Sports Utility Vehicles have become the most purchased vehicle type in the US, taking over sedans, pickup trucks, and coupes for the top spot. Seeing as safety is vitally important, here are some of the top IIHS-Rated small SUVs.
The IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) has two safety designations:
TSP, or Top Safety Pick, is awarded to vehicles that earn good ratings in five crashworthiness tests (side crashworthiness, roof strength, head restraints, moderate overlap front, and small overlap front) along with achieving a basic rating in front crash prevention test.
And TSP+, or Top Safety Pick+, is given to vehicles that meet the TSP standards, with an advanced or superior rating for the front crash prevention testing rather than a basic rating.
Buick Encore – TSP
This pint-sized luxury SUV is filled with premium technology, advanced safety equipment, and modern styling. A vertical grille leads to dynamic body lines, a sporty side profile, and an easily accessible rear hatch.
On the inside, you’ll get a soft-touch interior with 6-way power adjustable seats, the Bluetooth-enabled Buick IntelliLink system featuring a CD player, Sirius XM satellite radio, and AM and FM radio. It also has OnStar’s 4G LTE network as standard, though requiring of a subscription.
The 2016 Buick Encore is powered by a 1.4L turbocharged engine and is available with all-wheel drive for extra traction! It has a 5-star NHTSA (National Highway Transportation Safety Administration), along with the IIHS’s TSP rating.
To test drive a 2016 Buick Encore, please call or visit your local AutoNation Buick retailer today!
FIAT 500X – TSP+
Italian style exudes from the 2016 FIAT 500X. The front fascia is sleek and leads your eye past muscular wheel arches to a sporty rear, reminiscent of its smaller 500-cousin.
Inside, you’ll get the same dedication to style. A comfortable and tech-filled interior features the Bluetooth-enabled Uconnect infotainment system with voice commands, a GPS navigation system, and premium sound.
The FIAT 500X has a 1.4L MultiAir turbocharged engine, with a 2.4L Tigershark MutliAir 2 Engine which creates 180 horsepower on the Easy trim level and up. It has a TSP+ safety rating and has yet to be rated by the NHTSA.
Head over to your local AutoNation FIAT store to test drive the 2016 FIAT 500X!
Honda CR-V – TSP+
The Honda CR-V is just over 20 years old and it’s better than ever. The front fascia’s piano black and chrome-painted trims are dynamic while the body lines bring your eye to a futuristic rear fascia.
As interiors go, the Honda CR-V offers everything you want and then some. Depending on trim level, you can have a 10-way power adjustable seat, 7-inch touchscreen display for your infotainment system with standard Pandora apps, and more.
The 2016 Honda CR-V has a 185-horsepower 2.4L inline-4 with direct injection. It has a 5-star NHTSA rating, a TSP+ rating from the IIHS, has the Honda Sensing safety system, and optional safety systems.
To test drive the 2016 Honda CR-V, please visit your local AutoNation Honda retailer today!
Mazda CX-5 – TSP+
Mazda’s CX-5 is one safe SUV… and it looks good from any angle. A black grille is surrounded by a metallic finish and a dynamic side profile.
The inside offers an easy-to-use, Bluetooth-enabled infotainment system, seating for 5, and a spacious cargo space in the rear. Cloth-trimmed sport seats comfortably hold you in place as you Zoom-Zoom around town.
It’s powered by Mazda’s spunky SKYACTIV 2.0L DOHC engine, with a more powerful 2.5L available on some trims. It has the Superior rating for IIHS front crash prevention and an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ under its belt.
Come see the 2016 Mazda CX-5 at your local AutoNation Mazda dealership today!
Mitsubishi Outlander – TSP+
Mitsubishi recently redesigned the entire Outlander. The new 2016 is a CUV (rated in the SUV category by the IIHS) that offers plenty of exterior presence and tons of style. A wide front grille and athletic exterior design lines and dynamic wheels give more than enough style to this capable utility vehicle.
Seating for seven passengers is standard with 50/50 third-row seats, comfortable seating, and a 6.1-inch touchscreen with a rearview camera and Sirius XM. A 7-inch HD touchscreen with Navigation system is available.
With Super All-Wheel control and an AWC ECO Mode, you’ll be able to utilize your choice of two MIVEC engines. Not only does it have a TSP+ achievement, but it also has many safety systems to help keep you and your occupants cruising down the road.
Head over to your local AutoNation Mitsubishi store to check out the all-new 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander!
Nissan Rogue – TSP
The 2016 Nissan Rogue offers good looks, starting with the v-grille up front, leading past stylish wheels to a dynamic and sporty rear fascia. This capable SUV also comes with available all-wheel drive for those needing more traction.
Interior refinements include available leather-appointed seats, a Bluetooth-enabled infotainment system with navigation and mobile apps, and more. Always see where you’re going while reversing with the Around View Monitor (standard on SL models).
The 170-horsepower 4-cylinder is standard across all 2016 Nissan Rogue as, too, are the standard safety features, such as LED daytime running lights, Advanced Drive-Assist Display, and more.
If you’re interested in looking at the 2016 Nissan Rogue, please call or visit your local AutoNation Nissan dealership today!
Subaru Forester – TSP+
The Subaru Forester has long been a capable vehicle and, now, it’s more stylish than ever. A quintessentially Subaru front end leads to a sleek side profile and modern rear fascia.
Subaru has given the Forester a durable cloth interior, available 10-way power adjustable seats, and more. The Subaru Forester’s extra-wide rear doors grant for easy access to rear, reclinable seats.
Subaru has given the Forester a choice of two BOXER engines and two transmissions. While the EyeSight safety system is an added option, it’s one that you’ll be happy you equipped.
Wander over to the nearest AutoNation Subaru store to check out the 2016 Subaru Forester!
Toyota RAV4 – TSP+
Since 1994, the Toyota RAV4 has been taking drivers where they need to go and the 2016 model year offers modern style and impressive functionality.
If you want a plush interior, you can opt for SofTex-trimmed, heated sport seats and there are 5 available infotainment systems depending on which trim level you choose.
There’s two choices for engines, with the top giving 194 horsepower from a hybrid system with a super ultra-low emission vehicle (SULEV) rating. It also comes with Toyota’s Star Safety System standard with optional Toyota Safety Sense packages.
To test drive the 2016 Toyota RAV4 place contact your local AutoNation Toyota retailer today!