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2016/2017 Midsize 3-Row SUVs with Highest Safety Rating

Updated June 14, 2018

One of the reasons why SUVs are popular as family vehicles is their safety. But, just looking big and strong is not a guarantee that these cars are really safe. Instead of leaving the safety to chance, iseecars decided to do a research. They come up with the best midsize 3-Row SUVs in terms of safety.

How to Measure a Car’s Safety?

A high safety standard is among the key features when it comes to picking the right SUV for you and your family. The Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is one of the highest authorities in estimating car safety. They award the Top Safety Pick+ to only the safest cars on the market.

In order to get the Top Safety Pick+ rating, a vehicle needs to pass all the tests needed to get a TSP rating (the rating just below the Top Safety Pick+). That covers all from head restraints and roof strength to the overlap front.  A vehicle with a TSP rating will not get a TSP+ unless it has a superb braking system. To earn this rating, the car needs to be able to stop before hitting a barrier at a speed in the range of 10-25 mph, with no intervention from the driver.

Only three midsize 3-row SUVs currently in the production have managed to get this rating. Those are 2017 Kia Sorento, 2016 Honda Pilot, and 2016 Toyota Highlander.

2017 Kia Sorento

The new-gen Kia Sorento did better than its predecessor in safety testing. The 2016 model earned the TSP rating. Because it wasn’t equipped with an automatic braking system, it failed to get the best possible rating. The new version got the TSP+ rating for being “superior “ in front crash prevention, according to the IIHS.

2017 Kia Sorento

2017 Kia Sorento features an automatic emergency braking system that’s optional. In some versions, it’s packed with the Advanced Technology Package. Those models are the LX and SX. The model named EX sports the automatic emergency braking in bundle with Advanced Touring Package.

2016 Honda Pilot

American Honda Motor Co 2016 Honda Pilot

Same as the Kia SUV, the Honda’s car was also praised for being superior in preventing front crashes. Still, the TSP+ rating only goes for more expensive versions of the 2016 Pilot, that is, those who feature the Honda Sensing Package.

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The part of the Honda Sensing Package that earned the SUV its TSP+ rating is the Collision Mitigation Braking System. Other important systems included in the package are lane-keeping assistance  and adaptive cruise control system.

2016 Toyota Highlander

2016 Toyota Highlander

The 8-passanger SUV got the TSP+ rating thanks to the optional front crash prevention system. The IIHs dubbed the Highlander’s front crash prevention ability as “advanced”.  People from Toyota anticipated getting the best possible rating. Their designers made some structural changes in order to improve the safety of the 2016 Highlander.

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