Honda practically made a landslide success by introducing the CR-V way back in 1996 and it still sells in hot numbers amidst the fierce competition in the segment. The SUV strikes a perfect balance between practicality and safety with the respectable safety scores from the IIHS and the NHTSA. Honda has equipped the base model of the SUV with the basic but important safety techs while the top-end Touring trim gets all the advanced safety bells and whistles to keep the occupants safe during emergencies. The LaneWatch blind-spot monitoring system comes in as standard from the mid-level EX trim while the Honda Sensing suite of techs is available only on the Touring model. The 2014 CR-V goes up against some prominent rivals such as the Ford Edge, the Mitsubishi Outlander, and the Kia Sportage.
Honda has been acing the safety tests with the fantastic build quality of its vehicles by developing lightweight yet strong construction methods. The CR-V is built using Honda’s latest Advanced Compatibility Engineering Body Structure(ACE). It utilizes an interconnected set of structural elements to distribute the energy absorbed from the impact during the crash to the front of the vehicle in order to keep the cabin unharmed. The Honda Sensing suite of safety techs employs lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, and a forward collision mitigation system. The features are optional on the lower trims but make a worthy upgrade given their usefulness.
What features make the 2014 Honda CR-V safe?
Some features which make the CR-V safe are –
- LaneWatch Blind spot monitoring system: This system actively monitors the blind spot of the driver, especially on the right side of the vehicle, and warns about any object or vehicle there. It works through a camera mounted under the right ORVM.
- Stability and traction control: Both the systems work in tandem to keep the vehicle from spinning out of control or losing traction on slippery surfaces.
- Adaptive cruise control(ACC): The ACC works using a front-mounted radar to gauge the distance of the vehicle at the front. According to the distance, the system applies brakes or accelerates to get up to the preset speed set by the driver.
- Forward collision alert with automatic emergency braking: The forward collision mitigation system comes in extremely handy while driving on the highways as well as in congested urban traffic. The system continuously monitors the path ahead and looks for any vehicle or obstruction in the front. Upon the detection of either of them, the system gives off an alert to the driver for a few seconds followed by applying the brakes if the driver is unable to stop the vehicle in time.
- Occupant position detection system: The front co-passenger seats in the 2014 Honda CR–V gets the OPDS system as standard. The system activates or deactivates the passenger-side airbags depending upon the front seat occupant position i.e when the seat is empty it turns off the airbags and turns on when the seat is occupied.
Is the 2014 Honda CR-V safe?
By the standards of the segment, the 2014 Honda CR-V is one safe crossover to be in. The vehicle gets all the basics covered right from its base trim but one needs to shell out more to get the full ADAS features. Moreover, we expect the future models of the vehicle to perform better on the crash test results for the driver’s side. Apart from that, there’s nothing wrong with the safety aspect of the CR-V.
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