Strong, Secure and Good Looking, 7 of the Safest Cars on The Road
But, which ones would you buy? According to the IIHS, these are the safest cars sold in the U.S.A. in their respected classes (These classifications were determined solely by the IIHS for their data purposes). If any of these fit your bill, log onto CarSoup.com and check out what is available right around the corner from you.
Small Cars: 2014 Mazda3
CarSoup.com loves this compact car for many reasons. An excellent score by the IIHS is just another reason to love it even more. The frontal area is long enough to take any impact, which is a good thing. Select the 4-door sedan and receive the same protection from the rear. Mazda adds enough airbags to protect you from any impact.
Other Top Safety Pick + vehicles in this class: Honda Civic 4-door sedan, Toyota Prius, 2015 Volkswagen Golf and 2015 Volkswagen GTI
Midsize Moderately Priced Cars: 2014 Honda Accord
You can’t go wrong with an Accord. Not when this well-built sedan can protect you from the worst. Frontal collisions are minimized with excellent design and air bag coverage. There are enough airbags to keep everyone protected from all sides. The Accord is amongst the top selling cars in the U.S.A., but it is one of safest cars around.
Other Top Safety Pick + vehicles in this class: Chevrolet Malibu, Ford Fusion, 2015 Hyundai Sonata, Mazda6, Subaru Legacy and Subaru Outback
Midsize Luxury/Near Luxury Cars: 2014 Audi A3
The new small Audi sedan is a lifesaver. One would doubt its crashworthiness, but frontal collisions are protected by a solid wall of airbags and a strong engine area. A lower knee airbag helps in keeping in place from frontal impacts. It also takes a strong roof and a solid stricture all around to keep you from further impact. Never underestimate this small Audi when the worst happens.
Other Top Safety Pick + vehicles in this class: BMW 2-Series, Infiniti Q50, Lincoln MKZ and Volvo S60
Large Luxury Cars: 2015 Hyundai Genesis 4-door Sedan
Hyundai went back to the drawing board on its premium sedan offering. The result is a very safe car. It is not about the number of air bags. The new Genesis design lends to enveloping the cabin from intrusion and impact. The frontal area is designed to protect the cabin even further. No wonder why this car was designed to shake up the luxury market.
Other Top Safety Pick + vehicles in this class: Acura RLX, Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Volvo S80
Small SUVs: 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander
Three rows of seating, but a lot of airbag coverage to endure all occupants are protected from any impact on the vehicle. The front end area is the largest in its class, and the most protective with no impact on the cabin. Some even considered the Outlander a virtual fortress, especially when you consider on-road stability and advanced collision warning systems.
Other Top Safety Pick + vehicles in this class: Mazda CX-5, Nissan Rogue and Subaru Forester
Midsize SUVs: 2014 Chevrolet Equinox
This has been around for a long time for a reason: its design. The frontal area can take a huge hit and keeps the cabin intact. Airbag coverage is good, ensuring all occupants are protected from all forms of impact. The Equinox has one of the strongest structures in the business, regardless of where the impact point occurs. In fact, it received high marks in safety protection for the past five years.
Other Top Safety Pick + vehicles in this class: GMC Terrain, Honda Odyssey and Toyota Highlander
Midsize Luxury SUVs: 2014 Volvo XC60
Volvo has always been about safety. It is part of its DNA. The XC60 is no exception. Its frontal area has the added benefit of the best collision mitigation technology along with the strong structure and subframe protecting any impact. Side structure and roof strength are amongst the best in class. Airbag and head restraint coverage and operation are excellent.
Other Top Safety Pick + vehicles in this class: Acura MDX and Mercedes-Benz M-Class
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