Volvo has built its reputation on the safety of its vehicles, though in recent years the quality has been become less relevant thanks to stringent legislation and independent crash testing forcing most rival automakers to catch up. Nevertheless, there’s little doubt that the 2012 Volvo XC90 is not only one of the safest vehicles in its class but perhaps even in the new car market.
The XC90 benefits not only from Volvo’s advanced structural protection and protective features, but it also gets a host of passive and active safety technologies. These include front side and side curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes with electronic brake distribution and brake assist, stability and traction control, roll-stability control, rollover mitigation, and finally, rear park assist. But in addition to that, there's the available Blind Spot Information System (BLIS), which warns of vehicles in the blind spot by flashing indicator lights within the cabin.
The multitude of safety technology in the XC90 has seen it score top ratings in all of the crash tests run by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in previous years, garnering it Top Safety Pick status. The same can be said for the government-run National Highway Traffic Safety Administration tests, which also saw previous model year XC90s score top five-star ratings.