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Last updated on: 27th of June 2015 at 9:26 am (EST)

THE SAFEST



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The Safest Vehicles for 2011-2016

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updated June 10, 2015

NOTE: For model-years 2011-2015 there are 3691 vehicles: 2% meet SAFEST criteria; 52% fail to meet SAFEST criteria; 46% have insufficent data.
        NHTSA STAR RATINGS IIHS RATINGS COMPATIBILITY
Year Model (increasing risk 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*
2016* KIA SORENTO SUV AWD  SUV SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 3854 0.57
2016* KIA SORENTO SUV FWD  SUV SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 3854 0.57
2016* AUDI A6 4 DR AWD  CAR SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 5 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 3951 0.74
2016* AUDI A6 4 DR FWD  CAR SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 5 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 3951 0.74
2016* MAZDA MAZDA6 4 DR FWD  CAR SAFEST 2% 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 3225 0.99
   *(limited number of vehicles evaluated for 2016)
                           
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 KIA SEDONA VAN FWD  VAN SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 4426 0.61
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 1% 5 5 5 5 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 4376 0.62
2015 HYUNDAI GENESIS 4 DR RWD  CAR SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 5 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 4376 0.62
2015 ACURA RLX 4 DR FWD  CAR SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 5 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 4006 0.72
2015 VOLVO S60 4 DR AWD  CAR SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 5 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 3863 0.77
2015 VOLVO S60 4 DR FWD  CAR SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 5 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 3863 0.77
2015 BUICK ENCORE SUV AWD  SUV SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 3346 0.77
2015 BUICK ENCORE SUV FWD  SUV SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 3346 0.77
2015 CHEVROLET TRAX SUV AWD  SUV SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 3346 0.77
2015 CHEVROLET TRAX SUV FWD  SUV SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 3346 0.77
2015 MAZDA CX-5 SUV AWD  SUV SAFEST 2% 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 3333 0.78
2015 MAZDA CX-5 SUV FWD  SUV SAFEST 2% 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 3333 0.78
2015 SUBARU LEGACY 4 DR AWD  CAR SAFEST 2% 5 5 5 5 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 3628 0.84
2015 SUBARU OUTBACK SUV AWD  CAR SAFEST 2% 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 3628 0.84
2015 CHEVROLET MALIBU 4 DR FWD  CAR SAFEST 2% 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 3593 0.85
2015 CHRYSLER 200 4 DR FWD  CAR SAFEST 2% 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 3447 0.91
2015 HONDA ACCORD 2 DR FWD  CAR SAFEST 2% 5 5 5 5 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 3311 0.96
                               
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 1% 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 4400 0.62
2014 VOLVO S60 4 DR AWD  CAR SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 5 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 3863 0.77
2014 VOLVO S60 4 DR FWD  CAR SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 5 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 3863 0.77
2014 MAZDA CX-5 SUV AWD  SUV SAFEST 2% 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 3333 0.78
2014 MAZDA CX-5 SUV FWD  SUV SAFEST 2% 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 3333 0.78
2014 CHEVROLET MALIBU 4 DR FWD  CAR SAFEST 2% 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 3593 0.85
2014 CHEVROLET MALIBU ECO EASSIST 4 DR FWD  CAR SAFEST 2% 5 5 5 4 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 3593 0.85
                               
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 VOLVO S60 4 DR AWD  CAR SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 5 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 3863 0.77
2013 VOLVO S60 4 DR FWD  CAR SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 5 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 3863 0.77
                               
2012 VOLVO S60 4 DR AWD  CAR SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 5 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 3863 0.77
2012 VOLVO S60 4 DR FWD  CAR SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 5 YES GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 3863 0.77

The vehicles listed above have been identified as the safest for model-years 2011-2016 per the following criteria:

 

All crash ratings by NHTSA and IIHS are in the top quartile for frontal impact, side impact, rear impact and roof strength; and NHTSA's static rollover risk is 4 or 5 STARS (less than the average risk level of an SUV class vehicle).

 

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 Class/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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(*) 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. 

 


 



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