The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS
) regularly tests and rates passenger vehicles on their ability to keep occupants safe during a crash. The Institute’s most recent testing has spotlighted five vehicles for outstanding safety in crashes.
IIHS now bestows a Top Safety Pick Plus rating on vehicles that are equipped with accident prevention systems. These vehicles are able to sense an imminent collision and apply the brakes automatically. IIHS President Adrian Lund notes that vehicles capable of avoiding collisions
without a human response offer the greatest possibilities for reducing accidents. One such vehicle made this list.
The four other vehicles in this list were awarded the rating of Top Safety Pick. These models received excellent marks in crash safety, however, the absence of the ‘Plus’ in their rating indicates they do not possess crash prevention technology.
Read on to learn more about five of the safest vehicles on the road today.
With a list price from $46,200 to $70,900, the 2016 Audi A6
midsize luxury sedan received the top “good” rating on all IIHS crash tests. Even on the small overlap test, which simulates hitting a tree or pole with the front corner of your vehicle, the engineers praised the A6 for protecting its test dummy driver. Although some of it is optional, the crash prevention technology on the A6 includes automatic braking and adaptive cruise control that maintains a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front of you by using radar.
Introduced just this year by GM, the Trax
is part of the newest group of very small subcompact SUVs. It lists from $20,120 to $26,530 and also received the “good” mark on al IIHS crash tests. The engineers applauded the knee airbag for preventing leg and foot injuries, and the side airbag for protecting the driver’s head in a side collision. The standard rearview camera helps avoid accidents while backing up.
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Akin to the Chevrolet Trax from GM and listing from $24,065 to $30,935, the Encore
received all top ratings in IIHS crash tests. Engineers were pleased with the way the front and side curtain airbags worked together to protect the test dummy during the small overlap front test.
With a list price from $24,900 to $43,100, this midsize SUV was completely redesigned for 2016. The Sorento
, too, scored a top-rated “good” on all IIHS tests. Its roof strength was especially impressive, scoring highly on the rollover test in which the roof is required to withstand four times the vehicle’s weight before crumbling.
The only compact car on the list, the Sentra
lists from $16,480 to $20,760. Like the others, it earned top ratings across the board on crash tests. In particular, the engineers noted that the side airbags protected the heads of both the driver and front passenger in the side crash test.
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