Safest Cars of 2016

© Subaru of America, © Volvo Cars North America, © FCA US, © Mercedes-Benz USAIIHS Top Safety Picks+
Every new car sold in America must meet certain safety standards mandated by Title 49 of the United States Code, Chapter 301, for motor vehicle safety. While airbags, seat belts and crumple zones meet these requirements and will keep you and your loved ones safe in a crash, technologies available in many new cars work to avoid the crash altogether. Systems vary among car companies — some use radar, others use cameras — but the ultimate goal is lessening or avoiding impacts without the need for driver input. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates car for crashworthiness, and those that earn top scores in all crash tests and offer some level of crash-avoidance technology gain distinction as IIHS Top Safety Pick+ vehicles. Here, in alphabetical order, are the 2016 model-year vehicles that achieve this elite IIHS rank, shown with their front crash prevention rating and points earned out of six possible as well as the cost of adding crash prevention technology. (Note: Some newer vehicles such as the Mercedes-Benz GLE and redesigned Toyota Prius have not yet been tested, but based on past performance will likely be included on this list at a later date.)

© American Honda Motor Company2016 Acura ILX
Front Crash Prevention: Superior (5 points)
The ILX is the latest Acura to earn the coveted Top Safety Pick+ rating from the IIHS. To achieve this rating, the ILX must be equipped with the optional Acura Watch, which includes a Collision Mitigation Braking System with Forward Collision Warning, Lane Keeping Assist System, Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Departure Warning. Acura Watch makes use of a windshield-mounted monocular camera and front grille-mounted radar system, providing enhanced sensing that can anticipate a collision and serve up warnings or — in certain instances — initiate emergency braking and steering.
Additional Costs: Acura Watch adds $1,300 to the base ILX price.

© American Honda Motor Company2016 Acura MDX
Front Crash Prevention: Superior (6 points)
Acura updated the MDX luxury crossover for 2016, including a number of new advancements in safety technology. The MDX is available with the latest version of Acura Watch, which adds Road Departure Mitigation that uses the windshield-mounted camera to identify lane markers. The system then uses steering and braking to keep the vehicle in the lane. With the optional Collision Mitigation Braking System – also part of Acura Watch – the MDX automatically avoided a collision at 25 mph in the IIHS High-Speed Autobrake test.
Additional Costs: Acura Watch adds $1,500 to the base MDX price.

© American Honda Motor Company2016 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 out if a vehicle is coming from either direction.
Additional Costs: Acura Watch adds $1,300 to the base RDX price.

© American Honda Motor Company2016 Acura RLX
Front Crash Prevention: Superior (6 points)
The RLX is the new flagship sedan of the Acura lineup, and is one of the few vehicles in this list that comes standard with crash-avoidance technology. Like the other Acura models with Acura Watch, the RLX is equipped with a camera and radar that work together to provide a suite of crash avoidance and alert systems. A byproduct of these systems is Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-speed Follow, which keeps the RLX at a steady distance behind the vehicle ahead even as speeds fluctuate.
Additional Costs: None

© Audi of America2016 Audi A3
Front Crash Prevention: Advanced (3 points)
Audi’s entry-level sedan in the United States, the A3 is one of five midsize luxury cars to be rated a Top Safety Pick + by the IIHS. The A3 earned a score of Advanced (3 points) when equipped with the brand’s pre sense front system which means it was able to avoid collisions at up to 12 mph. Using radar and camera systems, the A3 detects a potential collision and provides warning signals that become more urgent. If no driver input is provided, the system will continue to increase braking, eventually reaching maximum braking. At the same time, seat belts are pulled taut when it is clear that the accident won’t be avoided. The A3 also offers secondary collision brake assist which automatically applies the brakes after a collision to avoid any further collisions.
Additional Costs: NA

© Audi AG2016 Audi A6
Front Crash Prevention: Advanced (3 points)
The Audi A6 comes well equipped with impressive safety technology designed to help the driver avoid an accident, as well as an optional pre sense front system that takes an active role in slowing or stopping the vehicle if the driver is unable to do so. Another optional feature is a night-vision assistant that uses thermal-imaging technology to alert the driver to pedestrians or animals that may be beyond the reach of the headlights. The pre sense front system is a component of the adaptive cruise control, which matches speed and distance to the car in front, with the ability to bring the A6 to a complete stop as necessary.
Additional Costs: NA

