If you are looking for the safest cars on the road today, there are five with new technology that stand out among all the others on the road and two that stand head and shoulders above the rest. The IIHS just completed a new safety test program that rates the performance of high-tech front crash prevention systems on 2013-2014 models. There were only seven cars out of 74 2013-2014 models that were tested that scored a rating of “Superior” in the new IIHS Front Crash Prevention (FCP) test program.
The seven vehicles that received the highest rating were the Cadillac ATS and SRX, Subaru Legacy and Outback, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Volvo S60 and XC60. Six other vehicles received a lower rating of “Advanced” and 25 vehicles received a “Basic” rating in the test. All these vehicles come with new high-tech safety features, but the Subaru technology is clearly the best.
Subaru stands head and shoulders above the competition
There are two Subaru vehicles that scored the highest rating of six points in the IIHS test and it's no surprise to Torque News readers. We have been reporting here that Subaru has the safest cars on the planet. The 2013-2014 Subaru Outback crossover and 2013-2014 Subaru Legacy sedan scored better than all other vehicles tested. Subaru hasn’t just come out of nowhere to get these high scores. They have been doing extensive safety testing since the 1960s.
Subaru uses a new safety system called Eyesight that gives the driver a pre-warning if there is a potential driving hazard ahead. It works like a second pair of eyes using three-dimensional images captured by cameras mounted at the top of the windshield. Audible and visual warnings signal the driver to take action. The new safety system will also apply automatic braking intervention, when necessary, to help avoid or reduce the severity of a detected frontal collision. This Subaru safety system scored highest among all other competitors.
Keep your eye on Mercedes-Benz
Mercedes-Benz is another automaker who has the world’s finest safety technology in the world, and is an automaker to keep your eye on. The German automaker's popular new C-Class was one of the seven who received a “Superior” rating and scored five points out of a possible six. The C-Class is the best-selling Mercedes model around the globe and there is good reason for its popularity. It's one of the safest vehicles on the planet.
The Mercedes-Benz safety system that the C-Class uses is called DISTRONIC PLUS. It’s a driver assistance system which combines automatic speed regulation with proximity control in relation to a vehicle traveling in front. It uses an automated response using advanced radar sensors vigilantly scanning traffic ahead for stopped or slowing traffic. It utilizes a PRE-SAFE Brake feature that automatically initiates up to 40% braking power and audibly alerts the driver. 100% braking pressure is instantly applied when the driver touches the brakes.
While the 2013-2014 Subaru Outback crossover and 2013-2014 Legacy sedan stand head and shoulders above the rest, the 2013-2014 Mercedes C-Class is also among the safest cars on the road today. Stay tuned to Torque News as we bring you more in-depth stories on these two brand's safety features.