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

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On a typical day in the U.S. there are 17,000 motor vehicle accidents, injuring 7,000 people and killing 103.

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Choose your vehicle as though your life depends on it!



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Three Ways to See Safety Assessments on this Website:


1. ► Lookup detailed safety assessment for any specific 2011-2019 vehicle by model-year and model name

2. ► Go directly to the listing of the safest one percent of vehicles. These vehicles meet more stringent safety criteria than IIHS and NHTSA combined!

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










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1.) Lookup Safety Assessment and Ratings for any Specific 2011–2019 Passenger Vehicle 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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Data are updated frequently. Latest update: Oct 21, 2018








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►2.) The safest vehicles are represented by the intersection of the circles and are listed below



The safest vehicles have BETTER THAN AVERAGE WEIGHT COMPATIBILITY**, are rated 5-STARS OVERALL by NHTSA, and meet TOP SAFETY PICK criteria by IIHS. They also have a NHTSA side-impact rating of 5-Stars, a rollover rating of at least 4-Stars, and a front crash prevention system rated Superior by IIHS.

The Safest 1% Passenger Vehicles for Model-Years 2016–2019

 

  6,644 vehicles have been evaluated for model-years 2011–2019 [1% meet SAFEST criteria; 19% have REDUCED SAFETY; 34% are LEAST SAFE; 46% have INDETERMINATE SAFETY.]* .

Note: IIHS Crash ratings for most model-year 2019 vehicles are not expected to be available before December 2018.

  updated Oct 21, 2018   NHTSA STAR RATINGS COMPATIBILITY IIHS RATINGS
Year Model Name
Safety Rank
 (All vehicles listed are within the safest 1%)
Overall Frontal Impact Side Impact Static Rollover Risk Class Vehicle Weight (lbs.) Multi-Vehicle Crash Factor** Frontal Impact-moderate overlap Side Impact Rear Impact Roof Strength Frontal Impact-small overlap: Driver side Front Crash Prevention         System Score*** Frontal Impact-small overlap: Passenger side (NOTE: limited availability rating) Headlamp Performance Rating****
  SAFEST 1% CRITERIA 5 5 5 4 or 5 any SUV>3400
CAR>3900
<1.01 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 5 or 6 GOOD or ACCEPTABLE if known
>POOR
2019 VOLVO XC90 T5 SUV AWD
#1 of SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 4 SUV 4516 0.50 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 ? ACCEPTABLE
2019  VOLVO XC90 T6 SUV AWD 5 5 5 4 SUV 4516 0.50  GOOD GOOD
 GOOD GOOD
 GOOD  6 ?  ACCEPTABLE
2019  VOLVO XC90 T8 SUV AWD 5 5 5 4 SUV 4516 0.50  GOOD GOOD
 GOOD GOOD
 GOOD  6 ? ACCEPTABLE
2019  KIA SORENTO SUV AWD #2 of SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 4 SUV 4154 0.60 GOOD
 GOOD GOOD
 GOOD GOOD
 6 GOOD
 GOOD
2019  KIA SORENTO SUV FWD 5 5 5 4 SUV 4154 0.60  GOOD GOOD
 GOOD GOOD
GOOD
 6 GOOD
GOOD
2019  HONDA RIDGELINE PU/CC AWD #3 of SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 4 PU 4216 0.70 GOOD
 GOOD GOOD
GOOD
GOOD
 6  ? GOOD
2019  HONDA RIDGELINE PU/CC FWD 5 5 5 4 PU 4216 0.70 GOOD
 GOOD  GOOD  GOOD GOOD
 6  ?  GOOD
2019  ACURA RLX 4 DR FWD
#4 of SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 5 CAR 3919 1.00  GOOD  GOOD  GOOD GOOD
 GOOD  6 ?  ACCEPTABLE
                                   