© Audi AG2016 Audi Q5
Front Crash Prevention: Advanced (3 points)
Audi’s midsize SUV is one of three Audis available with the brand’s pre sense front collision prevention. 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. Aside from the adaptive cruise control operating differently than on the A6 and A3, the Q5’s automatic crash avoidance functions in the same way as the other two models.
Additional Costs: NA

© BMW of North America2016 BMW 2 Series
Front Crash Prevention: Advanced (4 points)
Surprisingly, only one BMW meets the requirements to be on the IIHS TSP+ list — the 2 Series. Among the safety features available on this small BMW is Active Driving Assistant. Using information gathered from camera- and radar-based systems, Active Driving Assistant includes Lane Departure Warning, Frontal Collision Warning, City Collision Mitigation and Pedestrian Protection. With a combination of driver alerts, priming of brakes or automatically applying the brakes, this system can reduce the severity of a collision with a pedestrian or another car.
Additional Costs: Active Driving Assistant is part of the Driver Assistant Plus package that costs $700.

© FCA US2016 Chrysler 200
Front Crash Prevention: Superior (5 points)
Chrysler completely redesigned the 200 for the 2015 model year and the stylish sedan is the only domestic-brand vehicle to earn a place on the IIHS TSP+ list. The 200 can be equipped with a variety of advanced safety features designed to provide alerts to an impending collision, to lessen the impact, and to keep the driver safe in the event of an impact. Using ultrasonic radar and cameras, the Full-speed Forward Collision Warning-Plus provides autonomous braking and, under certain circumstances, slows or brings the vehicle to a full stop when a frontal collision appears imminent. According to the IIHS, the 200 was able to reduce speed by 14 mph in the 25 mph crash test — considerably lessening but not completely avoiding the impact.
Additional Costs: Full-speed Forward Collision Warning-Plus is part of the Safetytec Package, priced at $1,295.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience2016 Fiat 500X
Front Crash Prevention: Advanced (4 points)
Fiat’s newest model and first crossover in America is available with FCA’s Forward Collision Warning-Plus system. Available on the 500X Easy and higher trim levels, the system uses radar and camera tech to determine if a crash is imminent. Audible and visual warnings alert the driver, and if no action is taken the brakes get applied automatically to avoid or lessen the impact, depending on the vehicle’s speed. The 500X can also be equipped with Lane Sense Departure Warning-Plus, which uses the electronic power steering to alert the driver with steering-wheel inputs that also provide course correction.
Additional Costs: NA

© American Honda Motor Company2016 Honda Accord
Front Crash Prevention: Superior (6 points)
One of the best-selling passenger cars in America, the Accord gets a number of new advanced safety features 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.
Additional Costs: Honda Sensing can be added to any Honda Accord as a standalone feature for $1,800.

© American Honda Motor Company2016 Honda CR-V
Front Crash Prevention: Superior (5 points)
Honda introduced its all-new Honda Sensing suite of safety features on the all-new 2015 Honda CR-V. Available exclusively on the top-level Touring trim, Honda Sensing includes a Collision Mitigation Braking System with Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Assist System and adaptive cruise control. In the IIHS test, the CR-V was able to detect an imminent crash and was able to slow the vehicle by 21 mph in the 25 mph test — meaning there was slight damage, but the severity was considerably reduced.
Additional Costs: Honda Sensing is standard on and exclusive to the top-line CRV-Touring trim.

© American Honda Motor Company2016 Honda Pilot
Front Crash Prevention: Superior (5 points)
The Pilot is 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. “The 2016 Pilot is not only the most technologically advanced Honda vehicle on the road today, but the top choice for family SUV buyers interested in safety performance,” said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Automobile Division of American Honda.
Additional Costs: Honda Sensing is available on the Pilot EX and higher trims for an additional $1,000.

© Hyundai Motor America2016 Hyundai Genesis
Front Crash Prevention: Superior (6 points)
Hyundai’s Genesis was all new for the 2015 model year, and is available with a number of high-tech features including Smart Cruise Control, which uses radar and camera-based Lane Departure Warning. Hyundai combines these two devices for its Automatic Emergency Braking System, which can detect an imminent forward collision and alert the driver. At speeds above 50 mph, the system will apply partial brakes to lessen the impact; under 50 mph the car will come to a complete stop on its own by applying full braking.
Additional Costs: Automatic Emergency Braking is part of the Tech Package that includes a number of other features for an additional $3,500 on the Genesis 3.8. AEB is standard on the top-level Genesis 5.0.

