Which new cars are best at preventing crashes?

While truly self-driving automobiles appears to be years, if not decades away, more new cars than ever are now available with crash prevention systems that automatically apply the brakes in emergency situations.

In fact, for the 2015 model year, such technology is now an optional feature in almost half the vehicles on the market. Another sure sign of their growing prevalence? The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has begun testing them. Instead of merely seeing how well a vehicle performs during a crash, they’re analyzing how well a car can prevent one. To us, it feels like a big step forward.

So which cars have the best crash prevention systems? As you’ll see below, Acura, Mazda, and Mercedes each place multiple cars in the top-rated category. The IIHS rates each vehicle as “superior”, “advanced”, or “basic” depending on they perform during the tests.

Top-rated or “superior” vehicles:

  • Acura MDX / RLX
  • BMW X3
  • Mazda CX-5
  • Mercedes C-Class / E-Class
  • Acura ILX / RDX
  • Mercedes CLA
  • Chrysler 300
  • Dodge Charger
  • Mazda 6

The Volkswagen Golf, SportWagen, Toureg, and Jetta, plus the BMW X3, all earned an “advanced” rating. To learn more about the tests, click here.

Keep an eye on the Vroom inventory as more and more vehicles with advanced safety systems start appearing in the market.

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