The Safest Cars & SUVs of 2017: IIHS Top Safety Pick Winners

Staying safe on the road can’t be taken for granted. But aside from being a responsible driver, what can be done to ensure you’re protected? Check out the following IIHS Top Safety Pick-winning cars and SUVs for sale at our Kansas City car dealers, and you’ll be ready for any bump on the road or lane-swerving car that crosses your path.

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2017 Toyota Highlander (Midsize SUV)

If life gave grades, the Toyota Highlander would earn an “A” across the board—just as it did with the IIHS.

A Top Safety Pick+ winner, the Highlander has perhaps the best safety scores amongst the Toyota lineup. Part of its appeal is its bounty of standard safety equipment; each of the eight Highlander trims comes with high-end halogen headlights, Whiplash-Injury-Lessening seats, Hill Start Assist, and advanced airbag technology.

Most notably, the Highlander (and a majority of other 2017 Toyota models) come standard with Toyota Safety Sense™ P, which includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Automatic High Beams, and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.

Move up to a Highlander Limited model, for instance, and you’ll receive a slew of other standard safety features like Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, reverse parking assist via sonar, an anti-theft system, and a handy Stop and Start Engine System for making your chilly winter commutes a bit more manageable.

View and test out the 2017 Toyota Highlander SUV at McCarthy Toyota of Sedalia.

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2017 Chevrolet Volt (Compact Hybrid)

Fuel efficiency may be what it’s known for, but the 2017 Chevy Volt, when fitted with available automatic emergency braking, earns a pitch-perfect IIHS grade—and a coveted spot on the Top Safety Pick+ list.

Parents, take note: Chevy Volts are all equipped with the innovative Chevrolet Teen Driver system. If you’ve got a budding collision-magnet on your hands, you’ll appreciate the features Teen Driver offers, including auto-muting audio when seatbelts aren’t fastened, visual and audible warnings when the vehicle ventures past preset MPH limits, restrictions on music volume, and notifications if safety features are activated. You can also access an in-car report card to see how your teen is respecting (or disrespecting) their newest freedoms.

Other standard safety features include OnStar® services with 4G LTE Wi-Fi, LED daytime running lights, a rearview camera, hands-free calling, and StabiliTrak®.

Browse the selection of new Chevy Volts for sale at our auto dealerships near Kansas City.

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2017 Hyundai Santa Fe (Small SUV)

Low in price, high in safety—that’s the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV in a nutshell.

Earning top honors with an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award, this Santa Fe has been completely refreshed to offer more of what made its past iterations so popular. A rearview camera is standard across the Santa Fe trim levels, and additional safety features such as adaptive cruise control, a parking-assist camera, automatic emergency brakes, pedestrian detection, rear cross-traffic alerts, blind-spot monitors, and lane-change assist are also available.

What’s best, these optional features are extremely affordable when bundled together, and America’s Best Warranty™ covers everything and then some.

Ready to make a decision that makes sense without paying a lot of cents? Visit our Kansas City SUV dealers to lease or buy the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe!

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2017 Nissan Maxima (Full-Size Car)

Nissan’s reputation has come a long way thanks to the automaker’s tireless commitment to improving vehicle safety across their lineup. For 2017, the Maxima becomes one of many Nissan models to tack on an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ ribbon to its lapel.

Its automatic emergency brake system is among the best in its class, if not the industry. Sonar signals reverberate from the Maxima to the first couple cars in the lead; should a collision or slow-down be detected, the system responds to prevent an accident even before taillights flash red.

Standard safety features starting with the base Maxima S include dynamic traction control, advanced airbag deployment sensors, and an enhanced energy-absorbing steering column. Move up to the higher trims, like the SR or Platinum, and you’ll receive Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Moving Object Detection (Platinum only), and Predictive Forward Collision Warning.

Come see how safe the newest Nissan Maxima is by taking a test drive at one of our car dealerships in Kansas City.

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2017 GMC Acadia (Midsize SUV)

The IIHS deemed the 2017 Acadia worthy of a Top Safety Pick thanks to its superior roof strength and its ability to mitigate body damage and passenger injury after collisions. But these high safety grades all start with the Acadia’s seats.

The Safety Alert Driver Seat is standard in the SLT-2 and Denali trims. When a collision is inevitable or your cross lanes inadvertently, this seat will vibrate in the direction of the warning, allowing you to correct course before disaster strikes.

A Rear Seat Reminder (seemingly standard in 2018 Acadia models) is exclusive to GMC vehicles. When second-row doors are opened and closed before or during a trip, the Rear Seat Reminder system will activate; after you turn the engine off, an audible chime and dashboard message will remind you to double-check the rear seats for napping babies and toddlers. According to GMC, approximately 40 children die each year from overheating in locked cars, and this reminder feature is GMC’s way to solve the problem.

A well-tuned braking system offers plentiful amounts of stopping power without feeling too aggressive, which will appeal to lead-footed drivers far and wide. Industry-first Front Center Airbags and rearview cameras are standard across the lineup. Optional safety features include Side Blind Zone with Lane Change Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Rear Park Assist, Lane Keep Assist, HID Intellibeam headlights, and Front Automatic Braking with Pedestrian Detection.

Find your ideal 2017 or 2018 GMC Acadia trim at any of our KC car dealers.

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2017 Buick Envision (Small Luxury SUV)

Luxury comes in many forms, but if safety is your primary concern, then the 2017 Buick Envision is the mold from which you want your SUV to be built.

Its IIHS Top Safety Pick+ designation comes from a variety of standard and optional features. Rear parking sensors and a wide-angle rearview camera make navigating parking lots a breeze. Full-length side curtain airbags and driver knee airbags curb passenger injury in the event of a collision. Blind-zone monitors and rear cross-traffic alerts are built into the Envision Leather trim, while front collision alerts, lane-keep assist, and safety alert driver’s seats come standard on the Premium model. Front collision mitigation and Surround Vision Cameras are optional on higher trims, as well.

Test drive the 2017 Buick Envision SUV or any of our other safe vehicles today by visiting any of our McCarthy Auto Group dealerships across Kansas City.

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