With all the different options on the market today, buying a new car or truck can be a daunting task. Whenever most people decide to buy a new car, they usually consider budget, utility value, cost of ownership, running costs, and even resale value as key factors. However, determining vehicle safety is arguably one of the most critical factors during the new car buying process.
Unfortunately, most people equate vehicle safety with the presence of certain vehicle safety features or technologies rather than crash test results or the crashworthiness of the car. First-time buyers can determine the car’s safety rating and how it achieved it through trusted safety organizations such as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety ( IIHS). But, searching through all this information for top rated vehicles can be tedious and stressful. We have what you need. Here is a list of some luxury cars ranked among the top safety picks for 2022.
Volvo’s top-of-the-range S90 flagship sedan is a formidable contender in its segment, as it offers minimalist Scandinavian styling that moves away from the dominant German models. However, the S90 forgoes sportiness, favoring an extended profile with a snug cabin ideal for a quiet, comfortable and relaxed ride.
The Volvo S90 received the IIHS’ Top Safety Pick, which consists of “good” ratings in all crash tests and a “superior” rating for its standard vehicle collision avoidance system. However, the IIHS gave the large sedan a lowered “advanced” rating for its standard vehicle-pedestrian collision avoidance and mitigation system.
9 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
While we await the redesigned 2022 model later in the year, the 2021 C-Class is still a great entry-level luxury option that sits between sport and soft. The current generation is approaching the end of its lifecycle, but the exterior styling and interior design have aged well, with plenty of modern technology to maintain its premium appeal.
The IIHS included the C-Class among its top safety picks, giving the sedan “good” overall ratings for crashworthiness and child seat anchorages. Despite the “basic” rating for standard vehicle-pedestrian frontal collision avoidance systems, the C-Class received a “superior” rating for its collision avoidance and mitigation systems. The C-Class also received five stars from NHTSA overall and for side crash safety, while frontal crash and rollover safety received solid four-star ratings.
8 Lexus ES350
The Lexus ES 350 took advantage incremental upgrades that kept it fresh since its 2019 model year redesign. Although it sacrifices the athleticism typical of high-end rivals such as the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Audi A6, the ES 350 is an effortless cruiser that offers a a subtle and comfortable form of luxury that appeals to many enthusiasts.
In addition to superior comfort, the 2022 Lexus ES 350 received the IIHS Top Safety Pick for its crashworthiness and child seat anchorage ratings, not to mention “advanced” to “superior” ratings in the testing collision avoidance and mitigation systems. NHTSA gave the ES 350 an overall rating of five stars, despite earning four stars for frontal crash and rollover safety.
7 Kia Stinger
With Kia making the GT-Line standard amid false rumors of his quittingthe first-generation Stinger is sleeker than ever for 2022. The facelift for the 2022 model year sees the sporty luxury sedan gain a 2.5-liter turbocharged inline-four capable of 300 hp and 311 lb-ft of couple.
The 2022 Kia Stinger earned a Top Safety Pick from the IIHS for an overall rating of “good” for crashworthiness and “advanced” to “superior” ratings for its avoidance and collision mitigation. Kia’s large sedan also scores well in NHTSA safety tests, with an overall rating of five stars. However, the rating drops slightly to four stars for frontal crash safety.
6 Acura TLX
Acura redesigned the TLX for the last model year, and the 2022 model is now a solid entry into the midsize luxury sedan category. While naturally unchanged, it offers good value on features compared to the competition in its class.
The 2022 Acura TLX is among the IIHS’ top safety picks, with “good” ratings in all areas for crashworthiness and “superior” ratings for its collision avoidance and mitigation systems . Additionally, the sedan ranks highly in NHTSA safety tests, with an overall five-star rating in all safety categories.
The Volvo S60 may have an understated yet elegant exterior, but its unique Scandinavian interior is one of the most impressive in its class. As well as spoiling its passengers with luxury, the S60 offers smooth, fuel-efficient and fast powertrain options.
The Volvo S60 received the IIHS’ Top Safety Pick, with a “Good” rating for its crashworthiness and a “Superior” rating for its collision avoidance and mitigation systems. On the other hand, NHTSA gave the S60 an overall rating of five stars, five stars for safety in side collisions and rollovers, and a rating of four stars in frontal crash tests.
4 Audi A6
Despite being one of the most expensive luxury sedans in its class, the Audi A6 exudes style, performance and technology in equal measure. The sedan offers an abundance of comfort and an attractive interior, with fine Audi quality aplenty.
The IIHS ranks the A6 as one of the top safety picks, earning “good” ratings in all areas for crashworthiness, crash avoidance, and crash mitigation. Along with a four-star rating in frontal crash tests, the Audi A6 boasts an impressive five-star overall safety rating from NHTSA.
3 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
After a 2021 model year refresh, the E-Class has arrived for 2022 with minimal changes. Still, there’s a lot to love about the E-Class, including a sleek and plush interior, high-quality materials, cutting-edge technology and an effortlessly efficient powertrain for the E450 model.
Like the C-Class model, the E-Class received a “basic” rating from the IIHS for its standard frontal collision avoidance system between vehicles and pedestrians. Nonetheless, the E-Class had “good” ratings for crashworthiness and child seat anchorages and “superior” ratings for other collision avoidance and mitigation systems. NHTSA gave the Mercedes-Benz E-Class an excellent five-star safety rating in all categories of the chart.
2 Genesis G80
The G80 mid-size sedan has steadily moved up the ranks of its segment by undercutting BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz to put savings back in people’s pockets. Surprisingly, Genesis does not compromise on exterior design, classy interior quality and space for the lower price.
The 2022 Genesis G80 is one of the IIHS’ top safety picks, receiving a “Good” rating for its crashworthiness and “Superior” for its collision avoidance and mitigation systems. If that’s not impressive enough, the G80 also received a five-star NHTSA rating on all safety tests.
1 Tesla Model 3
The Tesla Model 3 is currently one of the best-selling electric vehicles on the market today, offering an ideal blend of price, performance and range. With batteries installed under the floor, the Model 3 has a low center of gravity which is good for crisp directional change, a planted ride, cornering stability and well-weighted precise steering.
Tesla markets the Model 3 as the safest car in the world, and the IIHS seems to agree. The Model 3 received a Top Safety Pick for overall “good” crashworthiness ratings and “superior” ratings for all of its collision avoidance and mitigation systems. The NHTSA also endorses the Model 3’s safety, giving it five stars in all safety categories.
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