ARLINGTON, Virginia — The 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class midsize luxury crossover earned the Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
An advanced-rated front-crash prevention system is standard on the GLE-Class, which is on sale now at Mercedes-Benz dealerships.
"When equipped with the standard system alone, the GLE-Class avoided a collision in the 12 mph track test," the Institute said in a statement on Tuesday. "In the 25 mph test, the impact speed was reduced by 12 mph."
The GLE-Class can be equipped with an optional system called PreSafe Brake.
"With the addition of PreSafe Brake, the vehicle slowed by an average of 24 mph in the 25 mph test," the Institute said.
The GLE-Class earned "good" ratings in all other Institute crash tests.
Standard safety features on the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class include antilock brakes, traction and stability control, a forward-collision warning system, hill-start assist, front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and a driver knee airbag.
The GLE-Class also comes standard with "Attention Assist," which monitors driver behavior for signs of drowsiness.
Optional safety technology includes rearview and 360-degree cameras, adaptive cruise control with auto-braking, a blind spot monitor and an active lane-keeping system.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has not rated the 2016 GLE-Class.
Edmunds says: Car shoppers should note that the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has not yet tested the BMW X6, Land Rover Range Rover Sport or Porsche Cayenne.