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Find the Safest SUVs of 2017 for Your Family


Here are the safest SUVs for 2017. Read on for more details.

If you're shopping for a compact or midsize SUV, safety is undoubtedly high on your list of must-haves. But it's not always easy to sort out which SUVs are the very safest, and we bring you this list to make the job easier. It shows the 2017 SUVs that have received both the highest rating, Top Safety Pick+, from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) andthe top five-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's 5-Star Safety Ratings testing. NHTSA does not test all cars, however, so we've also included 2017 vehicles that have not been tested by NHTSA but that have received the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating.

Of course, all the SUVs on this list have the safety equipment that federal law requires, including front seat airbags for the driver and front passenger, tire-pressure monitoring systems and electronic stability control (ESC). ESC incorporates antilock brakes and traction control.

We've also listed some of the key safety features in each car and safety-related extras that might interest you. When Edmunds has tested a vehicle, we show the results of our own brake tests. The SUVs are listed alphabetically within two size groups: compact SUVs and midsize SUVs. No large SUVs achieved the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ designation.

Compact SUVs

2017 Mazda CX-3

Safest SUVs of 2017

IIHS Top Safety Pick+ (with optional front crash protection available in the i-Activsense package and optional LED projector headlights, both with the Grand Touring trim level)

NHTSA 5-star overall rating

Key Safety Features

Standard:

  • Front seat side airbags
  • Full-length side curtain airbags
  • Rearview camera

Optional:

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Adaptive headlights
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Forward collision warning with automatic braking
  • Lane departure warning
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Pedestrian detection with automatic braking
  • LED projector headlights

Something extra: Most of the optional advanced safety technologies are part of the available Mazda i-Activsense package.

Edmunds brake testing: In Edmunds testing, a front-wheel-drive Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring stopped from 60 mph in 121 feet, a slightly shorter than average distance for the class.

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander

Safest SUVs of 2017

IIHS Top Safety Pick+ (all-wheel-drive models only; with optional front crash protection and optional LED projector headlights, both in the Touring package)

NHTSA 5-star overall rating (all-wheel-drive model only)

Key Safety Features

Standard:

  • Front seat side airbags
  • Full-length side curtain airbags
  • Driver knee airbag
  • Rearview camera
  • Hill start assist

Optional:

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Forward collision warning with automatic braking
  • Lane departure warning
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • 360-degree camera
  • LED projector headlights

Something extra: Advanced safety features, such as adaptive cruise control, forward collision mitigation, lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are optional on the Outlander SEL and GT trims but unavailable on other trim levels.

Edmunds brake testing: In Edmunds testing, an all-wheel-drive Mitsubishi Outlander SEL came to a stop from 60 mph in 121 feet, which is average for the class.

2017 Subaru Forester

Safest SUVs of 2017

IIHS Top Safety Pick+ (with optional front crash protection in the EyeSight package and optional LED adaptive projector headlights; applies to models built after October 2016)

NHTSA 5-star overall rating

Key Safety Features

Standard:

  • Front seat side airbags
  • Full-length side curtain airbags
  • Driver knee airbag
  • Rearview camera

Optional:

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Forward collision warning with automatic braking
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane keeping assist
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • LED adaptive projector headlights

Something extra: The optional advanced safety features in the EyeSight package are optional on the 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited, 2.5i Touring and 2.0XT Touring trims and unavailable on other trim levels.

Edmunds brake testing: In Edmunds brake testing, a Subaru Forester 2.0XT stopped from 60 mph in 119 feet, a good number for this class. A Forester 2.5i made this same stop in 126 feet, which is a little longer than average.

2017 Toyota RAV4

Safest SUVs of 2017

IIHS Top Safety Pick+ (with optional LED projector headlights with SE, Limited and Platinum trims)

NHTSA 5-star overall rating

Key Safety Features

Standard:

  • Front seat side airbags
  • Full-length side curtain airbags
  • Driver knee airbag
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Forward collision warning with automatic braking
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane keeping assist
  • Pedestrian detection with automatic braking
  • Hill start assist

Optional:

  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • 360-degree camera
  • LED projector headlights

Something extra: Many of the standard advanced safety features are part of the Toyota Safety Sense package, which was formerly an option on the RAV4.

