Anyone purchasing a car usually starts their conversation with the question of fuel efficiency. That inquiry is usually quickly followed by asking about the safety of the vehicle itself. With so many great safety features that can be added to vehicles of today, most vehicles will meet or exceed a five start crash test rating, but the ones which stand out are those that add equipment that increases the safety of the vehicles by providing drivers with additional information and warnings to help keep themselves and all their occupants safe and secure on the road.
Here is a very extensive list of the safest SUVs coming out for the 2015 model year, giving many shoppers plenty to choose from.
Amazingly the XC60 shows up in this list very far down as the list will go from lowest rated to the best rated vehicle. Even though it is at the bottom of the list, it still carries the five start crash test rating from the NTSA and comes in a very attractive package that allows all inside to know they are in a very safe vehicle with the signature Volvo safety features and equipment. The XC60 also carries a decent fuel mileage for owners to enjoy coming in at 18 city/25 hwy mpg allowing plenty of driving between fill ups.
The Toyota Venza is a small SUV that shows up with a low profile and sporty exterior taking the sport part of SUV very seriously. The Venza earns the five star crash test rating from the NTSA as well and offers a very nice fuel efficiency at 18 city/25 hwy mpg for owners to enjoy. The low slung vehicle appears to almost be one that should enter the crossover class and other than the higher ground clearance than a wagon would not look odd in the wagon class either. Regardless, the Venza is an SUV from Toyota which means it get loaded with great equipment and carries a reputation for reliability.
As the typical namesake from Toyota, the Highlander carries the five star crash test rating as well and is the SUV the public is used to from Toyota. As a vehicle that can carry seven passengers or a ton of cargo along with having a very nice ground clearance for going off road, the Highlander has been a popular choice for Toyota driver for a very long time. The Highlander offers a fuel efficiency of 19 city/25 hwy mpg for anyone who wants to enjoy the ride.
As the slightly larger sibling to the Outback the Forester is a very nice SUV with plenty to offer, especially for the crowd who wants to head off road. The signature Subaru all-wheel drive offers plenty of capability and control on and off the road allowing for weekend trips to the beach, lake or campground to be more adventurous. Offering a fuel efficiency of 24 city/32 hwy mpg the Forester is easy to enjoy and head out for adventure.
The M-Class from Mercedes-Benz offers drivers the opportunity to enjoy a very high-class ride while also having the capability to go off road where needed. The M-Class is a gorgeous SUV from any angle and the highly tuned handling and control make this an easy vehicle to enjoy from just about any perspective. Add to this the decent fuel mileage of 18 city/24 hwy and the M-Class is a luxury SUV that shows understandable popularity.
Anything offered by Mazda must live up to the “zoom zoom” mantra and the CX-5 does so with plenty of zoom to spare. The CX-5 offers capability, a very energetic engine and plenty of great looks and equipment for Mazda drivers to enjoy. As one of the most popular SUVs on the market today the CX-5 shows off as a vehicle that fits a lot of needs with plenty of versatility of cargo configurations as well as easy carrying of people where they need to go. The CX-5 brings in nice fuel efficiency at 26 city/32 hwy mpg for owners to take advantage of as well.
The Lexus RX is another SUV that appears to be almost too aerodynamic to be an SUV, but that rounded shape is what helps make so many of the SUVs of today be able to live up to both the sport and utility parts of their classifications. The RX offers a huge amount of luxury equipment to enjoy, just as any Lexus model would, and comes in a package that is easy on the eyes and very enjoyable to drive. Add the five start crash test rating and the reliability that Toyota and Lexus models are well known for and this is one great SUV to drive. The fuel mileage is respectable even though not a big deal at 18 city/24 hwy mpg.
The Sportage started is life as a very small and economical SUV that barely had anything to offer over its sedan siblings except size. Nowadays, the Sportage is still economical, but it offers a great deal of off road features and true SUV equipment that is sought after for these vehicles that fall between a sedan and a truck. The Sportage is a fun and easy to enjoy ride with plenty of great control along with offering a decent fuel mileage that comes in at 19 city/26 hwy mpg.
The big brother to the Sportage is the Sorento which shows off with a great deal of capability on and off road as well as an available third row of seating to make it easier to haul more people or more stuff wherever they want to go. Adding a massive ground clearance and an engine that achieves even better gas mileage than the Sportage, the Sorento is the choice between the two when selecting an SUV that is capable of doing it all. The Sorento comes in with a fuel efficiency of 20 city/27 hwy mpg for owners to enjoy the ride.
