America’s Safest New Cars

© Toyota Motor Sales USA, © Hyundai Motors America, © Audi AG, © FCA US IIHS Top Safety Pick+
Safety is one of the biggest concerns for most new-car shoppers — as it should be. Every new car sold in America must meet standards mandated by Title 49 of the United States Code, Chapter 301, for motor vehicle safety. While airbags, seat belts and crumple zones will keep you and your loved ones safe in a crash, technologies available in some new cars work to prevent the crash altogether. Systems vary among car companies — some use radar, others use cameras — but the goal is lessening or avoiding impacts without the need for driver input.

© American Honda MotorsNew Requirements
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates car for crashworthiness and highlights those that earn top scores in all crash tests and offer some level of crash-avoidance technology. For 2017, the IIHS has added an additional requirement to gain distinction as IIHS Top Safety Pick+ vehicles — headlights must achieve a Good or Acceptable rating. “The field of contenders is smaller this year because so few vehicles have headlights that do their job well, but it’s not as small as we expected when we decided to raise the bar for the awards,” said Adrian Lund, IIHS president. Here, in alphabetical order, are the vehicles that achieve this elite IIHS rank, shown with their front crash prevention rating, points earned out of six possible, and additional costs for safety tech.

© American Honda Motors2017 Acura MDX
Front Crash Prevention: Superior (6 points)
Acura updated the MDX luxury crossover for 2016, including many new advancements in safety technology. The MDX now has the latest version of Acura Watch as a standard feature, employing a Collision Mitigation Braking System, Lane Keeping Assist and Road Departure Mitigation, which uses a windshield-mounted camera to identify lane markers. With the Collision Mitigation Braking System, the MDX automatically avoided a collision at 25 mph in the IIHS High-Speed Autobrake test.
Additional Costs: None

© American Honda Motor Co., Inc.2017 Acura RDX
Front Crash Prevention: Superior (5 points)
It may be the entry-level SUV in the Acura lineup, but the RDX is still available with the impressive Acura Watch suite of safety features. This includes the Collision Mitigation Braking System, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning and Lane Keeping Assist System. In addition to avoiding forward collisions, the RDX can be equipped with a Rear Cross Traffic Monitor that alerts the driver when backing up (out of a parking space, for example) if a vehicle is coming from either direction.
Additional Costs: Acura Watch Plus adds $1,300 to the base RDX.

© Audi AG2017 Audi A3
Front Crash Prevention: Superior (6 points)
Audi introduced a new A3 sedan for the 2017 model year with fresh styling that includes new headlights and a wider version of the signature Singleframe grille, giving the car a more aggressive, sporty look. In addition to the styling update, the A3 gets an expanded suite of driver-assist systems as standard equipment. This includes Audi Pre Sense Front — a radar-based system that warns of an impending forward collision as well as applies automatic emergency braking. Also standard is Pre Sense Basic, which prepares the car for collision by pretensioning the seat belts while closing the windows and sunroof.
Additional Costs: None

© Audi AG2017 Audi A4
Front Crash Prevention: Superior (5 points)
Audi introduces an all-new A4 for the 2017 model year, and in addition to the updated styling and features, the sport sedan earns the coveted Top Safety Pick+ rating for the first time. The A4 achieves the highest crash-prevention rating when equipped with the optional Driver Assistance Package, but even with the standard Pre Sense City the A4 still gets 5 points in crash prevention. The Driver Assistance Package is only available on the A4 Prestige, which also includes Acceptable-rated LED headlights.
Additional Costs: NA

© Audi AG2017 Audi Q5
Front Crash Prevention: Advanced (3 points)
Audi’s midsize SUV ranks as a Top Safety Pick+ for the third year in a row. Equipped with adaptive cruise control, the Q5 can follow the car in front at a set distance and matched speed, down to 19 mph. At this point the driver is alerted and must manually engage the brakes to slow further. According to the IIHS, the Q5 was able to reduce speed by 11 mph in the 12-mph Low-Speed Autobrake test — practically avoiding the collision altogether.
Additional Costs: NA

© BMW of North America2017 BMW 2 Series
Front Crash Prevention: Advanced (4 points)
This small, sporty BMW has been rated a Top Safety Pick+ since its introduction in 2014; however, BMW had to make changes to the headlights so it could meet the new requirements for 2017. Safety features such as Dynamic Stability Control, Cornering Brake Control and Dynamic Traction Control are standard on the 2 Series. Helping the 2 Series earn its safety rating is an optional Active Driving Assistant package that includes Lane Departure Warning, Frontal Collision Warning, City Collision Mitigation, and Pedestrian Protection. In the 25 mph IIHS High-Speed Autobrake test, the 2 Series was able to reduce speed by 7 mph.
Additional Cost: Active Driving Assistant is part of the Driving Assistance Package that runs $500; however, this also requires purchase of the Convenience Package at an additional $2,200.

