The 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class has joined the select crowd of US-available vehicles that earned the Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The midsize luxury sedan is now sitting next to models such as the Chrysler Pacifica, Honda Civic, Chevrolet Volt, Audi A4 or BMW X1. The German premium vehicle took home good ratings in all five of the IIHS crashworthiness evaluations — small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraints. The model received accolades for its front crash prevention system, which comes as standard on all trims – and an optional system can even bring the car’s front crash prevention rating to superior. The Institute said there are notable improvements when discussing the challenging small overlap test compared to the predecessor.


The new C-Class also got praised for the roof strength test, showing a strength-to-weight ratio of seven, among the best ever, with the IIHS pointing out that a ratio of four is sufficient to get the good mark. On the other hand, the model got low ratings in the headlights category with the Institute claiming visibility is “inadequate on both sides of the road,” while on curves, “visibility was inadequate in all four tests.” The IIHS introduced the headlights test recently, finding that many models have poor ratings.


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