Safety Pick+ rating as well, when equipped with optional front crash prevention. The Honda vehicle earned "Good" scores in five crash tests, including the difficult small overlap frontal crash test.

Click below to watch video of the CR-V during testing.

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