Steven A., Babylon, N.Y.

Many vehicles from different manufacturers offer blind spot warning systems that alert drivers when another vehicle is close by and in a typical blind spot, so we suggest you dig deeper into which models are most appropriate for your driving needs and your budget.

We also suggest you look beyond a single safety feature and consider the array of safety equipment available as well as crash-test results from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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For example, the Ford Edge and Explorer crossover SUVs are available with blind spot warning systems with a cross-traffic alert. The Dodge Grand Caravan offers a blind spot system and rear cross-path detection. Some models, such as the BMW 5 and 7 Series sedans, offer blind spot systems and also are available with adaptive cruise control and a collision warning system.

We can’t say which of these is best because it isn’t the same as measuring fuel economy, but we will give a shout-out to Volvo, a company noted for safety. Volvo not only offers a blind spot warning system as an option on the S60 sedan, XC60 and XC70 crossovers and other models, but it also includes automatic braking with its optional collision warning and pedestrian detection systems. City Safety is a standard Volvo system that slows the vehicle to prevent collisions or lessen the impact.

Other manufacturers, including BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Lexus, offer an impressive array of features, some of which include automatic braking.

You should settle first on the size, type and price range of vehicles that meet your needs and then zero in on the ones that have blind spot warning systems and other features you desire.

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Answered by Rick Popely on February 20, 2012 in How Safe is This Car? | Permalink

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