Sales of full-size SUVs and crossovers have increased in the U.S., so much that you can call ‘2014’ the Year of the Truck.
It seems 2015 is going to be the same. Together with the reasonably set prices and amazing performance of recent small and midsize SUVs, it does not take a genius to find out why Americans move in the direction of this vehicle segment.
Drivers worried about the safety of their family members inside the vehicle will do the right move if they choose a midsize SUVs or crossovers. Crash tests done by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) have exposed 16 small or midsize SUVs that are suitable of either Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick+ designation for this 2015 model year.
Here are the safest SUVs and crossovers titled with Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS for the 2015.
1. 2015 Mazda CX-5
Can you imagine you desired the most beneficial SUV on the market but you cannot spend more than $25,000? The Mazda CX-5 might end up being the great answer, and with its Top Safety Pick+ designation for 2015, you might simply cover all the bases.
Mazda offers a 35 miles per gallon on the open highway, and this is even better than hybrid SUVs can deal with. Which is pretty good for the base of $21,545.
In the crash tests, the CX-5 won maximum rating in every one of the 5 categories — small front overlap, roof strength, moderate front overlap, side, head restraints and seats — and handled an “Advanced” rating in frontal crash prevention with the optional Smart City Brake Support.
2. 2015 Honda CR-V
Honda’s CR-V is the eighth-best selling vehicle in America, so it is most likely that the consumers won’t need an introduction to the Honda CR-V ($23,320).
While not exactly as efficient (34 miles per gallon) or budget friendly as the CX-5, Honda’s compact crossover comes awfully close. It also paired the CX-5’s score (“Good) in each of the 5 crash tests mentioned before and in this way earns its Top Safety Pick+ award for 2015.
In fact, the CR-V beat the Mazda’s crossover by getting a “Superior” rating for front crash prevention. The IIHS also states that the CR-V can be placed in elite company when it comes equipped with the optional Collision Mitigation Brake System.
3. 2015 Subaru Forester
Subaru’s Forester is best-selling vehicle that had managed to gain 31% over its performance the prior year and rushed to the top 30 in U.S. automobile sales.
Comes with a standard four-wheel drive, 32 highway miles per gallon, and its price of $22,195 will do that for a SUV.
Its Top Safety Pick+ designation for 2015 also cannot hurt. Forester completes each of the 5 IIHS crash tests and also secured a “Superior” rating for optional front crash prevention on the merits of the optional EyeSight package.
4. 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander
Although the Outlander (GT) Sport is Mitsubishi’s best-selling product in the U.S., the ES ($23,195) and SE ($24,195) trims are the safest.
The IIHS granted the 2015 Outlander Top Safety Pick+ honors for its ideal scores in each of the 5 crash tests and with the title “Advanced” front crash prevention system with the optional Forward Collision Mitigation System.
Mitsubishi might not be a mass seller in the U.S., but it offers a winner in the Outlander, which provides over half of the brand’s sales. And in the time when the plug-in version of this vehicle will come, its possibilities can simply be just brighter.
5. 2015 Toyota Highlander
Toyota’s Highlander is the only budget friendly midsize vehicle ($29,415) to receive the Top Safety Pick+ designation from the IIHS in 2015.
Getting there took an “Acceptable” rating in the small overlap frontal crash test and greatest scores in the remaining 4 categories, plus an “Advanced” rating for its available front crash prevention system.
Drivers can have the complete slate of safety features having the optional Pre-Collision System in the Highlander’s Advanced Technology Package.