Did you know that more people are killed in car accidents than in any other form of travel? Ninety people die from these episodes every day. Even more are injured with about three million injuries each year. You might be a very safe, defensive driver, but you can still end up in a car accident that was caused by somebody else. The good news is you can always file a lawsuit to cover your medical bills and vehicle damages, but the recovery process isn’t easy. There are a lot of variables that go into safe driving, and many relate to the decisions you make before and during your drive. They also have to do with the kind of car you’re driving. Some are considered much safer than others. The next time you’re at the dealership, take a look at this list of vehicles.
1. Subaru Impreza
Subaru is one of the safest makes around. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has chosen the Impreza model as the Top Safety Pick several years in a row based on its crash-worthiness, front crash prevention abilities, and driver assist technology. Subaru models are also designed with a more evenly weighted engine in the front of each vehicle. It’s not heavier on one side than it is on the other, which means that your chances of flipping the vehicle are significantly lower. Since rollover accidents are often considered the most dangerous, this should be a huge relief to Impreza drivers.
2. Kia Forte
Kia is another highly dependable brand as far as safety is concerned. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the Forte a 5-star crash safety rating. Recently, the NHTSA has introduced tougher tests in their standard trials, and the Forte upped their safety feature performance and crash avoidance technologies to match with no trouble. The Forte also earned a Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS, thanks to its high-intensity discharge headlights that feature dynamic light bending. This makes night driving almost as safe as driving during the day. The vehicle’s front crash prevention system, which can be turned on or off depending on your preferences, also increases safety when engaged.
3. Toyota Camry
The Toyota Camry is one of the most popular vehicles in America, thanks to the dependability of the trusted brand, the size perfect for families, and the great gas mileage. It’s also a contender in the safety realm, as the IIHS named it a top pick and the NHTSA crash test gave it five stars. The safety technologies are somewhat underwhelming compared with the bells and whistles of other vehicles on this list, but they get the job done. There is an HD rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning with steer assist, automatic high beams, rear cross traffic braking, blind spot monitoring, and other simple tools that make it easy to drive safely
4. BMW 5 Series
If you’re looking for safety in the luxury vehicle category, look no further than the BMW 5 series. It scores just as well as the previous cars on this list with excellent safety features like night vision, brake assist, traction control, lane departure warning, and more. Although the safety technologies gave it top crash-test ratings, it’s not considered the best family vehicle. It’s difficult to anchor the child seat, which isn’t surprising, given that it’s a luxury vehicle, but it’s worth mentioning in this review. If you can install it, there are absolutely no safety concerns, but it’ll take some work to get it in there.
5. Honda Accord
Here’s another extremely popular midsize vehicle that has only gotten better with age. In 2018, this classic commuter car received a total overhaul in the design, earning it five stars in the NHTSA and an IIHS Top Safety Pick award. It earned particularly good marks for the front crash prevention system as well as the standard Honda Sensing system, which involves adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, lane keeping assist, and the collision mitigation braking system. The accord also features a driver drowsiness monitor to limit potential accidents at the hands of a sleep-deprived driver.
Any of these five vehicles will prove dependable and crashworthy if you find yourself in a tough situation. You’ll be grateful you invested in one of these high-tech, highly-regarded vehicles.