Every Mercedes-Benz vehicle comes with a slew of safety technology. In fact, out of 30 new vehicles that received a Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), an impressive four of them belong to Mercedes-Benz.
To earn this grade, new cars must receive “Good” ratings (the highest available IIHS rating) in roof strength, head restraint, driver-side small overlap front, and moderate overlap front tests. New cars must also earn a “Good” headlight rating or an Advanced or Superior rating for front crash prevention to earn the Top Safety Pick+ distinction.
Ready for a safer vehicle? Check out one of these exceptionally safe Mercedes-Benz models.
2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
The C-Class is one of Mercedes’ best-selling cars, currently in its fourth generation in the lineup. It’s available in a number of trim levels and has a decent starting price for a luxury sedan. According to Consumer Reports, the C-Class is great to drive, scoring 85 out of 100 on its road test.
Known for its upscale cabin, the C-Class has excellent handling and steering and an impressive infotainment system. Standard safety features include forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and pedestrian detection. Additional safety options are available.
2019 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
The E-Class is one of Mercedes-Benz’s priciest and most luxurious sedans. Priced up to $108,000, the 2019 model includes a suite of safety and technology features like dual-mounted cameras behind the rearview mirror, a multi-mode radar sensor system, and an active brake assist system that can warn you of an impending collision.
Unlike its competition, these safety systems come standard with the new E-Class. Consumer Reports also rates the E-Class highly in regards to handling, braking, and comfort.
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC
As seen on USA Today’s list of IIHS’ top safety picks, the GLC is one of two Mercedes’ models awarded in the midsize SUV category. (Mercedes-Benz is the only automaker to earn the award for two vehicles in the category.)
The GLC first appeared in 2016, when it replaced the GLK. As a compact luxury crossover, the GLC features LED projector lights, a roomy interior, and a fair starting price of $40,000. Along with strong road-test and driving scores, Consumer Reports reports that the GLC comes with standard rear-view cameras, stability control, and many safety features.
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE
A bit larger than the GLC, the GLE is Mercedes-Benz’s best-selling midsize SUV. Although it was recently redesigned, it’s been an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ recipient since 2012. Collision Prevention Assist comes standard on all GLEs, with optional active brake assist to help avoid collisions.
Consumer Reports ranks the 2019 GLE as 10th-best luxury midsize SUV (out of 31 total), with an overall score of 68. Aside from a world-class interior and powerful engine, the GLE boasts quick acceleration and handling, as well as top-of-the-line airbags and crash ratings.