© BMW of North America2017 BMW 3 Series
Front Crash Prevention: Advanced (3 points)
BMW’s popular 3 Series earns a place on the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ list this year for the first time, following some improvements made to address issues with the small overlap crash test. This demonstrates one of the prime reasons for these tests — not only do consumers learn which cars are safest, car companies discover possible weaknesses of design and address them. Like the smaller 2 Series, the 3 Series has a long list of standard safety features including Dynamic Stability Control, Brake Fade Compensation and Brake Drying, Dynamic Traction Control as well as ABS and multiple airbags. When equipped with the optional Active Driving Assistant, the 3 Series was able to reduce speed by 7 mph in the Low-Speed Autobrake test and by 6 mph in the 25-mph high-speed test.
Additional Cost: Active Driving Assistant is part of the Driving Assistance Package which runs $500; however, this also requires purchase of the Premium Package at an additional $5,250.

© BMW of North America2017 BMW 5 Series
Front Crash Prevention: Superior (6 points)
All new for the 2017 model year, the BMW 5 Series earns top scores from the IIHS, which puts it back on the Top Safety Pick+ list. This seventh-generation 5 Series makes extensive use of aluminum, magnesium and high-strength steel to improve handling and safety while reducing weight. In addition to the long list of standard safety features, the 5 Series can also be equipped with Blind Spot Detection, Daytime Pedestrian Protection, Lane Departure Warning, Cross-traffic Alert, Active Lane Keeping Assistant w/side collision avoidance and Frontal Collision Warning with Collision Mitigation. When equipped with the Frontal Collision Warning system, the 5 Series was able to avoid a collision in all the IIHS autobrake tests.
Additional Costs: Automatic emergency braking is part of the Driver Assistance Plus Package, which is priced at $1,400.

© General Motors2017 Buick Envision
Front Crash Prevention: Advanced (4 points)
The Envision is an all-new midsize crossover from Buick introduced for the 2016 model year. One of just three models on this list from an American brand, the Envision offers a premium interior in an attractive package. Although Forward Collision Alert is standard on the Envision, the optional Front Automatic Braking was able to stop the crossover in the IIHS 12 mph test, and reduce impact by 9 mph in the 25-mph test. This package is available only on the Premium II trim, which also comes standard with the halogen projector headlights that earned the IIHS Acceptable rating.
Additional Costs: Front Automatic Braking is part of the Driver Confidence Package which runs $1,545.

© General Motors2017 Chevrolet Volt
Front Crash Prevention: Superior (6 points)
The Volt is Chevrolet’s innovative plug-in hybrid that uses a gasoline engine as a generator to extend the vehicle’s range beyond the mileage limitations of electric mode. For the 2016 model year, Chevrolet redesigned the Volt to extend the electric range to more than 50 miles and added advanced safety features, which now rank it as a Top Safety Pick+. When equipped with the optional Front Automatic Braking, the Volt avoided collisions in all the IIHS tests. In addition, it is one of just 15 vehicles to earn a top rating for headlights.
Additional Costs: Forward Automatic Braking is part of the Driver Confidence II package, available only on the Volt Premier. This package requires Driver Confidence I — combined cost is $990.

© FCA US LLC2017 Chrysler Pacifica
Front Crash Prevention: Superior (6 points)
Minivans are not as popular as they once were, but Chrysler is looking to change that with the all-new Pacifica. Full of technical and entertainment innovations, the Pacifica is also equipped with the latest high-tech safety features. The only minivan to be named a Top Safety Pick+ for 2017, the Pacifica earns the top crash prevention score when equipped with Full Speed Forward-Collision Warning Plus, which alerts the driver of an impending collision and then applies brakes as necessary to avoid the collision.
Additional Costs: Full Speed Forward-Collision Warning Plus is part of the Advanced SafetyTec Group, which runs $1,995.

© Hyundai Motor AmericaGenesis G80
Front Crash Prevention: Superior (6 points)
An all-new luxury brand from Hyundai, Genesis currently offers two luxury sedans in its lineup, and both are rated Top Safety Pick+. The G80 sedan is available in a variety of high-end trims, and Automatic Emergency Braking is standard on all of them. Using the radar from the Smart Cruise Control and cameras from the Lane Keep Assist system, the G80 can detect a slower or stopped vehicle ahead and automatically apply brakes as needed to avoid the collision.
Additional Costs: None

© Genesis Motor AmericaGenesis G90
Front Crash Prevention: Superior (6 points)
As the flagship of the new Genesis brand, the G90 is designed to compete with the best European offerings. An array of high-tech safety features is standard on the G90, including Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Blind Spot Detection, Lane Keep Assist and Driver Attention Alert. The G90 avoided collisions in all IIHS tests, and the luxury sedan’s optional LED projector headlights earned the rare Good rating.
Additional Costs: None.

