13 models earn high ratings in front crash test

13 models earn high ratings in front crash test

In a new test program by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rating the performance of front crash prevention systems, seven vehicles earned the top rating and six models did very well.

Moderately priced and luxury midsize cars and SUVs were the first to be evaluated. The IIHS tested 74 vehicles, all 2013 models. Earning the highest rating were the Cadillac ATS and SRX, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Subaru Legacy and Outback, Volvo S60 and XC60. The next highest rating was given to the 2014 Acura MDX, Audi A4 and Q5, 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, Lexus ES and 2014 Mazda 6.

The test, done at 12 and 25 mph, is designed to help consumers decide which features to consider and encourage automakers to speed adoption of the technology. It is based on research by the Highway Loss Data Institute indicating that forward collision warning and automatic braking systems help drivers avoid front-to-rear crashes. Front crash prevention systems can add $1,000 or more to the price of a new car.

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