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Last updated on: 12th of February 2016 at 11:55 am (EST)

THE SAFEST



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Provide a free, public service to guide consumers on the use of vehicle crash test and fatality data—to save lives.

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On a typical day in the U.S. there are 14,847 motor vehicle accidents, injuring 6,471 people and killing 92.

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Choose your vehicle as though your life depends on it!



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4,390 vehicles have been evaluated for model-years 2011-2016: 2% meet SAFEST criteria; 21% have REDUCED SAFETY; 29% are LEAST SAFE; 49% have INDETERMINATE SAFETY.

updated February 7, 2016

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The Safest Vehicles for 2011-2016

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--The following vehicles meet the criteria listed below this table--

      NHTSA STAR RATINGS IIHS CRASH TEST RATINGS COMPATIBILITY  
Year Model (increasing risk within model-year) InformedForLife.org Safety Ranking Overall Rating  Frontal Impact Side Impact Rollover Frontal Impact-moderate overlap Side Impact Rear Impact Roof Strength Frontal Impact-small overlap Class Vehicle Weight (lbs.) Compatibility Fatality Factor* IIHS Collision Avoidance Score**
2016 FORD F-150 SUPER CREW PU/CC 4x2  #1 of 751 vehicles for 2016 5 5 5 4 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD PU 4651 0.45 1
2016 FORD F-150 SUPER CREW PU/CC 4x4  #2 of 751 vehicles for 2016 5 5 5 4 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD PU 4651 0.45 1
2016 ACURA MDX SUV AWD  #3 of 751 vehicles for 2016 5 5 5 4 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD SUV 4237 0.45 6
2016 ACURA MDX SUV FWD  #4 of 751 vehicles for 2016 5 5 5 4 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD SUV 4237 0.45 6
2016 VOLVO XC60 SUV AWD  #5 of 751 vehicles for 2016 5 5 5 4 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD SUV 4172 0.47 5
2016 VOLVO XC60 SUV FWD  #6 of 751 vehicles for 2016 5 5 5 4 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD SUV 4172 0.47 5
2016 KIA SORENTO SUV AWD  #7 of 751 vehicles for 2016 5 5 5 4 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD SUV 4154 0.47 1
2016 KIA SORENTO SUV FWD  #8 of 751 vehicles for 2016 5 5 5 4 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD SUV 4154 0.47 1
2016 KIA SEDONA VAN FWD  #9 of 751 vehicles for 2016 5 5 5 4 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD VAN 4583 0.58 1
2016 ACURA RDX SUV AWD  #10 of 751 vehicles for 2016 5 5 5 4 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD SUV 3806 0.58 5
2016 ACURA RDX SUV FWD  #11 of 751 vehicles for 2016 5 5 5 4 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD SUV 3806 0.58 5
2016 HONDA ODYSSEY VAN FWD  #12 of 751 vehicles for 2016 5 5 5 4 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD VAN 4495 0.60 1
2016 HYUNDAI GENESIS 4 DR AWD  #13 of 751 vehicles for 2016 5 5 5 5 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD CAR 4323 0.64 6
2016 HYUNDAI GENESIS 4 DR RWD  #14 of 751 vehicles for 2016 5 5 5 5 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD CAR 4323 0.64 6
2016 HYUNDAI TUCSON SUV AWD  #15 of 751 vehicles for 2016 5 5 5 4 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD SUV 3449 0.72 6
2016 HYUNDAI TUCSON SUV FWD  #16 of 751 vehicles for 2016 5 5 5 4 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD SUV 3449 0.72 6
2016 ACURA RLX 4 DR FWD  #17 of 751 vehicles for 2016 5 5 5 5 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD CAR 3919 0.75 6
2016 HONDA CR-V SUV AWD  #18 of 751 vehicles for 2016 5 5 5 4 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD SUV 3379 0.75 5
2016 HONDA CR-V SUV FWD  #19 of 751 vehicles for 2016 5 5 5 4 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD SUV 3379 0.75 5
2016 BUICK ENCORE SUV AWD  #20 of 751 vehicles for 2016 5 5 5 4 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD SUV 3327 0.78 1
2016 BUICK ENCORE SUV FWD  #21 of 751 vehicles for 2016 5 5 5 4 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD SUV 3327 0.78 1
2016 CHEVROLET TRAX SUV AWD  #22 of 751 vehicles for 2016 5 5 5 4 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD SUV 3327 0.78 NO
2016 CHEVROLET TRAX SUV FWD  #23 of 751 vehicles for 2016 5 5 5 4 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD SUV 3327 0.78 NO
2016 AUDI A6 4 DR AWD  #24 of 751 vehicles for 2016 5 5 5 5 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD CAR 3734 0.81 3
2016 AUDI A6 4 DR FWD  #25 of 751 vehicles for 2016 5 5 5 5 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD CAR 3734 0.81 3
2016 CHEVROLET MALIBU LIMITED 4 DR FWD  #26 of 751 vehicles for 2016 5 5 5 4 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD CAR 3583 0.86 1
2016 VOLVO S60 4 DR AWD  #27 of 751 vehicles for 2016 5 5 5 5 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD CAR 3563 0.86 5
2016 VOLVO S60 4 DR FWD  #28 of 751 vehicles for 2016 5 5 5 5 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD CAR 3563 0.86 5
2016 NISSAN MAXIMA 4 DR FWD  #29 of 751 vehicles for 2016 5 5 5 5 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD CAR 3479 0.89 5
2016 SUBARU LEGACY 4 DR AWD  #30 of 751 vehicles for 2016 5 5 5 5 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD CAR 3455 0.90 6
2016 SUBARU OUTBACK SUV AWD  #31 of 751 vehicles for 2016 5 5 5 4 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD CAR 3455 0.90 6
2016 CHRYSLER 200 4 DR FWD  #32 of 751 vehicles for 2016 5 5 5 4 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD CAR 3447 0.91 5
2016 HYUNDAI SONATA 4 DR FWD  #33 of 751 vehicles for 2016 5 5 5 4 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD CAR 3285 0.97 6
2016 HYUNDAI SONATA HYBRID 4 DR FWD  #34 of 751 vehicles for 2016 5 5 5 4 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD CAR 3285 0.97 6
2016 HONDA ACCORD 2 DR FWD  #35 of 751 vehicles for 2016 5 5 5 5 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD CAR 3240 0.98 6
2016 MAZDA MAZDA6 4 DR FWD  #36 of 751 vehicles for 2016 5 5 5 4 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD CAR 3217 0.99 6
                               
