On sale now at Volvo dealerships, the 2016 XC90 T5 and T6 with all-wheel drive received five stars in the front and side crash tests and four stars in the rollover crash test.
The front-wheel-drive XC90 T5, T6 and T8 have not been rated by NHTSA.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said the 2016 XC90 earned the 2016 Top Safety Pick+ award by receiving "good" scores in all crash tests.
Standard safety features include antilock brakes, stability and traction control, front-seat side-impact airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and anti-whiplash front seats.
Also standard are a rearview camera, frontal-collision warning (including pedestrian/cyclist protection) and automatic braking for frontal-crash mitigation. The new XC90 also debuts what Volvo calls Run-off Road Protection, whereby if the vehicle goes off the road, the seatbelts automatically tighten up, and the seat cushions absorb impact forces in the event that the vehicle come down hard on its suspension.
Safety options include a surround-view camera, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-departure warning and lane-departure intervention, and a child booster seat built into the center position of the second row.
Edmunds says: Car shoppers keeping score should note that the 2016 Acura MDX and BMW X5 also earned the highest five-star overall safety rating from NHTSA. The 2017 Audi Q7 has not been rated.