2014 Volvo XC90 Scores Top Safety Pick + Rating from IIHS
The 2014 Volvo XC90 earned a spot on the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's Top Safety Pick + list. The model scored the highest possible rating by the agency by performing well in a number of categories, including moderate overlap front, side impact, roof strength, and rear crash tests. The 2014 Volvo XC90 also passed the difficult small overlap front crash test with flying colors. The new test simulates what happens when the front corner of a car strikes an object, tree, or another vehicle at 40 mph. IIHS concluded that drivers in the XC90 are at "low risk of any significant injuries" in these type of crashes. Because it is a hard test to pass, the small overlap test has prevented many models from earning the coveted Top Safety Pick + rating. Even freshly redesigned models such as the Toyota RAV4 and Corolla failed to receive the honors when Toyota had time to make the necessary adjustments on these new models. Volvo's achievement in the XC90 is significant considering it has not received a redesign since it was introduced for the 2003 model year. It is possible that Volvo implemented some structural changes in the 2014 XC90 model without a major overhaul, as was the case for the Subaru Impreza and XV Crosstrek, two recently announced Top Safety Pick + winners. However, the XC90 has always maintained high crash test scores from IIHS, earning top marks on all the agency's crash tests since before the small overlap evaluation was introduced. Volvo has always maintained a reputation of being a leader in safety, and the new crash test scores are confirming the automaker's declaration. Other models to receive the accolade include the XC60 compact crossover and S60 compact car. Source: IIHS
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