No matter how many electronic accident avoidance measures a manufacturer invents, they're worthless if the basic structure of the vehicle doesn't hold up in a crash.

Volvo built its reputation on crashworthiness, and the latest National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) crash tests further reinforce that status.

The XC60 was recently given five stars for front, side and overall crashworthiness by the NHTSA using its new and much stricter crash test guidelines. It's the only vehicle in its class to earn the five-star ratings in each seating position, and Volvo is justifiably proud. On top of that, the IIHS has bestowed its Top Safety Pick honors to the XC60, further cementing its place as an ideal place to be when the worst happens.

Of course, probably the best news about all this is that the Volvo XC60 is a pretty nice place to be when you're not crashing, too. It offers up plenty of standard features, a good list of options, and it could well be the best looking car Volvo has on the roads, with the possible exception of the new S60. However, the XC60 can carry a lot more stuff along with its five passengers, and the T6 models are actually pretty fun to drive. Not a bad combination for a car with the crashworthiness of a tank.