Each year the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) determines a vehicle’s total safety score after concluding a battery of tests on categories that include front collision prevention, how well passengers are protected from harm during a crash, what warning systems are in place to hinder crashes, and others. From the data, we take a look at 5 safest used crossover SUVS, the 2015 year model. Specifically, our list will include crossovers that are 2015 Top Safety Picks (TSP) and 2015 Top Safety Picks+. In order to be named a TSP, a crossover vehicle has to meet certain criteria for small overlap front, and moderate overlap front and side, as well as head restraint and roof strength. TSP+ winners have to meet or exceed all TSP criteria, plus they must score a superior rating for front crash prevention. *Note: although there are 12 winners in the 2015 crossover SUV category, we will focus on five of them, in no particular order.
2015 Honda CR-V: This TSP+ with optional front crash prevention isn’t just a winner in the safety category, it’s rapidly becoming one of the most in-demand vehicles at present. The used 2015 Honda CR-V comes with antilock brakes, side-mounted airbags, rear airbags and Lane Departure Warning. It’s also well-liked for its excellent fuel economy and maneuverability.
2015 Mazda CX-5: Not only does this TSP+ with optional front crash prevention have remarkable crash test scores, it’s also roomy and fun to drive. It’s a top seller because of its good looks and versatility. It’s also well-constructed, quiet, comfortable and sporty. Let’s not forget this powerhouse that’s available in three trim levels is also kind at the pump.
2015 Subaru Forester: This TSP+ with optional crash prevention is a favorite in the city as well as on primitive roads, thanks to standard AWD and an available turbo-charged engine. Get traction and stability control, front side/side curtain/driver knee airbags, and a rearview camera included standard with the base model. It’s no wonder it made our list of 5 safest crossover SUVs.
2015 Toyota RAV4: Toyota redesigned the front end of this TSP in 2015 to improve small-overlap frontal-offset crashes and it worked. Driving performance is outstanding with especially confident cornering. With one of the most roomy cargo bays in its class (73.3 cubic feet with the second row folded down), the RAV4 is an efficient overachiever that has much staying power.
2015 Buick Encore: This TSP scores high in cabin space and fuel economy. It also doesn’t hurt that the 2015 Buick Encore is loaded with both standard and optional tech and safety features, including 4G LTE connectivity and a WiFi hotspot. Maneuvering and parking is a cinch with this crossover SUV that comes in four trim levels. OnStar is included with the base model, which includes automatic crash protection, roadside assistance, and remote door unlocking.
If you have a budding or growing family and are on the market for a safe used crossover, we hope our list of 5 safest crossover SUVs was helpful to you. We encourage you to check inventory and schedule a test-drive for any of the crossover SUVs listed above.