With 160 000 car accidents in Canada each year, of which around 2 850 result in deaths, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
One of the two main providers of safety testing in North America is the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), an independent, nonprofit organization founded in 1959 by three major insurance associations. A decade later, the IIHS was leading the transformation of the highway safety field by using a modern, scientific approach to crash prevention, including human factors(age, impaired driving, seatbelt usage…), vehicle research(crash avoidance and crashworthiness),and physical environment (such as roadside hazards).
The IIHS safety ratings are determined based on four factors: measurements from dummies, survival space, airbags, and seat effectiveness.
They use six crash tests to determine the car’s safety rating: a frontal crash test, a side crash test, a roof strength test, a head restraints and seat test, and latch and headlight evaluations.
Once all the tests are complete the safety ratings are assigned, with G(ood), A(cceptable), M(arginal) and P(oor) classifications.
Based on last year’s evaluations, we’ve rounded up our top 5 safety pics for 2022. All the models have a G rating and earned the Top Safety Pick + award from IIHS.
A family favourite for years, the Subaru brand is well-loved across the world, but it’s powerful 4-wheel drive make it a fan favourite for Canadian winters. Featuring the Subaru StarDrive Technology, engineered to automatically optimize power, torque and fuel efficiency as well as the EyeSight System which utilizes two cameras to monitor activity on the road, identify potential dangers and provide roadside assistance, the Crosstrek Hybrid is the perfect road-trip companion.
One of the most popular brands on the market, Honda keeps raising the bar on quality and durability. An award-winning car, the 2022 Accord features redesigned, sculpted front-end and driver-assistance features such as LED low and high beam headlights and fog lights, 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and dual exhaust finishers. Versatile, affordable and super comfy this car handles great on the open road and in the city.
By 2025 Volvo has committed to putting one million electrified cars on the road. Presently, every Volvo vehicle sold in North America is available with electrified power, either fully electric or as a plug-in hybrid. The S60 Recharge is designed for a greener tomorrow, made with sustainable materials and low tailpipe emissions. Featuring advanced technology such as cross-traffic alert auto brake, 360° parking view thanks to four cameras, and a mild-hybrid powertrain that saves fuel by recovering energy when you brake, this Scandinavian sedan is dynamic driving at its best.
Never a dull moment when you drive a Volvo S60.
A worthy contender to Europe’s automotive elite, the 2022 Stinger offers premium quality for the budget-conscious car enthusiasts. The car’s interior is comfortable and attractive, matching the quality of luxury models like the BMW 3-series, though less polished, without the extra glossiness and digital displays. The Stinger offers a spacious trunk with plenty of cargo room and comes equipped with driver-assist features like automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane-keeping assist and adaptive cruise control. There’s a reason this sporty bad boy made our Fave Five this year: it’s a winner.
If you’re looking for flagship luxury sedans without breaking the bank, the Genesis G90 is the one you want. Seriously spacious, with an opulent interior and silky smooth transmission, the 2022 model is crafted to exceed your expectations. Every version comes almost fully loaded, with standard driver-assist technology like forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking, lane-departure and keeping assist, smart cruise control and blind-spot detection. Definitely, a car that leaves a lasting impression.
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The fully redesigned model is a daring revamp that packs a punch. Competing against the ever-popular Toyota’s RAV4 and Honda’s CR-V, Hyundai historically stuck to safe, conservative designs, but with the 2022 Tucson, the Korean brand offers a bold alternative to its previous models. Featuring a more dynamic interior, complete with an entirely digital console and a panoramic sunroof. But what we’re really loving is Hyundai SmartSense, a host of safety features which, among others, offer forward collision and junction-turning detection, highway driving assist with auto curve slowdown (especially useful when you think you’re Dominic Toretto), ultrasonic rear occupant alert and driver attention warning (designed to detect the onset of driver fatigue) and a surround-view monitor. With the 2022 Tucson, Hyundai may finally be ahead of the game.
A brand you can count on, Toyota delivers another winner with the 2022 Highlander. With plenty of space and an appealing design, this three-row model has plenty of perks to keep the entire family happy. We love that it’s one of the few SUVs that offer a hybrid option that costs barely more than the standard gas-power one, as well as all-wheel drive. As custom with the Toyota lineup, many driver-assist features and infotainment come standard with their base version. The 2022 model is the brand’s first introduction of Toyota Safety Sense 2.5+, which comes fully equipped with active safety technologies like radar cruise control with curve speed management, emergency steering assist, automatic high beams, pre-collision detection and left-turn intersection support, to name but a few of the safety and technology features. The Highlander is sure to command attention wherever you drive.
*source: Canadian Transportation Safety Board, 2017