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Driver interest in advanced safety technology is high and the majority of the category winners for 2021 are either electric, plug-in electric hybrids or hybrids

Orlando, Fla.—According to AAA, driver interest in advanced safety technology is high. When asked which of these systems they want in their next vehicle, two-thirds (67 percent) of drivers say Automatic Emergency Braking, followed by Reverse Automatic Emergency Braking (63 percent) and Lane Keeping Assistance (61 percent).

A majority of new vehicle models come equipped with at least one of those systems. AAA’s annual Car Guide ranks and rates the latest in vehicle technology, including alternative fuel vehicles.

For the 2021 edition of the Car Guide, the 2020 Tesla Model Y Long Range EV SUV has earned the overall top score. The Car Guide provides consumers with reviews highlighting how many advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) are included in the vehicle as well as other criteria and information. The majority of the category winners for 2021 are either electric, plug-in electric hybrids or hybrids since manufacturers tend to load up these with the newest in safety technology.

The guide includes reviews of each vehicle, which are based on 13 criteria, including the number of ADAS safety features, emissions, braking, fuel economy, handling, ride comfort and acceleration. These vehicles are tested, scored and placed in one of five vehicle categories by the Automotive Research Center (ARC) of the Automobile Club of Southern California, a member of the AAA federation of motor clubs.

The AAA Car Guide 2021 Winners

Each of the 2021 AAA Car Guide winners have numerous ADAS safety features which generates a higher score. Highest ranked by category are:

CategoryVehicle
Overall2020 Tesla Model Y Long Range (electric)
Small2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV Premier (electric)
Midsize2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
Large2020 Volvo S90 T8 (plug-in hybrid)
Pickup2020 GMC Sierra 1500 2WD Crew Cab SLT (diesel)
SUV/Minivan2020 Tesla Model Y Long Range (electric)
Best Under $35,0002020 Subaru Outback premium (gasoline)
Best $35,000-$50,0002020 Chevrolet Bolt EV Premier (electric)
Best Over $50,0002020 Tesla Model Y Long Range (electric)

The AAA Car Guide also contains a compendium of AAA’s recent research of current automotive technologies and topics, such as advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), gasoline quality, headlight effectiveness and safely transporting a pet in the vehicle.

Winners, detailed evaluation criteria, vehicle reviews and an in-depth analysis of the ADAS technology can be found at aaa.com/carguide.

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