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2014 BMW X5, 5 Series Get Perfect Scores in Crash-Test Ratings


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Just the Facts:
  • Four vehicles with advanced options, including the 2014 BMW X5 and 5 Series, earned perfect scores in new front-crash prevention ratings released on Thursday by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
  • The 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class and the 2015 Hyundai Genesis also earned perfect scores.
  • The 2014 Buick Regal, Cadillac CTS, Cadillac XTS and Chevrolet Impala earned the highest rating of "superior" when equipped with GM's forward collision warning and autobrake system, the IIHS said.

ARLINGTON, Virginia Four vehicles with advanced options, including the 2014 BMW X5 and 5 Series, earned perfect scores in new front-crash prevention ratings released on Thursday by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class and the 2015 Hyundai Genesis also earned perfect scores.

The 2014 Buick Regal, Cadillac CTS, Cadillac XTS and Chevrolet Impala earned the highest rating of "superior" when equipped with GM's forward collision warning and autobrake system, the IIHS said. The 2014 Buick LaCrosse earned an "advanced" rating when it has the same system.

All of these cars are also available with a warning system only, which earned the "basic" rating. The cars join the superior-rated Cadillac ATS and SRX, which were included in the first round of tests in 2013.

The 2014 Dodge Durango earned an "advanced" rating. It was the only other Detroit vehicle to get rated in this latest round of testing.

The IIHS tested advanced technologies designed to help drivers avoid front-end crashes by adding systems that automatically brake the vehicles. The IIHS launched a new rating system for front-crash prevention in 2013.

In the latest round of testing of 24 cars and SUVs, the IIHS said 21 earned advanced or higher ratings.

More than 20 percent of 2014 models offer a front-crash prevention system with automatic braking, twice as many as in 2012, according to the IIHS. Forward collision warning is offered as an option on nearly 40 percent of 2014 models.

The insurance industry-funded group said that consumers may find it "confusing" to sort through the various trade names and features offered on new vehicles. It advises them to consult IIHS ratings for help.

"We know that this technology is helping drivers avoid crashes," said David Zuby, IIHS executive vice president and chief research officer, in a statement. "The advantage of autobrake is that even in cases where a crash can't be avoided entirely, the system will reduce speed. Reducing the speed reduces the amount of damage that occurs to both the striking and struck cars and reduces injuries to people in those cars."

Edmunds says: While these systems are beneficial, consumers should realize that most front-crash prevention systems have to be purchased as part of an optional package. But the good news is that availability is growing.

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