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Best Luxury Cars in Terms of Safety in 2016

Ranking The Safest Luxury Cars 2016 Has To Offer

Updated November 18, 2018

If you’re looking to get a luxury car, its safety rating should be one of the most important factors. If you’re gonna spend tens of thousands of dollars, you better get one that excels when it comes to safety. So, you’re probably now wandering how to know how safe a car is?

The highest authority for deciding this is the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or IIHS. They award the safest cars with the Top Security Pick (TSP) rating. There’s an even superior rating, which is a Top Security Pick+ rating. It is awarded to only those cars with the TSP rating that have a frontal collision prevention system. Another authority in assessing the safety of cars is the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The highest mark NHTSA can give is 5 stars.

To help you out in making a decision about which luxury car to get, we’ve come up with a list of 12 cars. All of the vehicles on it are awarded with the highest ratings by both IIHS and NHTSA.

#12. 2016 Acura RLX

#12. 2016 Acura RLX best luxury cars 2016

RLX might be the most affordable luxury sedan in terms of the price/quality ration. It’s a joy to drive one of these.  On top of that, this car is very safe. The most basic version of 2016 Acura RLX is safer than most sedans from the same price range. It comes with features that will make driving it easier, like keyless ignition, LED headlights and navigation. The basic model also comes with lots of safety equipment. The forward collision alert system is standard, which is not the case in most luxury sedans.

Other safety features of this car include a rearview camera, lane departure warning, traction and stability control system. When it comes to airbags, the interior of RLX is covered with them. There are airbags on the sides and the front, apart from those protecting each individual passenger. On top of that, this car also has a knee airbag in front of the driver’s seat.

You can make this luxury car even safer if you pay extra for the Technology package. With this package installed, you can drive with absolutely no fear. With a forward collision mitigation system that comes with automatic braking, crashes are easily avoidable. On top of that, this pack comes with alert systems that will notify you if there’s another vehicle behind in your blind spot. If you decide on getting the Advanced package, you will get a 360-degree camera system that will make parking your car a child’s play.

#11. 2016 Audi A3

#11. 2016 Audi A3

When it comes to safety, Audi A3 is one of the best cars ever manufactured by the German company. It comes with a number of airbags, including those that keep the knees of the driver and front passenger safe. Speaking of airbags, rear side airbags are optional. Among other safety features, the most important is the Pre Sense Basic system. It tightens the seatbelts and closes the windows if a collision is imminent.

Apart from a number of safety features, this Audi comes with equipment that will make it fun to drive. Parking problems are the thing of the past as this luxury car comes with front and rear sensors, as well as a rear-view camera.

#10. 2016 Audi A6

#10. 2016 Audi A6

The second Audi on our list is the A6. The midsize sedan is extremely comfortable, both for passengers and the driver. Its interior is pretty spacious. When it comes to handling, A6 is one of the best luxury sedans you can find. Still, the thing that makes it worthy to be on our list is the fact that it’s very safe. Every A6 version is awarded with a TSP+ rating by the IIHS, together with 5 stars from the NHTSA.

Even the most basic version of the A6 comes with the Pre Sense Basic system installed. The system is there to protect the car from frontal collision. In the case of an imminent crash, the system will use the brakes, but will also tighten the seatbelts and close the windows. There’s also a system called Pre Sense Rear that protects from rear-end collisions by warning the driver that one might happen. If you purchase the Driver Assistance Package, you will get both of these systems at once in the form of the Pre Sense Plus system.

#9. 2016 BMW 2-Series

#9. 2016 BMW 2-Series

BMW designers had sporty performances in mind when they came up with this model. It comes in two versions – coupe or convertible, both with very elegant interiors. The 2-door 4-person luxury car is extremely fun to drive and can produce impressive speed. However, this time we’re not gonna discuss how fast, but how safe this car was.

The first thing that comes to mind when talking about safety features of BMW 2-Series is the front crash protection system. Named Collision Warning with City Braking, this system will automatically start braking if there’s a danger of frontal crash happening. Other safety gear that you can get with your BMW includes a lane departure alert system, parking sensors and a rear-view camera.

#8. 2016 Hyundai Genesis

#8. 2016 Hyundai Genesis

The Genesis is a luxury sedan that’s spacious and extremely comfortable. It’s a real joy riding in it. It’s also fun to drive it, especially because you don’t have to worry too much about safety. The car does it for you. It comes with an automatic emergency braking system that will prevent collision if you’re moving at low speed. It will also reduce the damage if the speed was high. Apart from this system, there’s also one for lane-keeping assistance and cruise control.

You won’t have any problems with parking if you decide on getting the Hyundai Genesis. It comes with installed front and rear parking sensors, as well as a rear-view camera. If you purchase the Tech package, you will get equipment that deals with blind-spot detection. There’s also a rear cross-traffic alert included in this pack.

