The 2016 Honda HR-V crossover has the highest overall safety score for government crash tests.
Federal New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) crash-test scores for the Fit-based HR-V were recently released, and the smallest Honda crossover did quite well.
It received a "5-Star Overall Vehicle Score"--the highest overall rating possible in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) program.
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In scoring for the individual crash tests, the HR-V received the maximum five stars in ares of side-crash testing, and four-stars in frontal and rollover testing.
The Honda's Federal crash-test scores put it in fairly good standing in the fast-growing small-crossover segment at the moment, though.
The Buick Encore and Chevrolet Trax twins both received the same 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score, while the Nissan Juke received a four-star overall score.
2016 Honda HR-V
As existing crossover models grow in size, manufacturers are finding room to slot new, smaller models in below them.
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While the Juke and Encore arguably originated this segment, it has ballooned significantly in the last year with the introduction of more competitors.
The HR-V is based on the Fit subcompact, and is built alongside that model in Celaya, Mexico.
2016 Honda HR-V
There are also two transmission choices--a six-speed manual and CVT automatic--and the option for front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.
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The manual transmission is only available on front-wheel drive models, and that combination allows the HR-V to achieve an EPA-rated 28 mpg combined (25 mpg city, 34 mpg highway).
Models equipped with the CVT are rated at 31 mpg combined (28 mpg city, 35 mpg highway) with front-wheel drive, and 29 mpg combined (27 mpg city, 32 mpg highway) with all-wheel drive.