Top 10 Safest Crossovers and SUVs of 2014

Top 10 Safest Crossovers and SUVs of 2014

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.

  • TDS

    If the list is alphabetical, they shouldn’t be numbered. Seems like a countdown to the safest vehicle, when in reality, the worst performer is the Toyota Highlander listed at #2. If you checked NHTSA as well as IIHS, the Highlander, Equinox, Rogue, Terrain, Forester and Outlander all fall behind many other SUVs. There are only four that ace both NHTSA and IIHS. The MDX, M-Class, CX-5 and XC60.

  • Lex

    Makes you wonder what was the payment made to from those listed was. In other words, this is likely just paid advertising.

  • Jamal

    Did you even read the article? “To determine the safest crossovers and SUVs available in today’s
    marketplace, we headed over to see which vehicles have been awarded a
    Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
    With the addition of the new small overlap front crash test, the IIHS
    truly puts the newest cars to the test in order to determine which are
    the safest. Given the requirement of being a Top Safety Pick+, there
    were exactly 10 crossovers and SUVs on the list and are listed in
    alphabetical order.”