When it comes to the process of buying a new car, safety should always be number one priority. With SUVs dominating the North American market, there’s a lot of cars too choose from that not only look and feel safe, but also have good rigid construction, a host of active and passive safety systems and all-wheel-drive, which makes them truly safe vehicles. That’s why we’ve examined NTSA safety ratings, standard and optional safety equipment of all SUVs on the North American market to find 20 safest family SUVs in all market segments. Before we begin, you should know that all the entries have scored a 5-star NTSA overall crash test rating, and the list has no particular order, so it’s divided into market segments.

1. Honda CR-V

Honda’s new generation CR-V is an SUV with sporty character, great looks and a starting price of $24,045. It is FWD by default, although there’s an option of AWD, but then the price jumps $1,300 more. Apart from scoring five stars on NTSA crash tests thanks to its clever engineering, the CR-V has Honda Sensing™ which includes several intelligent suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies: Lane Keeping Assist System, Adaptive Cruise Control, Collision Mitigation Braking System and Road Departure Mitigation System. Then, there’s also ABS, Vehicle Stability Assist, traction control, as well as front, front side and side curtain airbags.

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