© American Honda Motor Co., Inc.2017 Honda Accord Sedan
Front Crash Prevention: Superior (6 points)
One of the best-selling passenger cars in America, the Accord received many new advanced safety features when it was redesigned for the 2016 model year, including the ability to avoid collisions with Honda Sensing. At the heart of the system is a windshield-mounted monocular camera and front grille-mounted millimeter wave radar system that work together to detect and anticipate multiple collision scenarios. When the system determines a likely impact, it will warn the driver and ultimately apply emergency braking automatically to lessen or completely avoid the crash. Note that the Accord Coupe did not earn the Top Safety Pick+ rating because its headlights were rated as Marginal.
Additional Costs: Collision Mitigation Braking System is part of Honda Sensing, which is standard on Accord Touring and optional on all other trims for an additional $1,000.

© American Honda Motor Co., Inc.2017 Honda CR-V
Front Crash Prevention: Superior (6 points)
An all-new Honda CR-V came to market last year with fresh styling and plenty of new comfort, entertainment and safety features. Safety equipment is part of the Honda Sensing suite that was originally added to the CR-V in 2015. This includes a Collision Mitigation Braking System with Forward Collision Warning, Road Departure Mitigation, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Assist System and adaptive cruise control. In IIHS tests, the new CR-V was able to detect an imminent crash and also was able to avoid collisions in the Low-Speed and High-Speed Autobrake tests.
Additional Costs: Honda Sensing is standard on CR-V EX, EX-L and Touring.

© American Honda Motor Co., Inc.2018 Honda Odyssey
Front Crash Prevention: Superior (6 points)
All new for the 2018 model year, the Honda Odyssey is only the second minivan to be listed as a Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS, and this is the first time for the Odyssey. The new Odyssey gets packed full of new features that includes multiple seat configurations as well as advanced connectivity. As with other Hondas, the Odyssey is available with Honda Sensing that includes the all-important Collison Mitigation Braking System. The Touring and Elite trims also come with LED headlights, which earned an Average rating.
Additional Costs: Honda Sensing is standard on Odyssey EX, Touring and Elite.

© American Honda Motors2017 Honda Pilot
Front Crash Prevention: Superior (5 points)
The Pilot was all-new for 2016 and can be equipped with the latest advanced safety technology from Honda. Pilot’s integrated camera and radar systems warn the driver if it appears the SUV is likely to crash into another car or an object, and then applies the brakes if the driver takes no action. In the IIHS accident avoidance testing, the Pilot was able to avoid the collision from 12 mph, but from 25 mph the speed was reduced by 12 mph, lessening but not avoiding the collision.
Additional Costs: Honda Sensing is now standard on Pilot Touring and Elite — otherwise, the cost is an additional $1,000.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience2017 Honda Ridgeline
Front Crash Prevention: Superior (6 points)
Honda introduces an all-new Ridgeline for the 2017 model year with fresh styling as well as several new features. Scoring the highest in crash avoidance as well as earning one of the few Good headlight ratings, the Ridgeline is the only pickup truck to be named a Top Safety Pick+. Ridgeline can be equipped with the latest version of Honda Sensing, which includes the Collision Mitigation Braking System as well as Lane Keeping Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control and Road Departure Mitigation.
Additional Costs: Honda Sensing comes standard on the Ridgeline RTL-E and Black Edition, but is not available on any other trim.

© Hyundai Motor America2017 Hyundai Elantra
Front Crash Prevention: Superior (6 points)
The Hyundai Elantra is all new for the 2017 model year. In addition to updated styling and a new chassis, the small sedan is now available with the latest in safety equipment. A surprising feature in the compact car class, Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection in now available in the Elantra. Utilizing both the forward-facing radar and camera to detect a vehicle or pedestrian, the system will warn the driver of a potential collision. If the driver does not take action to avoid the impact, the system will apply emergency braking. Elantra is also one of the few vehicles tested to achieve a Good rating for headlights.
Additional Costs: Automatic Emergency Braking is part of the Ultimate Package (only available on the Limited) that runs $1,900.

