The XC90 earned "good" ratings in all five of the Institute's crashworthiness tests. The SUV features a standard front crash prevention system.
The 2016 XC90 comes with an upgraded version of Volvo's City Safety feature. The automatic braking system now functions at higher speeds.
A new run-off road protection system detects when the XC90 has unintentionally left the road and tightens the seatbelts. The seats are also designed to absorb spinal loads to reduce injuries during a hard landing.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has not rated the 2016 XC90.
Edmunds says: Car shoppers keeping score should note that the 2016 Acura MDX also earned the highest 2015 Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The 2016 Infiniti QX60 and 2016 BMW X5 have not been rated.