The 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class is the latest car to score a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The car’s predecessor, the 2015 Mercedes ML, also had the TSP+ commendation.

The GLE-Class SUV scored the top rating of “Good” in each of the IIHS’ five impact tests, plus a “Superior” rating in the crash-avoidance test that determines how well the car’s active-safety technology performs. The GLE’s standard pre-collision braking system avoided a collision in the 12-miles per hour test and, in the 25-mph test, reduced the car’s speed from 25 to 12 mph before impact; models so equipped receive only an “Advanced” rating for crash avoidance. But GLE SUVs equipped with the optional Pre-Safe Brake feature slowed the car by from 25 mph to just 1 mph in that test, earning those models the “Superior” rating.

U.S. pricing for the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE runs from $52,025 for the entry GLE350, to $66,475 for the GLE550e plug-in hybrid; the high-performance, 550-horsepower AMG GLE 63 starts at $100,875 and the 577-hp GLE 63 S is $108,025.

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan also recently was awarded a Top Safety Pick+ rating by the IIHS.

Source: IIHS

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The 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class, a midsize luxury SUV, earns a superior rating for front crash prevention and qualifies for the TOP SAFETY PICK+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

An advanced-rated front crash prevention system comes standard on the GLE-Class. When equipped with an additional, optional system called Pre-Safe Brake, the rating rises to superior.

When equipped with the standard system alone, the GLE-Class avoided a collision in the 12 mph IIHS track test. In the 25 mph test, the impact speed was reduced by 12 mph. With the addition of Pre-Safe Brake, the vehicle slowed by an average of 24 mph in the 25 mph test.

The optional system also includes a forward collision warning component that meets National Highway Traffic Safety Administration criteria.

The GLE-Class earns good ratings in the IIHS small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests.

To qualify for TOP SAFETY PICK+, a vehicle must earn good ratings in all five crashworthiness tests and have an available front crash prevention system that earns an advanced or superior rating.