Volvo has long been known for its reputation of keeping you safe in the event of an accident. In the latest episode of The Downshift, we see this on display once again as the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety takes us behind the scenes of what goes into crash testing a vehicle. On this episode, the IIHS just so happens to be testing a 2013 Volvo XC60, and there’s a ton of prep work that goes into the testing, most of which many never see, until now.
Located in Ruckersville, Virginia, the IIHS tests a slew of cars ranging from vehicles like the Scion iQ all the way up to the Audi Q7 and Ford F-150s. Each vehicle must earn four out of five stars to score a rating of “Good,” the highest mark possible. To be named a Top Safety Pick+, the vehicle must score “Good” on four the five categories tested and “Acceptable” on the fifth test. The IIHS tests how a vehicle would react during a front, side, rear, and rollover crash. Without ruining the video, the 2013 Volvo XC60 was named a Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS by earning a score of “Good” across the board.
Check out episode 51 of The Downshift below to see how the 2013 Volvo XC60 fared during the IIHS crash testing procedures. Be sure to watch The Downshift, which appears every other Tuesday on sister publication Motor Trend‘s YouTube channel.