BY GERRY MILES
There’s not been much news at Volvo since Irv Gordon passed the three million mile mark in his vaunted P1800 this summer. The new models are mainly refreshed and with the promise of new power trains and such on the way, this may amount to a large yawn – since Volvo is as synonymous with safety as some golden arches are with hamburgers – it would be more remarkable if they didn’t receive a top safety listing.
That preamble said, or typed, the 2014 Volvo XC90 luxury SUV earned a TOP SAFETY PICK+ from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Institute’s top safety award.
To earn TOP SAFETY PICK+, a vehicle must pass a series of crashworthiness evaluations, including the small overlap front test — a real-life scenario that replicates what happens when the front corner of a vehicle strikes another vehicle or an object.
In its evaluation of the XC90’s performance, IIHS noted:
- Good structural performance in the small overlap front test
- Low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of high severity
- Side torso and side curtain airbags both deployed.
“The XC90’s structural performance was good in the small overlap front test, and the driver’s space was maintained well,” said IIHS in a released statement. “While many vehicles have had to undergo significant structural changes to earn good ratings in the small overlap test, the XC90 has had the same basic platform since 2003.”
An all-new XC90 will debut at the end of 2014 and go on sale in 2015.