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IIHS awards Saab 9-4 X with Top Safety Pick

Posted On Fri, July 15, 2011

Saab's newest automobile offering was recently awarded the Insurance Institute of High Safety's most sought-after designation.

According to the IIHS, the 2011 Saab 9-4 X was bestowed with the organization's Top Safety Pick award after performing well in a variety of vehicle crash tests.

For instance, IIHS says the sports utility vehicle rated 'good' in four key categories - front, side, rollover and rear, closely resembling how another Top Safety Pick fared, the Cadillac SRX. The Institute says the SRX and 9-4 X are structurally quite similar.

In order to receive the Top Safety Pick designation, a vehicle not only has to perform 'good' in all four crash test evaluations but it must include electronic stability control as well.

In 2011, more than 100 passenger vehicles and several pick up trucks have been given the classification.

Before purchasing a vehicle, car buyers may want to check IIHS' website to see what cars are Top Safety Picks, as they may be subject to discounted auto insurance rates

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