Safest 2016-2017 5-passenger SUVs for Families
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.
To make this year’s list of qualifiers reasonably short for 5-passenger vehicles, our standards are a little stricter than for 3-row SUVs. In particular, the vehicles must have a Top Safety Pick+ award (for either 2016 or 2017) and 5-stars in all three NHTSA 2017 crash ratings. That means a lot of very safe vehicles will just miss the cut! If your SUV is not on the list, that doesn’t mean it is unsafe. It just means it didn’t quite get the top results like our qualifiers or, in some cases, has not yet been fully crash tested by the NHTSA or IIHS.
- Must be an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ for 2016 or 2017
- Must have NHTSA 5-star crash ratings (overall, frontal, side) for 2017.
- NHTSA rollover rating of 4-stars or above.
There are some new entrants this year, with improved designs and features qualifying for top crash test results. We may add other models to this list once both the IIHS and NHTSA issue complete crash testing results. Our qualifiers:
- 2016-2017 Acura RDX
- 2016-2017 Hyundai Tucson*
- 2016-2017 Lincoln MKX*
- 2016-2017 Mazda CX-3
- 2015-2017 Subaru Outback
- 2014-2017 Volvo XC60
- 2016-2017 Volvo XC90*
*We include some models that qualified for a Top Safety Pick+ award in 2016. They do not meet the IIHS requirements for the 2017 award only due to marginal, poor or untested headlights.
Safest SUV for 2017: