2016 VW Passat IIHS Top Safety Pick+ Award
Volkswagen recently unveiled the 2016 Passat, and with a complete redesign, it offers a plethora of superb features, including on the safety front. It’s certainly a car that its driver and passengers can feel safe in, and the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) agrees, for they just awarded the new Passat with a Top Safety Pick+ Rating, when equipped with the optional Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist) system.
The 2016 Passat offers an exceptional combination of both passive and active systems that are engineered to meet or exceed current crash regulations. It’s Automatic Post-Collision Braking System comes standard, while the following advanced driver assistance features are optional: Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist), an active Lane Departure Warning system (Lane Assist), passive and active Blind Spot Monitor (dependent on trim level) as well as Rear Traffic Alert with braking.
IIHS Top Safety Pick+ Rating
Vehicles must meet a specific Top Safety Pick criteria to earn the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating. This includes good ratings in the moderate overlap front, small overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraint tests—and have earned an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention system performance. IIHS launched its front crash prevention rating program in 2013 to help consumers sort through a maze of technologies and zero in on the most effective systems. Under a three-tier rating program, models with optional or standard front crash prevention systems are rated as superior, advanced or basic.
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Volkswagen Models with Top Safety Pick+ Rating
Other VW models earning the Top Safety Pick+ rating include the 2016 Volkswagen Golf 4-door, Golf SportWagen, Golf GTI 4-door, and Jetta models when equipped with the optional Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist) system. This a strong testament to the high priority that Volkswagen places on the safety of its vehicles.
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