The Safest 2017-18 SUVs


The list of safe SUVs for 2017 and 2018 contains many of the car manufacturers you would expect. Honda, Mazda, and Toyota dominate the safest small and mid-sized SUV list. They seem to have all the safest SUVs. However, there are a few other real contenders in this arena that are giving the "Top Three" some serious competition. The safest full-sized SUV list will almost certainly surprise you.

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Which small SUVs are the safest?

The 2017 Honda CR-V was awarded Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). They haven't tested the 2018 model yet. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has had an opportunity to test the 2018 CR-V. They gave it an Overall Rating of five out of five stars, although it only got four stars in the Rollover Test. The NHTSA recommends making this safe SUV even safer by getting it with Electronic Stability Control, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Crash Imminent Braking and Dynamic Brake Support.

Mazda has two of the safest small SUVs out there ??? the CX-3 and CX-5. Both were given the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award in 2017. The 2018's haven't been tested by the IIHS yet. The NHTSA has tested the 2018's. They gave the CX-3 a five-star Overall Rating but only four stars in the Rollover Test. The NHTSA only gave the CX-5 a four-star overall rating. They recommend getting the CX-3 and CX-5 equipped with Electronic Stability Control, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Crash Imminent Braking and Dynamic Brake Support.

The 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander was given the IIHS Top Safety Pick+. They haven't tested the 2018 yet. The NHTSA gave a five-star Overall Rating to the all-wheel-drive 2018 Outlander SUV, even though it only got four stars in the Frontal Crash and Rollover Tests. The 2018 Outlander Sport SUV front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive models and the front-wheel-drive Outlander SUV model only got four out of five stars. They recommend getting all Outlander SUV models with Electronic Stability Control, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Crash Imminent Braking and Dynamic Brake Support.

Nissan's 2017 Rogue was awarded the IIHS Top Safety Pick+. They haven't tested the 2018 Rogue yet. The NHTSA hasn't tested the 2018 yet, either, but they gave the 2017 Rogue a four-star overall rating. It only got four stars for the Frontal Crash and Rollover Tests. They recommend buying the Rogue with Forward Collision and Lane Departure Warning systems.

The The IIHS awarded 2017 Subaru Forester Top Safety Pick+. The 2018 Forester got the same crash test ratings but hasn't officially gotten the Top Safety Pick+ nod yet. The NHTSA has also had a chance to test the all-wheel-drive 2018 Forester and gave it a five-star Overall Rating. It only got four stars in the Frontal Crash and Rollover Tests, though. They recommend buying the Forester with Electronic Stability Control, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Crash Imminent Braking and Dynamic Brake Support.

The 2017 Toyota RAV4 got the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award. The 2018 RAV4 got the same test results but hasn't been officially awarded Top Safety Pick+ just yet. The NHTSA has also tested the 2018 RAV4 and gave it a five-star Overall Rating. It only got four stars on the Frontal Crash and Rollover Tests. They recommend getting the RAV4 with Electronic Stability Control, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Crash Imminent Braking and Dynamic Brake Support.

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What is the safest mid-sized SUV?

The 2017 Honda Pilot received the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award. They haven't tested the 2018 model yet. The NHTSA has tested the AWD and FWD 2018 Pilot and gave it an Overall Rating of five out of five stars. They both only got four stars in the Frontal Crash and Rollover Tests. The NHTSA suggests getting the Pilot with Electronic Stability Control, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Crash Imminent Braking and Dynamic Brake Support.

The IIHS hasn't tested the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe, but they gave the 2017 Santa Fe their Top Safety Pick+ award. The NHTSA tested the 2018 Santa Fe Sport trim and gave both the AWD and FWD models five out of five stars. Both models only got four stars in the Rollover Test. They recommend getting the Santa Fe Sport with Electronic Stability Control, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Crash Imminent Braking and Dynamic Brake Support.

The IIHS tested the 2018 Kia Sorento 4-door SUV and gave it their Top Safety Pick+ award. The 2017 Sorento got the Top Safety Pick award, but no "+." The NHTSA tested the 2018 Kia Sorento, too, and gave both the AWD and FWD models an Overall Rating of five out of five stars. They only got four stars in the Rollover Test, though. The NHTSA recommends getting the Kia Sorento with Electronic Stability Control, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Crash Imminent Braking and Dynamic Brake Support.

The IIHS gave the 2017 Mazda CX-9 their Top Safety Pick+ award. They haven't tested the 2018 model yet. The NHTSA hasn't tested the CX-9 since 2015. That year, the CX-9 got a four-star Overall Rating. It got only three stars in the Frontal Crash Test and four stars in the Rollover Test.

The 2017 Toyota Highlander was awarded the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating. The 2018 hasn't been tested by them yet. The NHTSA has tested the FWD Highlander SUV, AWD Highlander SUV, and the AWD Highlander Hybrid. All three models got a five-star Overall Rating with four stars in the Frontal Crash and Rollover Tests. The NHTSA recommends getting the Highlander with Electronic Stability Control, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Crash Imminent Braking and Dynamic Brake Support.

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Which big full-sized SUVs are safest?

The only large SUV to get the IIHS Top Safety Pick nod is the 2017 Audi Q7. It didn't do well enough to get the "+," but it got the Pick. Testing on the 2018 isn't completed just yet, although it has gotten a Superior rating in the Front Crash Prevention test. Based on that, and the fact that the only new equipment on the 2018 is a keyless entry/start across all trim levels, an audio system upgrade for the Premium Plus trim levels and power-closing doors for the top-level Prestige, the 2018 will probably get the Top Safety Pick, too. The NHTSA hasn't done safety testing on the Audi Q7.

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