6 Safest 2016 Luxury SUVs
If you’re paying a lot of money for a luxury SUV, you want it to be to the safest possible. The question is how to know if a car is safe? When it comes to the safety evaluation, two most respectable institutes are the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
The best possible safety rating that a car can get from the NHTSA is 5 stars. When it comes to the IIHS, the highest score for safety is the Top Safety Pick+ rating. IIHS awards it to only those cars that come with an autonomous braking system, on top of other highest safety standards.
You would think that every luxury SUV is awarded with the highest ratings by both IIHS and NFTSA. The truth, however, is not that bright. Only a couple of them can be considered super safe. With that in mind, we’ve decided to provide you with a list of the safest SUVs from 2016 that come with luxury interior.
#6. 2016 Acura MDX
Honda’s luxury brand, Acura, came with an SUV model earlier this year. Acura MDX is a 7-seater, known for providing the passengers with a lot of room. Apart from being spacious, the SUV is very easy to handle. Still, the reason why it’s so popular as a family vehicle is the fact that it is one of the safest SUVs available.
Because of the optional front crash protection, this SUV got the Top Safety Pick+ rating from IIHS. NHTSA gave it 5-star overall rating. MDX comes equipped with lots of safety features. Airbags are there to protect every person in the vehicle if an accident happens. However, Honda engineers developed systems to prevent accidents. In fact, they installed a rear camera system, which provides the driver with multiple viewing angles. On top of that, advanced models of the SUV come with blind-spot monitors.
If you decide on buying this Acura, you can select additional safety features like lane departure, for example. If you go with the AcuraWatch Plus package, you will get a collision mitigation braking system that uses a camera and a radar! The system is capable of recognizing dangers and can prevent collisions.
#5. 2016 Acura RDX
Acura is doing all they can in order to establish themselves as the number one manufacturer of safe luxury cars. The proof for that is that another Acura model is on our list. This time, the car in question is RDX. The crossover SUV might not have as impressive roominess as MDX, but still has a lot to offer as a family vehicle.
Apart from being luxurious and powerful, this SUV is also very affordable. Its price is cheap compared to other luxury crossovers. It also has a great mileage. Still, the best thing about it is its safety. The basic version of this car got the 5-star rating from the NHTSA. Acura RDX that’s equipped with AcuraWatch Plus package gets the TSP+ from IIHS. The reason is the front crash protection system. On top of that, the system also includes a number of other safety features. Some of those are automatic braking, forward collision mitigation system, and lane departure warning.
#4. 2016 Audi Q5
This crossover will make you fall in love with its design. However, the thing that sets it apart from other luxury SUV crossovers is its safety rating. When the front crash protection system is included, this car gets the TSP+ from the IIHS. NHTSA, on the other hand, didn’t give Q5 the best possible rating. They awarded it with 4 stars for front crash protection and 5 starts for the side protection.
Other safety features of this crossover include traction and stability control. It also comes equipped with a bunch of airbags. Not only there is an airbag for every of five passenger seats, there are also airbags at the front. There are also side curtain airbags, as well as rear ones that are optional. To improve the overall safety, you can also purchase the Technology package. It includes a number of useful features like blind-spot warning system, parking sensors and a rear-view camera.
#3. 2016 Lexus NX
The 5-passenger luxury crossover might not look that big, but is still pretty spacious. Its performances are what makes it worth buying. It’s great when it comes to acceleration and is very easy to handle. Despite being fun to drive, this SUV crossover is also very safe. For that reason, Lexus NX is often the choice as a family vehicle. In fact, this is one of the safest 2016 SUV models. It got the highest possible rating both from IIHS and NHTSA.
The standard safety features of this SUV include 8 airbags and a rear-view camera. It also comes with an advanced frontal crash prevention system. Actually, the system is why the car got the Top Safety Pick+ rating from the IIHS. It works so that if a crash is imminent, it will retract the front seat belts. It will also start braking on its own if the driver falls to react two seconds before the crash.
Apart from this system, there are a few more features that add to the safety of 2016 Lexus NX. First of all, the car comes equipped with a lane departure warning. Radar control cruise is also included, same as the intelligent high-beam headlamps system. Another interesting feature is the blind spot monitor that has a rear cross-traffic alert.
#2. 2016 Volvo XC60
The Swedish manufacturer is known for high safety standards of their vehicles. The same is the case with 2016 Volvo XC60. Considering its features, it’s no surprise this car got the TSP+ rating from the IIHS. Still, for that, the Technology package had to be installed. It includes some amazing safety features like a forward collision mitigation system. The system enables automatic braking if the driver fails to react in time. On top of that, the package comes with a cruise control, lane departure alert, and intelligent high-beam headlights. Speaking of other properties of 2016 Volvo besides its safety features, the car comes with plenty of leg room and a lot of cargo space.
#1. 2016 Volvo XC90
With three rows and seven passenger seats, the new Volvo SUV seems as a perfect family vehicle. Apart from being spacious, this Volvo is also great in terms of safety. The 2016 XC90 packs a frontal collision prevention system, as well as a number of other safety features. Smart automatic braking is one of them. Apart from that, the luxury SUV is also equipped with shock-absorbing seat cushions. In the unfortunate case of a crash, there is a system that retracts the seat belts, thus tightening them.