Another one joins the list! And this time around, it’s the Saab 9-4X, a new midsize luxury SUV, that’s taken its place on the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Top Safety Pick award list.
To earn this top safety designation, the 9-4X had to earn a rating of good in the IIHS’s front, side, and rollover evaluations (this was based on good performances for its structural twin, the Cadillac SRX). A good rating was also secured for protection in rear-end crashes (a separate rear impact test was conducted for the seats/head restraints.
To earn a Top Safety Pick award, vehicles need to earn the highest ratings in all four Institute safety evaluations, as well as have electronic stability control.