#7. 2016 Infiniti Q70

#7. 2016 Infiniti Q70

Not all versions of 2016 Infiniti Q70 come with installed front crash prevention system. However, those that do were awarded with the highest ranking by both IIHS and NHTSA. Systems like backup collision intervention and forward emergency braking also add to the overall safety of the car. Other optional safety features include lane departure and blind spot alert systems. There’s also a 360-view camera that helps solving issues with parking.

#6. 2016 Lexus ES 350

#6. 2016 Lexus ES 350

The optional front crash prevention system helped this Lexus luxury car to get the TSP+ rating. However, it wouldn’t have been enough if the car didn’t already have a number of impressive safety features. One of those includes the set of 10 airbags in total. That includes the ones that protect driver’s knees. Those who wish their Lexus ES 350 to be as safe as possible can get a Safety System+ package. It includes the pre-collision system with automatic braking in the case of imminent crash. On top of that, this package also helps with steering by employing the lane departure alert system and the cruise control. Finally, the car comes also with warning system for blind-spots and rear-cross traffic.

#5. 2016 Lexus RC

#5. 2016 Lexus RC

Another Lexus on our list is the 2016 RC luxury coupe. Not only does this car look stunning, it’s also amazing in terms of its performances. Still, the reason why it’s on our list is the safety. RC is one of the safest coupes on the market, but only if it comes with a front crash protection system. If there’s a chance of a frontal collision, this system will apply the brakes automatically. That way, it will either avoid the crash or significantly reduce the severity of it. There’s also an optional cruise control system that helps with steering.

#4. 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

#4. 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class - Image 02

The Mercedes E-Class covers a wide range of vehicle types, from wagon to the convertible. Although they’re all luxurious and very good when it comes to safety, we’re now going to deal only with the E-Class sedan. The reason for this is that it’s the only one that’s awarded with IIHS’s TSP+ rating. Of course, we’re talking about the version that comes with the Collision Prevention Assist Plus system.

#4. 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

The system is superb when it comes to preventing frontal crashes. It’s based on the radar technology that alerts the driver about dangers ahead of them. If the driver fails to use the brake in time, the system will start braking automatically. Even if the driver steps on the brake in time, the Collision Prevention Assist Plus system will help finding the ideal braking level. That way, the system will either prevent the crash or reduce the collision severity to a minimum.

That’s not all the Collision Prevention Assist Plus system can do for you. It can also brake automatically if you’re driving at speed up to 65 mph. On top of that, the system will also tighten the seatbelts and close all windows if it detects an imminent collision.

#3. 2016 Volvo S60

#3. 2016 Volvo S60

The Swedish car manufacturer has long been known for the safety of their cars. S60 is a perfect example how safe a luxury sedan should be. Its safety pedigree is acclaimed by both IIHS and NHTSA, who gave it the highest possible ratings. The reason why this car is considered so safe is because it comes with the Volvo City Safety system as a part of its standard safety equipment. The system is capable of preventing collisions when driving at speeds of up to 31 mph. It will automatically engage the brakes, thus either preventing the crash or reducing the level of severity.

#2. 2016 Volvo S80

#2. 2016 Volvo S80

Another luxury car that comes with front mitigation system as a part of the standard package is the S80. The same system used for Volvo S60, the City Safety, was used for this sedan as well. Those who want their Volvo to be as safe as possible can get additional safety packages. That way, they’ll also get a frontal collision mitigation system that prevents collisions with pedestrians and cyclists.

The lane-departure alert is another system that is optional with S80. The same goes for the cruise control system, as well as for the automatic high-beam headlight control and the speed limit info. When it comes to parking, front and rear sensors are also available. If you wish, you can take your reverse parking skills to the next level by getting a rear-view camera for your Volvo.

#1. 2016 Volvo V60

#1. 2016 Volvo V60

V60 is nothing like wagons you got used to. Its design makes it very attractive. Apart from being awesome on the eye, the 5-passenger luxury wagon is also great in terms of its performances. The same goes for its safety. Each of four trims of this model comes with the Volvo City Safety system installed. The system is there to prevent frontal collisions or if that’s not possible, at least reduce the severity of the collision. It works in a way that when there’s a danger in front of the vehicle, it will automatically apply the brakes. The system works impeccably at speeds to up to 31 mph.

The Volvo City Safety system is not the only safety feature of this luxury wagon. You can also get the frontal collision warning system, as well as pedestrian and cyclist detection. There’s also an optional technology for lane-departure alert and cruise-assistance. A system that alerts driver who’s loosing attention is also available. Finally, there are some systems offered that provide good parking assistance. Those include front and rear parking sensors and the blind spot alert system. The later one comes with rear cross-traffic warning.

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