Top Safety Picks for 2017

January 5th, 2017 by


Vehicle safety continues to improve and innovate year after year and cars are safer than ever. Per the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), a record eighty-two 2017 vehicles are rated a Top Safety Pick based on crash testing. New this year is an even higher ranking, Top Safety Pick+, which 38 out of the 82 vehicles qualified for.

Standards for Top Safety Pick (TSP) include good ratings in five crashworthiness tests including front, side, head restraint, roof strength and small overlap frontal. Also, the vehicle must have an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention. To qualify for Top Safety Pick+ (TSP+), the vehicle must meet all the Top Safety Pick standards along with an acceptable or good headlight rating.

Some of our Favorite Top Safety Picks:
In the small cars category, the 2017 Acura ILX with optional Collision Mitigation Braking System and the 2017 Nissan Sentra with optional Forward Emergency Braking both earned the Top Safety Pick award. Standard safety features on all Acura ILX models include anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control, rearview camera, vehicle stability assist, and Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure. Some highlights of the standard safety features on all Nissan Sentra models are Nissan’s advanced air bag system, vehicle dynamic control with traction control system, Zone Body construction with front and rear crumple zones, anti-lock brakes and electronic stability control. The 2017 Acura RLX takes the award in the large luxury car category. All RLX models have all the latest safety features like forward collision braking system, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, road departure mitigation, and blind spot monitoring. Two Nissan midsize SUVs, the 2017 Nissan Murano and 2017 Nissan Pathfinder with optional front crash prevention, both qualify for TSP. Both SUVs have Nissan’s advanced air bag system, active brake limited slip, Zone Body construction and NissanConnect.

Top Safety Pick+ Honors:
Equipped with optional Forward Emergency Braking and LED headlights, the 2017 Nissan Altima and 2017 Nissan Maxima both take top honors in the midsize car category. Other advanced safety features available on the Altima and Maxima are blind spot warning, predictive forward collision warning, and rear cross traffic alert system. The 2017 Nissan Rogue with optional Forward Emergency Braking and LED headlights qualifies in the small SUV division. Along with Forward Emergency Braking, other available enhanced safety features include lane departure warning and departure prevention, moving object detection and NissanConnect. Earning the TSP+ award in the midsize luxury SUV category is the 2017 Acura RDX with optional Collision Mitigation Braking system and the 2017 Acura MDX. The RDX has the ACE body structure with available lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, tire pressure monitoring system, and vehicle stability assist with traction control and motion adaptive steering. The MDX lives up to the top honors with a host of standard advanced safety features including all the ones listed above on the RDX plus road departure mitigation, trailer stability assist, and adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow.

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