© Hyundai Motor America2017 Hyundai Santa Fe
Front Crash Prevention: Superior (6 points)
Hyundai made several improvements to the Santa Fe for the 2017 model year. The stylish crossover receives an updated exterior, fresh interior and — more importantly — the latest in high-tech safety features. Standard equipment includes stability control, traction control, multiple airbags and electronic brake distribution, but it is the optional Automatic Emergency Braking that earned the Santa Fe the Superior rating in front-crash prevention. Hyundai’s AEB uses both the forward-facing radar and cameras to detect a vehicle or pedestrian, and then warns the driver of a potential collision. If the driver does not react to avoid the impact, the system will apply emergency braking.
Additional Costs: Automatic Emergency Braking is part of the Tech Package which runs $2,100 on the SE Ultimate or Limited Ultimate.

© Hyundai Motor America2018 Hyundai Sonata
Front Crash Prevention: Superior (6 points)
The Hyundai Sonata was redesigned for the 2015 model year, and while it received a number of new safety features, it wasn’t until the following year that the midsize sedan came equipped with crash-avoidance technology. The 2017 model fell off the Top Safety Pick+ list with headlights that were rated as Poor, but the 2018 model gets LED projector headlights that received an Acceptable rating. When equipped with the optional Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, the Sonata was able to avoid collisions in the IIHS’s Low- and High-Speed Autobrake tests.
Additional Costs: Automatic Emergency Braking is part of the Tech Package on the Sonata SEL ($1,000), or the Ultimate Package on the Sonata Limited ($2,900).

© Kia Motors America2017 Kia Cadenza
Front Crash Prevention: Superior (6 points)
An all-new Cadenza arrives for the 2017 model year, and in addition to the updated styling and plethora of new features, the premium sedan earns a spot on the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ list for the first time. Kia equips Cadenza with blind-spot detection, rear-cross traffic alert, high-beam assist, lane change assist, lane departure warning and forward collision warning with autonomous emergency braking. With the autonomous emergency braking system in place, the Cadenza aced both IIHS Low- and High-Speed Autobrake tests.
Additional Cost: Autonomous Emergency Braking is standard on Cadenza Technology and Cadenza Limited.

© Kia Motors America2017 Kia Forte
Front Crash Prevention: Superior (6 points)
One of the lowest-priced cars on the list, the Forte offers the latest in advanced safety features in a small, fuel-efficient package. With updated styling that matches the rest of the Kia lineup, the Forte has a starting price of $16,600. In addition to the standard electronic stability control and 4-wheel anti-lock brakes, the Forte can be equipped with lane departure warning, rear cross-traffic alert, blind spot detection with lane change assist, lane keep assist and — most importantly — a front collision warning system tied to the autonomous emergency braking system. The Forte’s HID projector headlights also earn the small car a top rating of Good.
Additional Costs: Autonomous Emergency Braking is part of a Technology Package on the Forte S (priced at $1,490); or part of the Premium Package on the Forte EX, which adds $4,490 to the base price.

© Kia Motors America2017 Kia Optima
Front Crash Prevention: Superior (6 points)
The Optima was all new for the 2016 model year, and with that redesign the midsize sedan was equipped with the latest in safety technology, earning it a spot on the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ list. For 2017 there are a number of updates to the Optima, including the addition of LED dual-projection headlights which achieve the top rating of Good. When equipped with the Advanced Driver Assist System, the Optima gets autonomous emergency braking, a forward collision warning system, high-beam assist and a lane departure warning system.
Additional Costs: Autonomous Emergency Braking is part of a Technology Package on the EX or SX that costs $3,000.

© Kia Motors America2018 Kia Sorento
Front Crash Prevention: Superior (6 points)
Kia completely redesigned this midsize SUV for the 2016 model year with all-new styling as well as many new high-tech features. But last year the Korean brand upped its safety game with a number of advanced safety features, including Autonomous Emergency Braking, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. In both low- and high-speed Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tests, the new Sorento was able to completely avoid collisions, earning it a top rating from the IIHS. The addition of xenon HID headlights on SX trims resulted in an Average headlight rating — required to be listed as Top Safety Pick+.
Additional Cost: The AEB system is part of an Advanced Technology Package that runs $1,500 on the LX trim, but requires additional packages costing around $3,000. Added costs are similar on the EX and SX trims.

© Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.2017 Lexus ES 350
Front Crash Prevention: Superior (6 points)
Lexus added new high-tech safety features to the ES 350 last year, and the entry-level luxury sedan continues to rank as a Top Safety Pick+. The Lexus Safety System+ Package is now standard for 2017 and includes the Pre-Collision System with pedestrian detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Intelligent High Beam and High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. Achieving a perfect score in the IIHS crash prevention test, the ES 350 when equipped with the PCS can detect vehicles or pedestrians using a combination of millimeter-wave radar and a front-facing camera. The system warns the driver of a possible collision, and if the driver ignores the warning the system can initiate automatic braking with Brake Assist if necessary.
Additional Costs: None

© Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.2017 Lexus NX
Front Crash Prevention: Advanced (4 points)
The premium Lexus NX has been a Top Safety Pick+ since it was introduced for the 2015 model year. A windshield-mounted camera tracks lane markers and alerts the driver if the vehicle is veering out of lane. The Intelligent High Beam system uses the same camera to automatically switch to low-beam lights if an oncoming car is detected, returning to high beams after the vehicle has passed. The NX also has the Pre Collision System, which utilizes the all-speed Adaptive Cruise Control’s millimeter-wavelength radar sensor to detect vehicles and other obstacles. A buzzer and a light warn the driver of an impending collision. The system can increase the driver’s braking effort as needed, and if the driver does not apply the brakes the system can bring the NX to a full stop.
Additional Costs: The Pre-Collision system with Dynamic Cruise Control adds $900 to the base price.

© Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.2017 Lexus RC
Front Crash Prevention: Advanced (4 points)
The sporty RC coupe joined the Lexus lineup last year, offering a nice combination of luxury and sportiness. As with other Lexus models, the RC features a high level of advanced safety technology. Using the radar sensors of the Adaptive Cruise Control, the RC can detect an obstacle in its path and not only alert the driver but automatically prepare Brake Assist, which increases brake pressure the moment the driver applies the brakes. If for some reason the driver still does not act, the brakes are automatically applied to slow the vehicle and lessen the collision’s impact.
Additional Costs: The Pre-Collision system with Dynamic Cruise Control adds $500 to the base price.

© Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.2017 Lexus RX
Front Crash Prevention: Superior (6 points)
The best-selling model in the Lexus lineup, the RX was completely redesigned for the 2016 model year. Thanks to advanced safety features introduced with the updated model, 2016 was the first year that the RX earned the ultimate IIHS rating of Top Safety Pick+. The optional Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection is part of the Lexus Safety System+, designed to detect vehicles ahead and determine if a frontal collision is imminent. PCS will automatically prepare Brake Assist for increased brake force and will begin braking before impact, even bringing the vehicle to a complete stop as necessary.
Additional Costs: None

© Ford Motor Company2017 Lincoln Continental
Front Crash Prevention: Superior (6 points)
Lincoln brings back the legendary Continental luxury sedan after a 15-year hiatus. As a new flagship for the brand, Continental not only showcases top levels of luxury and comfort, it also is available with the latest safety technology. When equipped with an optional Technology Package, the Continental gets Lane Keeping Alert and Aid, Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection, Collision Warning, Active Braking and a Driver Alert System. With these systems in place, the new Lincoln achieved the highest IIHS score possible, avoiding collisions in both the Low- and High-Speed Autobrake tests.
Additional Costs: Crash avoidance is part of the Technology Package available on Continental Reserve and Black Label, which has a price of $4,215,.

© Mazda North American Operations2017 Mazda CX-3
Front Crash Prevention: Superior (6 points)
Mazda added the compact CX-3 to its lineup last year, and the popular crossover has been a Top Safety Pick+ since its introduction. While every CX-3 comes well equipped with standard safety features, an upgrade to the top-level Grand Touring trim is necessary to obtain Smart Brake Support automatic emergency braking. With this system, the CX-3 was able avoid a collision at 12 mph and lessen the speed to 2 mph in the 25-mph test. The CX-3’s LED projector headlights earned the crossover an Acceptable headlight rating.
Additional Costs: Smart Brake Support is part of the i-ACTIVSENSE package on the Grand Touring trim, priced at $1,170.

© Mazda North American Operations2017 Mazda CX-5
Front Crash Prevention: Superior (5 points)
Mazda’s popular CX-5 crossover has been on the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ list since 2014, and the redesigned 2017 model continues this success. CX-5 is available with advanced safety features that include Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keep Assist and Smart Brake Assist — the latter of which warns the driver and automatically applies the brakes to avoid or minimize damage from a frontal collision. These items are part of the i-ACTIVSENSE Package that also includes high-beam control, adaptive cruise control, automatic headlights and rain-sensing wipers.
Additional Costs: Smart Brake Support is part of the i-ACTIVSENSE Package that adds $625 to the CX-5 Touring. This crash-avoidance technology is standard on the Grand Select and Grand Touring trims.