© Hyundai Motor America2016 Hyundai Tucson
Front Crash Prevention: Superior (6 points)
Every carmaker has the goal of achieving the highest safety ratings when introducing a completely redesigned model, and Hyundai successfully met that goal with the new Tucson. Available with a suite of the latest advanced safety features, the Tucson is the first Hyundai to offer Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection. This system will detect an object or person in the Tucson’s path and — if the driver takes no action — will automatically apply brakes to stop prior to the collision.
Additional Costs: Automatic Emergency Braking is part of the $2,750 Ultimate Package on the Tucson Limited.

© Nissan North America2016 Infiniti Q70
Front Crash Prevention: Superior (5 points)
Infiniti’s Q70 luxury sedan offers an impressive array of safety technologies designed to warn the driver of an impending incident, or to help avoid an accident altogether. These include Lane Departure Warning, Lane Departure Prevention, Blind Spot Warning and Blind Spot Intervention — the latter warning the driver about a car in the Q70’s blind spot and applying selective braking as needed to move the luxury sedan back into the center of the lane. The Q70 also features Forward Emergency Braking, which alerts the driver to potential collisions with the vehicle in front by providing progressively more urgent visual and audible warnings and an increased level of braking to help the driver either avoid or lessen the crash. The Q70 also features Infiniti’s innovative Predictive Forward Collision Warning system.
Additional Costs: Infiniti’s automatic braking system and PFCW are part of the Technology Package priced at $3,300.

© Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.2016 Lexus CT 200h
Front Crash Prevention: Advanced (3 points)
The first hybrid-only model in the Lexus lineup, the CT 200h has more than a high-tech powertrain — it features a number of innovative safety features. Most noteworthy is the optional Pre-Collision System with Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. Using millimeter-wave radar to measure distance from a vehicle traveling ahead, the system will maintain a set distance behind the leading vehicle. PCS goes a step further, detecting certain obstacles in front of the car and alerting the driver while activating Brake Assist. The system does not apply brakes automatically until two seconds before the collision — lessening, but not avoiding, the impact — which is why the CT 200h scored three out of a possible six points.
Additional Costs: The Pre-Collision System is a standalone option priced at $1,500.

© Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.2016 Lexus ES 350
Front Crash Prevention: Superior (6 points)
Lexus redesigned the ES 350 for the 2015 model year, and the entry-level luxury sedan continues into 2016 with a laundry list of high-tech safety features. The new Safety System+ Package includes the Pre-Collision System, 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 PCS can detect vehicles or pedestrians using a combination of millimeter-wave radar and a front-facing camera. The system can warn the driver of a possible collision, and if the driver ignores the warning the system can initiate automatic braking with Brake Assist if necessary. In the IIHS test, the ES 350 avoided a collision completely in the 25 mph high-speed autobrake test.
Additional Costs: The Safety System+ Package adds $500 to the base cost; however, it requires purchasing additional features costing $1,335.

© Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.2016 Lexus NX
Front Crash Prevention: Advanced (4 points)
This small crossover from Toyota’s luxury marque was introduced last year and touts plenty of tech. A windshield-mounted camera tracks lane markers and alerts the driver if the vehicle is veering out of lane. The NX also features an 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. Also available is 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 if needed, and if the driver does not apply the brake the system can bring the NX to a full stop. Pre-Collision Brake deceleration works from a maximum speed of 37 mph; however, in the IIHS test the NX was only able to reduce speed by 9 mph in the 25 mph test.
Additional Costs: The Pre-Collision system with Dynamic Cruise Control adds $900 to the base price.

© Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.2016 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 sport. 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 take action, brakes are automatically applied, slowing the vehicle to lessen the collision’s impact.
Additional Costs: The Pre-Collision system with Dynamic Cruise Control adds $500 to the base price.

© Mazda North American Operations2016 Mazda CX-5
Front Crash Prevention: Superior (6 points)
Mazda builds its vehicles based on a philosophy of proactive safety to “minimize the risks that can lead to an accident and maximize the range of conditions in which the driver can safely operate the vehicle.” With this in mind, the CX-5 is available with advanced features such as Blind Spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Smart Brake Support, which warns the driver and automatically applies the brakes to avoid or minimize the damage from a frontal collision.
Additional Costs: Smart Brake Support is part of the i-ACTIVSENSE Package that adds $1,500 to the CX-5 Grand Touring. The i-ACTIVSENSE package requires the additional purchase of the Grand Touring Tech package for an additional $1,505.

