Many people buy SUVs because of their safety features: when it comes to the rules of the road, bigger is often better in terms of protection. But, while the typical SUV will generally be safer than the typical compact, not all SUVs are created equal. Some are quite a bit safer than others.
There are several factors that go into determining which SUVs are the safest. A car’s size, its features, and its crash rating (which is usually measured through careful testing) are all considered.
Top Picks for SUV Safety
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, five of the safest 2014 SUVs on the road include:
The Mercedes M Class: The 2014 Mercedes M Class features all kinds of airbags, including side airbags, front and rear head curtain airbags, front-seat mounted torso airbags, a driver knee airbag, and rear-seat mounted torso airbags. The M Class also offers a rollover sensor, antilock brakes, daytime running lights, and electronic stability control.
The Volvo XC90: Often synonymous with safety, the 2014 XC90 doesn’t disappoint the Volvo name. It offers side airbags (including head curtain airbags for all three rows and front-seat mounted torso airbags), rollover sensors (which deploys side curtain airbags if a rollover is imminent), and built in child restraints. It also features electronic stability control, antilock brakes, and daytime running lights.
The Mitsubishi Outlander: Like the M Class, much of the safety of the 2014 Outlander involves airbags – it offers side airbags, front and second row head curtain airbags, front-seat mounted torso airbags, and a driver knee airbag. It also offers rollover sensor, electronic stability control, antilock brakes, and daytime running lights.
The Mazda CX-5: The 2014 CX-5 features side airbags, front and rear head curtain airbags and front-seat mounted torso airbags, a rollover sensor, electronic stability control, antilock brakes, and daytime running lights.
The Chevrolet Equinox: Featuring the same perks as the CX-5, the Chevrolet Equinox also harbors affordability. It boasts a safety rating of 9.3 on a ten point scale from U.S. News & World Report
Other safest SUVs models for 2014 include the Nissan Rogue, Subaru Forester, Volvo CX60, GMC Terrain (the sister model of the Equinox), Acura MDX, and Toyota Highlander.
These safest 2014 SUVs represent a broad spectrum of SUVs and automakers from three continents. Not only get to your destination in style and in comfort, they also help take care of what matters most, driver and passenger safety.