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Midsize vehicles perform well under new safety tests

Posted on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 12:16:22 PM

Automotive financing increases the vehicle options for many buyers. Recently, new crash test data illustrated several major brands that performed quite well when it came to front crash prevention safety features.

The research, performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, found seven midsize vehicles that earned the coveted top mark for front crash safety technology. The highest ranking vehicles included models from Cadillac, Mercedes-Benz, Subaru and Volvo. 

The program used to test these vehicles is a new design from the IIHS. It is crafted to provide consumers with an in-depth look into front crash prevention safety features, such as forward collision warnings and automatic braking systems.

However, these systems may change the price of the car, which means buyers looking to get the most out of affordable auto financing need to choose wisely.

"Front crash prevention systems can add a thousand dollars or more to the cost of a new car," said David Zuby, chief research officer for IIHS. "Our new ratings let consumers know which systems offer the most promise for the extra expense."

Mercedes-Benz is one brand that performed well, and sales for the automaker have been strong, according to Bloomberg. In total, 24,697 vehicles were sold in September alone. Cadillac also saw sales increase, up 9.9 percent for the month and 29 percent on a yearly basis.