© Mazda North American Operations2016 Mazda Mazda3
Front Crash Prevention: Advanced (2 points)
Available as either a 4-door hatchback or sedan, the Mazda3 comes well equipped, considering it has a starting price around $18,000. Mazda3 features i-ACTIVSENSE, which is an umbrella term to cover a suite of available camera and radar-based safety features. On the Mazda3, this can include Forward Obstruction Warning and Smart City Brake Support. The FOW system warns the driver both audibly and visually when there is a high risk of collision (at speeds up to 92 mph), while SCBS will prepare the brakes by reducing brake-pedal travel and, if necessary, apply the brakes automatically. SCBS only activates at speeds below 19 mph.
Additional Costs: The i-ACTIVSENSE package requires the additional purchase of the Grand Touring Technology package for an additional $2,600.

© Mazda North American Operations2016 Mazda Mazda6
Front Crash Prevention: Superior (5 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 reduce speed by 24 mph in the 25 mph test, practically eliminating any impact.
Additional Costs: The Smart Brake Support system is only available on the Mazda6 Grand Touring as part of the Technology Package. The Package is priced at $2,180.

© Mercedes-Benz USA2016 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. 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 Collision Prevention 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 enabled an IIHS crash prevention score of 5. Adding the available Pre-Safe Brake feature earned the E-Class a perfect score by stopping the vehicle before a collision in the High-speed Autobrake 25 mph test.
Additional Costs: A Driver Assistance Package that includes Pre-Safe Brake and a number of other advanced safety features costs $2,800.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience2016 Mitsubishi Outlander
Front Crash Prevention: Advanced (3 points)
Mitsubishi refreshed its midsize crossover last year and added number of new safety features. These high-tech options include Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Departure Warning, as well as Forward Collision Mitigation. When equipped with the radar-based FCM system, the Outlander warns the driver of an imminent frontal collision while automatically applying the brakes to eliminate or reduce the impact. In the IIHS Low-speed autobrake test, the Outlander was able to avoid a collision at 12 mph.
Additional Costs: FCM is part of an Advanced Safety Package available on the SEL for $1,550, or on the GT as part of the touring package which costs $3,350.

© Nissan North America, Inc.2016 Nissan Maxima
Front Crash Prevention: Superior (5 points)
Nissan introduced an all-new Maxima for the 2016 model year with fresh styling and upgraded performance. A variety of advanced technologies help put this sporty sedan on the IIHS TSP+ list, including Blind Spot Warning, Predictive Forward Collision Warning, Forward Emergency Braking, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. With FEB the Maxima was able to completely avoid a collision in the 12 mph IIHS test, and reduced speed by 11 mph in the 25 mph test.
Additional Costs: Predictive Forward Collision Warning with Forward Emergency Braking is standard on the Maxima SL, SR and Platinum trims.

© Nissan North America2016 Nissan Murano
Front Crash Prevention: Superior (5 points)
The Murano was all-new for the 2015 model year, and to its new looks and upgraded interior Nissan added an impressive array of high-tech safety features. Murano incorporates up to four cameras (front, rear, two side) and three radar sensors (one front, two side) to provide input into features including Blind Spot Warning, Predictive Forward Collision Warning, Forward Emergency Braking and Intelligent Cruise Control. The PFCW can warn the driver if the car in front stops suddenly, or even if the vehicle in front of that one stops. FEB takes that information and provided audible and visual warnings — applying the brake if the driver doesn’t intervene.
Additional Costs: Automatic braking is available on the SL and Platinum as part of a technology package that runs $2,260.

© Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.2016 Scion iA
Front Crash Prevention: Advanced (2 points)
The iA is an all-new model from Scion for the 2016 model year. The compact hatchback has a starting price below $17,000, yet it comes standard with safety technology good enough to earn the IIHS TSP+ ranking. The iA’s Low-Speed Pre-Collision System uses an infrared laser sensor in the windshield to determine if a frontal collision is imminent, and then automatically applies the brakes in certain low-speed situations. In the IIHS Low-speed Autobrake test, the iA was able to avoid the collision entirely from 12 mph.
Additional Costs: None

© Subaru of America2016 Subaru Forester
Front Crash Prevention: Superior (6 points)
Completely redesigned for the 2014 model year, the Forester is Subaru’s best-selling model. While 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 is equipped with 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 the impact.
Additional Costs:Eyesight is only available when packaged with other features, so price ranges from $1,800 to $2,600.