Edmunds brake testing: In Edmunds brake testing, a Toyota RAV4 took 125 feet to stop from 60 mph, which is average for this class.

Midsize SUVs

2017 Acura MDX

Safest SUVs of 2017

IIHS Top Safety Pick+

NHTSA 5-star overall rating

Key Safety Features

Standard:

  • Front seat side airbags
  • Full-length side curtain airbags
  • Driver knee airbag
  • Rearview camera
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Forward collision alert with automatic braking
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane keeping assist
  • Hill start assist

Optional:

  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • 360-degree camera

Something extra: Many of the standard advanced safety features are part of the AcuraWatch suite of active safety aids, which was previously optional on some MDX models.

Edmunds brake testing: In Edmunds brake testing, an Acura MDX took 123 feet to stop from 60 mph, which is longer than average for this class.

2017 Acura RDX

Safest SUVs of 2017

IIHS Top Safety Pick+ (with optional front crash protection in Advance package)

NHTSA 5-star overall rating

Key Safety Features

Standard:

  • Front side airbags
  • Full-length side curtain airbags
  • Active front head restraints
  • Rearview camera
  • Hill start assist

Optional:

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Forward collision alert with automatic braking
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane keeping assist

Something extra: The available AcuraLink connectivity system can allow one-touch requests for roadside assistance, report crashes and trigger a request for emergency response services if occupants are unable.

Edmunds brake testing: In Edmunds brake testing, an all-wheel-drive Acura RDX took 122 feet to stop from 60 mph, which is about average for this class.

2017 Buick Envision

Safest SUVs of 2017

IIHS Top Safety Pick+ (with optional front crash protection in the Driver Confidence package and HID projector headlights with the Premium II trim)

NHTSA 5-star overall rating

Key Safety Features

Standard:

  • Front side airbags
  • Rear side airbags
  • Full-length side curtain airbags
  • Front seat knee airbags
  • Rearview camera

Optional:

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Forward collision alert with automatic braking
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane keeping assist
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • 360-degree camera
  • HID projector headlights

Something extra: The Envision's standard Teen Driver Mode is a configurable system that, when activated, automatically mutes the radio until the front seat belts are fastened, allows the radio to be set to a maximum volume, automatically turns on safety features and issues a report card on a teen's driving habits.

Edmunds brake testing: Not rated.

2017 Honda Pilot

Safest SUVs of 2017

IIHS Top Safety Pick+ (with optional front crash protection in the Honda Sensing package and optional LED projector headlights with the Elite trim)

NHTSA 5-star overall rating

Key Safety Features

Standard:

  • Front side airbags
  • Full-length side curtain airbags
  • Rearview camera

Optional:

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Forward collision warning with automatic braking
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane keeping assist
  • LED projector headlights

Something extra: The Honda Sensing package, which includes most of the optional advanced safety features, is available on the EX and EXL trim levels and standard on the Touring and Elite trims. LED projector headlights are standard on the Elite but not available on other models.

Edmunds brake testing: In Edmunds brake tests, a Honda Pilot took 117 feet to stop from 60 mph, which is shorter than average for this class.

2017 Hyundai Santa Fe

Safest SUVs of 2017

IIHS Top Safety Pick+ (with optional front crash protection and adaptive HID projector headlights in the Tech package with the SE Ultimate and Limited Ultimate trims)

NHTSA: Not rated

Key Safety Features

Standard:

  • Front side airbags
  • Rear side airbags
  • Full-length side curtain airbags
  • Driver knee airbag
  • Rearview camera
  • Hill start assist

Optional:

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Adaptive HID projector headlights
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Forward collision warning with automatic braking
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane keeping assist
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Pedestrian detection
  • 360-degree camera

Something extra: Hyundai's Blue Link connectivity service, which is free for one year, allows vehicle occupants to call for roadside assistance or emergency services and can call automatically if occupants are unable.

