Safest 2016-2017 5-passenger SUVs for Families
Editor’s Update: Our 2017 Awards are here.
In Part I, we awarded the safest 3-row vehicles for 6 or more passengers. In this part, we will look at 5-passenger SUVs for families who don’t need a 3rd row of seating for one reason or another.
As with the larger vehicles, we have the same basic requirements to trim the long list of very safe vehicles to those qualifiers that stand out from the pack:
- Must be an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ for 2015 or 2016
- Must have an NHTSA 5-star overall rating
- Must not have any individual NHTSA crash test result or rollover rating of 3-stars or less
There are some new entrants this year, with improved designs qualifying for top crash test results. One new model, the 2016 Nissan Murano, has not yet qualified due to incomplete NHTSA testing. It may be added in a future update, once these tests are completed. The 2015 Mercedes ML-Class is discontinued, replaced by the 2016 GLE-Class that also has incomplete crash test results. The 2016 Mazda CX-5 received a 4-star overall rating from the NHTSA and did not qualify this year.
- 2014-2016 Volvo XC60
- 2015-2016 Subaru Outback
- 2014-2016 Subaru Forester
- 2016 Honda CR-V
- 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
- 2016 Hyundai Tucson
- 2016 Toyota Rav-4
- 2015-2016 Lexus NX
- 2016 Lincoln MKX
- 2016 Acura RDX
- 2016 Volvo XC90
Safest SUV for 2016: