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The Safest Autos and Crossovers for 2014

Volvo XC60 - Top Safety PickVolvo XC60 - Top Safety Pick

In light of the record number of autos recalled already this year auto safety should be high on the list of considerations when shopping for a new vehicle. While safety features continue to improve every year, all autos are not created equal and some are definitely safer than others. Forbes recently compiled a list of the “safest” 2014 cars and crossovers. Here are 6 from that list to consider in your shopping as we come to the halfway point of this year and start looking forward to the arrival of the new 2015 models.

Top Safety Picks for 2014:

Midsize Car: Subaru Legacy/Outback – Subaru has two vehicles named as safest midsize with the Legacy passenger car and the Outback Crossover SUV when equipped with EyeSight forward crash avoidance, which will apply the brakes if an impending collision is detected.

Full-Size Car: Chevrolet Impala – In the top-of-the-line trim level of the Impala Chevy has introduced “collision mitigation braking”, which uses radar technology to apply the brakes when it sense a collision and camera technology to alert the driver both visually and  audibly of potential crash threats. Brake pre-fill, lane departure warnings, blind-zone alert, and rear cross traffic alert are all additional features that add to the safety of the Impala along with 10 airbags.

SUV/Crossover: Volvo XC60 – Advanced safety features include Volvo’s Ready Alert Braking system and Volvo's City Safety system, which utilizes an infrared sensor to automatically apply the brakes at slow speeds when an imminent collision is detected. Hill descent control is also standard and a technology package is available with adaptive cruise control, collision warning with pedestrian detection and lane departure warnings.

Luxury Car: Hyundai Genesis – The optional Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) system, uses sensor fusion technology to help avoid a potential collision or reduce its impact. Smart cruise control, emergency steering support mode, blind spot detection system, lane departure warning system, high beam assist, and nine airbags add to the safety of the vehicle. In addition, a world-first CO2 sensor control system ensures that the cabin maintains a safe level of fresh air at all times.  

Luxury Car: Infiniti Q50 – Infiniti’s Active Lane Control utilizes a rearview mirror-mounted camera that reads lane markings and helps the system adapt to changing road surfaces with small steering corrections. Infiniti’s predictive forward collision warning with automated emergency braking, blind spot warning, blind spot intervention, and backup collision intervention all make this sports sedan a top safety pick.

Luxury Car: Volvo S80 – The Volvo S80 is equipped with many of the same safety features as the XC60 with low speed crash avoidance standard and many more safety features available in option packages.

Considering Volvo prides themselves on safety it should be no surprise that 3 of their vehicles made the Forbes list of top 13. For the rest of the list and information on how vehicles were selected using NHTSA and IIHS crash test data click here.  When you are ready to start shopping for the best deal on your next auto let AutoBuying101.com help you get dealer quotes and compare prices.