© Mazda North American Operations2017 Mazda CX-9
Front Crash Prevention: Superior (6 points)
Completely redesigned last year, the midsize Mazda CX-9 earns its first Top Safety Pick+ rating this year. The elegant style of the new CX-9 is now being carried through the rest of the Mazda crossover lineup, as are the array of advanced safety features. Through the use of millimeter wavelength radar and infrared radar, the CX-9 can detect a vehicle in front of it and match the speed with Mazda Radar Cruise Control; and Smart Brake Support, the CX-9 can automatically apply the brakes in the case of an impending collision. The CX-9 completely avoided a collision in the IIHS Low- and High-Speed Autobrake tests.
Additional Costs: Smart Brake Support is standard on CX-9 Grand Touring and Signature.

© Mazda North American Operations2017 Mazda Mazda3
Front Crash Prevention: Superior (6 points)
Available as either a 4-door hatchback or sedan, the Mazda3 comes well equipped, considering it has a starting price around $19,000. Mazda offers i-ACTIVSENSE on the Mazda3, which includes a suite of high-tech safety features such as Smart Brake City Support, which acts at low speeds, and Smart Brake Support, designed for higher speeds. The Mazda3 avoided collisions in all of the IIHS tests when equipped with Smart Brake Support.
Additional Costs: Smart Brake Support is part of the i-ACTIVSENSE safety package, available only on the Grand Touring trim for $1,100.

© Mazda North American Operations2017 Mazda Mazda6
Front Crash Prevention: Superior (6 points)
The updated Mazda6 is available with the latest version of i-ACTIVSENSE, which includes nine available advanced safety features. These items range from adaptive front headlights to Smart Brake Support with Collision Warning. Smart Brake Support helps minimize or possibly prevent frontal collisions by automatically applying the brakes if the system determines that a collision with an obstruction ahead is unavoidable. In the IIHS High-Speed Autobrake test, the Mazda6 was able to avoid any impact.
Additional Costs: Smart Brake Support is only available on Grand Touring trim, but is now a standard feature on that trim.

© Mercedes-Benz USA2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
Front Crash Prevention: Superior (6 points)
When the E-Class was redesigned for 2014, Mercedes-Benz upped its safety game with a number of new standard and optional high-tech features. These continue as an all-new E-Class is starting to come to market. At the heart of these systems are dual cameras mounted behind the rearview mirror, along with a new multi-mode radar sensor system. These provide information to the Active Brake Assist system that can warn the driver of an impending collision and apply brakes as necessary. This system is standard on the E-Class and earned it a perfect score by stopping the vehicle before a collision in the high-speed autobrake 25 mph test.
Additional Costs: None

© Mercedes-Benz USA2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class
Front Crash Prevention: Superior (6 points)
Mercedes-Benz instituted a completely new naming system for its vehicles, so the model that was formerly known as the M-Class is now called the GLE-Class. In addition to the new name, the GLE was completely updated for the 2016 model year. (Note that the M-Class has been an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ winner since 2012.) The GLE comes standard with Collision Prevention Assist, which uses radar to monitor the distance to a vehicle in front and will alert the drive while priming the brake if a crash seems imminent. Also available is Collision Prevention Assist Plus with Active Brake Assist, which will automatically apply the brakes to avoid a collision.
Additional Costs: The collision prevention systems — as well as other advanced safety features — are included in the Premium 3 package that costs $9,080.

© Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc.2017 Mitsubishi Outlander
Front Crash Prevention: Superior (6 points)
Mitsubishi refreshed its midsize crossover last year and added number of new safety features. These high-tech options included Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Departure Warning, as well as Forward Collision Mitigation. For 2017 the collision avoidance system is improved to not only warn the driver of an imminent frontal collision, but to automatically apply the brakes to eliminate or reduce the impact. The Outlander avoided collisions in both IIHS Low- and High-Speed Autobrake tests.
Additional Costs: Forward Collision Mitigation is part of SEL Touring Package available on the SEL for $4,000, or on the GT as part of the Touring Package which costs $1,500.

© Nissan North America, Inc.2017 Nissan Altima
Front Crash Prevention: Superior (5 points)
Nissan’s top-selling sedan, the Altima received a major refresh last year that included revised styling, enhanced performance and a suite of new safety features. Most importantly is the availability of Forward Emergency Braking, which provides audio and visual warnings to alert the driver of a potential collision and reduce speed if necessary. If a collision is unavoidable, brakes are engaged automatically to avoid or at least reduce the severity of the collision.
Additional Cost: Forward Emergency Braking is part of the Technology package for $2,190.

© Nissan North America, Inc.2017 Nissan Maxima
Front Crash Prevention: Superior (5 points)
Maxima is the flagship sedan of the Nissan lineup, and it was completely redesigned for the 2016 model year. Bringing back the moniker “Four-Door Sports Car,” the stylish Maxima offers plenty of performance as well as the latest high-tech safety features. Forward Emergency Braking is standard on SL, SR and Platinum trims, as is Predictive Forward Collision Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Blind Spot Warning.
Additional Cost: None.

