According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 13 models have earned high marks for the new frontal crash prevention systems.
IIHS is rating vehicles with standard or optional front crash prevention systems as basic, advanced and superior depending if they offer autobrake or autonomous braking and how efficient it is in tests at 25 and 12 mph. The vehicles which are rated superior, feature autobrake and are able to avoid a crash or at least substantially reduce speeds in both tests.
“Front crash prevention systems can add a thousand dollars or more to the cost of a new car. Our new ratings let consumers know which systems offer the most promise for the extra expense,” says David Zuby, IIHS chief research officer.
Although the collision warning alerts the driver when the vehicle is about to crash another one in front of it, the system cannot stop or slow down the vehicle. Other autobrake systems have been designed to stop or slow down the vehicle to avoid a crash if the driver does not steer out of the way or brake in response to a warning.
“The point of autobrake systems is to help inattentive drivers avoid rear-ending another car. It’s clear that the ability to automatically brake for both stopped and moving vehicles prevents the most crashes,” Zuby said.
IIHS has evaluated 74 vehicles, all 2013-2014 models, from which seven got the superior rating when equipped with forward collision warning systems and optional autobrake: XC60 SUV, Volvo S60 sedan, Outback wagon, Subaru Legacy sedan, Mercedes-Benz C- Class sedan, SRX SUV and Cadillac ATS sedan.
Six of them got the advanced rating: the 2014 Mazda 6 sedan, Lexus ES sedan, 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV, Q5 SUV, Audi A4 sedan and 2014 Acura MDX SUV. The advanced rating was earned by the Volvo S60 and XC60.