News

7 cars, crossovers win high marks in crash avoidance

7 cars, crossovers win high marks in crash avoidance

Cadillac is among the vehicle brands that performed well in crash avoidance tests. Photo: Associated Press

DETROIT (Reuters) – Cadillac, Mercedes-Benz, Volvo and Subaru earned the highest marks in a new front crash avoidance test program developed for the U.S. insurance industry.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, a non-profit group funded by the insurance industry, rated 2013-2014 vehicles on how well their advanced-technology features help drivers avoid collisions.

IIHS focused on two systems, front collision warning and automatic brakes, which are typically offered as extra-cost options on an increasing number of new cars.

The group tested 74 “moderately priced” and luxury midsize cars and crossovers. IIHS awarded a “superior” rating to seven: General Motors Co’s Cadillac ATS sedan and Cadillac SRX crossover; Geely Holding Group Co’s Volvo S60 sedan and Volvo XC60 crossover; Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd’s Subaru Legacy sedan and Subaru Outback wagon, and Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan.

The top rating is given to vehicles equipped with automatic brakes that can substantially slow down a vehicle or help it avoid a crash in tests at 12 and 25 miles per hour, IIHS said.

Automatic brakes can reduce vehicle speed or, in some cases, completely stop a car without driver intervention. They are marketed under a variety of names by different manufacturers.

Volvo’s automatic braking system, called City Safety, is the only such system offered as standard on the vehicles tested by IIHS. The S60 and XC60 also can be ordered with an optional safety system called Collision Warning with Full Auto Brake and Pedestrian Detection.

Subaru’s automatic brake system, which includes a pair of small cameras to monitor traffic, is called EyeSight and is an option on the Legacy and Outback. Cadillac’s Automatic Collision Preparation, another auto-brake system, is an option on the ATS and SRX.

IIHS also tests and rates new vehicles in side, rear, rollover and front-end crashes.

Recent Headlines

in Local

Drunk Boating Monitored

Boater

Law enforcement officers were scattered around Iowa last weekend monitoring lakes and rivers for drunk boaters as part of the national Operation Dry Water campaign.

in Local

Less Bacteria, More Algae in Iowa Lakes

lake

Sunny days with less rainfall have helped clear up some of the bacteria problems in the water at Iowa park beaches.

in Local

Iowa Governor Vetoes School Spending

Money Dollars

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad has been hinting for weeks that he was unhappy with the legislature's bipartisan compromise on education funding.

in Local

Caution Needed With Fireworks Displays

fireworks

Everyone loves a backyard fireworks display or attending a big show on the 4th of July.

in Local

OSHA Investigating Nebraska Explosion

firetruck lights

The U-S Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration opened an investigation into Wednesday's explosion at Sapp Bros. in West Point, Nebraska.