The Safest Vehicles on the Road – A Buyer’s Guide

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Safety of car is one of the most important factors that a buyer considers when buying a vehicle. Whether you are buying a truck, a sports car, or a family car you want a vehicle that is equipped with safety features and also one that has a safety record. This information is gathered by subjecting the vehicle to a crash test.

Our research has enabled us to compile a list of cars that have ample safety features and a great safety record. We hope this information will be a useful guide for our readers to select a vehicle that will keep them safe.

So, here goes:

Honda Insight

Honda Insight
Honda Insight

The Honda Insight hybrid is a compact sedan with a high safety ranking and a top score in every crash test. The Insight is fitted with several standard safety features. The car also has a traffic sign recognition system to keep you safe in case of a traffic signal change. Some safety features include:

  • Forward collision warning
  • Auto emergency brakes
  • Active lane control
  • Automatic headlights
  • Traffic sign recognition

Hyundai Elantra

Hyundai Elantra
Hyundai Elantra

The Hyundai makes some of the safest cars on the road. The Elantra scored 4 out of 5 for the front and side crash test making it a pretty safe bet. The Hundai Elantra is also fitted with plenty of safety features which can protect the car occupants. Some standard safety features are:

  • Forward collision warning
  • Auto emergency brakes
  • Active lane control

Kia Forte

Kia Forte
Kia Forte

The Kia Forte is a compact car with a 5 star crash test rating. It was awarded the ‘Top Safety Pick’ award for 2019. The car is very fuel efficient and equipped with plenty of standard safety features including

  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Driver attention warning
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Active lane control
  • Lane departure warning
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Rear cross traffic alert

Kia Niro Hybrid

Kia Niro Hybrid
Kia Niro Hybrid

The Kia Nirois a hybrid SUV with a 4 star safety rating. The Kia Niro was a top safety pick by IIHS in 2019. It is also regarded as a very reliable car and has plenty of inbuilt safety features such as:

  • Autonomous emergency braking
  • Lane keeping assistance
  • Front crash prevention

Subaru Crosstrek

Subaru Crosstrek
Subaru Crosstrek

The Subaru Crosstrek is a subcompact SUV with 5 star safety rating for the crash test. This 2.0L car with an I4 engine and automatic (variable gear ratio) transmission has lots of safety features. Some active safety features are:

  • Rear view camera
  • Reverse automatic breaking
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Lane change assist
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Automatic emergency breaking
  • Lane departure and sway warning
  • Automatic high beam

Subaru Impreza Sedan

Subaru Impreza Sedan
Subaru Impreza Sedan

The Subaru Impreza is a small compact car with a 5 star safety rating by the NHTSA for the rollover, front crash and side crash test. The rear view camera is a standard safety feature. Other available safety features include:

  • Adaptive headlights
  • Forward collision warning
  • Automatic emergency braking for forward and reversing
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Lane keep assist
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane change assist
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Rear cross traffic alert

Subaru Impreza Hatchback

Subaru Impreza hatchback
Subaru Impreza hatchback

The Subaru Impreza hatchback has a 5 star safety rating. The frontal crash test indicated that the airbags protected the driver with minimal risk of injury. The safety features of the Impreza hatchback include:

  • Pre-collision breaking
  • Whiplash protection
  • Reverse automatic breaking
  • Blind spot detection
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Daytime running lights

Subaru WRX

Subaru WRX
Subaru WRX

The IIHS has listed the Subaru WRX as a top safety pick. This 2.0L I4 Turbo engine with a 268 horsepower has a plethora of standard safety features giving it a high general safety rating beside the vehicle performing well in the crash test. Some of the impressive safety features of the WRX include:

  • Traction and stability control
  • Anti-lock brakes
  • Rear view camera
  • Daytime running lights
  • Forward collision warning
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane keeping assist
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Automated emergency braking

Hyundai Sonata

Hyundai Sonata
Hyundai Sonata

The NHTSA has given the Hyundai Sonata a 5 start safety rating. The IIHS has named the Sonata as the Top Safety Pick. The car comes with a standard Hyundai SmartSense package which includes several driver assistance features. Some of the safety features of the Sonata are:

  • Automatic high-beam assist
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Driver attention warning
  • Forward collision warning
  • Automated emergency braking
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane keeping assist
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert

Kia Optima

Kia Optima
Kia Optima

The Kia Optima scored perfectly in the crash and rollover tests. In the front crash prevention the Optima was rated ‘superior’ by IIHS, which is the highest rank. This has been achieved through the forward collision waring system. The safety features of the Kia Optima include:

  • Rear view camera
  • Lane change assist
  • Lane departure warning
  • Forward collision warning
  • Forward automatic emergency braking
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Driver drowsiness monitor
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Adaptive headlights
  • Pedestrian detection
  • 360 degree parking camera

