How do you know which vehicles really have the best safety records? As a parent, safety is of paramount importance to me now.
There is one major objective source for rating the safest vehicles and that is the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS). It is a national organization that provides top-notch research and names the top safety picks annually. IIHS conducts vehicle tests to determine crash worthiness — how well a vehicle protects its occupants in a crash. It also rates vehicles for front crash prevention, systems that warn the driver or brake automatically to avoid a collision. The vehicles that perform best in the tests qualify for “top safety pick” or “top safety pick +” which was added in 2013.
According to the IIHS, “to qualify for 2016 top safety pick, a vehicle must earn good ratings in five crash worthiness tests — small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints — as well as a basic rating for front crash prevention.
To qualify for 2016 top safety pick+, a vehicle must earn good ratings in the five crash worthiness tests and an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention.”
At Jaffarian Volvo Toyota Scion, we are so proud to represent these top safety picks+. This is our own Hall of (Safety) Fame in nearly every category:
Minicars: 2016 Scion iA
Large family cars: 2016 Toyota Avalon with optional front crash prevention
Midsize luxury SUVs: 2016 Volvo XC60 and XC90
Large luxury cars: 2016 Volvo S80
Small SUVs: 2016 Toyota RAV4
Midsize moderately priced cars: 2016 Toyota Camry with optional front crash prevention and the 2016 Toyota Prius v with optional front crash prevention
Midsize luxury/near luxury cars: 2016 Volvo S60 and 2016 Volvo V60.
For teens or others looking for a pre-owned vehicle, the IIHS also makes recommendations for pre-owned vehicles. The IIHS recommends the following in the best used vehicles category:
Small SUVs: Toyota RAV4
Minivans: Toyota Sienna
Pick-up Trucks: Toyota Tundra crew cab (Double Cab)
There you have it! If you’d like to come see these award-winning vehicles for safety, please visit us at Jaffarian Volvo Toyota Scion.