2015 MERCEDES-BENZ ML-CLASS SUV 4WD  #1 of 791 vehicles for 2015 5 5 5 4 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD SUV 4722 0.34 5
2015 MERCEDES-BENZ ML-CLASS SUV RWD  #2 of 791 vehicles for 2015 5 5 5 4 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD SUV 4722 0.34 5
2015 FORD F-150 SUPER CREW PU/CC 4x2  #3 of 791 vehicles for 2015 5 5 5 4 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD PU 4651 0.45 1
2015 FORD F-150 SUPER CREW PU/CC 4x4  #4 of 791 vehicles for 2015 5 5 5 4 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD PU 4651 0.45 1
2015 ACURA MDX SUV AWD  #5 of 791 vehicles for 2015 5 5 5 4 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD SUV 4237 0.45 3
2015 ACURA MDX SUV FWD  #6 of 791 vehicles for 2015 5 5 5 4 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD SUV 4237 0.45 3
2015 VOLVO XC60 SUV AWD  #7 of 791 vehicles for 2015 5 5 5 4 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD SUV 4172 0.47 5
2015 VOLVO XC60 SUV FWD  #8 of 791 vehicles for 2015 5 5 5 4 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD SUV 4172 0.47 5
2015 KIA SEDONA VAN FWD  #9 of 791 vehicles for 2015 5 5 5 4 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD VAN 4583 0.58 1
2015 HONDA ODYSSEY VAN FWD  #10 of 791 vehicles for 2015 5 5 5 4 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD VAN 4495 0.60 1
2015 HYUNDAI GENESIS 4 DR AWD  #11 of 791 vehicles for 2015 5 5 5 5 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD CAR 4323 0.64 6
2015 HYUNDAI GENESIS 4 DR RWD  #12 of 791 vehicles for 2015 5 5 5 5 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD CAR 4323 0.64 6
2015 ACURA RLX 4 DR FWD  #13 of 791 vehicles for 2015 5 5 5 5 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD CAR 3919 0.75 3
2015 MAZDA CX-5 SUV AWD  #14 of 791 vehicles for 2015 5 5 5 4 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD SUV 3330 0.78 2
2015 MAZDA CX-5 SUV FWD  #15 of 791 vehicles for 2015 5 5 5 4 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD SUV 3330 0.78 2
2015 BUICK ENCORE SUV AWD  #16 of 791 vehicles for 2015 5 5 5 4 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD SUV 3327 0.78 1
2015 BUICK ENCORE SUV FWD  #17 of 791 vehicles for 2015 5 5 5 4 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD SUV 3327 0.78 1
2015 CHEVROLET TRAX SUV AWD  #18 of 791 vehicles for 2015 5 5 5 4 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD SUV 3327 0.78 NO
2015 CHEVROLET TRAX SUV FWD  #19 of 791 vehicles for 2015 5 5 5 4 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD SUV 3327 0.78 NO
2015 CHEVROLET MALIBU 4 DR FWD  #20 of 791 vehicles for 2015 5 5 5 4 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD CAR 3583 0.86 1
2015 VOLVO S60 4 DR AWD  #21 of 791 vehicles for 2015 5 5 5 5 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD CAR 3563 0.86 5
2015 VOLVO S60 4 DR FWD  #22 of 791 vehicles for 2015 5 5 5 5 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD CAR 3563 0.86 5
2015 SUBARU LEGACY 4 DR AWD  #23 of 791 vehicles for 2015 5 5 5 5 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD CAR 3455 0.90 6
2015 SUBARU OUTBACK SUV AWD  #24 of 791 vehicles for 2015 5 5 5 4 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD CAR 3455 0.90 6
2015 CHRYSLER 200 4 DR FWD  #25 of 791 vehicles for 2015 5 5 5 4 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD CAR 3447 0.91 5
2015 HONDA ACCORD 2 DR FWD  #26 of 791 vehicles for 2015 5 5 5 5 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD CAR 3240 0.98 1
                               
