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Safest SUVs for 2012 and 2013 | Safest SUV

Safest SUVs for 2012 and 2013 | Safest SUV

By Jeff Youngs, August 10, 2012
The 2012 and 2013 model year SUVs and crossovers (CUVs) listed below, in alphabetical order, received both an overall 5-star crash-test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and a "Top Safety Pick" designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). For each, we have highlighted specific standard or optional safety features.

Safest SUV2012 Buick Enclave
Free OnStar Automatic Crash Notification is included for a limited time on this 3-row, 8-passenger, full-size luxury crossover SUV, and all trims except the base model have a reversing camera and rear park-assist sensors. Articulating headlights are available.

2012 Cadillac SRX
The 5-passenger SRX is equipped with standard OnStar Automatic Crash Notification service (for a limited time), all trims except the base model have front and rear parking-assist sensors and a reversing camera, and articulating headlights are optional.

Safest SUV2012 Chevrolet Traverse
Structurally similar to the Buick Enclave, the Chevy Traverse is an 8-passenger, 3-row, large crossover SUV. The Traverse is equipped with 6 free months of OnStar Automatic Crash Notification service and is available with a reversing camera and rear parking-assist sensors.

2013 Ford Explorer
The 2013 Ford Explorer is a 3-row, 7-passenger crossover SUV with standard curve control technology, MyKey programmable safety features, and integrated blind-spot side mirrors. Options include 9-1-1 Assist service, reversing camera, parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring system with cross-traffic alert, lane-departure warning system, adaptive cruise control with collision warning and brake support functions, and inflatable rear seat belts.

Safest SUV2012 GMC Acadia
Similar to the Buick Enclave and Chevrolet Traverse, the Acadia features OnStar telematics as standard and includes a limited-time subscription to Automatic Crash Notification service. Additionally, this 3-row, 8-passenger, full-size crossover SUV is available with rear parking-assist sensors and a reversing camera.

Safest SUV2012 Honda CR-V
A reversing camera and a driver's side mirror that shows traffic in the left-side blind spot are standard on the CR-V. Advanced Compatibility Engineering structural design intends to make this 5-passenger compact crossover SUV more compatible with a variety of vehicles in a crash.

2012 Kia Sportage
This 5-passenger compact crossover SUV is equipped with standard hill-start assist and Downhill Assist Control. A reversing camera and reverse parking sensors are available.

2012 Volvo XC60
City Safety with Pedestrian Detection, drowsy-driver detection, lane-departure and blind-spot warning systems, and adaptive cruise control with collision warning are available on Volvo's 5-passenger luxury crossover SUV.

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