The Safest SUVs on the Road

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At Law Offices of Gary Green, we make it a priority to let you know when consumer products aren’t up to safety standards. Whether a vehicle or a household item has been recalled, we think it’s important to hold corporations accountable and let the public know when avoidable dangers arise. But we also want you to know about products that are safe, so you can make informed decisions for your family.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has conducted exhaustive research and rounded up a list of some of the safest sport utility vehicles (SUVs) currently on the road. The IIHS’s highest safety award, TOP SAFETY PICK+, has been awarded to seven SUVs, based on high levels of protection during crashes, as well as front crash prevention technology to avoid collisions altogether.

New criteria for the award this year include:

Good performance in the Institute’s moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests and, for the first time, good or acceptable performance in the small overlap front test introduced in 2012. 

IIHS began rating front-crash prevention systems in early 2014 after research showed that collision warning and automatic braking systems are reducing crashes. Therefore, IIHS is rewarding manufacturers that incorporate increased safety features into their designs by awarding the TOP SAFETY PICK+ designation to deserving models.

“Consumers who want both crash prevention technology and the latest in occupant protection have a fair number of vehicles to choose from,” says IHHS President Adrian Lund. “We hope manufacturers will continue to incorporate front-crash prevention, developing more robust systems and adding them to more trim levels or, better yet, making them standard equipment.”

From the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, here are 2014’s TOP SAFETY PICK+ models for SUVs:

  • Mazda CX-5 (built after October 2013)
  • Mitsubishi Outlander
  • Subaru Forester
  • Toyota Highlander
  • Acura MDX
  • Mercedez-Benz M-Class (built after August 2013)
  • Volvo Xc60

Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

Image Credit: Brady Holt via Wikimedia Commons

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