Subaru Legacy

Subaru Legacy
Subaru Legacy

The Subaru Legacy has a 5 star crash test score from NHTSA and a good safety rating from IIHS which indicates the occupants gets maximum injury protection during a crash. This 4 door sedan is most compelling as the car design is focused primarily on safety and includes plenty of drive assist technology such as:

  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Lane changer assist
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Auto dimming compass mirror

Subaru Outback

Subaru Outback
Subaru Outback

The Subaru Outback got the highest safety score from NHTSA as well as IIHS for the crash test. The Subaru Outback is designed keeping the safety aspects in mind. The wagon includes numerous standard safety features and several other available features too. Some of them are:

  • Rear view camera
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane keep assist
  • Forward automatic emergency braking
  • Forward collision warning
  • Rear passenger seat belt warning
  • Responsive LED headlights

Toyota Camry

Toyota Camry
Toyota Camry

The Toyota Camry has been awarded top scores for crash tests by safety rating agencies. The Camry comes with a standard inbuilt Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P) which helps to avert accidents. The Camry can also be fitted with a Birds eye view camera which does a perimeter scan and provides an overhead view on the display screen. The Toyota Camry safety features include:

  • Pre-Collision warning
  • Pedestrian Detection
  • Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
  • Automatic High Beams
  • Lane Departure Alert integrated with Steering Assist technology
  • Knee airbags in the front

Genesis G70

Genesis G70
Genesis G70

The Genesis G70 received optimum rating for front crash vehicle to vehicle, and a mid-level rating for vehicle to pedestrian collision. The G70 is equipped with numerous safety features and some of them are:

  • Forward collision warning
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Lane change assist
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Driver condition monitor
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Adaptive headlights
  • Pedestrian detection
  • Surround view parking camera
  • Parking sensors (front and rear)

Lexus ES

Lexus ES
Lexus ES

The Lexus ES scores a 5 on 5 for traffic safety. It received 4 stars for the frontal crash test and 5 stars for side crash test. The ES is a pretty safe luxury midsize car and has many standard safety features and several additional safety features. Some of the Lexus ES safety features include:

  • Forward collision warning
  • Pedestrian detection
  • Rear view camera
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Lane keep assist
  • Lane departure warning
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Adaptive headlights/ automatic high beam
  • Surround view parking camera
  • Parking sensors (front and rear)
  • Road sign recognition

Toyota Avalon

Toyota Avalon
Toyota Avalon

The Toyota Avalon has been recognized as safe car by the NHTSA. The Avalon was given a 5 star safety rating. The car is also nominated as a ‘Top Safety Pick’. The safety features of the Toyota Avalon include:

  • Forward collision warning
  • Lane departure warning
  • Crash imminent braking
  • Dynamic brake support

BMW 5 Series

BMW 5 Series
BMW 5 Series

The BMW 5 series has a top safety rating. This luxury midsize car received a top score in the crash test. The 5 series is configured with high tech safety features to make it one of the safest cars on the road. The Active Protection System is a standard feature of the BMW 5 series which assists in preparing the car if it detects an impending collision. The safety features include:

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Rear view camera
  • Parking sensors (front and rear)
  • Daytime pedestrian detection
  • Forward collision warning
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Lane departure warning
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Surround view parking camera
  • Parallel park assist
  • Night vision camera

Genesis G80

Genesis G80
Genesis G80

The Genesis G80 has a full safety rating score from all major traffic safety organizations. The G80 luxury midsize sedan is equipped with upscale safety features and was regarded as a top safety pick. Some of the standard G80 safety features include:

  • Forward collision warning
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Pedestrian detection warning
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Active lane control
  • Blind spot monitoring

Genesis G90

Genesis G90
Genesis G90

The Genesis G90 is a luxury large car with a top safety rating. In the front crash prevention category the G90 was given a ‘superior’ rating. Some of the safety features include:

  • Forward collision warning
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Blind spot monitor
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Active lane control
  • Surround view camera
  • Safe exit system
  • Parking sensors

Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Mercedes-Benz E-Class
Mercedes-Benz E-Class

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class was given a 5 star crash test rating. The E-Class is equipped with a plethora of safety features ensuring complete safety to its occupants in case of a mishap. The car has 9 airbags for cushioning any impact. Some of the safety features include:

  • Forward collision warning
  • Autonomous emergency braking
  • Intelligent LED headlights
  • Cross traffic alert
  • Evasive steering assist
  • Active blind spot assistance
  • Lane keeping assistance
  • Drive pilot

Hyundai Kona

Hyundai Kona
Hyundai Kona

The Hyundai Kona is a subcompact SUV with a 5 star safety rating. The car has numerous standard safety features and several advanced features which can be added at a nominal cost. Some of the Kona safety features include:

  • Rearview camera
  • Forward collision warning
  • Lane keep assist
  • Driver drowsiness monitor
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Pedestrian detection

