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The Cars That Best Help Drivers Avoid A Crash
Safety technology on some new vehicles can be fascinating. But if you haven’t visited a showroom in a few years, the array of new crash-prevention options can also be confusing.
Some of these systems offer autonomous braking, and some are more effective than others.
To help consumers evaluate these systems before they plunk down thousands of dollars, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, a nonprofit organization devoted to automotive safety, has examined how they work on some of the most popular cars on the market.
"Our new ratings let consumers know which systems offer the most promise for the extra expense," said David Zuby, chief research officer at IIHS.
Zuby and his crew have tested the frontal crash-prevention systems on 74 current models of sedans and SUVs, focusing in particular on autonomous braking and collision-warning systems. On Friday morning, they released the results.
Seven cars earned the IIHS’s highest grade of "superior," while six more earned the second-highest grade of "advanced."
"These latest ratings from IIHS highlight how effective this technology can be, while also rewarding the manufacturers that provide them," said Karl Brauer, senior analyst at Kelley Blue Book. "This is really the future of both automotive safety and safety testing."
Here's a look at the cars ahead of the pack:
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