© Subaru of America2016 Subaru Impreza
Front Crash Prevention: Superior (6 points)
The least expensive model in the Subaru lineup, the Impreza is still available with the high-tech Eyesight system. With dual cameras positioned behind the rearview mirror, the system monitors lane markers as well as vehicles in front. With this information, Eyesight warns the driver if the vehicle drifts out of its lane with Lane Departure Warning, and can keep the vehicle a set distance behind the vehicle in front with Adaptive Cruise Control. Most importantly, Eyesight will apply brakes automatically if it detects a potential collision to lessen or completely avoid the crash.
Additional Costs: Eyesight is only available on the Impreza Sport Limited, and is packaged with a number of other features priced at $2,795.

© Subaru of America2016 Subaru Legacy
Front Crash Prevention: Superior (6 points)
The Legacy is one of six models from Subaru to earn the best possible score from the IIHS, meaning that not only did the Legacy achieve Good ratings (best possible) in the crash tests, it performed at the highest level in crash avoidance. The Eyesight system is unique in that it doesn’t use radar like more expensive systems — it relies solely on the dual cameras mounted in the windshield. The Eyesight system was updated for 2015 with smaller cameras that provide a wider range of view.
Additional Costs: Eyesight is only available when packaged with a number of other features, priced at $1,195 on Legacy Premium and $2,990 on Legacy Limited.

© Subaru of America2016 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 a number of other features, priced at $1,695 on Outback Premium and $2,990 on Outback Limited.

© Subaru of America2016 Subaru WRX
Front Crash Prevention: Superior (6 points)
With the WRX, Subaru offers excellent performance in a very safe package. Powered by a 268-horsepower engine, the WRX features full-time all-wheel drive, as does every other Subaru (except BRZ). The Japanese automaker made Eyesight available on the WRX for the 2016 model year — but only on the top-level WRX Limited. As with the other Subarus on this list, the WRX Limited is also available with Blind-Spot detection as well as Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.
Additional Costs: Eyesight is packaged with a number of other features on the WRX Limited, priced at $4,095.

© Subaru of America2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek
Front Crash Prevention: Superior (6 points)
Subaru continues to spread its high-tech Eyesight system throughout its model lineup, adding it to the options list for the XV Crosstrek for the 2015 model year. Eyesight is available on the Premium and Limited trims, as is Electronic Brake Distribution, Vehicle Dynamics Control and Brake Assist. Like the other Subarus on this list, the XV Crosstrek was awarded the highest possible score by the IIHS in crash tests as well as in crash avoidance.
Additional Costs: Eyesight is packaged with other features, starting at $1,295.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience2016 Toyota Avalon
Front Crash Prevention: Superior (6 points)
Toyota’s full-size sedan is refreshed for the 2016 model year with updated styling and a number of new high-tech features. Among the new features is a suite of safety systems that help the Avalon achieve a Superior crash-prevention rating. The systems include Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Automatic High Beams and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.
Additional Costs: Crash avoidance is part of the Toyota Safety Sense package, and is only available on the top-level Avalon Limited for an additional $500.

© Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.2016 Toyota Camry
Front Crash Prevention: Advanced (4 points)
The Camry is currently the best-selling passenger car in the U.S. and — as expected — the midsize sedan comes well equipped with a number of high-tech safety features. Blind Spot Monitor, Lane 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.
Additional Costs: The Pre-Collision System is part of a fully-loaded package available on the Camry XLE for $2,570 and XSE for $2,055.

© Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.2016 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. Similarly equipped to the standard Prius, the Prius v is also available with the high-tech features designed to keep the driver out of trouble — or at least minimize the damage. The Prius v performed slightly better in the IIHS crash avoidance tests, slowing the car by 7 mph in the 25 mph test, earning it one more point than the standard Prius.
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.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience2016 Toyota RAV4
Front Crash Prevention: Superior (6 points)
The Toyota RAV4 is one of the best-selling SUVS in America. While it performed well in the IIHS crash tests last year, the RAV4 has been redesigned and now includes the 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 2016 RAV4 Limited (gas and Hybrid) and optional on XLE and SE trims.
Additional Costs: NA

© Volkswagen of America2016 Volkswagen Golf 4-door/Wagon
Front Crash Prevention: Advanced (3 points)
Volkswagen upgraded the safety systems in the Golf for 2016 to offer Autonomous Emergency Braking along with Forward Collision Warning. Forward Collision Warning alerts the driver to potential front-end collisions — both audibly and visually at speeds above 19 mph — and, if necessary, engages the brakes to slow the vehicle. Even if the driver does engage the brakes, the system will increase braking pressure automatically to aid in slowing or stopping the vehicle. Although the system is not designed to completely avoid impacts at high speeds, the Golf’s speed was reduced by 10 mph in the 12 mph IIHS Low-speed Autobrake test.
Additional Costs: Autonomous Emergency Braking is available in the Driver Assistance Package on the Golf SE or SEL for $1,495.

