Luxury cars with 5-Star Safety Ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) aren’t as common as you might think. For example, full-size flagship sedans from BMW, Cadillac, Lexus, and Mercedes-Benz aren’t on the list, and neither are the ultra-lux alternatives from Bentley or Rolls-Royce. You may be surprised, but NHTSA tests none of those cars in the first place. Some reasonably high-end cars are evaluated, however, and we’ve got some of the most luxurious ones on this list.
All earn their honors with top scores in all three of the NHTSA testing areas: side-impact protection, frontal-impact protection, and roof strength in rollover scenarios. We’ll also provide info about NHTSA’s “Recommended Safety Technologies,” (although these aren’t technically part of the vehicles’ overall safety scores).