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Both vehicles received a five-star safety rating (the highest) from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's crash tests. The redesigned 2013 Accord earned a four-star rating (second highest) for front collisions and top scores in the other tests. The CR-V, which was redesigned for 2012, received a top score in all tests except for rollover resistance, in which it received four stars. SUVs have a higher center of gravity than cars, so they tend to score lower in the rollover rating. Some SUVs tip up onto two wheels during an evasive maneuver performed by NHTSA, but the CR-V did not.
The Accord and CR-V also performed well in crash tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The Accord was named a Top Safety Pick+, meaning it received a high score in all IIHS tests, including a new "small overlap" crash into a fixed barrier. This is a more severe test than a "moderate overlap" test in which more of a vehicle's front end is crashed into a deformable barrier.
The CR-V is a Top Safety Pick because it posted good scores in all the tests it was subjected to (front, side, rear and roof crush). However, the CR-V has not yet undergone the small overlap crash.
Both vehicles have a standard backup camera. In addition, the Accord is available with other accident-avoidance features not offered on the CR-V, including a LaneWatch camera on the passenger-side mirror, lane departure and blind spot monitors, and a forward collision warning.
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