It’s often times a top priority to find a vehicle that is safe and reliable. This fact is especially true for those who have small children and/or families. In the case of multiple passengers, SUVs are frequently chosen and purchased. However, just because you buy a SUV doesn’t necessarily mean that you will automatically be safe on the road. It will still be important to follow road rules and regulations — despite what type of vehicle you’re in, you will need to drive responsibly. However, there are different SUVs to choose from that are considered to be safer than others. To view this list, keep reading.

What to Drive — Choosing a SUV

Depending on what features you’re looking for in a SUV, you may find the process to be somewhat overwhelming. However, if safety is at the top of your list, then you may find one of these automobiles to be perfect for you:

Kia Sportage AWD

This SUV can seat up to five passengers. Available in front-wheel drive, as well as all-wheel drive, the fact that the front-wheel drive is at a higher risk for rollovers means that the AWD version of the Kia Sportage tops the list. This vehicle also comes equipped with dynamic head restraints and plenty of different airbags.

Honda CR-V

The Honda CR-V also has the ability to seat five passengers, as well as can be purchased in front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive formats. However, both versions make the safety list. The 2013 model includes sought after features, such as: backup camera, Bluetooth hands-free, stability control, and six airbags.

Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

With the ability to hold up to five passengers, the Santa Fe Sport has been given a five star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration — both the front-wheel and all-wheel drive versions. Additional safety features that have proven to be popular include: seven standard airbags, standard stability control, and maximum breaking force.

Volvo XC60

This premium SUV offers advanced and active safety technologies, such as the City Safe feature that reduces the risk of collision. This task is accomplished by the monitoring of the road ahead. Also a five passenger SUV and available in front-wheel and all-wheel drive styles, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has awarded this SUV with a five star rating, too.

What Works Best for You?

Before you decide to purchase an SUV, it’s important to test drive the automobile and get a feel for it. Also, if you have a general idea of what you’re looking for in a vehicle (i.e. safety features, color, etc.), then you may find yourself saving time and money at the dealership. Don’t be pressured into buying something you don’t really like or want — cars are expensive, so choose wisely.