2011 Volvo S80 Safety

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Volvo has a very strong safety heritage, and the S80 in particular has an excellent safety record going many years back. For 2011, the S80 continues to look like one of the safety full-size sedan choices.

The 2011 S80 gets top 'good' ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in frontal, side, and rear impact, and a 'good' rating in the new roof strength test, which gauges protection in the even of a rollover. It hasn't, though, been rated by the federal government.

Front, side, and curtain airbags, as well as anti-lock brakes and stability control, are standard. In addition to all the usual accident avoidance and occupant safety items such as front, side, and side curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes, and electronic stability control, a new system primes the brakes before an accident; blind-spot detectors send audible alerts. There's also Volvo's Personal Car Communicator, a keyfob-connected in-car sensor that tells you if your security system has detected a break-in—or even a heartbeat.

The 2011 Volvo S80 has an excellent combination of traditional occupant protection, along with modern tech, and it's one of the safest sedans at any price.

Additionally, the optional Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) includes warning lights mounted on the front pillars, to alert the driver if there's another vehicle in the blind spot.

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