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25 Cars With the Best Safety Features

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Every year automakers add more standard and available advanced driver assistance technologies to many vehicles in their lineups. Some features are becoming more commonplace in all cars due to requirements by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Other features are increasingly available across cars from multiple classes.

Which cars offer the best active safety features? Do they come standard or do you have to upgrade to get them? In order to assist new car shoppers, we take a look at excellent safety features in a variety of vehicles with varying pricing. You may be surprised to learn that some inexpensive vehicles come standard with an entire suite of advanced driver assistance systems, while some expensive luxury cars require an upgrade or a package to take advantage of the best technologies.

2018 Toyota Camry
$23,645 | U.S. News Safety Score: 10/10 | U.S. News Overall Score: 9.3/10

The completely redesigned 2018 Toyota Camry gets a perfect five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA and it’s an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick+. It also offers more standard safety features than most rivals. The Camry includes Toyota Safety Sense P, which is a full suite of active safety systems that includes automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, and forward collision warning with pedestrian detection and automatic emergency braking.

In addition to the standard suite, you can upgrade to outfit the Camry with a head-up display, rear cross traffic alert, rear cross traffic braking, blind spot monitoring, and full-speed adaptive cruise control.

2018 Audi A4
$36,000 | U.S. News Safety Score: 9.5/10 | U.S. News Overall Score: 8.9/10

The Audi A4 earns a five-star overall rating from the NHTSA, aces all IIHS crash tests, and is an IIHS Top Safety Pick. It comes standard with rain-sensing headlights and wipers, and Audi Pre Sense Basic, which can detect and ready the car for a potential collision by tightening the seat belts and rolling up the windows. Audi Pre Sense City – with forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and pedestrian detection – is also standard.

Available safety features include a surround-view camera, traffic sign recognition, high-beam assist, front and rear parking sensors, and adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go technology. You can also add Audi Side Assist with Pre Sense Rear. It works like Pre Sense Basic, but can detect rear collisions and includes rear cross traffic alert and blind spot monitoring.

2019 BMW 5 Series
$53,400 | U.S. News Safety Score (2018): 10/10 | U.S. News Overall Score: 9.2/10

The 2019 BMW 5 Series has not yet been crash tested. However, it’s a carryover from the 2018 model that received the highest honors from the IIHS. Like the Audi A4, it includes a feature called the Active Protection System that prepares the car for a forthcoming collision. Other standard active safety technologies include lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, daytime pedestrian detection, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and front and rear parking sensors.

You can opt for additional advanced driver assistance equipment like a head-up display, a surround-view camera, and a night vision camera with pedestrian detection.

2019 Chrysler Pacifica
$26,995 | U.S. News Safety Score (2018): 9.7/10 | U.S. News Overall Score: 8.7/10

The 2019 Chrysler Pacifica was last crash tested in 2018, but the 2019 model remains primarily unchanged. In those 2018 crash tests, both the IIHS and the NHTSA awarded the minivan high marks. Rear cross traffic alert, rear parking sensors, and blind spot monitoring come standard in every Pacifica.

You can also choose from a healthy list of optional active safety features, including automatic high beams, a surround-view camera, lane departure warning, front parking sensors, active park assist, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking.

2018 Ford Edge
$29,315| U.S. News Safety Score: 9.5/10 | U.S. News Overall Score: 8.4/10

The Ford Edge earns the highest score of Good in four IIHS crash tests, but gets an Acceptable rating in the difficult small overlap front test. It also receives a five-star overall rating from the NHTSA. Aside from a rearview camera, the only standard safety feature is Ford’s MyKey safety system, which lets owners set audio and speed limits for individual drivers.

Ford offers a number of available active safety technologies in the Edge, such as blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, front and rear parking sensors, active park assist, a 180-degree camera system, rain-sensing wipers, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and inflatable rear safety belts in the outboard seats.

2018 Genesis G80
$41,750 | U.S. News Safety Score: 10/10 | U.S. News Overall Score: 8.8/10

The Genesis G80 provides a wealth of standard features, despite its competitive pricing. Standard advanced driver assistance systems include blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection. The G80 also offers available adaptive LED headlights, a multi-angle camera, and front and rear parking sensors.

