If you are in the market for an inexpensive SUV, then here are four vehicles with the best crash test rating for an SUV. Crash tests were done by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. These cars received the award called "Top Safety Pick" for 2010. There are several things needed to become a top safety pick. First, the SUV must receive a grade of Good (best) in all three crash categories. Also, the cars must feature electronic stability control.
Electronic Stability Control
Electronic stability control is a new form of technology that more and more cars come equipped with. This is because research shows that up to 33% of fatal accidents could have been avoided if they had this technology. ESC minimizes the amount of skidding that occurs. When it does happen, the ESC makes the car brake, enabling easier steering. ESC is a great form of technology that makes cars even safer.
Top Safety Picks
Below is a list of SUVs that have the best crash test ratings that one can buy for under $30,000. Remember, all of these cars have electronic stability control.
- Ford Escape: The Ford Escape is first on the list. The Ford Escape has improved its design to protect against crashes. Things such as more airbags and seat belt modifications were added. During the crash test, it was determined that injury risk was low, and that head acceleration was also low. The only area that was a little off was the right foot. The car features side front, rear and torso airbags. It also has rollover sensors which are great because if the car senses a rollover, it will deploy the airbags. This works hand in hand with electronic stability control. It also comes with anti-lock brakes, as well as daytime running lights. Base models start at around $21,000.
- Honda Element: The Honda Element is another extremely safe vehicle. During the crash test, the survival space for the driver was maintained very well. Injury measures were all deemed as low. The car features side front, rear and torso airbags. It also has rollover sensors and anti-lock brakes. Base models start at around $24,000.
- Toyota Highlander: The Toyota Highlander is next on the list. It received a good across the board, but did have the possibility of slight head injuries due to a high head acceleration. However, the head did recoil safely back into its seat, so it's a slim chance of injury. The car features rollover sensors, anti-lock brakes, daytime running lights, and a bevy of airbags. Base models start at around $27,000.
- Honda Pilot: The Honda Pilot is the last on our list. During the crash test, the dummy was well contained. The side airbags deployed for safety. The car features rollover sensors, anti-lock brakes and side airbags. Pretty much the same features as all the others on the list. Base models start at around $28,000.
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