How are vehicles given safety ratings?
Vehicles are crash tested by the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration). They are then awarded stars based on their performance in the test. 1-5 stars can be awarded, with 5 stars being the best possible outcome. All of the vehicles listed below are available in AWD/4×4 from Fremont Motors. All vehicle can have 3rd-row seating except the Ford Edge, VW Touareg, and Jeep Grand Cherokee.
2017 Toyota Highlander 5/5
Available in FWD or AWD, with a 3.5L V6, the Toyota Highlander AWD gets an overall 5-star rating for safety. The Toyota gets a whopping 5 stars in all 7 side crash tests. It gets 4 stars for front driver side crash, but 5 stars for front passenger side. That makes the overall front rating 4 stars. Rollover rating is 4 stars.
2017 Toyota 4Runner 4/5
The Toyota 4Runner is available in FWD and AWD, with a 4.0 liter 6 cylinder engine. The 4Runner gets an overall safety rating of 4 out of 5 stars. Whilst it does very good on the side crash tests, it gets 5 stars for all categories except one. It gets 4 stars for overall side pole rating. For frontal crash tests, the 4Runner only gets 3 stars for front passenger side. It gets 4 stars for front driver side and consequently a 4 star overall for front crash rating. For rollovers, the 4Runner scores 3 out of 5 stars.
2017 Volkswagen Touareg
2018 Volkswagen Atlas 5/5
The Volkswagen Atlas is available in FWD and AWD. Available in a 2.0 liter turbo or 3.6 V6, The Atlas gets an overall safety rating of 5 stars. Front driver side crash rating is 4 stars, passenger side gets 5 though. So the overall front crash rating is 5 stars. For side crash ratings the Volkswagen does superb and gets 5 stars on all 7 side crash tests. Rollover crash rating is 4 stars.
2017/18 Ford Edge 5/5
The Ford Edge is also available in FWD or AWD. It scores amazingly in the crash test with an overall score of 5 stars. The Edge gets 5 stars for all front crash tests. It also gets 5 stars in every single side crash test. Rollover safety rating is 4 stars.
2017 Ford Explorer 5/5
Ford’s Explorer does pretty well too, also with an overall crash test rating of 5 stars. The vehicle gets 4 stars for front driver side crash rating but 5 stars for the passenger side. Overall front crash rating is 5 stars. For the side crash tests, the Explorer also gets 5 stars for every test. Rollover is also 4 stars the same as the Edge.
2017 Dodge Durango 4/5
The Dodge Durango is available in FWD and AWD, with a 3.6 liter V6, a 5.7-liter HEMI® V8 and the 6.4liter HEMi® V8. The front driver’s side crash test gets 4 stars but passenger side gets 5. Overall frontal crash test rating is 5 stars. For the side impact tests, the Durango gets full marks of 5 stars all around. It is also noted on there that during the side crash on the driver’s side, “This vehicle rolled onto its side after impact in a side MDB NCAP test”. Rollover crash rating is 3 stars.
2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee 5/5
The Grand Cherokee scores the maximum amount of stars for overall safety rating getting 5. The Jeep gets 5 stars for every single crash test except the rollover test, where is scores 4 out of 5 stars. Frontal crash and side crash tests all score the max 5 stars.
2017 Buick Enclave 5/5
The Buick Enclave is a 3rd row vehicle available in AWD and it gets the maximum 5-star safety rating. Frontal crash test results are all 5 stars as well as side impact test scores. For rollover, the Enclave gets 4 stars. The 2018 body style is different and as of yet, not crash test results are available.
2017 Chevrolet Traverse 5/5
Based off the same platform as the Enclave, not surprisingly, the Traverse alls scores full marks. The Traverse gets a 5-star overall safety rating. 5 stars all round for frontal crash rating and side crash rating. Rollover is 4 stars. The 2018 body style is different and as of yet, no crash test results are available on NHTSA.
2017 GMC Acadia 5/5
Lauren has been working in the automotive industry both in the U.K and in the U.S. for over 10 years. She has driven hundreds of vehicles, not only new cars but beaters without heaters, fast cars on fire, slow cars in snow, off-road trucks in the mucks, and old pickups with pups. She’s driven heaps of Jeeps, miles in muscle and once took her gran in a car from Japan.