The NHTSA gives the Genesis five stars across the board. The G80 also receives the top rating in all crash tests administered by the IIHS and it’s designated as a Top Safety Pick+.

2018 Honda Accord
$23,570 | U.S. News Safety Score: 10/10 | U.S. News Overall Score: 9.1/10

The fully redesigned 2018 Honda Accord comes packed with standard driver assistance features as part of the Honda Sensing system. It includes traffic sign recognition, lane keep assist, road departure mitigation, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking. The Accord also features driver drowsiness monitoring as standard. Blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, a head-up display, and front and rear parking sensors are available.

The Accord gets five out of five stars in the NHTSA’s frontal crash, side crash, and rollover tests. It’s also an IIHS Top Safety Pick and scored the top rating in all six of the organization’s crash tests.

2019 Honda Ridgeline
$29,990 | U.S. News Safety Score: 9.9/10 | U.S. News Overall Score: 8.8/10

According to the NHTSA, the 2019 Honda Ridgeline earns a five-star overall crash test rating. The IIHS gives it a Good rating in every test and a Top Safety Pick designation. If you want any active safety features other than a rearview camera, you have to move up trims. Available advanced driver assistance equipment includes blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, front and rear parking sensors, and the Honda LaneWatch blind spot camera.

You can equip the Ridgeline with the Honda Sensing suite, which comes with lane keep assist, road departure mitigation, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and adaptive cruise control.

2018 Hyundai Tucson
$22,550 | U.S. News Safety Score: 9.8/10 | U.S. News Overall Score: 8.4/10

The Hyundai Tucson receives a Top Safety Pick designation from the IIHS and earns the highest score in every crash test. Additionally, the NHTSA gives the SUV a five-star overall rating. The Tucson is available with blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, rear cross traffic alert, and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection.

Most of the Tucson’s active safety features come in the SEL trim, which is only one step above the base and adds $1,250. However, to get automatic emergency braking, you have to choose the top-tier Tucson Limited. According to the IIHS, the Tucson also earns the highest rating of Superior for front crash prevention when outfitted with the technology.

2018 Lexus GS
$46,510 | U.S. News Safety Score: 10/10 | U.S. News Overall Score: 8.5/10

The Lexus GS gets praise for its stacked list of standard safety tech. Most active safety features offered in the GS come standard. Every GS includes automatic high beams, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection. Only a head-up display, parking sensors, and rain-sensing windshield wipers are available in addition to the standard equipment.

The GS has only undergone limited crash testing by the IIHS. It receives a Good rating in the moderate overlap front, side impact, and roof strength tests. The NHTSA has not yet evaluated the Lexus.

2018 Audi Q5
$41,500 | U.S. News Safety Score: 9.8/10 | U.S. News Overall Score: 8.9/10

The fully redesigned 2018 Audi Q5 gets a Good rating in all six IIHS crash tests and a Top Safety Pick designation. It also earns a five-star overall rating from the NHTSA. The Q5 comes standard with Audi Pre Sense Basic and Audi Pre Sense City. Pre Sense Basic readies the SUV for a potential collision by tightening the seat belts, preparing the brakes, and closing the windows and sunroof. Pre Sense City combines forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, and automatic braking at speeds up to 52 mph.

Available active safety features in the Q5 include a surround-view camera, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, front and rear park assist, and Vehicle Exit Assist, which alerts passengers when there is approaching traffic to assure a safe exit.

2019 Acura MDX
$44,300 | U.S. News Safety Score: 9.8/10 | U.S. News Overall Score: 8.5/10

The 2019 Acura MDX receives a five-star overall crash test rating from the NHTSA. The IIHS named the MDX a Top Safety Pick after earning the top score of Good on every test. The MDX comes standard with road departure mitigation, lane keep assist, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and adaptive cruise control.

Several other advanced driver assistance technologies are available, including blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, a surround-view camera, a head-up warning for emergency braking, and front and rear parking sensors.

