6. Mercedes-Benz M-Class
If you’re looking for a safe and luxurious SUV, the Mercedes-Benz M-Class should be at the top of your list. Only vehicles built after August 2013 are Top Safety Pick+ rated by the IIHS, but that shouldn’t be a problem if you’re shopping for a new vehicle. The base model ML350 starts at $48,715 and comes standard with a 3.5-liter V6 engine providing 302 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque while getting an EPA-estimated 17-mpg city, 22-mpg highway rating. Other variants to the M-Class lineup include the ML350 BlueTEC which features a 3.0-liter turbocharged diesel engine with 240 hp and 455 lb-ft of torque and the ML550 with a 4.6-liter biturbo V8 churning out 402 hp and 433 lb-ft of torque. Of course there’s also the ML63 from AMG that has a range-topping 5.5-liter biturbo V8 with 518 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque.