Mercedes-Benz C-Class earns top award

ARLINGTON, Va. — The 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is the latest winner of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's Top Safety Pick+ award.

ARLINGTON, Va. — The 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is the latest winner of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's Top Safety Pick+ award.

The midsize luxury car earns good ratings in all five of the Institute's crashworthiness evaluations — small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints.

It also has a standard front crash prevention system that earns an advanced rating. An additional, optional system boosts the car's front crash prevention rating to superior.

Although the C-Class was redesigned for 2015, IIHS only recently evaluated it for crashworthiness. In the challenging small overlap test, the car's structure held up well with maximum intrusion into the occupant compartment of 4 inches. That was a big improvement over the earlier generation of the C-Class, which had intrusion of 20 inches at the footrest and earned a marginal rating.

Also notable are the results of the roof strength test. The C-Class was found to have a strength-to-weight ratio of 7, among the highest ever registered. A ratio of 4 or higher is required for a good rating. Roof strength is important for protection in a rollover crash.

To qualify for 2016 Top Safety Pick+, a vehicle must earn good ratings in the five IIHS crashworthiness tests and an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention.

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2017 Kia Sedona earns Top Safety Pick+

ARLINGTON, Va. — The 2017 Kia Sedona qualifies for the highest award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, thanks to the addition of optional automatic braking technology.

ARLINGTON, Va. — The 2017 Kia Sedona qualifies for the highest award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, thanks to the addition of optional automatic braking technology.

Like earlier models, the 2017 Sedona earns good ratings across the board in IIHS crashworthiness evaluations. The addition of autobrake boosts the minivan's front crash prevention rating from basic to superior.

In IIHS track tests at 12 mph and 25 mph, a Sedona equipped with the new front crash prevention system avoided collisions. The system also includes a forward collision warning component that meets National Highway Traffic Safety Administration criteria.

To qualify for 2016 TOP SAFETY PICK+, a vehicle must earn good ratings in the small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests. It also must earn an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention.

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New Cadillac SUV earns Top Safety Pick+

ARLINGTON, Va. — The 2017 Cadillac XT5, a new midsize luxury SUV, qualifies for the top award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

ARLINGTON, Va. — The 2017 Cadillac XT5, a new midsize luxury SUV, qualifies for the top award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The XT5 earns good ratings in all five of the Institute's crashworthiness evaluations. When equipped with optional front crash prevention, it earns a superior or advanced rating, depending on the package selected.

When equipped with both Front Automatic Braking and Low-Speed Front Automatic Braking, the SUV earns a superior rating for front crash prevention. In the 12 mph IIHS track test, it consistently avoided a collision. In the 25 mph test, it avoided a collision in four out of five runs and slowed but didn't stop completely in the fifth.

When equipped with low-speed autobrake only, the XT5 earns an advanced rating. It avoided a collision in the 12 mph test, while in the 25 mph test, the impact speed was cut by 9 mph.

Both front crash prevention packages also include forward collision warning that meets National Highway Traffic Safety Administration criteria.

To qualify for a 2016 Top Safety Pick+ award, a vehicle must earn good ratings in the small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests. It also must have an available front crash prevention system that earns an advanced or superior rating.

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Buick Envision gets top honors

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Buick Envision, a new midsize SUV, qualifies for the Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Buick Envision, a new midsize SUV, qualifies for the Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The Envision is the first Chinese-built vehicle that IIHS has tested as part of its consumer ratings. It earns good ratings across the board for crashworthiness and is available with Front Automatic Braking, an advanced-rated front crash prevention system. A different system, Forward Collision Alert, earns a basic rating.

Front Automatic Braking is optional for both 2016 and 2017 models. Forward Collision Alert is standard on all 2016 Envisions not equipped with autobrake but is optional on 2017 models.

In the IIHS 12 mph track test, the Envision with the autobrake system avoided a collision. In the 25 mph test, its impact speed was reduced by 9 mph. The system also includes a forward collision warning component that meets National Highway Traffic Safety Administration criteria.

To qualify for 2016 Top Safety Pick+, a vehicle must earn good ratings in the small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests. It also must earn an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention.

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Chrysler Pacifica earns top award

ARLINGTON, Va. — The newly introduced Chrysler Pacifica is the first minivan to earn a 2016 Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

ARLINGTON, Va. — The newly introduced Chrysler Pacifica is the first minivan to earn a 2016 Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The minivan, which replaces the Chrysler Town & Country, has good ratings in the Institute's five crashworthiness tests. However, its good rating in the challenging small overlap front test applies only to Pacificas manufactured after August 2016, when changes were made to prevent the driver door from opening during a small overlap crash.

In the Pacifica's initial small overlap test, before those improvements were made, the door was torn from its hinges and came open at the front. Doors should never open in a crash because occupants could be ejected as a result.

Fiat Chrysler strengthened the upper hinge and reinforced the joint between the door hinge pillar and inner body panel in front of the pillar. In the second test, the door remained attached and closed, resulting in a good rating. In contrast, the Town & Country was rated poor for small overlap protection, due to severe intrusion into the driver space.

The Pacifica is available with an optional front crash prevention system, which earns a superior rating. In IIHS track tests at 25 mph and 12 mph, the vehicle avoided collisions. The system also gets credit for a forward collision warning component that meets National Highway Traffic Safety Administration criteria.

To qualify for a 2016 Top Safety Pick+ award, a vehicle must earn good ratings in the small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests. It also must have an available front crash prevention system that earns an advanced or superior rating.

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