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What SUV is Rated Highest for Safety?

Updated on March 15, 2017

SUVs have a reputation for providing drivers and passengers with a high sense of security and protection. As a result, most people who are in the market for an SUV often prioritize safety and pay special attention to SUV safety features. They want to know “what is the safest SUV?” and “what SUV safety features are available to me?”

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If this sounds like you, here are five highly safe SUVs and crossovers that are available to you today:

1. 2016 Volvo XC60

2017 Volvo XC60
2017 Volvo XC60 | Source

The 2016 Volvo XC60 has the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick Plus rating and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) five-star overall rating. Safety features that are optional (not standard) include monitoring the driver for drowsiness, a warning against lane departure, automatic pre-collision braking, a rear-view camera, cyclist and pedestrian detection, and blind spot alerts.

2017 Volvo XC60 Review

2. 2016 Chevrolet Trax

2017 Chevrolet Trax
2017 Chevrolet Trax | Source

U.S. News & World Report tells us that the 2016 Chevrolet Trax earned the highest rating in all five of the IIHS’s crash tests. Additionally, the Trax garnered a perfect five-star score from the NHTSA tests for side and front crash protection. It also received four stars in the NHTSA’s rollover test. The Chevy Trax comes standard with a rear-view camera and is an affordable, subcompact SUV with great maneuverability and driver visibility.

2017 Chevrolet Trax - First Look

3. 2016 Kia Sorento

2017 Kia Sorento
2017 Kia Sorento | Source

The 2016 Kia Sorento earned a five-star overall rating from NHTSA and is available with forward collision warning. Other available safety features include lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, a 360-degree camera system and a rear cross traffic alert.

2016 Kia Sorento - Review and Road Test

4. 2016 Honda CR-V

2017 Honda CR-V
2017 Honda CR-V | Source

NHTSA gave the 2016 Honda CR-V a five-star overall rating from NHTSA; IIHS gave it a Top Safety Pick Plus rating. Available (not standard) safety features include automatic pre-collision braking, lane keep assist and a passenger-side blind spot camera. A rear-view camera comes standard.

2017 Honda CR-V Quick Drive

5. 2016 Chevrolet Equinox

2017 Chevrolet Equinox
2017 Chevrolet Equinox | Source

The IIHS gives the Equinox the highest rating in all five crash-worthiness tests. The NHTSA gives it four out of five stars overall, with four out of five stars for rollover and frontal crash tests – and five stars for side crash test results. Particularly noteworthy is the Equinox’s roof strength. It showed a strength-to-weight ratio of 4.17, which is above the requirement for the “good” rating.

The 2017 Chevrolet Equinox offers many safety features, such as available Side Blind Zone Alert, which uses radar to help detect other vehicles in your periphery – including vehicles you may not see. It also offers rear park assist, forward collision alert, lane departure warning, and an available rear cross traffic alert to help you avoid collisions with approaching vehicles while you back up.

The All-New 2018 Equinox

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If you want to protect yourself and your family, it’s critical to buy a car that is safe and reliable. By doing your research and deciding what safety features are most important to you, you can ensure that the SUV you buy keeps you protected. If you have more questions or need help finding a safe SUV for sale, your Valley Chevy dealers can help. Visit Valley Chevy to locate the Phoenix Chevy dealership closest to you.


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