The big and plush Acura RLX may be a slow seller, but it gets top scores across the board in both IIHS’ and NHTSA’s crash tests. The RLX also comes standard with a full array of advanced accident avoidance features, including blind spot and rear cross-traffic warnings, lane departure warning, and lane keeping assist systems, and a forward collision warning with a Superior-rated (by the IIHS) forward auto-braking system.
The Audi A3 sedan comes standard with forward collision warning plus a low-speed auto-braking system that can help avoid fender-benders; a high-speed auto-braking system is optional, as is the full range of high-tech accident avoidance features. Be aware that this is the smallest and lightest luxury car on our list, and despite its lofty ratings and sophisticated features, the laws of physics dictate that it can’t be expected to perform as well in a crash with a larger and heavier car or truck.
As with its smaller A3 sibling, the Audi A4 sedan gets top marks from both NHTSA and the IIHS for crashworthiness, and it comes standard with a collision warning system and low-speed auto-braking, with higher-speed auto-braking and four other advanced safety systems optional.
The posh and potent midsize Genesis G80 (formerly known as the Hyundai Genesis) not only gets top scores in all conducted crash tests, it comes standard with forward collision warning, both city and highway-speed auto-braking systems, along with blind spot, lane departure, and cross-traffic alerts, and a lane keeping system.
The Genesis G90 is the brand’s largest car; it was originally badged as the Hyundai Equus before the company launched its Genesis luxury division. The G90 gets top marks for safety from the IIHS, but has yet to be crash-tested by NHTSA. As with the G80 above, it comes standard with the full assortment of high-tech safety features including a top-rated forward auto-braking system.
The popular midsize Lexus ES 350 has long been a safe and sane choice among luxury sedans, getting top marks in crash tests and coming standard with a top-performing forward collision warning and auto-braking system, and a lane departure warning system with a lane-keeping function. A blind-spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert is optional.
The Lexus IS sedan is a BMW 3 Series fighter that stands out by virtue of its Superior-rated auto-braking system and assortment of standard accident-avoidance features, including forward collision warning, forward auto-braking, and a lane departure warning system with a lane-keeping function. A blind-spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert is optional, while all of the above features are extra-cost items in the Beemer.
Elegantly styled and a solid overall performer, the midsize Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan gets top marks in crash tests and comes standard with a Superior-rated forward collision warning/auto-braking system, though all the other essential high-tech accident avoidance systems are optional.
The Volvo V60 is the station wagon version of the above S60 sedan, and like that model it aces all the requisite crash tests, comes standard with the aforementioned low-speed auto-braking system, and offers a highway-speed version optional, along with forward collision, lane departure, blind spot, and rear cross traffic warnings, and a lane keeping system.
The Volvo S60 sedan is sportier to drive than some past Volvo owners might expect, yet it retains the brand’s reputation for safety with top marks in both IIHS and NHTSA crash tests, and by offering a wide assortment of the latest safety features. It’s auto-braking features are Superior rated by the IIHS, with a low-speed “City Safety” system coming standard that can brake to avoid hitting other cars, bicyclists, pedestrians, and even large animals like deer and elk.
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