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Last updated on: 1st of March 2015 at 12:37 pm (EST)

THE SAFEST



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The Safest Vehicles for 2011-2015

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updated February 23, 2015

 NOTE: 3618 vehicles have been evaluated for 2011-2015: 4% meet SAFEST criteria; 51% fail to meet SAFEST criteria; 45% have insufficient data.
        NHTSA STAR RATINGS IIHS RATINGS COMPATIBILITY
Year Model (risk order within model-year) Class InformedForLife.org Safety Ranking Overall Rating  Frontal Impact Side Impact Rollover Top Pick? Frontal Impact-moderate overlap Side Impact Rear Impact Roof Strength Frontal Impact-small overlap Vehicle Weight (lbs.) Driver Weight-Effect Fatality Factor**
2015 MERCEDES-BENZ ML-CLASS SUV 4WD  SUV SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 4754 0.33
2015 MERCEDES-BENZ ML-CLASS SUV RWD  SUV SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 4754 0.33
2015 ACURA MDX SUV AWD  SUV SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 4264 0.44
2015 ACURA MDX SUV FWD  SUV SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 4264 0.44
2015 VOLVO XC60 SUV AWD  SUV SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 4180 0.47
2015 VOLVO XC60 SUV FWD  SUV SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 4180 0.47
2015 VOLVO XC60 SUV FWD  SUV SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 4180 0.47
2015 HONDA ODYSSEY VAN FWD  VAN SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 4400 0.62
2015 HYUNDAI GENESIS 4 DR AWD  CAR SAFEST 2% 5 5 5 5 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 4376 0.62
2015 HYUNDAI GENESIS 4 DR RWD  CAR SAFEST 2% 5 5 5 5 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 4376 0.62
2015 FORD FUSION ENERGI 4 DR FWD  CAR SAFEST 2% 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ACCEPTABLE 4006 0.72
2015 VOLVO S60 4 DR AWD  CAR SAFEST 2% 5 5 5 5 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 3863 0.77
2015 VOLVO S60 4 DR FWD  CAR SAFEST 3% 5 5 5 5 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 3863 0.77
2015 BUICK ENCORE SUV AWD  SUV SAFEST 3% 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 3346 0.77
2015 BUICK ENCORE SUV FWD  SUV SAFEST 3% 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 3346 0.77
2015 CHEVROLET TRAX SUV AWD  SUV SAFEST 3% 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 3346 0.77
2015 CHEVROLET TRAX SUV FWD  SUV SAFEST 3% 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 3346 0.77
2015 MAZDA CX-5 SUV AWD  SUV SAFEST 3% 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 3333 0.78
2015 MAZDA CX-5 SUV FWD  SUV SAFEST 3% 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 3333 0.78
2015 SUBARU LEGACY 4 DR AWD  CAR SAFEST 3% 5 5 5 5 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 3628 0.84
2015 SUBARU OUTBACK SUV AWD  CAR SAFEST 3% 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 3628 0.84
2015 CHEVROLET MALIBU 4 DR FWD  CAR SAFEST 3% 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 3593 0.85
2015 CHRYSLER 200 4 DR FWD  CAR SAFEST 3% 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 3447 0.91
2015 HYUNDAI SONATA 4 DR FWD  CAR SAFEST 3% 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ACCEPTABLE 3315 0.96
2015 HONDA ACCORD 2 DR FWD  CAR SAFEST 3% 5 5 5 5 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 3311 0.96
2015 DODGE DART 4 DR FWD  CAR SAFEST 3% 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ACCEPTABLE 3300 0.96
2015 KIA OPTIMA 4 DR FWD  CAR SAFEST 4% 5 5 5 5 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ACCEPTABLE 3247 0.98
2015 KIA OPTIMA HYBRID 4 DR FWD  CAR SAFEST 4% 5 5 5 5 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ACCEPTABLE 3247 0.98
2015 VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT 4 DR FWD  CAR SAFEST 4% 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ACCEPTABLE 3203 1.00
