For the first time, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tested the performance of front crash prevention systems. The test examined 74 vehicles, all 2013 and 2014 models, with seven vehicles earning the institute’s top “superior” grade. To earn this rating, the cars must be equipped with front collision-warning alert systems, which warn drivers of a potential crash, and automatic braking systems, which can stop a car if a collision is pending.
To test the crash prevention systems, the institute tested how effective it is in tests at 12 and 25 miles per hour. As many as five points could be awarded for the autobrake test. Vehicles also earned one point if they had a forward collision-warning system. The superior-rated vehicles demonstrated they could avoid a crash or substantially reduce their speeds in both tests.
See which cars made the top grade.