SUVs or Sport Utility Vehicles are known for their sheer size, powertrain, interior space, and luxury features. However, with big engines and torque comes bigger safety concerns. This might put some people off from buying these beautiful automobiles. So, based on customer reviews and car safety experts, following are some of the safest SUVs you can drive in 2021.
- Subaru Forester
The automobile company has stepped in the SUV segment for more than a decade and has left its mark in terms of both power and safety. With its symmetrical all wheel drive technology, the Subaru Forester can be comfortably driven off roads. Features like EyeSight Monitor Traffic Movement and Optimized Cruise Control warn the driver if they are swaying away from the lane. The Automatic Pre-Collision Braking can bring the car to a complete stop without toppling over in emergency situations. The Blind-Spot Detection alerts the driver if there is a vehicle in the blind spot.
- Ford Explorer
The all American Ford Explorer is yet another one of the safest midsize SUVs of 2021. All the trims of this SUV have an average mileage of 22 city/ 27 highway. The Ford Explorer is 4 Wheel Drive which optimizes the powertrain and braking system, delivering the right amount of traction to match different driving conditions. Apart from this it also features the Lane Keeping System, including the Lane-Keeping Alert and Driver Alert features that ensure that the vehicle sticks to its lane by alerting the driver if they are steering off the same. Its AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability Control™ helps in maintaining control when driving on gravel, snow covered roads or during heavy rains.
- Cadillac XT6
The seven-seater Elevated XT6 is a perfect combination of luxury and safety. In terms of safety, the luxury SUV comes with Front Pedestrian Braking system and Forward Collision Alert to avoid or reduce the severity of front-end collision with a pedestrian or vehicle. It also provides a tailgating alert to avert collision due to sudden braking by the vehicle ahead of it. Apart from this, it also has Lane Assisting and Lane Change with Side Blind Zone Alert to detect the presence of a vehicle in its blind spot. The headlamps have separate night vision lenses to sense the presence of animals or a pedestrian if you are driving on poorly lit roads.
- Audi e-tron
One of the most awaited cars of 2021, the Audi E-tron comes with ample safety features. Audi’s Pre Sense Front warns of an imminent collision and applies the brakes at a safe distance if not applied manually. Its Side Assist feature notifies the driver of the presence of a vehicle in the blind spot of the car. It also sounds an alert for approaching rear cross traffic when in reverse. The E-tron, additionally, alerts passengers when a vehicle, cyclist or even a pedestrian is approaching from behind.
- Lexus NX
Lexus is one of the leading brands in SUVs. Both the models, NX 300 and NX 300 F Sport offer hordes of safety features. With enhanced radar and camera capabilities, the Lexus NX alerts the driver of not only the vehicle ahead, but also of a preceding pedestrian even in low-light, and automatically applies brakes to avoid collision. Apart from other standard features like Lane-keeping, Cruise Control, Traction Control etc. One of the safest SUVs for 2021, it also offers Roadside Assist by providing information on the instrument panel. So, if there is a road sign displaying a bottleneck or intersection ahead, the sign will be displayed on the instrument panel to alert the driver.