Mazda CX-5

Mazda CX-5
Mazda CX-5

The Mazda CX-5 is a compact SUV with a 5 on 5 safety score. The car performed well in the crash and rollover test. The CX-5 has a long list of standard safety features and some of them include:

  • Forward collision warning
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Pedestrian detection alert
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane keep assist
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Blind spot monitor
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Automated headlights
  • Rearview camera
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers

Hyundai Santa Fe

Hyundai Santa Fe
Hyundai Santa Fe

The Hyundai Santa Fe is a top ranking mid-size SUV. The vehicle received a score of 5 on 5 in the side crash test and 4 on 5 for the rollover and front collision test. The SUV has a large number of standard safety features, some of them are:

  • Forward collision warning
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Lane keeping assist
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Automated high beam control
  • Driver attention warning system
  • Blind view monitor

Kia Sorento

Kia Sorento
Kia Sorento

The Kia Sorento is a very safe midsize SUV with a high score in the rollover, frontal and side crash test. The Sorento has the highest safety rating from the IIHS. Some of the safety features of the Kia Sorento include:

  • Rear view camera
  • Pedestrian detection
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane keep assist
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Parking sensors for front and rear
  • Parking cameras with surround view
  • Blind spot monitor
  • Forward collision warning
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Driver drowsiness warning

Subaru Ascent

Subaru Ascent
Subaru Ascent

The Subaru Ascent has a 9.8 safety rating out of 10. In the crash test the Ascent scored a full 5 stars. This midsize SUV has plenty of standard safety features and several advanced features available as well. Some of the standard safety features of the Ascent include:

  • Forward automatic emergency braking
  • Pre-collision throttle management
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Lane keep assist and lane centering
  • Steering responsive LED headlights
  • Automated high beam
  • Lane departure &sway alert
  • Rearview camera
  • Rearseat reminder

Acura RDX

Acura RDX
Acura RDX

The Acura RDX received a 5 on 5 safety rating from the NHTSA and a ‘superior’ rating from the IIHS for a vehicle-to-vehicle forward collision prevention. The Acura RDX has several standard safety features and some of them include:

  • Forward collision warning
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Lane keep assist
  • Road departure mitigation
  • Lane departure warning
  • Rearview camera
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Automatic high-beam assist

BMW X3

BMW X3
BMW X3

The BMW X3 has a 9.7 over all safety rating and a 5 on 5 safety score from the NHTSA. The luxury compact SUV comprises of many safety features and some of the standard ones include:

  • Forward collision warning
  • Pedestrian detection
  • Rearview camera
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Lane departure warning
  • Parking sensors
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Rear cross traffic alert

Mercedes-Benz GLC

Mercedes-Benz GLC
Mercedes-Benz GLC

The Mercedes-Benz GLC is a luxury compact SUV with a good safety score and a high safety rating of 9.7 on 10. The GLC now comes standard with Pre-Safe which tightens and secures seatbelts and ensures that the windows are rolled up and sealed in the event that a collision is detected. The SUV has a long list of safety features which include:

  • Rearview camera
  • Active brake assist
  • Crosswind assist
  • Driver drowsiness monitoring
  • Park assist
  • Lane keep assist
  • Evasive steering assist
  • Route based speed adaptation

Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class

Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class
Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class

The Mercedes-Benz GLE is a mid-size luxury SUVwith an excellent safety score and a 9.8 on 10 safety rating. The car has numerous safety features which include many airbags to cushion any kind of impact. Some of the safety features include:

  • Active brake assist
  • Electronic stability control
  • Daytime running light
  • Child safety locks
  • Turn signal mirrors
  • Traction control
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Lane keep assist
  • Lane departure monitoring
  • Auto leveling headlights

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

What is the safest vehicle on the road?

Using information compiled from subjecting a wide range of vehicles to crash tests, the Honda Insight has been ranked as the safest vehicle on the road. It has several advanced safety features, from forward-collision warning and auto emergency brakes to an active lane control interface, traffic sign recognition and of course automatic headlights.

What is the safest car or SUV on the road?

Whilst the top positions are generally taken by cars, in terms of safety, SUVs are never far behind and it is the Kia Niro Hybrid that is rated safest in the SUV category which comes with a 4-star safety rating and was a top safety pick by IIHS in 2019.

Which cars are safest in an accident?

Although the Honda Insight reigns supreme when it comes to modern car safety, there are plenty of great options if safety is your main concern. The Hyundai Elantra, The Kia Forte and The Subaru Crosstrek are all regarded as great options when it comes to surviving collisions unscathed and accident avoidance.

What is the most dangerous car?

Of all of the new options when it comes to accident safety, it was the Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class that underperformed compared to its contemporaries. But with a host of modern emergency and safety features fitted as standard, it still makes for a good choice when compared with older cars on the market.

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