5 SUVs With the Best Safety Ratings

These new SUVs score the highest when it comes to safety ratings.

2022 Tesla Model YTesla

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As a car buyer, it can help to simplify your choices when it comes to deciding on your next new vehicle. With that in mind, sorted alphabetically, here are five of the SUVs with the best safety ratings for 2022.

2022 Ford Mustang Mach-EFord

2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E

The Ford Mustang Mach-E Premium and GT trims received Good and Superior ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Credit goes to the electric SUV’s adaptive headlights, which provide better visibility when making turns in situations with low light. The price for the Mach-E Premium trim level starts at $52,900, with GT models available starting at $63,095.

2022 Mazda CX-30Mazda

2022 Mazda CX-30

The Mazda CX-30 is the highest-ranked small SUV with a perfect overall Five-Star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The Mazda also holds a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the IIHS, which includes a Good or Superior score in all ten categories. If reasonably priced safety is your priority, the Mazda CX-30 starts in the low $20,000s, which makes it a solid deal in the entry-level, compact SUV market.

2022 Subaru AscentSubaru

2022 Subaru Ascent

Subaru’s strong emphasis on safe vehicles that are easy to drive continues with their all-wheel drive Ascent. The midsize, three-row SUV has earned a Superior safety rating for front crash prevention from the IIHS. Credit goes to the Ascent’s standard EyeSight suite of driver-assistance technology, which comes standard on the base $33,970 trim. This commitment to real-world safety has made the Ascent popular for families. The Ascent has remained a Top Safety Pick or better with the IIHS while achieving an overall five-star safety rating from the NHTSA since it debuted in 2019.

2022 Tesla Model YTesla

2022 Tesla Model Y

Tesla says it continues to be a safety superstar with over-the-air software updates that refine its best safety-focused features. These include adaptive cruise and lane-keeping along with continual refinements to its airbags and other restraint devices. According to the automaker, these systems use data-driven safety information that will provide the optimal level of restraint for a variety of crashes that usually aren’t tested by the NHTSA or IIHS. The $69,190 Model Y is the gold standard among compact SUVs, with overall five-star safety ratings and Top Safety Pick+ ratings that have helped it become America’s best-selling electric SUV.

2021 Volkswagen ID.4Volkswagen

2022 Volkswagen ID.4

If you’re looking for a more value-focused SUV that offers the same Good and Superior ratings across the board for safety and crash avoidance, the electric ID.4 may be the best deal if you don’t need more than five seats.

This compact SUV received a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the IIHS in the higher Pro S and Pro S Gradient trim levels, along with an overall Five-Star rating from the NHTSA. Considering this level of safety, the ID.4 is offered at a competitive price, with the above trim levels starting at around $44,000 and up to nearly $49,000, respectively.

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Steven Lang
Steven Lang is a special contributor to Capital One with nearly two decades of experience as an auto auctioneer, car dealer, and part owner of an auto auction. Some of the best-known auto publications turn to him for his expert insight. He is also the co-developer of the Long-Term Quality Index, a survey of vehicle reliability featuring over two million vehicles that have been inspected by professional mechanics.