The IIHS recently tightened its testing regulations, including the addition of a new small partial overlap crash test, making it difficult for vehicles to earn the Top Safety Pick distinction. Compared with the classic crash test where a vehicle hits an object head on, a small partial overlap occurs when only a minor area of the front makes contact in a collision. Real world examples would be if one corner of a vehicle hit a pole or the edge of a building.
Since the same amount of force is exerted in a smaller area, this type of crash is typically considered much more dangerous than a full front-on collision. Many vehicles are not built to withstand point forces like this, so in the event of a small overlap crash, passengers can easily be trapped in the crumpled compartment.
The 2013 XC60, on the other hand, demonstrated during controlled safety tests at IIHS' headquarters (http://www.volvocars.com/
Not all of the 2013 XC60 safety systems are reactive, though. Other standard safety features that continually work to keep the XC60 out of danger include:
• Dynamic stability and traction control
• Roll stability control
• Daytime running lights
• Driver alert control and lane departure warning
Drivers interested in taking the XC60 for a test drive and learning more about what it has to offer should contact Lovering Volvo of Meredith (http://www.loveringmeredith.com/
WATCH A VIDEO OF THE XC60 IN AN IIHS SAFETY CRASH TEST :