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List of the safest SUVs to buy 2019

1. 2019 Honda Pilot

2019 Honda Pilot includes all the Honda Sensing technologies as standard.

Apart from that, the available safety technology includes:

  • blind spot information system (BSI, not standard on EX, EX-L and Touring)
  • Rear Cross Traffic Monitor (standard on Touring, Elite, EX, and EX-L)
    Expectedly, Honda integrated a wide array of passive safety technologies, including the high-end airbags and full supports for children such as:
  • Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH)
  • Lower Anchors (2nd-Row All, 3rd-Row Passenger-Side),
  • Tether Anchors (2nd-Row All, 3rd-Row All)

No wonder the Pilot aced safety tests from NTHSA and earned IIHS Top Safety Pick.

2. 2019 GMC Terrain

The smallest GMC SUV – the Terrain – has been designed to offer plenty of comfort and refinement in the compact SUV segment. While it is the least expensive of all GMC SUVs, the Terrain actually does not provide a multitude of active safety features as standard. In short, its entry-level SL trim does not offer specific safety tech even as an option.

  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Rear Park Assist
  • Following Distance Indicator
  • Forward Collision Alert
  • Automatic Parking Assist
  • Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning

At least it is available, or standard with the upper trim levels such as the SLE and the Denali.

While the NHTSA gave the 2019 GMC Terrain the best possible marks in front and side crashes, the IIHS criticized its headlights and marked it as a Poor – the worst score possible. However, the IIHS awarded the 2019 GMC Terrain with the highest rating of Good in six crash test categories.

While we are waiting for the 2020 GMC Terrain, I can tell you, in good faith, that it will probably receive the same marks as the 2019 GMC Terrain.

3. 2019 GMC Acadia

Redesigned in 2019, the 2020 GMCAcadia does come with an all-new look, several new smart technologies, and a redesigned transmission. Plus, it is available with an all-new 2.0-liter, turbocharged engine. With the advanced and comprehensive safety features it inherited from the 2019 Acadia, the 2020 GMC Acadia features a multitude of safety options including:

  • Front Pedestrian Braking
  • Low-Speed Forward Automatic Braking (standard on SLT-2 and Denali)
  • Forward Automatic Braking (available on Denali)
  • Following Distance Indicator
  • IntelliBeam automatic headlamp high-beam control
  • Surround Vision camera system
  • Safety Alert Seat
  • Forward Collision Alert
  • Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning
  • Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert
  • Front and Rear Parking Assist.

As for the new 2020 Acadia, GMC included the new Head-up Display which should further improve the safety.

While explicitly designed to reduce overall weight over the predecessor, the GMC Acadia architecture offers fantastic crash performance. Thanks to outward folding of the front rails during a crash and a full suite of passive safety features, the 2019 GMC Acadiareceived good IIHS Safety Ratings and four-star NHTSA Safety Overall Rating. I believe that the 2020 GMC Acadia will achieve much the same results.

4. 2019 Chevrolet Trax

Although it is just a minuscule, city SUV, the 2019 Chevrolet Trax offers an impressive set of safety technologies that includes:

  • Forward Collision Alert
  • Side Blind Zone Alert
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Rear Park Assist
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Ten airbags

With such a wealth of safety features, the Trax is easily one of the safest small vehicles on the market. This is quite incredible because the subcompact SUV has been in production since 2013 with one major facelift in 2017. Nevertheless, its latest version – 2019 Chevy Trax – was awarded five stars by NHTSA and with a good IIHS rating.

5. 2019 Chevrolet Traverse

2019 Chevy Traverse, GM is quick to point out its safety talents. Not only did it become the five stars awarded SUV by NTHSA, but it has 14 available safety features including:

  • Surround Vision
  • D-Optic LED headlamps (standard on High Country and Premier)
  • Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning
  • Front Pedestrian Braking
  • Forward Collision Alert
  • Low and High-Speed Forward Automatic Braking.
  • Teen Driver

The Traverse, being a large family SUV, has to be one of the safest vehicles on the road. With the new architecture and longer wheelbase, but less weight compared to its previous generation, the Traverse grew to be one of the most alluring prospects on the market.

6. 2019 Chevrolet Equinox

Chevrolet managed to lower the Equinox’s weight by 400 pounds compared to its previous generation. This did not hamper its safety credentials, as the new architecture features several precisely engineered structures created using high-strength and ultra-high-strength steel. Complementing such a smart structure, the 2019 Equinox features a full set of passive safety equipment and a mandatory set of active safety aids, including:

  • Safety Alert Seat
  • Surround Vision
  • Forward Collison Alert
  • Following Distance Indicator
  • Low-Speed Forward Automatic Braking
  • Lane Keeping Assist
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Rear Cross Trafic Alert

No wonder the 2019 Chevrolet Equinox managed to get a five-star overall safety rating by NHTSA. Chevy offered it with the additional safety features as well. Optionally, you can choose the Highway safety kit, HD Surround Vision, and Front Pedestrian Braking. Rather awesome.