© Volkswagen of America2016 Volkswagen GTI 4-door
Front Crash Prevention: Advanced (3 points)
A step up from the standard Golf in terms of performance, the GTI has more power and better handling. GTI is available with the same Driver Assistance Package as the Golf. In addition to the Autonomous Emergency Braking system, this optional package includes a Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning and Adaptive Cruise Control.
Additional Costs: Autonomous Emergency Braking is available in the Driver Assistance Package on the GTI SE or Autobahn for $1,495.

© Volkswagen of America, Inc.2016 Volkswagen Jetta
Front Crash Prevention: Advanced (2 points)
Like the other Volkswagens listed here, the Jetta was updated with 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 available in the Driver Assistance Package on the Jetta SEL for $950.

© Volkswagen of America2016 Volkswagen Passat
Front Crash Prevention: Advanced (3 points)
An all-new Passat joins the Volkswagen lineup for the 2016 model year, and in addition to fresh styling the premium sedan offers multiple safety improvements. With a fully reinforced structure, the Passat earned the top rating of “good” in the IIHS small front overlap crash test for the first time. In addition, Volkswagen equips the Passat with a radar-based Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking system that warns the driver of an impending collision, then applies the brakes automatically as necessary. The Passat was able to completely avoid a collision in the low-speed autobrake test.
Additional Costs: The crash-avoidance technology is standard on the SE trim of the Passat and above.

© Volvo Cars North America2016 Volvo S60/V60
Front Crash Prevention: Superior (5 points)
If any brand has become synonymous with safety, it’s Volvo. So it’s no great surprise to see a proper collection of Volvos on the IIHS TSP+ list. The S60 sedan and its V60 Wagon sibling both feature a number of 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 warns 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. City Safety is standard and still provides a level of auto braking, achieving an IIHS score of Advanced (2 points) in the crash prevention test.

© Volvo Cars North America2016 Volvo S80
Front Crash Prevention: Superior (5 points)
The S80 is the flagship sedan of the Volvo lineup and can be equipped with the same high-tech safety features on the S60, including Full Auto Brake systems. Also standard on the S80 is IntelliSafe — a suite of advanced features designed to keep Volvo passengers as well as those around it safe. These include Blinds Spot Information, Lane Keeping Aid, Active High Beams and Adaptive Cruise Control. Also standard on the S80 is City Safety, which provides Forward Collision Warning as well as Cyclist and Pedestrian Detection.
Additional Costs: The auto braking system is part of the Technology Package, available for $1,500. City Safety is standard and still provides a level of auto braking, achieving an IIHS score of Advanced (2 points) in the crash prevention test.

© Volvo Cars North America2016 Volvo XC60
Front Crash Prevention: Superior (5 points)
As with other Volvos on this list, the XC60 is available with a variety of active and passive safety features. Utilizing 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 scores among the highest in the IIHS crash prevention tests.
Additional Costs: The auto braking system is part of the Technology Package, available for $1,500. City Safety is standard and still provides a level of auto braking, achieving an IIHS score of Advanced (2 points) in the crash prevention test.

© Volvo Cars North America2016 Volvo XC90
Front Crash Prevention: Superior (6 points)
All new for the 2016 model year, the XC90 can be equipped with an impressive array of high-tech safety features. With the City Safety system, the XC90 can detect a potential collision with a car in front and can avoid the impact from speeds up to 31 mph — at higher speeds the XC90 is slowed to reduce the impact. The XC90 is the first car in the world with technology that features automatic braking if the driver turns in front of an oncoming car. The potential crash is detected and XC90 brakes automatically in order to avoid a collision or mitigate the consequences of a crash. City Safety can also detect pedestrians or bicyclists day or night, applying the brakes to completely avoid a collision at speeds up 28 mph.
Additional Costs: None

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