Check Out This Best Safety Performance

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A vehicle with good braking and emergency handling can help you avoid a crash. Typically smaller, sportier vehicles perform well during these tests and larger trucks are slower to maneuver.

Consumer Reports crucial emergency driving tests include an avoidance maneuver and a series of at-the-limit cornering assessments around a handling course-a snaking track loop. The avoidance maneuver is a path-following test where the driver pilots the car down a lane marked off by traffic cones having a quick left-right-left sequence. That simulates swerving to avoid an obstacle in the road, then returning to the original lane to avoid oncoming traffic. The vehicle threads through the course, without throttle or brakes, at ever-higher speeds until it can’t survive through without hitting any cones. When testing on-limit handling, drivers push the car to and beyond its limits of cornering capabilities to simulate entering a corner too quickly. Test engineers evaluate how controllable, secure, and forgiving-or not-the car is.

Our automotive engineers also perform a series of brake tests from 60 mph to zero on wet and dry pavement to measure performance. The test car is rigged with a pavement-scanning optical device that records precise stopping times and distances. To evaluate antilock brakes, we use a wet roadway where pavement beneath the left wheels is much slicker than the pavement under the right wheels. We also judge brake-pedal modulation.

Listed below are the highs and lows within our dry braking test (from 60 mph) and avoidance maneuver, the greater its speed, the better.

Dry braking

Best models ft.

Porsche Boxster (base)

112

Mercedes-Benz SLK250 115

Porsche Panamera S 116

Chevrolet Camaro 2SS convertible

117

Ford Fiesta ST

118

BMW 135i

119

Worst models ft.

Ford F-250 Lariat

157

Avoidance maneuver

Best models mph

BMW 135i

58.5

Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring

58.

Nissan 370Z Touring

58.

Porsche Boxster (base)

58.

Cadillac ATS Luxury 57.5

Chevrolet Spark 1LT

57.5

Mini Cooper S 57.5

Ford Fiesta ST 57.

Mini Cooper S convertible

57.

Worst models mph

Ford F-250 Lariat 41.5

Mercedes-Benz GL350 BlueTec 44.5

Toyota Tundra SR5

44.5

Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara

45.