Among the attributes of luxury SUVs, or luxury crossover SUVs that consumers look for is a strong safety rating. The two ratings most potential buyers pay attention to are those from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The IIHS has two safety awards, Top Safety Pick+ and Top Safety Pick, with Top Safety Pick+ requiring the most stringent compliance. The NHTSA’s top safety rating is an overall five-star designation.
While consumers have a growing number of choices in luxury SUVs, not all of them boast top safety scores. If safety is a consideration in a vehicle purchase of this type, it’s worth taking the time to look at those makes and models with ratings that classify them as among the safest vehicles in the class. With this in mind, here is a look at six of the safest 2016 luxury SUVs.
2016 – A seven-passenger luxury crossover SUV, the 2016 Acura MDX is among the roomiest of competitors in its class, superbly balancing ride, comfort and handling. A key MDX selling point, especially to families, is its strong safety component, not to mention safety ratings. The 2016 MDX earned the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ designation (with optional front crash protection) and an NHTSA five-star overall safety rating. Standard safety features include a full roster of airbags, including a driver’s knee airbag, a multi-view rear camera system, and blind-spot monitors on all except the base MDX. Optional safety features include lane departure and forward collision warnings with automatic braking, among others. AcuraWatch Plus includes the collision mitigation braking system, which uses radar and high-resolution forward camera to recognize hazards and use up to 80% full braking power to avoid or reduce impact in a collision with a vehicle, pedestrian or object.
2016 – Thoroughly redesigned for 2016, the 2016 Acura RDX small luxury crossover SUV has a lot to offer families in search of a safe vehicle with ample power, impressive rear leg room, strong fuel economy, comprehensive and lengthy standard features list and competitive price. When equipped with optional front crash protection, AcuraWatch Plus, the 2016 Acura RDX earns the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ designation. AcuraWatch Plus includes adaptive cruise control, a forward collision mitigation system with automatic braking and a lane departure warning and mitigation system. The NHTSA awarded the 2016 Acura RDX with an overall five-star safety rating.
2016 – As far as compact luxury crossover SUVs, consumers can pretty much have it all when it comes to the 2016 Audi Q5. This handsome crossover provides good handling, great acceleration, impressive fuel efficiency and the height and ground clearance more associated with a sedan or wagon than a crossover SUV. The Q5 is also a very safe five-passenger family vehicle, earning an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ designation (when equipped with optional front crash protection). All Audi Q5 models include stability and traction control, front side airbags and side curtain airbags, while rear side airbags are optional. The optional Technology package includes a rearview camera, parking sensors, and Audi side assist, a blind-spot warning system. The NHTSA has given the Audi Q5 an overall four-star rating, with four stars for frontal crash protection and five stars for side protection in the event of a crash.
2016 Lexus NX – In the small luxury crossover SUV segment, the five-passenger 2016 Lexus NX offers smart styling, good acceleration and handling, a surprisingly roomy cabin that’s loaded with technology and crafted with attention to detail. Standard safety equipment includes eight airbags and backup camera with dynamic gridlines, while the available pre-collision system (PCS) detects an imminent frontal collision, retracts the front seat belts and automatically prepares brake assist for increased braking. Should the driver fail to react in time, the system automatically begins braking a full 2 seconds before impact. Other available safety equipment includes: lane departure alert, dynamic radar cruise control, blind spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, and intelligent high-beam headlamps. In addition to the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ designation, the 2016 Lexus NX earned a five-star overall NHTSA safety rating.
2016 – Considered a smart choice for consumers looking for strong safety scores and plenty of interior room, in addition to a well-crafted cabin, supportive seats, generous cargo space, strong and efficient turbocharged engines, the 2016 Volvo XC60 small luxury crossover SUV, when outfitted with the Technology package, qualifies for the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ designation. The package includes adaptive cruise control, an upgraded forward collision mitigation system with automatic braking (City Safety), driver alertness and lane departure warning systems and automatic high-beam headlights. There’s also a package that bundles blind spot monitoring system, rear cross traffic alert, and front and rear parking sensors.
2016 – With its smart new styling, the 2016 Volvo XC90 three-row, seven-passenger luxury crossover SUV is a go-to choice for larger families looking for safety, comfort, good ride and handling balance, very spacious second and third-row seats, lengthy standard features list and the availability of a hybrid model. This is the first comprehensive redesign of the XC90 since the model first debuted in 2003. Frontal collision detection with automatic braking is a standard safety feature, and now it comes with an innovative feature that automatically applies the brakes when the driver attempts a turn in front of an oncoming vehicle, such as in an intersection. Other features of automatic braking are automatic tightening of seat belts and shock-absorbing seat cushions to help reduce potential injuries to the spine.