2014 MERCEDES-BENZ ML-CLASS SUV 4WD  SUV SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 4754 0.33
2014 MERCEDES-BENZ ML-CLASS SUV RWD  SUV SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 4754 0.33
2014 ACURA MDX SUV AWD  SUV SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 4264 0.44
2014 ACURA MDX SUV FWD  SUV SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 4264 0.44
2014 VOLVO XC60 SUV AWD  SUV SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 4180 0.47
2014 VOLVO XC60 SUV FWD  SUV SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 4180 0.47
2014 HONDA ODYSSEY VAN FWD  VAN SAFEST 2% 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 4400 0.62
2014 FORD FUSION ENERGI 4 DR FWD  CAR SAFEST 2% 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ACCEPTABLE 4006 0.72
2014 VOLVO S60 4 DR AWD  CAR SAFEST 3% 5 5 5 5 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 3863 0.77
2014 VOLVO S60 4 DR FWD  CAR SAFEST 3% 5 5 5 5 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 3863 0.77
2014 MAZDA CX-5 SUV AWD  SUV SAFEST 3% 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 3333 0.78
2014 MAZDA CX-5 SUV FWD  SUV SAFEST 3% 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 3333 0.78
2014 FORD FOCUS BEV 5 HB FWD  CAR SAFEST 3% 5 5 5 5 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ACCEPTABLE 3639 0.84
2014 CHEVROLET MALIBU 4 DR FWD  CAR SAFEST 3% 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 3593 0.85
2014 CHEVROLET MALIBU ECO EASSIST 4 DR FWD  CAR SAFEST 3% 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 3593 0.85
2014 SUBARU LEGACY 4 DR AWD  CAR SAFEST 3% 5 5 5 5 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ACCEPTABLE 3428 0.91
2014 SUBARU OUTBACK SUV AWD  CAR SAFEST 3% 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ACCEPTABLE 3428 0.91
2014 HONDA ACCORD 2 DR FWD  CAR SAFEST 3% 5 5 5 5 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ACCEPTABLE 3311 0.96
2014 DODGE DART 4 DR FWD  CAR SAFEST 3% 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ACCEPTABLE 3300 0.96
2014 KIA OPTIMA 4 DR FWD  CAR SAFEST 4% 5 5 5 5 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ACCEPTABLE 3247 0.98
2014 KIA OPTIMA HYBRID 4 DR FWD  CAR SAFEST 4% 5 5 5 5 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ACCEPTABLE 3247 0.98
2014 VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT 4 DR FWD  CAR SAFEST 4% 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ACCEPTABLE 3203 1.00
2013 BUICK ENCLAVE SUV AWD  SUV SAFEST 1%* 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ? 4888 0.31
2013 BUICK ENCLAVE SUV FWD  SUV SAFEST 1%* 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ? 4888 0.31
2013 CHEVROLET TRAVERSE SUV AWD  SUV SAFEST 1%* 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ? 4888 0.31
2013 CHEVROLET TRAVERSE SUV FWD  SUV SAFEST 1%* 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ? 4888 0.31
2013 GMC ACADIA DENALI SUV AWD  SUV SAFEST 1%* 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ? 4888 0.31
2013 GMC ACADIA DENALI SUV FWD  SUV SAFEST 1%* 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ? 4888 0.31
2013 GMC ACADIA SUV AWD  SUV SAFEST 1%* 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ? 4888 0.31
2013 GMC ACADIA SUV FWD  SUV SAFEST 1%* 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ? 4888 0.31
2013 MERCEDES-BENZ ML-CLASS SUV 4WD  SUV SAFEST 1%* 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ? 4754 0.33
2013 MERCEDES-BENZ ML-CLASS SUV RWD  SUV SAFEST 1%* 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ? 4754 0.33
2013 VOLVO XC60 SUV AWD  SUV SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 4180 0.47
2013 VOLVO XC60 SUV FWD  SUV SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 4180 0.47
2013 HYUNDAI SANTA FE SPORT SUV AWD  SUV SAFEST 1%* 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ? 3733 0.61
