We sifted through current IIHS data to identify the midsize and full-size sedans from the 2017 model year that not only register top marks in the Institute’s five separate crash tests , but garner “Superior” ratings for forward crash protection. That means they’re able to avoid a crash or substantially reduce speeds in two separate tests conducted at 12 and 25 mph, but – and here’s the catch – only when they’re properly equipped. To that end, we’re noting the availability of forward collision mitigation systems with each top-rated model below and what each car costs when so equipped (including the destination charge).
To help shoppers choose the safest small cars they can afford, we dove deep into testing data compiled by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and identified the following 13 models that, for 2017, earn top (“Good”) marks in each of the organization’s 5 crash tests, including front, side, roof strength, head restraint performance, and the more-recently added small overlap frontal test. Importantly, they further offer “Superior-rated” forward crash protection systems that will avoid a crash or substantially slow the vehicle, based on two separate tests conducted at 12 and 25 mph.