Safety is the priority with auto manufacturers when it comes to all car models and makes. However, the SUV has garnered the best ratings for safety according to the NHTSA.
For every buyer of an SUV or its Crossover, the best ratings in safety make it the most preferred model. The size, the 4-wheel drive, the airbags and the commanding view of the road makes it the safest car. An SUV with its best safety features is better than the other top models.
IIHS and NHTSA
IIHS and NHTSA test the vehicles in different ways. When a customer looks at both the scores they get a comprehensive picture of the crash performance of the SUV.
NHTSA performs simulations and crash tests where the score is one to five with five as the top score. The vehicle also receives rollover, side crash, frontal crash, and overall scores. Not every vehicle is tested; many low volume vehicles are never tested.
IIHS checks the child-seat attachment hardware, headlight effectiveness, and multiple crash tests. This organization is funded by the auto insurance industry. They have a scale of Good, acceptable, marginal, and poor. With the individual score, they also have an award for Top Safety Pick with designations to vehicles, which is the highest award. To get the TSP score you need a headlight score of “Good”. If it is without the headlight then the TSP has to be acceptable.
The testing criteria may change from one year to the next. All models need to have a rearview camera too. Every model that is mentioned has automatic emergency braking with forwarding collision warning.
Audi e-tron has the top most rating for all the tests. The test covers small overlap front driver side, small overlap front passenger side, moderate overlap front, side, roof, head restraints and seats, front crash prevention between vehicle to vehicle has a standard system, front crash prevention vehicle to pedestrian was not tested and the headlights and latch ease of use have received “Good” ratings.
Audi Q8 has also received “Good” in all but “Poor” in case of headlights and “Acceptable” in the vehicle to pedestrian frontal crash.
For midsize top luxury SUVs, the topmost rating goes to Acura RDX, BMW X5, Hyundai Nexo, and Lexus NX for their safety features.
Midsize SUVs the top most rated are Subaru Ascent, Hyundai Palisade, Hyundai Santa Fe, Volkswagen Tiguan for their safety features.
For small SUVs, the top-rated are Audi Q3, Lexus UX, Subaru Forester, Toyota RAV4, Volvo XC40, among others.
Full size SUVs
Full-size SUVs have survived many crises including hybrids, fuel crisis and the like. It can haul cargo, people, and tow trailers.
While you choose a luxurious SUV you want to make sure that the model passes the safety tests by both NHTSA and IIHS. All the listed SUVs have a four or five-star rating for their features.
Acura RDX has amazing safety features. It has the soft brake feel, with sharp handling and acceleration. It has won the IIHS top safety pick.
Audi Q8 has a sporty style and accelerates competently. The Premium Plus and Prestige trims have the Top Safety Pick status when it comes to the safety features of these top SUVs.