2013 HYUNDAI SANTA FE SPORT SUV FWD  SUV SAFEST 1%* 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ? 3733 0.61
2013 HONDA ODYSSEY VAN FWD  VAN SAFEST 2%* 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ? 4347 0.63
2013 CHRYSLER 300 4 DR AWD  CAR SAFEST 2%* 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ? 4299 0.64
2013 CHRYSLER 300 4 DR RWD  CAR SAFEST 2%* 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ? 4299 0.64
2013 CADILLAC XTS 4 DR AWD  CAR SAFEST 2%* 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ? 4268 0.65
2013 CADILLAC XTS 4 DR FWD  CAR SAFEST 2%* 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ? 4268 0.65
2013 BUICK LACROSSE 4 DR AWD  CAR SAFEST 2%* 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ? 4255 0.66
2013 BUICK LACROSSE 4 DR FWD  CAR SAFEST 2%* 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ? 4255 0.66
2013 BUICK LACROSSE EASSIST 4 DR AWD  CAR SAFEST 2%* 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ? 4255 0.66
2013 BUICK LACROSSE EASSIST 4 DR FWD  CAR SAFEST 2%* 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ? 4255 0.66
2013 FORD TAURUS 4 DR AWD  CAR SAFEST 2%* 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ? 4145 0.69
2013 FORD TAURUS 4 DR FWD  CAR SAFEST 2%* 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ? 4145 0.69
2013 CADILLAC CTS 4 DR AWD  CAR SAFEST 2%* 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ? 4074 0.71
2013 CADILLAC CTS 4 DR RWD  CAR SAFEST 2%* 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ? 4074 0.71
2013 CADILLAC CTS SW AWD  CAR SAFEST 2%* 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ? 4074 0.71
2013 CADILLAC CTS SW RWD  CAR SAFEST 2%* 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ? 4074 0.71
2013 FORD FUSION ENERGI 4 DR FWD  CAR SAFEST 2% 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ACCEPTABLE 4006 0.72
2013 VOLVO S60 4 DR AWD  CAR SAFEST 3% 5 5 5 5 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 3863 0.77
2013 FORD FOCUS BEV 5 HB FWD  CAR SAFEST 3% 5 5 5 5 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ACCEPTABLE 3639 0.84
2013 LEXUS ES350 4 DR FWD  CAR SAFEST 3%* 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ? 3575 0.86
2013 SUBARU LEGACY 4 DR AWD  CAR SAFEST 3% 5 5 5 5 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ACCEPTABLE 3428 0.91
2013 SUBARU OUTBACK SUV AWD  CAR SAFEST 3% 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ACCEPTABLE 3428 0.91
2013 BUICK VERANO 4 DR FWD  CAR SAFEST 3%* 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ? 3419 0.92
2013 HONDA ACCORD 2 DR FWD  CAR SAFEST 3% 5 5 5 5 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ACCEPTABLE 3311 0.96
2013 DODGE DART 4 DR FWD  CAR SAFEST 3% 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ACCEPTABLE 3300 0.96
2013 KIA OPTIMA 4 DR FWD  CAR SAFEST 4% 5 5 5 5 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ACCEPTABLE 3247 0.98
2013 KIA OPTIMA HYBRID 4 DR FWD  CAR SAFEST 4% 5 5 5 5 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ACCEPTABLE 3247 0.98
2013 VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT 4 DR FWD  CAR SAFEST 4% 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ACCEPTABLE 3203 1.00
2012 CADILLAC SRX SUV AWD  SUV SAFEST 1%* 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ? 4574 0.37
2012 CADILLAC SRX SUV FWD  SUV SAFEST 1%* 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ? 4574 0.37
2012 SAAB 9-4X SUV AWD  SUV SAFEST 1%* 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ? 4574 0.37
2012 SAAB 9-4X SUV FWD  SUV SAFEST 1%* 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ? 4574 0.37
2012 VOLVO XC60 SUV AWD  SUV SAFEST 1%* 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ? 4180 0.47
2012 VOLVO XC60 SUV FWD  SUV SAFEST 1%* 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ? 4180 0.47
2012 HONDA ODYSSEY VAN FWD  VAN SAFEST 2%* 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ? 4347 0.63
