Safety is one of the biggest factors when individuals consider buying a new vehicle, so much in fact, many auto companies even create entire ad campaigns based on specific safety features of their cars. And while there are hundreds of new models for sale, only a handful can be considered the best new vehicles for safety. Listed below are five of the safest new vehicles available on the market.
The criteria considered for this list include the number of standard safety features, the number of innovative safety features, as well as recent safety and crash test ratings. This list includes cars and SUVs in the luxury and affordable automobile class.
The Audi A4 has received a 2018 top safety pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. This small-sized luxury sedan features a number of innovative safety features as standard. Standard safety features include driver and front passenger dual-stage airbags, front passenger occupant detection for airbags, anti-lock brakes (ABS) and electronic brake pressure distribution, electronic stability control, and a tire pressure monitoring system. In its crash rating test by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Audi A4 scored 'good,' the highest score, on crashworthiness the driver's side, passenger's side of the vehicle, as well as on the roof of the sedan. The vehicle also scored a top 'good' rating on the ease of use of the child seat anchors.
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The Kia Sorento, a mid-sized and affordable crossover SUV, scored a top safety pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, and has a number of innovative safety features including active handling, dual front active airbags, rollover sensor, anti-lock braking system (ABS) with 4-wheel disc brakes, Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), and Electronic Stability Control (ESC). These number of standard features is superior for an SUV in its price class. In its safety test from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Kia Sorento scored the top 'good' rating in crashworthiness on its driver's side, side and moderate overlap front areas. The SUV also scored an excellent rating in its front crash prevention test.
Many won't expect the next vehicle on this list as it is luxury, but it certainly is safe!
Mercedes-Benz GL Class
The Mercedes-Benz GL Class is a full-sized luxury SUV manufactured from 2006 to 2016, when it was renamed the Mercedes-Benz GLS. The Mercedes-Benz GL is notable for having zero deaths from any of its passengers and drivers. As the top of the line Mercedez Benz SUV, the GL came standard with many innovative safety features. Some of the standard safety features of the Mercedez-Benz GL Class include eight airbags, anti-lock brakes, night vision, blind spot monitor, lane departure warning, and lane keeping assist. Also, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety provided the Mercedes-Benz GL Class with a 'good' rating for ease of use of safety features.
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The Subaru Legacy is an affordable mid-sized sedan that received an overall five-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In safety crash tests, the Legacy received a 'good' rating from the Institute for Highway Safety in Side Impact, Rear Crash Protection, and Roof Strength tests. Innovative safety features found in the Subaru Legacy include EyeSight, driver-assist technology, Pre-Collision Throttle Management, Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-Collision Braking, as well as Lane Departure and Sway Warning. Also, with a starting price of around 22,400 dollars, the Legacy is the more affordable vehicle on this list.
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The Volvo XC-90, a full-sized luxury SUV, received an overall five-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In crash tests conducted by the Institute for Highway Safety, the XC-90 received an overall 'good' rating on driver's side and passenger's side crash tests as well as roof strength and front crash protection. Volvo is known for their emphasis on safety, and as their flagship vehicle, the XC-90 has the most innovative safety features available on a Volvo vehicle. Innovative safety features of the XC-90 include Blind Spot Information System (BLIS™), Cross Traffic Alert, City Safety Collision Avoidance Technology, Daytime Running Lights with Daylight Sensor, Inflatable Curtain, and Rear Collision Warning.