[March 8, 2023](Comprehensive report by Epoch Times reporter Xia Yu) Safety is the most important thing for a car purchased by a family.andcrash testis measurecar safetyOne of the best ways to assess a car’s safety is by looking at the results. Which SUVs pass this test with flying colors?
The family car market was once dominated by sedans and SUVs. But over the past decade, the market for SUVs and crossovers has exploded. Buyers tend to be drawn to larger SUVs, valuing visibility and safety. However, most of these vehicles are four-wheel drive and somewhat expensive to maintain for many.
When manufacturers started rolling out more compact and often two-wheel-drive SUVs, the demand was even more off-scale. As a result, automakers are scrambling to fill every niche imaginable.
Driving safety is the most important consideration for buyers.The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) iscrash testWork. By looking at ratings from these agencies, consumers can find out which car models are likely to be the safest.
Here are the 10 safest SUVs based on those crash tests.
1. 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLC, NHTSA 5 Star Safety Rating
First launched in 2016, the Mercedes-Benz GLC is one of the most premium models in the compact SUV segment. The car is powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 255 horsepower. As standard, this Mercedes comes with a 10.25-inch touchscreen and smartphone integration system.
NHTSA testing found that the GLC offers passengers a very high level of safety. They awarded the car 5/5 stars for frontal crash, side crash and overall safety.
2. 2022 Buick Encore, NHTSA Five-Star Safety Rating
Starting at $27,000, the 2022 Buick Encore is affordable. The car is particularly compact, making it a good choice for those who live in restricted areas of the city.
The car performed well in NHTSA testing, scoring 5/5 stars in frontal crash, side crash and overall safety.
3. 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLE, NHTSA Five-Star Safety Rating
The mid-size SUV Mercedes-Benz GLE combines a powerful and domineering design with luxurious driving configuration. Solid wood, luxurious leather and classic metals enhance the GLE’s interior. The base model is the $57,000 GLE350, powered by a 255-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder.
When it comes to safety, the GLE excels. The car received 5/5 stars in the NHTSA crash test. The GLE has a host of standard safety features, such as a standard blind-spot monitoring system including a rear cross-traffic alert that reduces the likelihood of collisions in parking lots.
4. 2022 Subaru Forester, NHTSA Five-Star Safety Rating
The rugged Subaru Forester is another great option. Priced at $27,000, the car manages to incorporate a boxy but utilitarian design. The Forester is equipped with a 182-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. The car isn’t quick to accelerate, with a 0-60 mph time of 9.2 seconds, however, it should be more than enough for most buyers.
In NHTSA’s crash tests, the Forester received an excellent 5/5 star rating for overall safety.
5. 2022 Toyota Rav4 gets five-star NHTSA safety rating
The handsome Toyota Rav4 is especially suitable for young families. As standard, the model comes with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 203 horsepower.
In NHTSA testing, the Rav4 earned an impressive 5/5 star rating for overall safety. The car comes with a host of standard safety tech, including Dynamic Brake Control, which helps reduce the risk of rear-end collisions.
6. 2022 Kia Sportage, NHTSA Five-Star Safety Rating
This Kia Sportage benefits from a major exterior redesign for the 2022 model year. The updated model represents the fifth generation of the model.
The model received a 5-star overall safety rating from NHTSA testing that should withstand a crash if it hits a utility pole or other cylindrical object, earning a 5/5-star rating in the “side pole obstacle” test.
7. 2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer, NHTSA Five-Star Safety Rating
The Chevrolet Traverse starts at just under $25,000. Similar to other models, Chevrolet will provide owners with a three-year, 36,000-mile warranty.
The Tron received a 5/5 in NHTSA testing, and the car includes a number of advanced safety systems as standard equipment, from lane departure warnings to imminent collision braking and more.
8. 2022 Toyota Highlander, NHTSA Five-Star Safety Rating
Aimed at the family market, the car offers convenient three-row seating. The Highlander is powered by a 295-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6.
In NHTSA crash tests, the car earned an impressive 5 stars overall. The probability of the car overturning is very low, only 16.4%.
9. 2022 Nissan Murano, NHTSA Five-Star Safety Rating
The Nissan Murano is an excellent choice for buyers looking for a relatively affordable yet desirable SUV. Starting at around $35,000, it’s a solid value. Premium soft leather is everywhere in the car’s interior, as is the stylish wood trim.
The Murano is rated 5 stars by NHTSA, especially for protecting front-seat passengers.
10. 2022 Honda HR-V, NHTSA Five-Star Safety Rating
The subcompact Honda HR-V combines unique exterior styling with a well-equipped interior. With “Honda Connect,” users can easily connect their smartphones to the 9-inch touchscreen infotainment screen. Both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are fully integrated.
In NHTSA crash tests, the car earned a 5-star overall safety rating.
Responsible editor: Li Huanyu#