These luxury SUVs get top scores in crash tests and come standard with top-rated auto-braking systems.
Luxury SUVs, including both the truck-based variety and the more car-like crossover models, now outsell upscale sedans, and offer a winning formula of poshness and practicality. Some of the latest luxury crossovers, particularly those from Jaguar and Porsche, are downright quick and nimble in their own right, and provide more accommodating alternatives to low-slung sports cars.
But which are the safest SUVs on the market for 2018, both in terms of occupant protection and accident avoidance? To answer that question, we combed the latest crash test results conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), as well as the latter’s performance testing of each vehicle’s forward auto-braking system (where available).
We’re featuring nine models in the accompanying slideshow – all of which are car-based crossovers – that not only received top marks in all crash tests conducted by both agencies (with one noted exception), but come standard with a forward collision warning/auto-braking system that’s received a “Superior” rating from the IIHS; that means the vehicle is able to avoid a crash or reduce speeds by at least 5 mph in two separate tests conducted at 12 and 25 mph. They also either come equipped with or offer most or all of the other must-have safety features that can help drivers steer clear of trouble, including blind-spot, rear cross-traffic, and lane departure warnings and a lane keeping assist system.
As with autos, both the NHTSA and IIHS tend to concentrate their efforts on high-volume mainstream models, which means costlier lower-volume models, like the Land Rover Range Rover and Maserati Levante remain unrated, as are often brand-new or fully redesigned models the organizations haven’t yet tested.