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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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Since 2003 InformedForLife.org has helped over 1/2 million visitors find the safest vehicles!


      

On a typical day in the U.S. there are 17,000 motor vehicle accidents, injuring 12,000 people and killing 105.

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Three Ways to See Safety Evaluations:



►1.) Lookup individual vehicles by model-year and model name

►2.) Go directly to the listing of the safest one percent of vehicles (listed below, on this page)

►3.) Download the pdf file listing of all vehicles, displaying ratings and safety category [safest, least safe, reduced safety and  indeterminate safety]* 











Data are updated frequently. Latest update: February 3, 2018

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►1.) Lookup Safety Evaluations and Ratings for 2011–2018 Passenger Vehicles Here

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Click the down arrowsnext to Year, Make, Model, Styleand then press GO to see the safety evaluation for your vehicle.

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►2.) The SAFEST vehicles are represented by the intersection of the circles

These vehicles are rated 5-STARS OVERALL by NHTSA, TOP SAFETY PICK by IIHS, and have BETTER THAN AVERAGE WEIGHT COMPATIBILITY**. Note that some vehicles rated 5-Stars overall by NHTSA have frontal or side ratings of only 4-Stars or a rollover rating of only 3-Stars. These vehicles do not meet the safest criteria and have been excluded from the safest vehicles list as have vehicles with front crash prevention systems rated below Superior by IIHS.



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The Safest 1% Passenger Vehicles for Model-Years 2016–2018

 

  5,916 vehicles have been evaluated for model-years 2011–2018 [1% meet SAFEST criteria; 24% have REDUCED SAFETY; 35% are LEAST SAFE; 40% have INDETERMINATE SAFETY.]*

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Note that no vehicles prior to model-year 2016 meet the SAFEST criteria --- due in part to lack of front crash prevention system testing and headlamp performance testing.


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  February 3, 2018
  NHTSA RATINGS* IIHS RATINGS* COMPATIBILITY
Year Model Name

(alphabetical within model-year)

Informed For Life Safety Category Overall Frontal Impact Side Impact Static Rollover Risk Frontal Impact-moderate overlap Side Impact Rear Impact Roof Strength Frontal Impact-small overlap: Driver side NOTE: limited availability rating Frontal
 Impact-small overlap: Passenger
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Front Crash Prevention System Score*** Headlamp Performance Rating**** Class Test Vehicle Weight (lbs.) Multi-Vehicle Crash Factor**
2018 ACURA MDX SUV AWD  SAFEST 5 5 5 4 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ? 6 ACCEPTABLE SUV 4237 0.62
2018 ACURA MDX SUV FWD  SAFEST 5 5 5 4 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ? 6 ACCEPTABLE SUV 4237 0.62
2018 ACURA RDX SUV AWD  SAFEST 5 5 5 4 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ? 5 ACCEPTABLE SUV 3806 0.80
2018 ACURA RDX SUV FWD  SAFEST 5 5 5 4 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ? 5 ACCEPTABLE SUV 3806 0.80
2018 CHRYSLER PACIFICA VAN FWD  SAFEST 5 5 5 4 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ? 6 ACCEPTABLE VAN 4378 0.85
2018 GENESIS G80 4 DR AWD  SAFEST 5 5 5 5 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 GOOD CAR 4323 0.87
2018 GENESIS G80 4 DR RWD  SAFEST 5 5 5 5 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 GOOD CAR 4323 0.87
2018 HONDA ODYSSEY VAN FWD  SAFEST 5 5 5 4 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 ACCEPTABLE VAN 4327 0.87
2018 HONDA RIDGELINE PU/CC AWD  SAFEST 5 5 5 4 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ? 6 GOOD PU 4216 0.73
2018 HONDA RIDGELINE PU/CC FWD  SAFEST 5 5 5 4 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ? 6 GOOD PU 4216 0.73
2018 HYUNDAI SANTA FE SPORT SUV AWD  SAFEST 5 5 5 4 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ACCEPTABLE 6 GOOD SUV 3877 0.76
2018 HYUNDAI SANTA FE SPORT SUV FWD  SAFEST 5 5 5 4 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ACCEPTABLE 6 GOOD SUV 3877 0.76
2018 HYUNDAI TUCSON SUV AWD  SAFEST 5 5 5 4 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 ACCEPTABLE SUV 3449 0.99
2018 HYUNDAI TUCSON SUV FWD  SAFEST 5 5 5 4 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 ACCEPTABLE SUV 3449 0.99
2018 KIA SORENTO SUV AWD  SAFEST 5 5 5 4 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ? 6 ACCEPTABLE SUV 4154 0.65
2018 KIA SORENTO SUV FWD  SAFEST 5 5 5 4 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ? 6 ACCEPTABLE SUV 4154 0.65
2018 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL 4 DR AWD  SAFEST 5 5 5 4 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 GOOD CAR 4308 0.88
2018 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL 4 DR FWD  SAFEST 5 5 5 4 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 GOOD CAR 4308 0.88
2018 MERCEDES-BENZ GLC-CLASS SUV 4WD  SAFEST 5 5 5 4 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 5 GOOD SUV 4026 0.70
2018 MERCEDES-BENZ GLC-CLASS SUV RWD  SAFEST 5 5 5 4 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 5 GOOD SUV 4026 0.70
                                   
