We’re always on the lookout for new safety features for families and it just so happens we found some recently at the 2018 Texas Truck Rodeo. The event, held by the Texas Auto Writers Association, is a chance for auto journalists to evaluate trucks and SUVs across a range of consumer categories. This year brought a competitive battle between SUVs and crossovers in the non-luxury segment. Here are a few 2019s that caught our eye when it comes to new safety features designed with families in mind. Plus, we note the expanded driver assistance features in several lineups. You’ll also find pricing info based on the vehicles we evaluated and MPG information provided by the manufacturers.
NEW OR EXPANDED SAFETY FEATURES
2019 Mazda CX-9 Signature: Seat Belt Reminders
Notably new for the flagship 2019 CX-9 is a seatbelt reminder system for the 2nd- and 3rd-row passengers that help ensure rear passengers stay buckled up. Sensors in the 2nd and 3rd-row can detect if a passenger is seated and if their seatbelt is fastened. If it’s not, indicator lights will appear on the display in the center stack, above the climate-control panel. The CX-9 Grand Touring also picks up a new standard 360 degree Monitor. Read more about Mazda’s iActive safety suite of driver assist technologies here.
MSRP Starting from: $45,365
MSRP as Equipped: $49,365
MPG: 20 city/26 hwy/23 combined
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Ultimate 2.0T: Rear Occupant Alert and Safe Exit
The all-new 2019 model debuts Hyundai’s optional Rear Occupant Alert system. It monitors the rear seats using an ultrasonic sensor that can detect the movements of children and pets. It also features Hyundai’s first standard Safe Exit Assist system. Using a radar, the system can detect cars approaching from the rear and alert passengers who may be trying to exit the vehicle. If a rear door opens when a car is approaching from behind, a visual and acoustic warning on the center cluster will alert the driver. For more on Hyundai’s standard Smart Sense technologies click here.
MSRP Starting from: $25,500
MSRP as Equipped: $39,905
MPG 19 city/24 hwy/ 21 combined
2019 Nissan Rogue SL AWD: Rear Door Alert
The mid-sized Rogue, Nissan’s top-selling model, adds standard Rear Door Alert for 2019. The system reminds you to look in the back seat. The 2019 Rogue is also the first Nissan model to offer Nissan Safety Shield 360. The suite of six advanced active safety and driver-assist technologies comes standard on SV and SL grades. Rear Automatic Braking (RAB) and Rear Sonar System are also added as standard on SV and SL grades. There is also expanded availability of other driver assist features across grade levels.
MSRP Starting from: $24,800
MSRP As Equipped: $36,085
MPG: 25 city/32 hwy/27 combined
2019 Honda Pilot Elite:
The Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technology is now standard on all trims of the 2019 Honda Pilot. Honda’s blind spot information system (BSI), previously available only on the Elite trim, is now standard on EX, EX-L and Touring trims. Additionally, Rear Cross Traffic Monitor has been expanded from the Touring and Elite trims to EX and EX-L. Read more about Honda Sensing here.
MSRP Starting from: $31,450
MSRP As Equipped: $48,020
MPG: 19 city/26 hwy/ 22 combined
2019 Volkswagen Atlas SEL:
The Atlas is VW’s largest people hauler and it’s been a hit with consumers. VW recently announced it had built its 100,000th Atlas less than a year and a half after it went on sale. Safety features expand for 2019 with Front Assist, Blind Spot Monitor, and Rear Traffic Alert now standard on all trims. Also, note the Atlas offers Post-Collision Braking to help you avoid a second crash after an initial accident.
MSRP Starting from: $30,750
MSRP As Equipped: $44,025
MPG: 18 city/20 hwy/ 25 combined
2019 Nissan Armada Platinum:
If big is what you are looking for, the 2019 Nissan Armada has you covered in terms of room. For 2019, all Armada models now feature Standard Rear Door Alert (RDA), Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC), Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) and Intelligent Forward Collision Warning (I-FCW).
MSRP Starting from: $46,790
MSRP As Equipped: $67,850
MPG 13 city/18 hwy/15 combined
2019 Subaru Ascent Limited: EyeSight
No list of SUVs would be complete without Subaru’s new entry to the segment, the 8-passenger Ascent. It’s the first Subaru to offer EyeSight as standard equipment across the lineup. We are big fans of EyeSight and a Car Pro Show listener recently told us he insisted his wife get EyeSight, and it saved her from a serious accident. You can read more about Subaru’s EyeSight technology here.
MSRP Starting from: $31,995
MSRP As Equipped: $38,995
MPG: 21 city/27 hwy/23 combined
2019 Kia Sorento XSL AWD
For 2019, Kia is expanding standard driver assist features to the top three trims: the EX, SX, and SXL. But the two lower trims are left out of the party with a lack of available driver assist features. Along with Forward Warning Collision, Smart Cruise Control, Blind Spot Collision, and Rear Cross Traffic Warning, the top three trims also feature two new Sorento safety features: Lane Keeping Assist (LKA) and Driver Attention Warning (DAW).
MSRP Starting from: $25,990
MSRP As Equipped: $47,480
MPG: 19 city/24 hwy/21 combined
2019 Toyota RAV4 XSE/Adventure
Last but not least, the 2019 Toyota RAV4. We don’t have all the specs yet for the redesigned RAV4 due to go on sale soon. But it deserves a place on this list since we drove both the sporty XSE and Adventure trims at this year’s Texas Truck Rodeo. Pricing and fuel economy stats are still TBD. But we do know that it will offer Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 as standard equipment across the lineup. New to TSS: Lane Tracing Assist and Road Sign Assist. You can read more about TSS 2.0 here.