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5 practical SUVs with solid safety ratings

Auto » 5 Practical SUVs With Solid Safety Ratings

2014 Volvo XC60
2014 Volvo XC60
  • Starting price: $34,850
  • Engine specs: 3.2 liters, six cylinders
  • Gas mileage:
    • City - 18 mpg
    • Highway - 25 mpg

The XC60 midsize SUV recently received a five-star overall rating from the NHTSA, the highest available. This is especially notable because NHTSA imposed stricter standards in 2011, making it harder for many vehicles to earn top scores.

The XC60 has dual-stage front air bags, side air bags and an inflatable curtain to protect passengers. It also comes standard with anti-lock brakes.

Volvo calls the XC60 "the car that stops itself" because of its city safety feature. If a driver is going 31 mph or less, the SUV can detect a stopped or slower-moving car in front and appropriately apply the brakes. It is meant to help prevent collisions in stop-and-go traffic.

The city safety technology is part of the SUV's standard safety package, which also includes adaptive cruise control and collision warning with full auto brake and pedestrian and cyclist detection.

Style-wise, this auto combines the "high waistline" of other XC models with the sporty contour of a coupe, creating a crossover that is designed to provide an enjoyable driving experience.

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