2017 ACURA MDX SUV AWD  SAFEST 5 5 5 4 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ? 6 ACCEPTABLE SUV 4237 0.62
2017 ACURA MDX SUV FWD  SAFEST 5 5 5 4 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ? 6 ACCEPTABLE SUV 4237 0.62
2017 ACURA RDX SUV AWD  SAFEST 5 5 5 4 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ? 5 ACCEPTABLE SUV 3806 0.80
2017 ACURA RDX SUV FWD  SAFEST 5 5 5 4 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ? 5 ACCEPTABLE SUV 3806 0.80
2017 CHRYSLER PACIFICA VAN FWD  SAFEST 5 5 5 4 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ? 6 ACCEPTABLE VAN 4378 0.85
2017 GENESIS G80 4 DR AWD  SAFEST 5 5 5 5 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ? 6 ACCEPTABLE CAR 4323 0.87
2017 GENESIS G80 4 DR RWD  SAFEST 5 5 5 5 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ? 6 ACCEPTABLE CAR 4323 0.87
2017 HONDA RIDGELINE PU/CC AWD  SAFEST 5 5 5 4 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ? 6 GOOD PU 4216 0.73
2017 HONDA RIDGELINE PU/CC FWD  SAFEST 5 5 5 4 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ? 6 GOOD PU 4216 0.73
2017 HYUNDAI TUCSON SUV AWD  SAFEST 5 5 5 4 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ? 6 ACCEPTABLE SUV 3449 0.99
2017 HYUNDAI TUCSON SUV FWD  SAFEST 5 5 5 4 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ? 6 ACCEPTABLE SUV 3449 0.99
2017 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL 4 DR AWD  SAFEST 5 5 5 4 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ? 6 GOOD CAR 4308 0.88
2017 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL 4 DR RWD  SAFEST 5 5 5 4 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ? 6 GOOD CAR 4308 0.88
2017 VOLVO XC60 SW AWD  SAFEST 5 5 5 4 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ? 5 GOOD SUV 4172 0.64
2017 VOLVO XC60 SW FWD  SAFEST 5 5 5 4 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ? 5 GOOD SUV 4172 0.64
                                   
2016 HYUNDAI TUCSON SUV AWD  SAFEST 5 5 5 4 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ? 6 ACCEPTABLE SUV 3449 0.99
2016 HYUNDAI TUCSON SUV FWD  SAFEST 5 5 5 4 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD ? 6 ACCEPTABLE SUV 3449 0.99


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A.) SAFEST: all crash ratings in top quartile and NHTSA static rollover risk 4/5-Stars (no greater than the average rollover risk for an SUV class vehicle) and multi-vehicle crash factor less than 1.0 (driver fatality rate based on class/weight is below the rate of the average passenger vehicle) and headlamp performance rated acceptable/good and front crash prevention system rated 5/6 (designated "superior" by IIHS which means frontal impact speed is reduced at least 10 m.p.h.) Note that the IIHS frontal impact-small overlap passenger side rating is a very recent test and ratings are only available for a very limited number of vehicles and therefore is excluded from the safety criteria at this time.

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B.) LEAST SAFE: any crash rating in the bottom quartile and/or NHTSA static rollover risk 1/2/3Stars (which is above the average risk for an SUV class vehicle) and/or multi-vehicle crash factor above 1.20 (driver fatality rate based on class/weight is at least 20 percent higher than the rate for the average passenger vehicle). Note: A vehicle is not classified as least safe if its only deficiencies are IIHS frontal crash prevention system score and headlamp performance rating.

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 C.) REDUCED SAFETY: a vehicle that is not LEAST SAFE but has a least one crash rating between the top and bottom quartiles and/or multi-vehicle crash factor between 1.001.20 and/or IIHS frontal crash prevention system score less than 5 and/or IIHS headlamp performance rating below acceptable.

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D.) SAFETY INDETERMINATE: any rating unknown, however, all known ratings meet the safest criteria.

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(For additional information about crash test ratings--including descriptions of vehicles used to perform crash tests--use the search tool above to lookup individual vehicles.)

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** The MULTI-VEHICLE CRASH Factor is the ratio of the driver fatality rate for a vehicle based solely on its class and weight versus the average driver fatality rate for all passenger vehicles in multi-vehicle crashes (23 deaths per million registered vehicle-years). It is a measure of vehicle compatibility. 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 size or weight are evaluated in crash test ratings and must be assessed separately.

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*** The FRONTAL CRASH PREVENTION System evaluation conducted by IIHS assigns 1-to-6 points to vehicles equipped with frontal collision-prevention systems. The best score possible is 6 which requires a demonstrated reduction in 25 m.p.h. impact speed of at least 22 m.p.h. Score = 5 demonstrated a reduction of at least 10 m.p.h. IIHS classifies scores of 5 or 6 as Superior.


**** Some vehicles offer multiple headlamps versions, depending on trim package and/or optional equipment and those ratings may be different than those shown above.



 





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