2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE Earns Highest IIHS Safety Rating

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The fully redesigned 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class has earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) highest safety rating of being named a Top Safety Pick+ vehicle. With the rating, the GLE-Class has been named a Top Safety Pick+ vehicle five years in a row – the M-Class earned the IIHS’ highest rating for two consecutive years, too.

The GLE-Class earned a near-perfect score in all of the IIHS’ testing. The midsize luxury SUV earned a rating of Good in all six of the institute’s tests, has a front crash prevention system that was found to be Superior, and has available headlights that earned a rating of Good.

Mercedes offers two different headlights on the GLE-Class. The LED units found on the base GLE 350, GLE 450, and GLE 580 trims were found to be Acceptable. GLE 350 and GLE 450 trims that are equipped with the Exterior Lighting Package and built after July 2019 come with adaptive LED headlights that earned a rating of Good. The package is reasonably priced at $900, so it doesn’t make a GLE-Class that meets the IIHS’ necessary requirements ridiculously expensive, either.

For a midsize SUV, the GLE-Class performed incredibly well. Other midsize options that earned a Top Safety Pick+ award include the BMW X3, BMW X5, Lexus NX, and Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class. The Infiniti QX60, Volvo XC60, and Volvo XC90 are Top Safety Pick SUVs.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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