The 5 SUVs With 5-Star Crash Ratings for 2015

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You’re nobody unless you have a sporty, useful utility vehicle on sale for around $25,000 these days. The competition among automakers has gotten fierce in this segment, especially with the “crossover” small and midsize SUVs gobbling up much of U.S. sales. To stand out in this segment, automakers are pushing to deliver more horsepower and better fuel economy for lower price tags than their rivals are charging.

Another way to separate from the pack is by delivering on standard and optional safety features that make an SUV both family hauler and protector at once. The Safercar.gov website lists the vehicles that perform best on NHTSA frontal crash, side crash, and rollover crash tests to come up with an overall vehicle safety rating from one to five stars. Though there are 2015 SUV models still left to be tested, here are the five that landed five-star safety ratings.

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5. 2015 Kia Sorento (FWD and AWD)

Both the front-wheel drive (FWD) and all-wheel drive (AWD) models of the 2015 notched five-star overall safety ratings following the barrage of testing by the NHTSA. The base LX model ($24,100) offers 191 horsepower with its 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder engine. Fuel economy is listed at 19 mpg city and 27 mpg on the highway. Choosing the LX trim ($26,500) offers a huge jump in power to 290 hp from the 3.3-liter V6.

On the safety front, the 2015 Sorento scored a perfect five stars in frontal and side crash tests and notched four out of five stars in the rollover crash test. No 2015 SUV has aced the rollover test so far this year.

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