2017 Kia Sedona earns Top Safety Pick+

ARLINGTON, Va. — The 2017 Kia Sedona qualifies for the highest award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, thanks to the addition of optional automatic braking technology.

ARLINGTON, Va. — The 2017 Kia Sedona qualifies for the highest award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, thanks to the addition of optional automatic braking technology.

Like earlier models, the 2017 Sedona earns good ratings across the board in IIHS crashworthiness evaluations. The addition of autobrake boosts the minivan's front crash prevention rating from basic to superior.

In IIHS track tests at 12 mph and 25 mph, a Sedona equipped with the new front crash prevention system avoided collisions. The system also includes a forward collision warning component that meets National Highway Traffic Safety Administration criteria.

To qualify for 2016 TOP SAFETY PICK+, a vehicle must earn good ratings in the small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests. It also must earn an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention.

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Buick Envision gets top honors

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Buick Envision, a new midsize SUV, qualifies for the Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Buick Envision, a new midsize SUV, qualifies for the Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The Envision is the first Chinese-built vehicle that IIHS has tested as part of its consumer ratings. It earns good ratings across the board for crashworthiness and is available with Front Automatic Braking, an advanced-rated front crash prevention system. A different system, Forward Collision Alert, earns a basic rating.

Front Automatic Braking is optional for both 2016 and 2017 models. Forward Collision Alert is standard on all 2016 Envisions not equipped with autobrake but is optional on 2017 models.

In the IIHS 12 mph track test, the Envision with the autobrake system avoided a collision. In the 25 mph test, its impact speed was reduced by 9 mph. The system also includes a forward collision warning component that meets National Highway Traffic Safety Administration criteria.

To qualify for 2016 Top Safety Pick+, a vehicle must earn good ratings in the small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests. It also must earn an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention.

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Chrysler Pacifica earns top award

ARLINGTON, Va. — The newly introduced Chrysler Pacifica is the first minivan to earn a 2016 Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

ARLINGTON, Va. — The newly introduced Chrysler Pacifica is the first minivan to earn a 2016 Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The minivan, which replaces the Chrysler Town & Country, has good ratings in the Institute's five crashworthiness tests. However, its good rating in the challenging small overlap front test applies only to Pacificas manufactured after August 2016, when changes were made to prevent the driver door from opening during a small overlap crash.

In the Pacifica's initial small overlap test, before those improvements were made, the door was torn from its hinges and came open at the front. Doors should never open in a crash because occupants could be ejected as a result.

Fiat Chrysler strengthened the upper hinge and reinforced the joint between the door hinge pillar and inner body panel in front of the pillar. In the second test, the door remained attached and closed, resulting in a good rating. In contrast, the Town & Country was rated poor for small overlap protection, due to severe intrusion into the driver space.

The Pacifica is available with an optional front crash prevention system, which earns a superior rating. In IIHS track tests at 25 mph and 12 mph, the vehicle avoided collisions. The system also gets credit for a forward collision warning component that meets National Highway Traffic Safety Administration criteria.

To qualify for a 2016 Top Safety Pick+ award, a vehicle must earn good ratings in the small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests. It also must have an available front crash prevention system that earns an advanced or superior rating.

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New Cadillac SUV earns Top Safety Pick+

ARLINGTON, Va. — The 2017 Cadillac XT5, a new midsize luxury SUV, qualifies for the top award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

ARLINGTON, Va. — The 2017 Cadillac XT5, a new midsize luxury SUV, qualifies for the top award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The XT5 earns good ratings in all five of the Institute's crashworthiness evaluations. When equipped with optional front crash prevention, it earns a superior or advanced rating, depending on the package selected.

When equipped with both Front Automatic Braking and Low-Speed Front Automatic Braking, the SUV earns a superior rating for front crash prevention. In the 12 mph IIHS track test, it consistently avoided a collision. In the 25 mph test, it avoided a collision in four out of five runs and slowed but didn't stop completely in the fifth.

When equipped with low-speed autobrake only, the XT5 earns an advanced rating. It avoided a collision in the 12 mph test, while in the 25 mph test, the impact speed was cut by 9 mph.

Both front crash prevention packages also include forward collision warning that meets National Highway Traffic Safety Administration criteria.

To qualify for a 2016 Top Safety Pick+ award, a vehicle must earn good ratings in the small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests. It also must have an available front crash prevention system that earns an advanced or superior rating.

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Chevrolet Volt earns top honors

ARLINGTON, Va. — The 2017 Chevrolet Volt qualifies for Top Safety Pick+, the highest award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

ARLINGTON, Va. — The 2017 Chevrolet Volt qualifies for Top Safety Pick+, the highest award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The Volt, a plug-in gasoline/electric hybrid that can travel 53 miles without gas on one charge, was redesigned for the 2016 model year. The 2016 model wasn't tested, but the Institute evaluated the 2017 model as part of a testing program of electric vehicles. Results for the other vehicles will be released at a later date.

The Volt earns across-the-board good ratings for crashworthiness. Its performance in the small overlap front test was an improvement over that of the previous generation of Volt, which earned an acceptable rating. The new version had less intrusion into the occupant space.

The small car earns a superior rating for front crash prevention when equipped with optional Front Automatic Braking and Low-Speed Front Automatic Braking. In IIHS track tests, the vehicle avoided collisions at 12 mph and 25 mph. The systems also include forward collision warning that meets National Highway Traffic Safety Administration criteria.

When equipped with the low-speed system only, the car avoided a collision at 12 mph, and its impact speed was reduced by 5 mph in the 25 mph test. The low-speed system also gets credit for the warning function and earns an advanced rating.

To qualify for the 2016 Top Safety Pick+ award, a vehicle must earn good ratings in the small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests and must have an available front crash prevention system that earns an advanced or superior rating.

For 2017, vehicles also will need good or acceptable headlights in order to qualify for the award. The Volt's standard headlights earn an acceptable rating. When equipped with optional high beam assist, which automatically switches between high beams and low beams based on the presence of other vehicles, the headlight rating improves to good.

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