Honda took an alternative path at the 2019 New York Auto Show, bringing a seriously busted-ass piece of metal that isn't usually destined for any member of the public.     

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announced in March that the refreshed 2019 Honda HR-V picked up its second-best award, Top Safety Pick.    

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It achieved the agency's top rating of Good in every crash test, including the tricky new small-overlap passenger side crash test.     

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The only thing holding it back from Top Safety Pick+ was its headlights, which were rated Acceptable.    

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Honda told me that the IIHS doesn't return these cars regularly, as most are often finished being crushed into a tiny cube after the crash tests are done.     

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What's on display in New York is something the public -- or even us, the media -- isn't usually privy to.     

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You can always see fresh sheet metal at auto shows, but when else would you get to see this?    

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Honda gave the HR-V subcompact crossover a number of updates for the 2019 model year.     

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In addition to obviously strengthening the body to better perform in IIHS crash tests, Honda threw in some new headlights and new Sport and Touring trims.

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The most important new addition, though, was Honda Sensing, the automaker's suite of active and passive safety systems.

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We drove one for a week, and we walked away impressed as ever.    

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