Jeep Grand Cherokee
The Grand Cherokee is one of the most touted SUVs for capability, flexibility, performance and popularity. The signature seven slotted grill offers owners the knowledge they are partnering with a company that has been building SUVs for over seventy years. Along with this longevity, the Grand Cherokee offers the highly sought after five star crash rating that makes it on this list of safest SUVs in the eighth spot. The Grand Cherokee does offer a slightly lower fuel mileage at 17 city/24 hwy mpg, but the off road capabilities cannot be argued with at all.
As a larger SUV, the Acadia offers a great deal of capability as well as a very smooth and enjoyable ride. Fully capable of handling a lot of off road ventures as well as hauling a trailer full of camping gear or toys to enjoy at the lake, the Acadia is a great choice for the growing family. The Acadia can come decked out in the Denali trim which allows it to be as or more luxurious than many of the luxury SUVs on this list. The Acadia carries the same five star crash test rating as all other vehicles on this list and offers a decent fuel mileage for the size at 17 city/24 hwy mpg.
This is not the same Ford Explorer from previous years that wasn’t really capable of doing much except staying on the paved roads. The new and improved Explorers have been completely revamped to offer plenty of capabilities to owners, especially those who want to venture off road. With seating for up to seven and a very attractive exterior the Explorer is a great option for the family who wants a bit of adventure which can’t be achieved in the minivan class. The Explorer does carry the five star crash test rating and respectable fuel efficiency for a vehicle of its size which shows up at 17 city/24 hwy mpg.
The large cousin to the GMC Acadia can be had for much less than the Acadia but with quite a few less features and benefits, but does offer a great deal of capability. The Traverse has become the highly popular SUV from Chevrolet since the phasing out of the Blazer several years ago. The Traverse makes heading off road a breeze and handles extremely well, especially for its size, which is large enough to carry three rows of passengers wherever they want to go. The Traverse offers owners the five star crash test rating and a fuel mileage that is the same as the Acadia at 17 city/24 hwy mpg.
Moving in at the fourth position is the Cadillac SRX which shows up as a well-designed sport-serious SUV that is not just the smaller sibling of the Escalade, but an SUV all its own as far as personality is concerned. The SRX offers owners a vehicle that is extremely attractive and highly capable when heading out for an adventure that requires some off road capability. The SRX is extremely comfortable and full of signature luxury appointments to enjoy. The SRX offers a very slight fuel mileage at 16 city/23 hwy mpg, but is not made to save money on gas.
The lineup of GM midsized SUV products would not be complete without including the Buick Enclave which is built on the same platform as the GMC Acadia and Chevrolet Traverse. Carrying much the same equipment as the other two, the Enclave is highly capable and full of Buick engineering that makes it all its own version of basically the same vehicle. The Enclave sits in the third position on this list and carries the same 17 city/24 hwy mpg fuel mileage as the other two.
In the runner-up position is the Acura RDX which is a very attractive SUV that takes the sport part very seriously. With exceptional handling and serious road control the RDX drives a lot like a sedan rather than an SUV made for a family or hauling gear. The RDX can be equipped with all-wheel drive to make the runs off road a possibility or simply enjoyed without the added capability as a great looking and highly capable SUV. The RDX offers the same five star crash test rating and comes in with decent fuel efficiency at 20 city/28 hwy mpg.
On top of this awesome list is found the Acura MDX which enters 2015 as the safest SUV on the market. As the larger sibling to the RDX the MDX is very capable and handles extremely well offering a luxury ride that will not easily be forgotten. The MDX makes a great choice for the growing family, the adventurer on the go, or anyone who wants to enjoy the outstanding handling and capability of a very nice luxury SUV. The MDX offers a fuel efficiency of 20 city/28 hwy mpg allowing owners to enjoy a savings at the pump as well as driving the safest SUV on the market.
With safety in mind, these are 17 SUVs that have made the grade all carrying the five star crash test rating from the NTSA. Knowing this, the only real decision left for any SUV shopper is which one is going to be the best choice to fit their lifestyle. Will it be one that takes off road adventures seriously, or a luxury model that looks and drives extremely well on the paved roads? Only the SUV shoppers can make that decision and that might take several test drives to decide. Regardless of the possible choices starting with this list will certainly offer a winning combination for anyone.