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The 2017 Honda CRV Safety Ratings

by Bill Flitter

My family is currently looking to buy a new SUV. But which one? This is why the 2017 Honda CRV safety ratings are of interest to us. However, our minds are completely open to any make or model, as long as it holds up to the rigors of family life in the burbs, including the following.

  • Costco/Sam’s Club runs
  • Hauling gear to sporting events
  • Carpooling the kid’s teams
  • High safety standards
  • Low maintenance
  • Seat the entire family
  • Great gas mileage

Oh, and we want to get the best deal possible.

After much consideration, we narrowed our search down to the Honda Pilot, Honda CRV, and the Toyota 4Runner. In this post, I’ll cover the safety aspects of the Honda CRV (and I’ll review the safety aspects of the 4Runner and Pilot in separate posts).

Additional posts will cover the best features, technology, and maintenance issues for each of the Toyota 4Runner, Honda Pilot, and the Honda CRV.

2017 honda crv safety ratings

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2017 Honda CRV Safety Ratings

The 2017 Honda CRV scores 5 stars for both the FWD and AWD models. These starts come from the NHTSA. Here’s a breakdown of the 2017 Honda CRV safety ratings. This new model is a complete redesign of the 2016 model.

Adaptive Cruise Control

Cruise control is something I absolutely love while driving down the highway and now Honda made it even better.

Both the Honda Pilot and the CRV offer ACC.


Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) allows you to set a desired speed, but also gives you the option of maintaining a set interval from a vehicle detected directly in front of you. It allows the convenience of cruise control to be used even when there is light traffic around you.


The 2017 Honda CRV has Advanced Front Airbags (i-SRS); SmartVent® Front Side Airbags; and Side Curtain Airbags with Rollover Sensor.

2017 honda crv safety ratings

Antilock Brakes

The 2017 Honda CRV has Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS); Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD); and Brake Assist.

2017 honda crv safety ratings

Auto High-beam Headlights

The 2017 Honda CRV has Auto High-beam headlights; multi-reflector halogen headlights with auto-off, and fog lights. The Touring model comes with LED Headlights with Auto-On/Off (low & high beam).

The difference between the CRV and the Pilot and 4Runner, is that the CRV has Auto High-beams, while the Pilot and 4Runner have Auto-leveling, which is for when you’re driving over steep hills or bumps in the road.

2017 honda crv safety ratings

Safety Tech

The blind spot monitor is a vehicle-based sensor device that detects other vehicles located to the driver’s side and rear. The 2017 model of the Honda Pilot and Toyota 4Runner both have this feature; however, the CRV also has the Cross Traffic Monitor.


It can be useful when backing out of a parking spot in a crowded parking lot or when or out of a driveway onto a busy street. When in reverse gear with the multi-angle rearview camera in any viewing mode, the driver is alerted to a detected vehicle with a series of beeps and indicators shown on the vehicle’s rearview camera display. The side-to-side warning distance extends up to about 82 feet from each side of the rear of the vehicle.
2017 honda crv safety ratings

Child Safety Locks

The Honda CRV, Honda Pilot and Toyota 4Runner all offer Child Safety Locks, which means the driver of the car can push a button to stop any passengers from unlocking their door, which includes 4 year olds in the backseat.

2017 honda crv safety ratings

Crash Tests

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and Highway Loss Data Institute have a rating system of Good, Acceptable, Marginal, and Poor. Both the 2017 Honda Pilot and CRV scored Good in all categories with a Superior rating for front crash prevention.

The headlights and Child Seat Anchors received scores of Acceptable (as compared to the 4Runners score of Marginal in that respective category).

2017 honda crv safety ratings

Lane Keeping Assist System

While the Honda Pilot and Toyota 4Runner have a Lane-departure Warning feature, the CRV has a similar Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS). The following is from Honda.

A camera mounted between the windshield and the rearview mirror determines if your vehicle begins to move away from the center of a detected lane while driving between 45–90 mph (72–145 km/h).

If you cross a detected lane line without using your turn signal, a message appears on the DII and a beep sounds. Light steering torque is applied to help keep your vehicle within the lane.

VSA® with Traction Control

The 2017 Honda CRV’s Traction Control is called Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) and does exactly as it sounds, it helps prevent the vehicle from losing traction with the road.

It does this by regulating the engine’s output, and by selectively applying braking.

Rearview Camera

The 2017 Honda CRV (and the Pilot) has a multi-angle, rearview camera, which comes standard on all models. This camera comes in very useful for parallel parking or when backing up.

The camera comes with Dynamic Guidelines for the EX, EX-L, and Touring.

2017 honda crv safety ratings

Additional Features of the CRV

  • Tire Pressure Monitor System (TPMS)
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • 3-point seat belts
  • Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH)
  • Security system comes standard on all models except the LX

Over To You

The remodeled 2017 Honda CRV does have some impressive safety features, like Cross Traffic Monitor and the rearview camera. Additionally, it has adaptive cruise control and an excellent crash test rating. Which features are most important for you and your family?


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