The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has been around a while. When it comes to helping those in the market for a vehicle of stellar safety quality navigate its vicissitudes to determine the systems that best suit them, the IIHS is the authority. So when the service names six of one's 2017 vehicle offerings as TOP SAFETY PICKS for the model year, as it did for Volkswagen, it's a testament to an automaker's commitment to helping ensure a more secure ride.

And deliver praise, the IIHS did, for 2017 Volkswagen Golf 4-door, Golf Alltrack, Golf GTI 4-door and Golf SportWagen, all of which earned an IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK rating when equipped with optional Front Assist technology. Likewise for standard Front Assist-equipped Volkswagen Passat. And Volkswagen Jetta rounded out the group's trifecta by earning TOP SAFETY PICK+ for its optional Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist) and Bi-Xenon headlights.

Five categories came into play as pertained evaluation criteria: how well each model fared against a frontal impact with moderate overlap; how well each did against frontal impact with small overlap; each vehicle's ability to withstand side impact; the roof strength of each model; and the ability of each's head restraints. And Golf, Golf Alltrack, Golf GTI, Golf SportWagen, Passat, and Jetta had to offer both an autonomous emergency braking system earning at least an advanced rating for front crash prevention, as well as headlights with at least an acceptable rating for visibility and lack of excessive glare to qualify.

As standards for safety go, they don't get much more rigorous than these. So what makes each go the extra mile to deliver peace of mind for your travels?

Radar sensors and a camera synergize in the Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist) systems. They evaluate the distance between your Volkswagen and front traffic, and if they sense front-end collision conditions above 19 mph, the systems alert you via audible and visual feedback from the instrument cluster and brakes, if you fail to do so, to slow the vehicle. The system even showcases targeted braking for extra stopping power if you brake with insignificant force.

You can nonetheless count on Volkswagen to deliver further top-notch driver assistance technologies to go above and beyond. 2017 Volkswagen Jetta, the 2017 Volkswagen Golf family and 2017 Volkswagen Passat make available, depending upon trim, a wide gamut, from Adaptive Cruise Control, a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert, an active Lane Departure Warning system (Lane Assist), and a front and rear Park Distance Control (ParkPilot), to a Parking Steering Assistant (Park Assist), High Beam Control (Light Assist), and Bi-Xenon headlights that accommodate the automaker's Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS).

Plus, each model comes standard-equipped with an Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, and all Volkswagen models provide a winning combination of active and passive safety systems engineered to meet or exceed current crash regulations.

So if you're in the market for a Volkswagen vehicle with the safety panache to take you from point A to point Anywhere, look no further than the exceptional selection we make available here at Jim Ellis Volkswagen of Kennesaw. Stop by and visit us today, and we'll show you what we mean with a test drive.