Mercedes-Benz in the Forbes list of safest cars
They are in the mix with the likes of Infiniti and Volvo who currently dominate the list. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (the IIHS) is one of the biggest influences upon the list overall. In order to meet the strenuous criteria which the IIHS set out, car’s must meet benchmarks on front, side, rear end and rollover crashes. Every performance is determined by a “Good”, “Acceptable”, “Marginal” or “Poor” ratings.
The 2012 list consists of 69 cars. 38 of these are Sports Utility Vehicles along with three pickup trucks. There were 18 new entries this year.
Testing of cars limited
Forbes.com released a statement regarding the way in which vehicle testing is actually selected. The statement read “Unfortunately, testing is generally limited only to those vehicles having the highest sales volumes, meaning sports cars, exotic models and upper-strata luxury sedans like the Audi A8, BMW 7 Series, Lexus LS and Mercedes-Benz S-Class aren’t included in the IIHS rating system.”
The restriction in selection of vehicles continued with Forbes selecting models that sell for $50,000 or less for all tests. Overall this made the results a fair test and a representation of the cars from what most motorists can afford. The fact that the cars chosen were those which have high sales volumes means that the majority of motorists can relate to the list. However it doesn’t necessarily mean that the cars chosen are the safest on the road.
The Audi A6 ended up with the overall prize. A statement from Forbes explained exactly why the car was indeed chosen. The car has a host of quality features and therefore earned top marks on all tests. A statement read “Recently redesigned, Audi’s A6 sedan covers all the bases with good looks, a comfortable interior, adept performance and a wealth of high-tech safety features that includes blind spot monitoring, lane departure, collision warning/avoidance and night vision systems. As with all the other models in our Safest Cars list, it’s also an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety 2012 Top Safety Pick, which means it earns top scores in front, side, rollover and rear-end crash tests.”
The safest Forbes.com cars
- Audi A6
- BMW 5 Series
- Infiniti EX 35
- Infiniti M37/M56
- Mercedes-Benz E-Class
- Mercedes-Benz M-Class
- Volvo S60
- Volvo S80
- Volvo XC60