This Year’s Best Crash Ratings

March 12, 2017 •

This Year's Best Crash Ratings(Image via Ford)

2017 has been a good year for innovation, but its safety ratings have been surprisingly low. That said, several vehicles stick out among the rest, safety-wise. Safety ratings are based upon government standards derived from laboratory tests. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently collected 82 vehicles from 2017’s model release year, dubbing them “Top Safety Picks” based upon in-depth crash ratings. If you want to stick to viability, safety and long-term comfort, check out the five vehicles we feel led the list:

1. The 2017 Ford Fusion

The first midsize sedan to win a Top Safety Pick+ designation, the 2017 Ford Fusion is well-equipped with optional front crash prevention system options to protect drivers and passengers alike. The IIHS dubbed it “superior” in its crash ratings. The Fusion has achieved first-placed scores across five crash tests. The model shows significant improvements over its 2016 version, which was second-best in its front overlap test.

2. The Audi A4

If you want a safe, reliable and comfortable ride, the Audi A4 is your best bet. The all-new A4 won this year’s Top Safety Pick+ designation while achieving top scores across every crash test. Its superior front crash prevention system and child safety anchors stick out, displaying amazing improvement from last year’s overlap test.

3. The Audi Q7

Another Audi selection, the all-new Audi Q7 was absent from last year’s 2016 model year. It did, however, succeed in the IIHS tests. It scored top ratings during rollovers, front overlap, head restraint, side crashes and roof strength. The Audi Q7 features today’s leading safety tech, including a virtual cockpit with an inclusive heads-up display.

4. The 2017 Kia Sorento

2017’s Top Safety Pick+ winner, the 2017 Sorento won eight awards across the board. Kia’s latest installation, today, exists as the safest midsize SUV available. Purchasable for $25,400, the 2017 Kia Sorento is both safe and affordable.

5. The 2017 Hyundai Elantra

This year’s Hyundai Elantra was the leading small car in the Top Safety Pick+ designation, equipped with an optional front crash prevention system. Its superior ratings are well-deserved, as the 2017 Elantra packs a variety of pedestrian detection features and auto-brake maneuvers.

This year’s safest vehicles, aside from the 2017 Kia Sorento, are rather small. That’s okay, though, because small-sized vehicles have historically lost out to larger options, where safety is concerned.