New Car Models Ranked in Latest IIHS Safety Tests

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Richard Drew/APCadillac's SRX SUV is a top safety pick.
Seven new midsize cars and SUVs from the 2013 and 2014 model years earned "superior" ratings in a new test of high-tech safety features designed to prevent front-end crashes.

Another six got "advanced" ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, while 25 received "basic" ratings. Another 36 got no ratings because they either didn't have the features or their systems didn't meet the institute's standards.

Those receiving ratings had either forward collision alert systems, which warn drivers of a possible crash, or automatic braking, which can stop a car if a collision is pending. The highest-rated cars generally had both:

These vehicles got superior ratings:
  • Cadillac ATS and SRX
  • Subaru Legacy and Outback
  • Mercedes C-Class
  • Volvo S60 and XC60
These cars and SUVs received advanced ratings:
  • Acura MDX
  • Audi A4 and Q5
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee
  • Lexus ES
  • Mazda 6
These vehicles received basic ratings:
  • Acura ZDX
  • BMW 3 series and X3
  • Chevrolet Equinox and Malibu
  • Dodge Durango
  • Ford Edge, Explorer, Flex and Fusion
  • GMC Terrain
  • Honda Accord and Crosstour
  • Infiniti Q50, QX50, QX60 and QX70
  • Jeep Cherokee, Lexus IS and RX
  • Lincoln MKT, MKX and MKZ
  • Mercedes GLK and M-Class

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