Safest 2013 Small SUVs
Safest 2013 Small SUVs
A "Top Safety Pick," the BMW X1 comes standard with rain-sensing wipers as well as a braking system with brake drying, brake stand-by, and brake-fade compensation features. The X1 can be equipped with BMW Assist telematics with a 4-year subscription to Safety Plan services including Automatic Collision Notification, as well as a reversing camera, front and rear park-assist sensors, adaptive xenon headlights, and automatic high-beam headlights
A new compact crossover from Buick, the Encore is an IIHS "Top Safety Pick" and, when equipped with all-wheel drive, receives a 5-star overall crash-test rating from the NHTSA. Ten air bags are standard, as well as OnStar telematics with Automatic Crash Response service. Options include a reversing camera, front and rear park-assist sensors, forward-collision warning system, and a lane-departure warning system.
Named a "Top Safety Pick" by the IIHS, the Escape includes a standard knee air bag for the driver, trailer sway control, Curve Control, and MyKey technology, which allows the SUV's owner to program speed and stereo volume limits, as well as an incessant seat belt alert. Safety options for the Escape include front and rear park-assist sensors, a reversing camera, blind-spot information system, and a cross-traffic alert system. The available Sync connectivity includes 911 Assist, which can speed rescuers to the scene of a collision following an air bag deployment.
Earning top crash-test ratings from both the NHTSA and the IIHS, the Honda CR-V is equipped with a standard expanded-view driver's side mirror to help the driver to see in the SUV's left blind spot, a multi-view reversing camera, and SMS text-messaging capability. Honda offers no safety-related options for the CR-V.
The redesigned Santa Fe Sport gets a 5-star overall rating from the NHTSA and a "Top Safety Pick" designation from the IIHS. A 3-year subscription to Blue Link telematics is included, providing Automatic Collision Notification, SOS Emergency Assistance, and the ability to program speed, curfew, and geo-fenced boundary alerts. Downhill Brake Control is also standard, while a reversing camera is optional. A blind-spot warning system is optional only on the larger 7-passenger Santa Fe, which has not been tested by the NHTSA or the IIHS.
An IIHS "Top Safety Pick," the Tucson includes a Downhill Braking Control system as standard equipment. This small SUV can be optioned with a wiper de-icer grid and a reversing camera.
The IIHS says the Patriot is only a "Top Safety Pick" when equipped with its optional side-impact air bags (standard for 2014). Additional upgrades include rear disc brakes instead of rear drums for the Limited trim level, a tire-pressure monitoring system that shows pressure for each individual tire, and a hill-descent control system.
Top-rated by both the NHTSA and the IIHS, the Kia Sportage comes standard with Downhill Brake Control and offers a single safety-related upgrade: a reversing camera.
Called a "Top Safety Pick" by the IIHS, the new Mazda CX-5 can be optioned with a reversing camera, active xenon headlights, and a blind-spot warning system. Already on sale, the 2014 CX-5 is offered with a new Smart City Brake Support system designed to actively brake the SUV at low speeds to help reduce impact speed with other vehicles or pedestrians.