Saturday, September 28, 2013

Cadillac ATS, Subaru Outback, Mercedes-Benz C-Class among latest with 'superior' safety

The latest safety ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety are in and seven 2013 and 2014 models earned a 'superior rating,' including the Cadillac SRX, Subaru Legacy, and Volvo S60 and XC60. The Acura MDX, Audi A4 and Q5, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Lexus ES, and Mazda 6 all came out with 'advanced' ratings in the firm's high-tech safety test. 'Basic' ratings were awarded to 25 other cars and SUVs.
The 2014 Cadillac ATS was one of seven models to earn a "superior" safety rating
Seven new midsize cars and SUVs from the 2013 and 2014 model years earned "superior" ratings in a new test of high-tech safety features designed to prevent front-end crashes.
Another six got "advanced" ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, while 25 received "basic" ratings. Another 36 got no ratings because they either didn't have the features or their systems didn't meet the institute's standards.
Those receiving ratings had either forward collision alert systems, which warn drivers of a possible crash, or automatic braking, which can stop a car if a collision is pending. The highest-rated cars generally had both:

These vehicles got superior ratings:
Cadillac ATS and SRX, Subaru Legacy and Outback, Mercedes C-Class and Volvo S60 and XC60.

These cars and SUVs received advanced ratings:
Acura MDX, Audi A4 and Q5, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Lexus ES, Mazda 6.

These vehicles received basic ratings:
Acura ZDX; BMW 3 series, X3; Chevrolet Equinox and Malibu; Dodge Durango; Ford Edge, Explorer, Flex, Fusion; GMC Terrain, Honda Accord and Crosstour; Infiniti Q50, QX50, QX60, QX70; Jeep Cherokee, Lexus IS and RX; Lincoln MKT, MKX, MKZ; Mercedes GLK, M-Class.

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