Buying a luxury car involves no small investment on your part. The last thing you want to do is buy one and then discover the car isn’t as safe as you believed it would be or didn’t fit your lifestyle. While a lot of companies promise the safest possible ride for you and your passengers, it’s always a good idea to dig a little deeper to figure out which brand you’re most comfortable trusting your precious cargo with.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, or IIHS, is a good place to start. Each year they place vehicles through rigorous safety testing to determine where manufacturers stand in their safety scoring system. Top marks go to vehicles earning the coveted Top Safety Pick ratings in their class. Some vehicles exceed even these rigorous standards, earning the Top Safety Pick+ rating.
Volvo has long been associated with safety in cars. But recently Lexus is making a name for itself when it comes to safety. Let’s see how the two stack up in a head to head safety battle.
Lexus Safety System+
For most 2018 Lexus models, the Lexus Safety System+ comes standard. Lexus considers this their most advanced safety system yet – incorporating extensive accident prevention technologies as well as new designs to help you see better and to notify you of potential problems in your path with visual and audio alerts. Features include:
- Pre-collision system with pedestrian detection.
- Lane departure alert with steering assist.
- Intelligent high-beam headlamps.
- All-speed dynamic radar cruise control. This system is advanced enough to operate in stop and go traffic bringing you back to pre-set speeds when traffic clears.
Lexus has a few models that have earned the prestigious IIHS Top Safety Pick rating, including:
- 2018 Lexus ES 350
- 2018 Lexus IS
- 2018 Lexus NX
- 2018 Lexus RX
Additionally, one Lexus model gets top marks in the large luxury car division for earning the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ Rating, which is the highest rating given out by the IIHS:
- 2018 Lexus RC
Volvo IntelliSafe Technologies
Volvo is making bold claims for the future by setting a goal of now fatalities or serious injuries in Volvo vehicles by 2020. One of the best ways Volvo believes they can accomplish this goal is by creating technology to help prevent accidents from happening in the first place. IntelliSafe technologies are initial efforts by the car maker to live up to those claims. There are many attractive features to consider, including the following:
- Adaptive cruise control
- Bird’s-eye view
- Driver alert control
- Active high beam control
- Blind spot information system
- Lane keeping assist
- Automatic braking, with pedestrian detection
- Intersection braking technology
In addition to the technologies designed to enhance safety while driving by preventing accidents, Volvo has several innovative features for reducing damage and injuries when accidents do occur, like soft landing for pedestrian collisions and a unique seat design that absorbs vertical loads to prevent spinal compression during hard landings.
Three vehicles in the Volvo family currently have earned IIHS Top Safety Pick ratings. They include:
- 2018 Volvo S60
- 2018 Volvo V60
- 2018 Volvo XC60
There are currently no 2018 Volvo vehicles with the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating.
What do these ratings mean on the road?
There is much more that goes into the safety of a vehicle than just ratings. Something that many drivers don’t realize is that ratings aren’t one-size-fits all. For instance, larger cars that haven’t earned a Top Safety Pick recognition might be safer than smaller vehicles with Top Safety Pick+ ratings. When it comes down to it, the differences in size and weight greatly affect the safety of a vehicle if a crash occurs – especially a crash involving a larger, heavier vehicle.
More often than not, the safety ratings are meant to be guidelines rather than literal rankings. Keep that in mind and buy the brand that feels most comfortable to you driving and that you feel safer with. Consider adding optional safety features for added safety rather than relying on stock safety features. A few additional dollars at the time of purchase may save lives. Some safety features to consider, if not already installed on your vehicle, include:
- Adaptive cruise control
- Automatic emergency braking with brake assist
- Blind spot warnings
- Forward collision warning systems
- Lane keeping assistance
- Rear automatic braking
- Rear cross-traffic warning systems
- Specialized headlights to enhance field of vision when driving at night
Buying a safe vehicle, whether it’s a Lexus or a Volvo, is only the first step in protecting your loved ones. When you drive a safe car with advanced safety features, it’s just as important to have an insurance company that’s tailored for those types of cars. That’s why we’re one of the only insurance companies that rewards drivers with discounts for vehicles with advanced safety features. You chose safety, so isn’t it time your insurance companies chooses to reward you for keeping the road safe?