The Volvo XC90 may have been around since 2003, yet despite its age, it still is one of the safest vehicles available today. In fact, the United States' Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has just given the car its top safety award.
To earn IIHS's Top Safety Pick+ award, a vehicle "must pass a series of crashworthiness evaluations, including the small overlap front test," which replicates what happens when the front corner of a vehicle strikes another vehicle or an object.
After the XC90 went through IIHS's series of crash tests, the organization noted that Volvo's midsize SUV exhibited "good structural performance in the small overlap front test, and low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of high severity." Also, both the side torso and side curtain airbags were deployed. With the XC90 earning 'Good' scores in all five tests conducted by IIHS, the vehicle was labeled as a Top Safety Pick+ awardee.
"The XC90's structural performance was good in the small overlap front test, and the driver's space was maintained well," the IIHS said in a statement. "While many vehicles have had to undergo significant structural changes to earn good ratings in the small overlap test, the XC90 has had the same basic platform since 2003."
According to Volvo, the all-new XC90 is scheduled to debut at the end of 2014 and go on sale in early 2015. It will include the Swedish carmaker's next-generation safety and driver-support technologies, like pedestrian detection in darkness and road-edge and barrier detection with steer assist.
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