2018 LINCOLN MKX SUV AWD #1 of SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 4 SUV 4489 0.50 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 GOOD MARGINAL
2018 LINCOLN MKX SUV FWD  5 5 5 4 SUV 4489 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 GOOD MARGINAL
2018 VOLKSWAGEN ATLAS SUV AWD  5 5 5 4 SUV 4551 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 5 GOOD MARGINAL
2018 VOLKSWAGEN ATLAS SUV FWD  5 5 5 4 SUV 4551 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 5 GOOD MARGINAL
2018 VOLVO XC90 T5 SUV AWD  5 5 5 4 SUV 4516 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 ? MARGINAL
2018 VOLVO XC90 T6 SUV AWD  5 5 5 4 SUV 4516 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 ? MARGINAL
2018 VOLVO XC90 T8 SUV AWD  5 5 5 4 SUV 4516 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 ? MARGINAL
2018 ACURA MDX SUV AWD  #2 of SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 4 SUV 4237 0.60 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 ? ACCEPTABLE
2018 ACURA MDX SUV FWD  5 5 5 4 SUV 4237 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 ? ACCEPTABLE
2018 GMC ACADIA SUV AWD  5 5 5 4 SUV 4295 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 GOOD MARGINAL
2018 KIA SORENTO SUV AWD  5 5 5 4 SUV 4154 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 ? ACCEPTABLE
2018 KIA SORENTO SUV FWD  5 5 5 4 SUV 4154 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 ? ACCEPTABLE
2018 AUDI Q5 SUV AWD (LATER RELEASE)
#3 of SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 4 SUV 4114 0.70 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 5 GOOD MARGINAL
2018 HONDA RIDGELINE PU/CC AWD  5 5 5 4 PU 4216 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 ? GOOD
2018 HONDA RIDGELINE PU/CC FWD  5 5 5 4 PU 4216 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 ? GOOD
2018 MERCEDES-BENZ GLC-CLASS SUV 4WD  5 5 5 4 SUV 4026 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 5 GOOD GOOD
2018 MERCEDES-BENZ GLC-CLASS SUV RWD  5 5 5 4 SUV 4026 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 5 GOOD GOOD
2018 ACURA RDX SUV AWD  #4 of SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 4 SUV 3806 0.80 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 5 ? ACCEPTABLE
2018 ACURA RDX SUV FWD  5 5 5 4 SUV 3806 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 5 ? ACCEPTABLE
2018 HYUNDAI SANTA FE SPORT SUV AWD  5 5 5 4 SUV 3877 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 ACCEPTABLE GOOD
2018 HYUNDAI SANTA FE SPORT SUV FWD  5 5 5 4 SUV 3877 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 ACCEPTABLE GOOD
2018 KIA SEDONA VAN FWD  5 5 5 4 VAN 4583 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 ? GOOD
2018 CHRYSLER PACIFICA VAN FWD  #5 of SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 4 VAN 4378 0.90 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 ACCEPTABLE ACCEPTABLE
2018 GENESIS G80 4 DR AWD  5 5 5 5 CAR 4323 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 GOOD GOOD
2018 GENESIS G80 4 DR RWD  5 5 5 5 CAR 4323 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 GOOD GOOD
2018 HONDA ODYSSEY VAN FWD  5 5 5 4 VAN 4327 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 GOOD ACCEPTABLE
2018 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL 4 DR AWD  5 5 5 4 CAR 4308 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 GOOD GOOD
2018 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL 4 DR FWD  5 5 5 4 CAR 4308 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 GOOD GOOD
2018 ACURA RLX 4 DR FWD  #6 of SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 5 CAR 3919 1.00 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 ? ACCEPTABLE
2018 ACURA TLX 4 DR AWD  5 5 5 5 CAR 3919 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 ? ACCEPTABLE
2018 HONDA CR-V SUV AWD  5 5 5 4 SUV 3396 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 GOOD ACCEPTABLE
2018 HONDA CR-V SUV FWD  5 5 5 4 SUV 3396 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 GOOD ACCEPTABLE
2018 HYUNDAI TUCSON SUV AWD  5 5 5 4 SUV 3449 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 GOOD ACCEPTABLE
2018 HYUNDAI TUCSON SUV FWD  5 5 5 4 SUV 3449 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 GOOD ACCEPTABLE
2018 MAZDA CX-5 SUV AWD (later release)
5 5 5 4 SUV 3498 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 5 GOOD GOOD
2018 MAZDA CX-5 SUV FWD (later release)
5 5 5 4 SUV 3498 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 5 GOOD GOOD
                                   
