Features, fuel economy, power, and other traits are all important to drivers looking for a new vehicle, but we believe in safety first at Wisconsin Heartland Honda Dealers. Honda makes some of the safest SUVs available to Central and Northeast Wisconsin drivers, and they come in three different sizes: the subcompact HR-V, the compact CR-V, and the Honda Pilot.
Entry-level versions of Honda’s SUVs come with advanced safety features that help earn high marks from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The new Honda Sensing safety features helped put these crossovers on the radar of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and their Top Safety Pick+ award (detailed below).
There are two main organizations in the auto safety world, the NHTSA and the IIHS. Each organization ranks cars’ safety in different ways, and it’s important to look at what they both have to say when looking for the safest SUVs.
If you’ve seen star ratings for vehicle safety, those usually come from the NHTSA, who rank vehicle safety on a score from 0-5 stars in each of their crash tests as well as creating an Overall Vehicle Safety Rating.
The IIHS, on the other hand, ranks with descriptions like “good” for their highest performing vehicles, and their new crash prevention assessment uses “superior” and “advanced.” To earn the highest award from the IIHS—Top Safety Pick+—a vehicle has to score “good” on all crash tests and score at least “advanced” for front crash prevention.
We’ve mentioned that the Honda Sensing features have helped vehicles like the CR-V and Pilot make their way onto lists of some of the safest SUVs available to Wisconsin drivers, but what exactly are Honda Sensing features? In short, these are a new class of safety features that can help alert a driver to potential hazards and avoid an accident.
Honda Sensing features include amenities like:
Forward Collision Warning: With camera detection and radar sensors, the Honda SUV can detect the presence of vehicles around it and notice when a forward collision is likely, giving you a warning to slow down or even stop.
Collision Mitigation Braking: If your Honda SUV notices that there is not enough time to come to a complete stop before a collision, this system can apply the brakes to reduce the damage or even avoid an accident outright.
Adaptive Cruise Control: The system on your Forward Collision Warning technology that monitors the speed of other vehicles is also used by Adaptive Cruise Control to let you cruise without worrying about adjusting the speed to match the surrounding vehicles.
Lane Keeping Assist: This system looks at the pavement and detects if you are drifting from your current lane, providing a visual and audio alert to help you focus on the drive ahead.
Road Departure Mitigation: Like the Lane Keeping Assist system, Road Departure Mitigation monitors road markers and objects on the side of the road to alert you of a potential departure from the road, to keep you on the pavement until you want to go off-road.