2014 MERCEDES-BENZ ML-CLASS SUV 4WD  #1 of 694 vehicles for 2014 5 5 5 4 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD SUV 4722 0.34 5
2014 MERCEDES-BENZ ML-CLASS SUV RWD  #2 of 694 vehicles for 2014 5 5 5 4 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD SUV 4722 0.34 5
2014 ACURA MDX SUV AWD  #3 of 694 vehicles for 2014 5 5 5 4 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD SUV 4237 0.45 3
2014 ACURA MDX SUV FWD  #4 of 694 vehicles for 2014 5 5 5 4 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD SUV 4237 0.45 3
2014 VOLVO XC60 SUV AWD  #5 of 694 vehicles for 2014 5 5 5 4 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD SUV 4172 0.47 5
2014 VOLVO XC60 SUV FWD  #6 of 694 vehicles for 2014 5 5 5 4 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD SUV 4172 0.47 5
2014 HONDA ODYSSEY VAN FWD  #7 of 694 vehicles for 2014 5 5 5 4 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD VAN 4495 0.60 1
2014 MAZDA CX-5 SUV AWD  #8 of 694 vehicles for 2014 5 5 5 4 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD SUV 3330 0.78 2
2014 MAZDA CX-5 SUV FWD  #9 of 694 vehicles for 2014 5 5 5 4 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD SUV 3330 0.78 2
2014 CHEVROLET MALIBU 4 DR FWD  #10 of 694 vehicles for 2014 5 5 5 4 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD CAR 3583 0.86 1
2014 CHEVROLET MALIBU ECO EASSIST 4 DR FWD  #11 of 694 vehicles for 2014 5 5 5 4 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD CAR 3583 0.86 1
2014 VOLVO S60 4 DR AWD  #12 of 694 vehicles for 2014 5 5 5 5 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD CAR 3563 0.86 5
2014 VOLVO S60 4 DR FWD  #13 of 694 vehicles for 2014 5 5 5 5 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD CAR 3563 0.86 5
                               
2013 VOLVO XC60 SUV AWD  #1 of 734 vehicles for 2013 5 5 5 4 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD SUV 4172 0.47 5
2013 VOLVO XC60 SUV FWD  #2 of 734 vehicles for 2013 5 5 5 4 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD SUV 4172 0.47 5
2013 VOLVO S60 4 DR AWD  #3 of 734 vehicles for 2013 5 5 5 5 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD CAR 3563 0.86 5
2013 VOLVO S60 4 DR FWD  #4 of 734 vehicles for 2013 5 5 5 5 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD CAR 3563 0.86 5
                               
2012 VOLVO S60 4 DR AWD  #1 of 720 vehicles for 2012 5 5 5 5 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD CAR 3563 0.86 ?
2012 VOLVO S60 4 DR FWD  #2 of 720 vehicles for 2012 5 5 5 5 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD CAR 3563 0.86 ?
                               

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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 neither vehicle size or weight are evaluated in crash test ratings and must be evaluated separately. The Compatibility 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 Compatibility Fatality Factor greater than 1.0 have been culled from this safest vehicles list.

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** The frontal collision avoidance system evaluation conducted by IIHS assigns 1-to-6 points to vehicles equipped with frontal collision-avoidance systems. The best score possible is 6 which requires a demonstrated reduction in impact speed of at least 22 m.p.h. Score = 1 indicates that only Collision Warning is available (not auto-brake) and "NO" designates that equipment is Not Offered by the manufacturer. Note collision avoidance has not been factored into the safety ranking since collision avoidance cannot replace fundamental crashworthiness; however for vehicles with equivalent safety rankings the vehicle with the highest crash avoidance score is safer. [No vehicles prior to model-year 2013 have been evaluated.]


 


 

 


 


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

 

Ratings by NHTSA and IIHS are available for all categories and 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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 The Compatibility Fatality Factor* is less than 1.0

 

 


 



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