There Are No V8 Engines On the IIHS’ Top Safety Pick+ List

You want something with a powerful engine and you want a safe SUV. Unfortunately for you, you don’t have a lot of options – at least without spending a lot of money on a luxury SUV. That’s because there are currently no SUVs on the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick+ list. However, there are several V6 engines. here are the midsize SUVs on the IIHS Top Safety and Top Safety Pick+ list and what kind of engine comes standard in each of them.

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The 2022 Ford Edge is one of the safest SUVs of 2022

The 2022 Ford Edge is one of the safest SUVs of 2022, but it doesn’t come with a V8 engine. In fact, it has just a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that makes 250 hp. You’ll pay roughly $37,145 for a 2022 Ford Edge.

The 2022 Ford Explorer has a 4-cylinder

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The 2022 Ford Explorer is also on the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ list. It comes standard with a 2.3-liter 4-cylinder engine, but it also has a 3.0-liter V6 engine that can put out 400 hp and 415 lb-ft of torque. That makes the new Explorer one of the most powerful SUVs that you can buy on the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ list.

The 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-e has an electric motor

You definitely won’t find a V8 engine in the 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-e. That’s because the Mustang Mach-e is an electric SUV, unlike its Mustang counterpart. The Mustang Mach-e can make 266 hp with its electric powertrain and costs about $43,895.

The 2022 Hyundai Palisade and Kia Telluride share an engine

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The 2022 Hyundai Palisade and 2022 Kia Telluride both come with a 3.8-liter V6 engine, making it one of the biggest engines in an SUV on this list. It makes sense, considering that the Palisade and Telluride are also two of the largest SUVs on this list. This engine makes 291 hp. The Palisade costs $33,600 and the Telluride costs $33,090.

The 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe and 2022 Kia Sorento are on the IIHS list

The 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe doesn’t have a V8 engine but it does have a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine. This makes 191 hp and costs about $27,200.

The 2022 Mazda CX-9 is one of the safest SUVs

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The 2022 Mazda CX-9 is one of the safest SUVs on the IIHS list. It’s a Top Safety Pick+ with a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that makes 227 hp. The CX-9 costs about $35,280.

The 2022 Nissan Murano doesn’t have a V8 engine

The 2022 Nissan Murano doesn’t have a V8 either. Instead, it has a 3.5-liter V6 that makes 260 hp. The new Murano costs about $33,210.

The 2022 Subaru Ascent is a Top Safety Pick+

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The 2022 Subaru Ascent is a Top Safety Pick+ and it comes with a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine. This makes 260 hp and costs about $32,295.

The 2022 Toyota Highlander is super-safe

The 2022 Toyota Highlander is not only super safe, it also has a 3.5-liter V6 engine, making it one of the SUVs with the most powerful engine on this list. You’ll pay about $35,855 for the Highlander.

The 2022 Volkswagen ID.4 has an electric motor

The 2022 Volkswagen ID.4 is an electric SUV that makes anywhere from 201 to 295 hp. It costs roughly $41,230.

Although you won’t find any V8 engines on the safest SUV list, there are plenty of other great options. There are even a few powerful V6 options, if you’re willing to substitute that for the V8.

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