2018 Mazda6
$21,950 | U.S. News Safety Score: 9.8/10 | U.S. News Overall Score: 8.5/10

Few midsize cars have a base price as low as the Mazda6. Nonetheless, it comes standard with a handful of desirable active safety features, including rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, and Mazda’s Smart City Brake Support, which works to prevent rear-end collisions at low speeds.

Moreover, the Mazda6 offers an array of available advanced driver assistance technologies, such as a head-up display, a surround-view camera, traffic sign recognition, rain-sensing windshield wipers, adaptive headlights, rear parking sensors, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, and Advanced Smart City Brake Support.

The Mazda6 receives a five-star overall crash test rating from the NHTSA and a Good rating in every IIHS evaluation.

2019 Mazda CX-9
$32,280 | U.S. News Safety Score (2018): 10/10 | U.S. News Overall Score: 8.4/10

The 2019 Mazda CX-9 receives positive reviews for its expansive list of active safety features. It includes blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and Smart City Brake Support as standard. Available driver assistance systems include automatic high beams, adaptive headlights, rain-sensing windshield wipers, traffic sign recognition, a surround-view camera, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality, front and rear parking sensors, Smart Brake Support (forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking), and Advanced Smart City Brake Support, which adds pedestrian detection.

The NHTSA gives the CX-9 a five-star overall crash test rating. IIHS ratings are not yet available for the 2019 CX-9, but the mechanically similar 2018 model aced every crash test.

2018 Land Rover Range Rover
$87,350 | U.S. News Safety Score: N/A | U.S. News Overall Score: 8.3/10

Like other pricey, high-end vehicles, the Land Rover Range Rover has not undergone crash testing. However, it offers an impressive list of advanced driver assistance technologies. Lane departure warning, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and front and rear parking sensors come standard.

Optional features include driver drowsiness monitoring, traffic sign recognition, a head-up display, a surround-view camera, lane keep assist, rear cross traffic alert, active park assist, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, and a clear exit monitor that alerts rear-seat passengers if oncoming traffic is present so they may safely exit the vehicle.

2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
$52,950 | U.S. News Safety Score: 10/10 | U.S. News Overall Score: 8.7/10

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class includes active brake assist, driver drowsiness monitoring, a rearview camera, and crosswind assist as standard. A multitude of active safety features are available, including active park assist, lane keep assist, a head-up display, traffic sign recognition, a surround-view camera, automatic emergency braking, and adaptive cruise control. Evasive steering assist – which can autonomously steer around pedestrians – is also optional, as well as the Mercedes’ Pre-Safe Plus system that prepares the car for an impending collision by closing the windows and tightening the seat belts.

The E-Class earns five stars in all individual NHTSA crash tests and receives top honors from the IIHS. It scores a Good rating in every test and is designated as a Top Safety Pick+.

2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class
$89,900 | U.S. News Safety Score: N/A | U.S. News Overall Score: 9.0/10

Like other super luxury cars, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class doesn’t undergo crash testing. It does offer a substantial list of standard and available advanced driver assistance features, however. Blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, crosswind assist, driver drowsiness monitoring, and Mercedes’ Pre-Safe come standard.

You can opt for lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, active steering assist, evasive steering assist, route-based speed adaptation, active blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, night vision assist, a surround-view camera, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, a head-up display, Pre-Safe Rear, Pre-Safe Impulse Side, Pre-Safe Plus, and active park assist.

2019 Subaru Ascent
$31,995 | U.S. News Safety Score: 10/10 | U.S. News Overall Score: 8.5/10

The brand-new 2019 Subaru Ascent gets the top rating of Good in every IIHS crash test and is a 2018 Top Safety Pick+. It hasn’t been evaluated by the NHTSA. Standard active safety features include lane keep assist, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and adaptive cruise control. Optional advanced safety systems include a surround-view camera, automatic high beams, rear cross traffic alert, lane change assist, blind spot monitoring, and reverse automatic braking, which is a unique feature not found in many vehicles.

2018 Tesla Model 3
$46,000 | U.S. News Safety Score: TBD | U.S. News Overall Score: 9.0/10

The Tesla Model 3 receives a perfect five-star rating from the NHTSA. The IIHS has yet to crash test the car, but gives it a Superior for its front crash prevention. Our safety score is still to be determined until more crash test data is available.