2017 LINCOLN MKX SUV AWD  #1 of SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 4 SUV 4489 0.50 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 GOOD MARGINAL
2017 LINCOLN MKX SUV FWD  5 5 5 4 SUV 4489 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 GOOD MARGINAL
2017 VOLVO XC90 T5 SW AWD  5 5 5 4 SUV 4516 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 ? MARGINAL
2017 VOLVO XC90 T6 SW AWD  5 5 5 4 SUV 4516 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 ? MARGINAL
2017 VOLVO XC90 T8 SUV AWD  5 5 5 4 SUV 4516 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 ? MARGINAL
2017 ACURA MDX SUV AWD  #2 of SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 4 SUV 4237 0.60 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 ? ACCEPTABLE
2017 ACURA MDX SUV FWD  5 5 5 4 SUV 4237 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 ? ACCEPTABLE
2017 GMC ACADIA DENALI SUV AWD  5 5 5 4 SUV 4295 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 GOOD MARGINAL
2017 VOLVO XC60 SW AWD  5 5 5 4 SUV 4172 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 5 ? GOOD
2017 VOLVO XC60 SW FWD  5 5 5 4 SUV 4172 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 5 ? GOOD
2017 HONDA RIDGELINE PU/CC AWD  #3 of SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 4 PU 4216 0.70 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 ? GOOD
2017 HONDA RIDGELINE PU/CC FWD  5 5 5 4 PU 4216 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 ? GOOD
2017 ACURA RDX SUV AWD  #4 of SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 4 SUV 3806 0.80 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 5 ? ACCEPTABLE
2017 ACURA RDX SUV FWD  5 5 5 4 SUV 3806 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 5 ? ACCEPTABLE
2017 CHRYSLER PACIFICA VAN FWD  #5 of SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 4 VAN 4378 0.90 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 ACCEPTABLE ACCEPTABLE
2017 GENESIS G80 4 DR AWD  5 5 5 5 CAR 4323 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 ? ACCEPTABLE
2017 GENESIS G80 4 DR RWD  5 5 5 5 CAR 4323 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 ? ACCEPTABLE
2017 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL 4 DR AWD  5 5 5 4 CAR 4308 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 ? GOOD
2017 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL 4 DR RWD  5 5 5 4 CAR 4308 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 ? GOOD
2017 ACURA RLX 4 DR FWD  #6 of SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 5 CAR 3919 1.00 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 ? MARGINAL
2017 HONDA CR-V SUV AWD  5 5 5 4 SUV 3396 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 ? ACCEPTABLE
2017 HONDA CR-V SUV FWD  5 5 5 4 SUV 3396 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 ? ACCEPTABLE
2017 HYUNDAI TUCSON SUV AWD  5 5 5 4 SUV 3449 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 GOOD ACCEPTABLE
2017 HYUNDAI TUCSON SUV FWD  5 5 5 4 SUV 3449 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 GOOD ACCEPTABLE
                                   
2016 LINCOLN MKX SUV AWD  #1 of SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 4 SUV 4489 0.50 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 GOOD MARGINAL
2016 LINCOLN MKX SUV FWD  5 5 5 4 SUV 4489 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 GOOD MARGINAL
2016 VOLVO XC60 SUV AWD  #2 of SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 4 SUV 4172 0.60 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 5 ? MARGINAL
2016 VOLVO XC60 SUV FWD  5 5 5 4 SUV 4172 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 5 ? MARGINAL
2016 HONDA CR-V SUV AWD  #3 of SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 4 SUV 3379 1.00 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 5 ? ACCEPTABLE
2016 HONDA CR-V SUV FWD  5 5 5 4 SUV 3379 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 5 ? ACCEPTABLE
2016 HYUNDAI TUCSON SUV AWD  5 5 5 4 SUV 3449 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 GOOD ACCEPTABLE
2016 HYUNDAI TUCSON SUV FWD  5 5 5 4 SUV 3449 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 GOOD ACCEPTABLE


*SAFETY CATEGORIES:

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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 not greater than 1.0 (driver fatality rate based on class/weight is not greater than the rate for the average passenger vehicle) and headlamp performance rated better than poor 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. However, if this rating is known it must be at least ACCEPTABLE for the vehicle to be classified in the safest 1%. 

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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 rated poor.

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

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(For 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 of impact speed of at least 22 m.p.h. Score = 5 demonstrated a reduction of 10-to-21 m.p.h. IIHS classifies scores of 5 or 6 as Superior. [In IIHS's 2018 report evaluating safety equipment they reported that auto-brake systems reduced front-to-rear crashes with injuries by 56 percent.]


**** Some vehicles offer multiple headlamps versions, depending on trim package and/or optional equipment and may perform differently than those rated above.



 



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