© Nissan North America, Inc.2017 Nissan Rogue
Front Crash Prevention: Superior (6 points)
All new for 2017, the Rogue continues to be one of the best-selling crossovers in America. Along with fresh styling inside and out, Rogue is available with Nissan’s Safety Shield technologies that include Intelligent Cruise Control and Forward Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection. These advanced safety features are part of a Platinum Package on the Rogue SL, added to the standard Blind Spot Warning and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.
Additional Costs: Forward Emergency Braking is part of the Platinum Package, which runs $770 and is only available on the SL trim.

© Subaru of America2017 Subaru Forester
Front Crash Prevention: Superior (6 points)
Even though the excellent traction provided by Subaru’s full-time all-wheel-drive system helps drivers stay in control in a variety of weather conditions, the Forester also has a high-tech driver-assist system called Eyesight. Eyesight uses a stereo camera system installed in the windshield to track lane markers as well as vehicles ahead for a variety of safety features. The system will also alert the driver if it senses a collision and will ultimately apply brakes to avoid an impact.
Additional Costs: Eyesight is only sold when packaged with other features, so prices start around $1,500.

© Subaru of America2017 Subaru Legacy
Front Crash Prevention: Superior (6 points)
Legacy is one of four models from Subaru to earn the top ranking from the IIHS, and for 2017 the all-wheel-drive sedan adds additional safety technology. The Eyesight system earned the Legacy its Superior crash avoidance score, and is unique in that it doesn’t use radar like more expensive systems — it relies solely on the dual cameras mounted in the windshield. In addition to Eyesight, the Legacy is now available with Reverse Automatic Braking.
Additional Costs: Eyesight is only available when packaged with several other features, with prices starting at $1,495.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience2017 Subaru Impreza
Front Crash Prevention: Superior (6 points)
The Subaru Impreza is all new for the 2017 model year, and with updates to headlights as well as its high-tech Eyesight system, Impreza joins most of the Subaru lineup as a Top Safety Pick+. The camera-based Eyesight system includes adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, sway warning and — most importantly — pre-collision braking with pre-collision throttle management. With this system in place, the Impreza earned a perfect score in the IIHS Low- and High-Speed Autobrake tests.
Additional Costs: Eyesight is available on Impreza Premium and Sport, priced at $1,395 on the Premium and $2,945 on the Sport.

© Subaru of America2017 Subaru Outback
Front Crash Prevention: Superior (6 points)
There aren’t many wagons available in America, but the Subaru Outback with its perfect score from the IIHS is arguably the safest wagon on the market. Like other Subarus on this list, the Outback can be equipped with Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure & Sway Warning, Pre-Collision Braking and Pre-Collision Throttle Management — all part of the innovative Eyesight system. These systems can make driving less stressful as well as much safer.
Additional Costs: Eyesight is only available when packaged with several other features, with prices starting at $1,595

© Toyota Motor Sales USA2017 Toyota Avalon
Front Crash Prevention: Superior (6 points)
Toyota’s full-size sedan was refreshed for the 2016 model year with updated styling and several new high-tech features as part of the Toyota Safety Sense-P system. For 2017 the TSS-P suite of safety features is standard on all Avalons. It includes Automatic High Beam, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection and Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist. Avalon can also be equipped with HID projector headlights which help it earn a place on the Top Safety Pick+ list.
Additional Costs: None

2017 Toyota Camry
Front Crash Prevention: Advanced (4 points)
Camry is one of the best-selling passenger cars in the U.S. and — as expected — the midsize sedan comes well equipped with several high-tech safety features. Blind Spot Monitor, Land Departure Warning, Backup Camera and Whiplash-Injury-Lessening seats are all available on the Camry. Putting the Camry on this IIHS TSP+ list is the available Pre-Collison System. Working with Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, the PCS can anticipate an imminent forward collision, warn the driver and ultimately apply the brakes. Camry scores a four out of six — able to reduce speed by just 5 mph in the 25 mph High-speed Autobrake test. We expect the all-new 2018 Camry will be on this list once its tested.
Additional Costs: The Pre-Collision System is part of a fully-loaded package available on the Camry XLE for $4,235

© Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.2017 Toyota Corolla
Front Crash Prevention: Superior (6 points)
With more than 43 million sold since it was launched 50 years ago, the Corolla is one of the best-selling nameplates of all time. To celebrate this momentous anniversary, Toyota updated the Corolla with fresh styling and new features. In addition, Toyota Safety Sense-P — which includes Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection; Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist; Dynamic Radar Cruise Control and Automatic High Beams — has become part of Corolla’s standard equipment.
Additional Costs: None.

© Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.2017 Toyota Highlander
Front Crash Prevention: Superior (6 points)
The Toyota Highlander has been a Top Safety Pick+ since 2014, and as requirements to achieve this rating have increased over the years, Toyota has kept pace, equipping Highlander to match or exceed new requirements. With an extensive update for 2017, the Highlander now comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense-P, which uses radar and camera to detect vehicles and pedestrians and automatically apply braking if a collision with either is imminent. The TSS-P system also includes Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist function, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control and Automatic High Beams. Equipped with TSS-P, the Highlander avoided collision in both the IIHS Low- and High-Speed Autobrake tests.
Additional Costs: None

© Toyota Motor Sales USA2017 Toyota Prius / Prius Prime
Front Crash Prevention: Superior (6 points)
The Prius is one of the best-know hybrids in America, and last year the fuel-efficient model received a complete redesign. In addition to its new styling and much-improved driving dynamics, the Prius and Prius Prime plug-in hybrid get the latest advanced safety technology, Toyota Safety Sense-P. TSS-P uses millimeter-wave radar and a monocular camera sensor to help detect pedestrians, vehicles and lane markers so it can identify obstacles and automatically apply braking if necessary to help avoid collisions.
Additional Cost: None

© Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.2017 Toyota Prius V
Front Crash Prevention: Advanced (3 points)
Over the last few years, Toyota began producing variants of the iconic Prius — the V is the largest in the Prius Family. Although the standard Prius was completely redesigned for 2016, the Prius V remains on the older platform. Prius V is available with Toyota’s Pre-Collision System, which can apply the brakes and retract seat belts in certain conditions when it detects an imminent, unavoidable frontal crash. The Prius V slowed by 9 mph in the Low-Speed Autobrake test, and by 7 mph in the high-speed test.
Additional Costs: The Advanced Technology Package (which includes PCS among other features) is available on the top-level Prius V 5 and runs $3,335.

© Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.2017 Toyota RAV4
Front Crash Prevention: Superior (6 points)
The Toyota RAV4 is one of the best-selling SUVS in America. Despite its solid performance in IIHS crash tests last year, the RAV4 has been redesigned and now includes all-important crash-avoidance technology. Toyota Safety Sense is an advanced safety package featuring automated pre-collision braking as well as a Pre-Collision System (with Forward Collision Warning and automatic emergency brake), Lane Departure Alert, Automatic High Beams, Pedestrian Pre-Collision System and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. This package is standard on the 2016 RAV4 Limited (gas and Hybrid) and optional on XLE and SE trims.
Additional Costs: None.

© Volkswagen of America, Inc.2017 Volkswagen Jetta
Front Crash Prevention: Advanced (2 points)
The only Volkswagen to be ranked a Top Safety Pick+, the Jetta received improved crash-prevention systems for the 2016 model year. Available with a new Driver Assistance Package, the Jetta can be equipped with a radar-based Adaptive Cruise Control, as well as Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking. In the IIHS Low-speed Autobrake test, the Jetta was able to slow by 9 mph, greatly lessening the impact from 12 mph.
Additional Costs: Autonomous Emergency Braking is now standard on the SEL.

© Volvo Cars North America2017 Volvo S60/V60
Front Crash Prevention: Superior (5 points)
The S60 sedan and its V60 Wagon sibling both feature many advanced safety features, including Collision Warning with Full Auto Brake as well as Cyclist and Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake. These features operate with a dual-mode radar in the grille and a camera behind the rearview mirror. If a situation arises that requires braking, the system alerts the driver first with sound and a visual warning that looks like a brake light to elicit an instant response, followed by automatic braking as necessary.
Additional Costs: The auto braking system is part of the Technology Package, available for $1,500.

© Volvo Cars North America2017 Volvo XC60
Front Crash Prevention: Superior (5 points)
The Volvo XC60 is available with a variety of active and passive safety features. Using camera and radar inputs, the XC60 has an excellent sense for its surroundings. The Lane Keeping Aid alerts the driver with warning vibrations and ultimately steering correction if the driver inadvertently drifts out of the lane; Blind Spot keeps the driver aware of vehicles behind and out of sight; bicyclists or pedestrians in the car’s path are identified and if necessary, the vehicle will apply brakes automatically to avoid them. And with the optional Collision Warning with Full Auto Brake, the XC60 can automatically apply brakes in the event of an impending collision.
Additional Costs: The auto braking system is part of the Technology Package, available for $1,500.

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