The all-electric Model 3 comes equipped with forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and front and rear parking sensors. Several other active safety features are available, including lane keep assist, lane change assist, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, active park assist, and a summon feature. Many of these driver assistance systems are part of Tesla’s Autopilot semi-autonomous technology.

2019 Volvo XC90
$47,700 | U.S. News Safety Score: 9.8/10 | U.S. News Overall Score: 8.2/10

Volvo is known as a champion when it comes to vehicle safety, as well as advanced driver assistance features, and the 2019 XC90 is no exception. The NHTSA gave it a five-star overall crash test rating and the IIHS gave the similar 2018 model the highest marks across the board.

Standard active safety features include blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane keep assist, road departure mitigation, adaptive cruise control, a following distance indicator, speed limit recognition, driver drowsiness monitoring, forward collision warning, oncoming collision mitigation, automatic emergency braking, and pedestrian, cyclist, and large animal detection. A number of these features are part of Volvo’s Pilot Assist semiautonomous driving function.

A head-up display, active park assist, front parking sensors, and a surround-view camera are available.

2019 Ford Mustang
$26,120 | U.S. News Safety Score (2018): 9.7/10 | U.S. News Overall Score: 8.9/10

The 2019 Ford Mustang hasn’t been crash tested, but it’s primarily a carryover from the 2018 model that received five stars overall from the NHTSA and Good ratings from the IIHS in four out of five tests administered.

Aside from a rearview camera, only Ford’s MyKey safety system is standard. However, an impressive list of advanced safety systems come in upper trims, such as automatic high beams, rain-sensing windshield wipers, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane keep assist, rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with pedestrian detection and automatic emergency braking.

2019 Kia Sorento
$25,990 | U.S. News Safety Score: 9.9/10 | U.S. News Overall Score: 8.6/10

The updated 2019 Kia Sorento offers a respectable list of active safety features, including some that are new for this model year. A surround-view camera, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane keep assist, driver drowsiness monitoring, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, and front and rear parking sensors are available.

According to the IIHS, the Sorento achieves a Good rating in every crash test. In addition, the NHTSA gives the crossover a five-star overall rating.

2018 Toyota Highlander
$31,230 | U.S. News Safety Score: 9.3/10 | U.S. News Overall Score: 8.7/10

While the Toyota Highlander earns the lowest U.S. News safety score on this list, it’s an IIHS Top Safety Pick and receives a Good rating in five IIHS crash tests. The IIHS also gives it a Superior rating for its front crash prevention technology. Additionally, the Highlander gets five stars overall from the NHTSA.

Standard advanced safety features include automatic high beams, lane keep assist, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, and adaptive cruise control. A handful of optional features are also available, like a surround-view camera, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, and front and rear parking sensors.

2018 Chevrolet Volt
$33,220 | U.S. News Safety Score: 10/10 | U.S. News Overall Score: 8.4/10

Chevrolet’s plug-in hybrid Volt comes equipped with Teen Driver, which allows you to set speed and volume limits for individual drivers. Available advanced driver assistance features include blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, rear cross traffic alert, rear parking sensors, active park assist, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and adaptive cruise control with a following distance indicator.

The Volt gets five stars in all three NHTSA crash tests. It also earns the top rating in every test performed by the IIHS and is designated as a Top Safety Pick.

2018 Volkswagen Atlas
$30,750 | U.S. News Safety Score: 9.8/10 | U.S. News Overall Score: 8.4/10

The all-new 2018 Volkswagen Atlas receives a five-star overall rating from the NHTSA. The IIHS gives it a Good rating in all six tests administered. In addition, it’s an IIHS Top Safety Pick.

The Atlas comes standard with automatic post-collision braking. After the airbags deploy, the feature minimizes the potential for subsequent collisions by applying the brakes for as long as necessary to assure that the SUV comes to complete stop. Available advanced driver assistance systems include lane departure warning, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and front and rear park assist.

Source: U.S. News
Author: Steven Loveday

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