The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has just recognized that Volvo XC60 midsize SUVs outfitted with a standard collision avoidance feature called City Safety are far less likely to be involved in low-speed crashes than comparable vehicles without the system.
City Safety stops you from rear-ending another vehicle in slow-moving, heavy traffic. The system automatically brakes to avoid a front-to-rear crash.
City Safety is the first system of its kind. It addresses more common crashes than higher-speed systems do and has been standard on XC60s since the 2010 model year. It also is standard on 2011-12 S60 sedans and 2012 model S80 sedans and XC70 wagons.
While Volvo’s City Safety is the first system the IIHS tested in the XC60 (it’s also standard in the XC70), there are other mid-size SUVs with similar systems. As an example, Adaptive cruise control on the 2012 Lincoln MKT uses radar sensors to monitor the speed of the vehicle in front. When traffic slows, the MKT adjusts to maintain a preset distance. Infiniti’s EX35 mid-size luxury crossover has a number of collision avoidance technologies available in EX35 Journey and Journey AWD models.
Volvo and other automakers also offer optional forward collision warning systems designed to help drivers avoid crashes at higher speeds than City Safety does.