Today, rapid technological advances have enabled automakers to add a variety of exciting high tech and infotainment options to vehicles sold in the United States. Many new cars offer impressive sensor systems to alert drivers to possible roadway hazards, for instance. The availability of innovative safety systems offers hope for reducing the number and severity of vehicle accidents in the future.
If you’ve considered purchasing a brand with an outstanding safety record, checking the safest models from the previous year can help jumpstart this process. What 2016 vehicles sold in the United States obtained the best ratings in actual crash tests? Just consider some of the top contenders evaluated by the prestigious Insurance Institute for Highway Safety last year. All of these manufacturers include standard (not optional) front crash prevention systems in their products; several brands obtained the coveted designation of an IIHS Top Safety Pick +:
Several 2016 Volvo Models
Volvo has won respect in the auto industry for building very safe automobiles. The manufacturer gained recognition in 2016 as a top safety pick in several categories, including the midsize luxury/near luxury class (Volvo S60 and Volvo V60), the large luxury car class (Volvo S80), and the midsized luxury SUV class (Volvo XC60 and XC90). All of its models receiving a top IIHS safety pick plus designation performed well during extensive crashworthiness testing.
Volvo’s vehicles have gained popularity in the U.S. marketplace in part due to this impressive emphasis upon safety. By deciding to make front crash prevention systems a standard feature, the automaker emphasized the firm’s ongoing commitment to building brands equipped with state-of-the-art safety technology in mind.
The 2016 Scion iA (a Minicar)
The stylish 2016 Scion iA became the only vehicle in the minicar category to win an IIHS Top Safety Pick + last year. It received a good rating during tests in a full array of safety categories, including crash experiments designed to evaluate the integrity of the roof and head restraints and seats and crashworthiness during side impacts. This vehicle supplies a standard advanced front collision warning system designed to operate at low speeds and provide braking automatically before collisions. This innovation will likely help prevent some fender-benders. Toyota owns the Scion company and it provided great value with this sporty, fuel-efficient subcompact 2016 sedan!
Parents relying on the Scion’s child seat anchors latch system should take precautions during assembly, however; this feature obtained a marginal safety designation from the IIHS based on the difficulty of use. The device will anchor safety seats securely but vehicle owners may need to double check the owner’s manual to insure they install child seats correctly. (This year, the award-winning 2016 Scion iA morphed into Toyota’s 2017 Yaris iA.)
The 2016 Acura RLX (a Large Luxury Car)
Just like the Volvo S80, the 2016 Acura RLX includes a standard front crash prevention system. Customers do not need to purchase this technology separately. In fact, the sleekly sculpted RLX earned the distinction of a good rating in every IIHS test category, plus a superior front crash prevention crash avoidance and mitigation designation.
As a luxury sedan, the RLX offers a plush, intuitively designed cabin and sophisticated exterior elegance. The 2016 model significantly revised earlier versions of this vehicle, adding a host of new high tech safety technologies.
Vehicles with high safety ratings help reduce roadway casualties. If you do suffer the misfortune of becoming involved in an accident, you can locate information about your available legal options right here.