2012 CHRYSLER 300 4 DR AWD  CAR SAFEST 2%* 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ? 4299 0.64
2012 CHRYSLER 300 4 DR RWD  CAR SAFEST 2%* 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ? 4299 0.64
2012 BUICK LACROSSE 4 DR AWD   CAR SAFEST 2%* 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ? 4255 0.66
2012 BUICK LACROSSE 4 DR FWD  CAR SAFEST 2%* 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ? 4255 0.66
2012 BUICK LACROSSE EASSIST 4 DR AWD   CAR SAFEST 2%* 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ? 4255 0.66
2012 BUICK LACROSSE EASSIST 4 DR FWD  CAR SAFEST 2%* 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ? 4255 0.66
2012 CADILLAC CTS 4 DR AWD  CAR SAFEST 2%* 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ? 4074 0.71
2012 CADILLAC CTS 4 DR RWD  CAR SAFEST 2%* 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ? 4074 0.71
2012 CADILLAC CTS SW AWD  CAR SAFEST 2%* 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ? 4074 0.71
2012 CADILLAC CTS SW RWD  CAR SAFEST 2%* 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ? 4074 0.71
2012 VOLVO S60 4 DR AWD  CAR SAFEST 3% 5 5 5 5 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 3863 0.77
2012 HONDA ACCORD 4 DR FWD  CAR SAFEST 4%* 5 5 5 5 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ? 3265 0.97
2012 HONDA ACCORD V6 4 DR FWD  CAR SAFEST 4%* 5 5 5 5 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ? 3265 0.97
2012 KIA OPTIMA 4 DR FWD  CAR SAFEST 4% 5 5 5 5 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ACCEPTABLE 3247 0.98
2012 KIA OPTIMA HYBRID 4 DR FWD  CAR SAFEST 4% 5 5 5 5 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ACCEPTABLE 3247 0.98
2012 VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT 4 DR FWD  CAR SAFEST 4%* 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ? 3203 1.00
2011 VOLVO XC60 SUV AWD  SUV SAFEST 1%* 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ? 4180 0.47
2011 VOLVO XC60 SUV FWD  SUV SAFEST 1%* 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ? 4180 0.47
2011 HONDA ODYSSEY VAN FWD  VAN SAFEST 2%* 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ? 4347 0.63
2011 BUICK LACROSSE 4 DR AWD  CAR SAFEST 2%* 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ? 4255 0.66
2011 BUICK LACROSSE 4 DR FWD  CAR SAFEST 2%* 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ? 4255 0.66
2011 KIA OPTIMA 4 DR FWD  CAR SAFEST 4% 5 5 5 5 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ACCEPTABLE 3247 0.98

The vehicles listed above have been identified as the safest for model-years 2011-2015 per the following criteria:

 

All ratings by NHTSA and IIHS are in the top quartile for frontal impact, side impact, rear impact and roof strength; and NHTSA's rollover risk is 4 or 5 STARS (under 20% risk).

 

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 Size/weight-based driver fatality rate** is less than the driver fatality rate for the average weight (3,200 lb.) passenger car.

 


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(*) These pre-2104 vehicles have not been subjected to IIHS's new frontal impact small-overlap test, however they meet all the above criteria and are therefore ranked among the safest vehicles.

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(**) The relative weight of a vehicle compared with one it collides with in a head-on crash is a critical determinant of the forces the occupants are subjected to, however vehicle weight is not evaluated in crash test ratings and must be evaluated separately. The weight-effect fatality factor is the ratio of the driver fatality rate for a vehicle based on its size/weight versus the average driver fatality rate for 3,200 lb. passenger cars. Vehicles that have a driver weight-effect fatality factor greater than 1.0 have been culled from this safest vehicles list. Click here for more information about vehicle size/weight incompatibility.

 


 



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