7.2019 Buick Envision

Although produced in China, the 2019 Buick Envision includes all important GM safety features that make it more than adequate for its compact family SUV forays. The NTHSA awarded it with five stars in its crash test, while the IIHS testing procedure marked its safety levels as adequate. Quite good!

In its top-notch form – 2019 Buick Envision Premium II AWD ($44,795) – the compact SUV has numerous active safety features such as:

  • Following Distance Indicator
  • Forward Automatic Braking
  • Forward Collision Alert
  • Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning
  • Safety Alert Seat
  • Surround Vision

Obviously, you can see that some of these names are repeating throughout this article. It is an expected turn of events as GM shares much of its technology with all the SUVs they produce. And that’s a lot of SUVs.

8. 2019 Toyota RAV4

e of the newest entries on the market, the 2020 Toyota RAV4 brings the latest active safety tech features to the play. Toyota equipped it as standard with Toyota Safety Sense 2.0. This is one of the most comprehensive safety suits on the market, but more importantly, it is standard even for the entry $25,000 model.

Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 includes:

  • Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD)
  • Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC)
  • Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/SA)
  • Automatic High Beam (AHB)
  • Lane Tracing Assist (LTA)
  • Road Sign Assist (RSA)
  • Eight airbags
  • Full Toyota Star Safety System (Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Brake Assist, Anti-lock Braking System, and Smart Stop Technology)

Now, you may ask, is there anything optional available?

There is:

  • Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)
  • Bird’s Eye View Camera,
  • Intelligent Clearance Sonar (ICS),
  • Rear Cross Traffic Braking (RCTB) system

Now, this is the most extensive list of the safety gear that I have included in this article. It is for a good reason as the 2019 RAV4 wholly overshadowed all other compact SUV in almost any segment – safety included. I attribute much of it to the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) philosophy. Yes, it is a modular platform that enables Toyota to share the tech across its lineup of SUVs and cars, but it also gives the ability to create something astonishing – like the 2019 Toyota RAV4.

9. 2019 Acura RDX

a utilized high-strength steel for over 50 percent of the RDX’s construction. Not only did this allow the Japanese to cut 20 pounds of weight from the structure, but it also improved the rigidness and safety of the whole vehicle. The RDX, thus, was designed to achieve Top Safety Pick+ rating from the IIHS and a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the NHTSA. That is the best a vehicle can aim for. To achieve it, Acura created particularly powerful door ring structure that gives another layer of protection in case of a crash.

Added active safety features are equally impressive. They include the so-called AcuraWatch™ suite with:

  • Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS)
  • Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™)
  • Forward Collision Warning (FCW) – Integrated with CMBS™
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow
  • Multi-Angle Rearview Camera
  • Surround View Camera System (Advance Package)
  • Parking Sensors
  • Blind Spot Information (BSI)
  • Rear Cross Traffic Monitor
  • Pedestrian Injury Mitigation

Obviously, some of these safety systems are far more advanced compared to any other vehicle on this list. Yet, the 2019 Acura RDX’s entry price is $37,600. At the other end, it will easily top $50,000.

10. 2019 Mercedes Benz GLC300

Anti-lock brakes

ABS brakes automatically sense when a tire has stopped rotating under extreme braking, and will modulate the brake pressure to allow the tire to rotate. This increases the vehicles ability to turn while braking.

Stability control

Stability control automatically senses when the vehicles handling limits have been exceeded and reduces engine power and/or applies select brakes to help prevent the driver from losing control of the vehicle.

Front-impact airbags

Front-impact airbags for the driver and passenger have been designed to protect the head during a frontal crash.

Side impact airbags

Side impact airbags for the front seats have been designed to protect the torso during a side impact collision.

Overhead airbags

Overhead airbags are used to protect the occupant’s heads in the event of a side collision or rollover.

Knee airbags

Knee airbags help to protect the occupants lower extremities from serious injury in the event of an accident.


Seatbelt pretensioners automatically tighten seatbelts to place the occupant in the optimal seating position during a collision.


Anti-whiplash head restraints actively react to rear collision forces and craddle the occupants head in an effort to reduce the likelihood of a whiplash injury.

Security system

The vehicle is equipped with a means of anticipating and/or detecting unwanted vehicle intrusion. The vehicle is equipped with an ignition disable device that will prevent the engine from starting if the correct original manufacturer key is not used.

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