Subaru EyeSight safety systemEnlarge Photo
Bottom line: They'll reduce injuries, possibly fatalities
“The advantage of autobrake is that even in cases where a crash can’t be avoided entirely, the system will reduce speed,” said Zuby. “Reducing the speed reduces the amount of damage that occurs to both the striking and struck cars and reduces injuries to people in those cars.”
Some systems provide a warning to the driver before initiating braking, while others don’t; the agency indicates that this doesn’t affect a system’s ratings in this category.
Beginning next year, vehicles will need to achieve an advanced rating for front crash protection in order to make Top Safety Pick Plus (TSP+) status, while this year a ‘basic’ rating will suffice.
Here are the vehicles that include an ‘advanced’-rated system standard:
2014 Volvo S60
2014 Volvo S80
2014 Volvo XC60
And here are the models that include a ‘basic’-rated system standard:
2014 Acura RLX
2014 Acura ZDX
2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA
2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
2014 Mercedes-Benz M-Class
See the graphic below for the full list of new vehicles tested. Or head to the IIHS ratings page for a summary of these results, together with those of last year's results that carry over, and a roundup of the various trade/marketing names.
IIHS front crash prevention ratings - 2014 models - May 2014Enlarge Photo