Edmunds brake testing: In Edmunds brake testing, a Hyundai Santa Fe Limited stopped from 60 mph in 125 feet, a bit longer than average for this class.

2017 Lexus NX

Safest SUVs of 2017

IIHS Top Safety Pick+ (with optional front crash protection in the Pre-Collision System and optional LED projector headlights)

NHTSA 5-star overall rating

Key Safety Features

Standard:

  • Front side airbags
  • Full-length side curtain airbags
  • Driver knee airbag
  • Front passenger under-seat airbag
  • Hill start assist

Optional:

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Adaptive foglights
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Forward collision warning with automatic braking
  • Lane departure warning
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Pedestrian detection
  • LED projector headlights

Something extra: The standard Lexus Enform Safety Connect system includes automatic collision notification, an emergency call button and a stolen vehicle locator.

Edmunds brake testing: Not rated

2017 Lexus RX

Safest SUVs of 2017

IIHS Top Safety Pick+ (all-wheel-drive models only; with optional bi-LED projector headlights in Adaptive Front Lighting System)

NHTSA 5-star overall rating

Key Safety Features

Standard:

  • Front side airbags
  • Full-length side curtain airbags
  • Driver knee airbag
  • Rearview camera
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Forward collision warning with automatic braking
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane keeping assist

Optional:

  • Adaptive bi-LED projector headlights
  • Adaptive foglights
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • 360-degree camera

Something extra: The standard Lexus Enform Safety Connect feature includes automatic collision notification, an emergency call button and a stolen vehicle locator.

Edmunds brake testing: In Edmunds brake testing, a Lexus RX stopped from 60 mph in 123 feet, which is shorter than average for this class.

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class

Safest SUVs of 2017

IIHS Top Safety Pick+ (with optional LED projector headlights in the Premium II or Premium III package)

NHTSA: Not rated

Key Safety Features

Standard:

  • Front side airbags
  • Full-length side curtain airbags
  • Driver knee airbag
  • Rearview camera
  • Hill start assist

Optional:

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Adaptive LED projector headlights
  • Blind-spot monitoring with automatic braking
  • Forward collision warning with automatic braking
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane keeping assist
  • 360-degree camera

Something extra: The GLE also comes standard with Attention Assist, which monitors driver behavior for signs of drowsiness.

Edmunds brake testing: In Edmunds brake testing, an all-wheel-drive Mercedes-Benz GLE350 came to a stop from 60 mph in 125 feet, which is a few feet longer than average for this class.

2017 Toyota Highlander

Safest SUVs of 2017

IIHS Top Safety Pick+

NHTSA 5-star overall rating

Key Safety Features

Standard:

  • Front side airbags
  • Full-length side curtain airbags
  • Driver knee airbag
  • Front passenger under-seat airbag
  • Rearview camera
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Forward collision warning with automatic braking
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane keeping assist
  • Hill start assist

Optional:

  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Pedestrian detection
  • 360-degree camera

Something extra: Many of the Highlander's standard advanced safety features are part of the Toyota Safety Sense package, which was formerly an extra-cost option.

Edmunds brake testing: In Edmunds brake testing, the Toyota Highlander's performance in a stop from 60 mph ranked among the best in its class.

2017 Volvo XC60

Safest SUVs of 2017

IIHS Top Safety Pick+ (with optional HID projector headlights in Advanced package)

NHTSA 5-star overall rating

Key Safety Features

Standard:

  • Front side airbags
  • Full-length side curtain airbags
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Pedestrian detection with automatic braking

Optional:

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Forward collision warning with automatic braking
  • Lane departure warning
  • HID projector headlights

Something extra: The available Driver Alert Control sounds a gentle alarm if the driver's behavior shows signs of distraction or tiredness.

Edmunds brake testing: In Edmunds brake testing, a Volvo XC60 came to a stop from 60 mph in 118 feet, which is shorter than average for this class.

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