2013 Cadillac ATS, Subaru Outback Among Highest Scorers in New IIHS Safety Test


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    The 2013 Cadillac ATS with Forward Collision Alert and Automatic Collision Preparation got top marks in a new collision avoidance test. | September 27, 2013

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Just the Facts:
  • Seven vehicles received top marks in a new Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash avoidance test.
  • Winners include the 2013 Cadillac ATS and SRX; the 2013 Volvo S60 and XC60; the 2013 Subaru Legacy and Outback, and the 2013 Mercedes-Benz C-Class.
  • The seven vehicles, out of a total 74 midsize cars and crossovers, received a superior rating for the ability of their safety systems to substantially reduce speeds or avoid a crash in the IIHS test.

ARLINGTON, Virginia — Seven vehicles received top marks in a new Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash avoidance test. They include the 2013 Cadillac ATS and SRX; the 2013 Volvo S60 and XC60; the 2013 Subaru Legacy and Outback; and the 2013 Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

The seven vehicles, out of a total 74 midsize cars and crossovers from model years 2013-'14, received a superior rating for the ability of their safety systems to "substantially reduce speeds" or avoid a crash in the IIHS test.

IIHS tested the vehicles' automatic braking and forward collision warning systems at speeds of 12 and 25 mph.

The next ranking, advanced, was awarded to eight vehicles, with 31 receiving a "basic" mark.

Among the winners, the Volvo vehicles were the only ones tested by IIHS with standard automatic braking — a system that Volvo calls City Safety. The S60 and XC60 received a superior rating when also equipped with the optional Collision Warning with Full Auto Brake and Pedestrian Detection, IIHS said.

The Cadillac ATS and SRX were equipped with the optional Forward Collision Alert and Automatic Collision Preparation systems, while the Mercedes-Benz C-Class was outfitted with Distronic Plus and PreSafe Brake systems. The Subaru Legacy and Outback featured the optional EyeSight automatic braking system, which also includes two small cameras to monitor traffic.

Edmunds says: Newer vehicles equipped with the latest technology are more expensive — but they're also getting safer, in terms of their ability to avoid collisions, according to the IIHS.

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