School is right around the corner and whether you’re one of the car pool drivers or gearing up to teach your teen how to drive, you’ll want the safest option possible. That’s why we gathered up a list of a few vehicles with great safety features.
These cars, trucks and SUVs were picked partially because of their Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) rating as well as the available safety technologies. Those technologies include tire-pressure monitoring, adaptive cruise control, collision mitigation, blind spot monitoring, lane-departure warning, adaptive headlights and a rearview camera.
A few Volkswagen cars were worthy of a 2016 Top Safety Pick + when equipped with optional Front Assist – including the Jetta, Passat and a couple trim levels of the Golf. We chose the Jetta because of its great price point with a starting MSRP of only $ 17,680 as well as pretty impressive fuel economy: 28 city/40 highway. All of that is on top of the optional driver assistance features:
- Front Assist
- Blind Spot Monitor
- Rear Traffic Alert
- Adaptive Cruise Control
- Park Pilot.
The 2017 Ford Fusion took on a striking look with plenty of added function and features. With LED headlamps, fog lamps, tail lamps and accent lighting available, it’s already easier to see at night while driving in a Fusion.
Once you add the available Pre-Collision Assist, the car feels even safer. It is designed to support the driver when sensors detect a potential collision with a car or pedestrian in front of you. The heads-up displace flashes on the windshield while an alert sounds. If the system things the collision is likely, the brakes will pre-charge and eventually can automatically apply. All of that for a starting MSRP of only $22,120.
Other available features include:
- Enhanced Active Park assist
- Blind Spot Information System
- Cross-Traffic Alert
- Inflatable Rear Safety Belts
- Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go
- Lane-Keeping system and a standard rear-view camera
The 2017 Audi A4 is a great, comfortable car. With a handsome design, available Quattro all-wheel drive and cutting edge technologies, this is a great car to turn heads. It’s also a 2016 IIHS Top Safety Pick +. On the list of safety features is the largest digital instrument cluster in its class with available features like a virtual cockpit, traffic jam assist and a head-up display.
The rest of the features include:
- Vehicle immobilizer with alarm
- Electromechanical parking brake
- Audi Advance Key
- SOS telematics system
- Parking system plus
- with top view camera
- front and rear sensors
- Audi side assist with Audi Pre sense rear
- Audi Pre sense basic
- Audi Pre sense city
Crossover / Small SUV
The 2016 Hyundai Tucson features a spacious, refined interior with a fluid exterior design. It offers all of the exciting style and versatility you’d want in a crossover. With plenty of cargo space and convenient storage spaces throughout the car, this is a safe choice for a family or a college student. Plus with great fuel economy – 26 city, 33 highway – you’ll be ready to go without being held back.
The list of available safety features on the Tucson includes:
- Lane departure warning system
- Hands-free smart lift gate
- Automatic emergency braking system
- Blind spot remover
- Led low-beam headlights
The 2016 Mazda CX-5 is another great SUV option that’s built with a focus on the driver. Plus, performance and efficiency are both important for this vehicle. The unique engineering approach that is SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY leave you with a better driving experience and equally impressive MPG (22 city/33 highway).
The safety features included in I-ACTIVESENCE use cameras and radar to help alert you to hazards before they happen. They include:
- Rear Cross Traffic Alert
- Adaptive Front-Lighting System
- Blind-Spot Monitoring
- Smart City Brake Support
- Smart Brake Support
- Distance Recognition Support System
Large SUV / Minivan
If you’re looking for a large, spacious vehicle to haul the kids and all of their gear, but really don’t want a minivan – check out the 2016 Toyota Highlander. This SUV is such a great choice for the anti-minivanners out there because you have the option of available captain’s chairs in the second row. While you loose the room for an 8th passenger, you gain the ease of walking to the back row when passengers need to.
On the safety front, the Highlander is a 2016 Top Safety Pick + and includes the Star Safety System. The Star Safety System is a suite of six active features that include:
- Vehicle Stability Control
- Traction Control
- Antilock Brake Sytem
- Electronic Brake-Force Distribution
- Brake Assist
- Smart Stop Technology
And the safety features don’t stop there. With a standard backup camera with projected path, available lane departure alert, a blind spot monitor and rear cross-traffic alert system on the list of other features.
The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is the minivan with all the safety features you could possibly want. Our own Anti-minivan mom drove one for a couple days, and completely fell in love with it. You can read her review here: The Anti-minivan mom meets the Pacifica
As for the list of safety features, here goes:
- Lane Departure Warning
- Forward Collision Warning Plus
- Backup Camera
- 360º Surround View Camera
- Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go
- Parksense – Rear park assist with stop and rear cross path detection
- Active Noise Cancellation
- Automatic rear window defogger
- BeltAlert system