8 SUVs With the Highest Safety Scores

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What are the safest SUV’s? Millions of Americans drive vehicles like these, and families are dependent on the vehicles to keep them safe in the event of a crash.

For many new SUV buyers, no characteristic is more important than safety. That’s why we’ve researched a list of the eight SUVs with the top safety scores.

The SUVs on the list represent a wide range of sizes and prices. There are subcompact SUVs that scored as well as the larger three-row SUVs; however, it is important to note that, as the IIHS says on their site, “Larger, heavier vehicles generally afford more protection than smaller, lighter ones.”

A small vehicle with excellent safety scores isn’t necessarily safer than a large vehicle with lower scores.

Honda CR-V

The 2016 Honda CR-V earned a five-star overall rating from NHTSA and a Top Safety Pick Plus rating from IIHS. To earn a Top Safety Pick Plus rating, a vehicle must be available with automatic pre-collision braking. The CR-V is available with automatic pre-collision braking, lane keep assist and a passenger-side blind spot camera. A rearview camera is standard.

Hyundai Tucson

Like the Honda CR-V, the Hyundai Tucson earned a five-star overall rating from NHTSA and a Top Safety Pick Plus rating from IIHS. The Tucson comes standard with a rearview camera, and it is available with automatic pre-collision braking, lane departure warning, pedestrian detection, and rear cross traffic alert.

Buick Encore

The Buick Encore earned a five-star overall rating from NHTSA. Unlike the Honda CR-V and the Hyundai Tucson, it did not get a Top Safety Pick Plus rating, because it is not available with automatic pre-collision braking. However, it earned top scores in every IIHS crash test, and it is available with forward collision warning, so it is still a Top Safety Pick. The Encore comes standard with a rearview camera. Blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, and forward collision warning are optional.

Chevrolet Trax

The Chevy Trax comes standard with a rearview camera, but is not available with any advanced safety features, including forward collision warning, so it did not earn IIHS’ Top Safety Pick rating. However, it earned top scores in every IIHS crash test, and a five-star overall rating from NHTSA.

Acura RDX

The Acura RDX has a Top Safety Pick Plus rating from IIHS and a five-star overall rating from NHTSA. It comes standard with a rearview camera. Several new safety options were added from 2016, including automatic pre-collision braking and lane keep assist.

Volvo XC60

The Volvo XC60 has IIHS’ Top Safety Pick Plus rating and NHTSA’s five-star overall rating. Optional safety features include automatic pre-collision braking, a rearview camera, cyclist and pedestrian detection, driver drowsiness monitoring, lane departure warning, and blind spot monitoring.

Acura MDX

The Acura MDX gained several new advanced safety options for 2016, including road departure prevention and pedestrian detection with automatic braking. It earned IIHS’ Top Safety Pick Plus rating and NHTSA’s five-star overall rating.

Kia Sorento

The Kia Sorento earned a five-star overall rating from NHTSA. The Sorento is not available with automatic pre-collision braking, so it didn’t earn a Top Safety Pick Plus rating from IIHS. However, it is available with forward collision warning, so it is a Top Safety Pick. Other available safety features include a 360-degree camera system, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and lane departure warning.