When Albany area drivers need a new family vehicle, many of them go looking for a crossover. Before driving one home, it’s important to look at the 2015 Nissan Rogue‘s safety rating and compare it2015 Honda CR-V to its competitors, like the 2015 Honda CR-V. We investigated both the NHTSA New Car Assessment Program as well as the IIHS’s safety assessment.

The NHTSA Vehicle Safety Ratings

The government uses a five-star rating system in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s New Car Assessment program, and while the 2015 Nissan Rogue safety ratings aren’t bad, the CR-V bests many of them:

  • Front Driver Crash Test: The CR-V earns 5 stars to the Rogue’s 4 stars.
  • Front Passenger Crash Test: The Honda CR-V earns 4 stars to the Rogue’s 3 stars.
  • Side Pole Crash Test: The CR-V takes home 5 stars to the Rogue’s 4 stars.

While both vehicles earned the same overall safety rating, it’s clear that when you investigate how the safety tests break down, the CR-V comes out on top.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

There are two main safety organizations for the United States auto market: the NHTSA and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The IIHS evaluates things a bit differently than the NHTSA, giving vehicles a rating in moderate overlap front impact, side impact, roof strength, head restraint, and small overlap front crash tests.

In order to be awarded a Top Safety Pick, a vehicle must earn the highest score, “good,” in all but the most recent small overlap test, where an “acceptable” is allowed. For a vehicle to take home the coveted Top Safety Pick+ award, it must earn Top Safety Pick as well as feature at least an “advanced” or “superior” rating in front crash prevention technology.

The 2015 Nissan Rogue safety ratings come up short yet again, only taking home a Top Safety Pick while the 2015 Honda CR-V Touring received a 2015 Top Safety Pick+ award.

Test Drive a CR-V

The 2015 Honda CR-V bests the 2015 Nissan Rogue safety ratings, yes, but that’s just the start of things. You can find a suite of truly advanced entertainment and connectivity features on the entry-level CR-V when you visit a Capital Region Honda Dealer, and there are three more trims for you to choose from beyond the basic LX.


Capital Region Honda Dealers includes Lia Honda, Keeler Honda, Mohawk Honda, Carbone Honda of Bennington, D’Ella Honda of Glens Falls, Rensselaer Honda, Bedard Bros. Honda, and Saratoga Honda.