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The Safest SUVs in Central and Northeast Wisconsin

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).

Standard Safety Technology of Honda’s Safest SUVs

Many drivers know that the latest Honda vehicles have some of the most advanced tech features as standard, but along with those upgrades, the HR-V, CR-V, and Pilot each received new safety features.

Each of these Honda SUVs includes the following safety features as standard:

  • Three-point seat belts
  • Active head restraints
  • Stability and traction control
  • Front and side curtain airbags
  • Multi-angle rearview camera

These standard amenities help make it easier to mitigate the damage from an accident or help avoid it entirely—the multi-angle rearview camera, for instance, gives you top-down, wide-angle, and regular views of what’s behind your SUV before backing up over a bike or hitting a parked car.

Safety features like these let the 2016 Honda Pilot outdo the 2016 Nissan Pathfinder standard features.

Award-Winning Safety Ratings

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.


Though it’s new to the auto world, the 2016 Honda HR-V has already earned some awards for safety, including scoring a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Safety Rating from the NHTSA.* It wasn’t long before Kelley Blue Book added the HR-V to their list of “Best Safety Rated SUVs of 2016.”**

Learn More About the Honda HR-V

2016 Honda HR-V

Like the HR-V, the 2016 Honda CR-V took home an NHTSA 5-Star Overall Vehicle Safety Rating* and a place on the KBB.com list of “Best Safety Rated SUVs of 2016.”** 2016 CR-V Touring models are equipped with the new Honda Sensing safety features as well, which helped it earn a 2016 Top Safety Pick+ award from the IIHS.***

Learn More About the Honda CR-V

2016 Honda CR-V

For drivers needing a larger SUV, the 2016 Honda Pilot also has a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Safety Rating,* models equipped with Honda Sensing earned a 2016 Top Safety Pick+ award,*** and it’s got a spot on the “Best Safety Rated SUVs of 2016” list on KBB.com.**

Learn More About the Honda Pilot

2016 Honda Pilot

What Are Honda Sensing Features?

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

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

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

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

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

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.

See Honda’s Safest SUVs

Now that you know what puts the HR-V, CR-V, and Pilot among the safest SUVs in Central and Northeast Wisconsin, let us show you what makes them some of the most popular. Visit a Wisconsin Heartland Honda Dealer near you today for a test drive.

*Safety matters most, and the 2016 CR-V, Accord, Fit, Odyssey, and HR-V earned top marks with a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s New Car Assessment Program (www.safercar.gov). Model tested with standard side airbags (SAB).
**For more information, visit www.kbb.com. Kelley Blue Book is a registered trademark of Kelley Blue Book Co., Inc.
***The 2016 Accord Sedan with Honda Sensing™, the 2016 Accord Coupe with Honda Sensing™, the 2016 Pilot with Honda Sensing™, and the 2016 CR-V Touring have been awarded the coveted 2016 TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in recognition of their superior crash safety performance.

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