Safest Midsize SUVs

Bigger than compact and smaller than full-size, the Safest Midsize SUVs may prove just the ticket for families in search of safe and versatile transportation. Of course, you want a little style to go along with the safety, and passenger and cargo capacity is also important. Fortunately, there are three excellent choices for Safest Midsize SUVs among the following – each of which is Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) 2010 Top Safety Pick:

  • Dodge JourneyFeaturing the lowest base pricing in its class (about $20,490 MSRP), loads of storage solutions that are both innovative and practical, and quite good EPA-estimated fuel economy of 19 mpg city/25 mpg highway in the base 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine, the 7-passenger 2010 Dodge Journey has a lot to offer consumers in search of a safe midsize SUV. Best of all, Journey combines an SUV’s practicality with the comforts of a car – and avoids the minivan styling that some buyers dislike. Motor Trend says, “The Journey is the perfect example of a thoroughly modern vehicle: designed to have the ride and handling of a car, the looks and ride height of a truck/SUV, and the passenger capacity and handy storage of a minivan while offending no one who holds anti-minivan prejudices.”
  • Subaru TribecaNew for 2010 is the standard 7-passenger seating in the Subaru Tribeca midsize SUV – Subaru Tribeca 20101 300x199 picturewhich also features standard all-wheel drive and powerful 256-hp 3.6-liter V6 engine, brisk acceleration and handling with 5-speed automatic transmission with manual controls. Other plusses include an attractive and functional interior, stellar federal crash test ratings (besides the IIHS, top scores from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration-NHTSA), and a pleasant-to-drive experience. Mother Proof comments: “Here’s where Subaru’s rugged and durable reputation starts to pay off. While fluffy creature comforts might be lacking, the Tribeca scores bonus points on safety. Nobody doubts any Subaru’s sturdy construction – it’s kind of a no-brainer. These things are built like tanks.”
  • Volvo XC60First entry from Volvo into the compact luxury SUV market, the XC60 (baby brother to the XC90) shares a platform with the Land Rover LR2 and competes with the BMW X3 – but costs thousands less than either. With its high-quality cabin, comfortable and supportive seats, good looks, generous cargo space and lots of innovative and high-tech safety features, XC60 has a lot to offer consumers in the market for safest midsize SUVs. Automobile opines, “Hoping to build on its ‘safety-first’ image, Volvo has added measure of performance and fun to its newest vehicle, emphasizing styling, high-tech content, and all-around capability.”

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