When it comes to family safety, top crash test scores and a Top Safety Pick designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) mean a lot. The 2011 Saab 9-4X, a mid-size luxury crossover SUV just earned Top Safety Pick status.
In a July 5th announcement, the IIHS noted that the Saab 9-4X is rated as “Good,” its highest rating, in the institute’s evaluations for front, side and rollover, based on good performances for the vehicle’s structural twin, the Cadillac SRX. In addition, the IIHS conducted a separate test involving seats and head restraints in the 9-4X, resulting a “Good” rating for rear-end crash protection.
In order to achieve a Top Safety Pick status, tested vehicles have to earn the highest rating in all four of the institute’s tests, and have electronic stability control, which is standard on the Saab 9-4X.
This is the second Saab vehicle to earn the institute’s top safety designation. In mid-June, the 2011 Saab 9-5 large luxury sedan was named a Top Safety Pick.
Per Lenhoff, Saab Automobile’s head of safety development, commented, “Our main priority is always the protection of real people in real accidents, but the IIHS tests are a valuable guide for consumers and it is important for us to achieve good results.”