There are over 253 million cars and trucks on U.S. roads. That number is only expected to increase, which means more drivers behind the wheel. We all know that every driver is different, to say the least, so it’s important to drive carefully and attentively to remain safe on the road. Another step car owners can take to stay safe is to buy a safe car. Car safety standards and requirements are being ever-improved by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). These agencies make sure car brands are held to high safety standards by testing every vehicle designed. Here’s a list for the 10 safest car brands that passed these tests exceptionally.
The Lexus brand proves that you get what you pay for. This is a luxury brand made by Toyota and has a full line up of excellent safety quality luxury sports cars, small cars, and SUVs. The Lexus brand is on this list because many of its cars consistently score highly on safety testing by the NHTSA and IIHS. Lexus offers many standard and innovative safety features, like blind-spot monitoring, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and even a function that monitors the driver’s alertness.
Kia is one of the car brands to be a Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS in 2018, and is the highest rating currently awarded to safe cars by the IIHS. It offers superior front-collision prevention and has good headlight ratings, both of which aren’t found in lots of cars and are required to be a Top Safety Pick+. Kia models are also equipped with side airbags, antilock braking, and have a rollover function that deploys side-curtain airbags during a rollover.
The Acura brand is another luxury brand to make this list. Originally made by Honda, Acura offers many safety features throughout all of its models and makes; all which can fit within your budget. Most models come with the AcuraWatch safety packages, and include helpful safety measures like adaptive cruise control, a forward-collision warning function, and active lane-keep assistance. Other features to keep drivers safe when their Acura isn’t in motion include views from a 360-degree camera and wide-ranging parking sensors.
Lincoln has designed some of the best luxury cars of its time. On top of providing top-notch safety features, as proven by receiving a Top Safety Pick+ award from the IIHS, Lincoln offers the best in style and functionality for luxury cars. With excellent headlight ratings and a state-of-the-art brake locking system, Lincoln is right up there with the giants in car safety. Some Lincoln models offer inflatable seatbelts to even further protect passengers in the event of an accident.
Subaru is another great option for drivers who want to get a car that greatly surpasses safety inspections. Nearly every Subaru model comes equipped with all-wheel drive, giving it better traction and grip on icy or slippery roads, instantly making for a much safer drive. Subarus include many safety features, like rear-view cameras, rear cross traffic alerts, blind spot monitoring, automatic high beams, and even headlights that respond to steering wheel movement and direction. Subaru’s extensive line of cars provides many options for every driver’s needs.
The Audi car line is one of the most tech savvy car brands to excel in IIHS’s crash tests and overall safety inspections. The most basic Audi models come with high-end safety technology like rain sensing windshield wipers and headlights, front collision warning with added brake assistance, cross wind assistance, and a night vision camera. Perhaps the most impressive safety feature is the Audi Pre Sense Basic function, which tightens the seat belts and closes the windows and sunroof when preparing for an accident.
Mazdas are well- known for being many things: affordable, customizable, and even beautiful. Now you can also add ‘top-rated for safety related to crashes’ to that ever-growing list. It’s evident that Mazda prioritizes safety in many models across its line. With innovative and advanced features like daytime running lights and electronic stability control during a crash, Mazda owners can rest assured that at the end of the day their car, and most importantly, their loved ones, remain safe through everything.
Volvo is definitely a pioneer in the car safety game and caters specifically to car owners who value safety in their cars. Volvo is actually so confident in the safety measures of it vehicles that the brand is promoting a goal of having no major accidents that result in injuries or fatalities in its drivers from 2020 onwards. That’s a lot to offer, but Volvo is more than equipped with its state-of-the-art parking assist, semi-automatic driving function, and sturdy side and roof strength.
Hyundai offers consumers safety and style. That’s why many models designed by Hyundai receive IIHS’s Tops Safety Pick+ award. In a series of controlled test crashes, Hyundai models performed extremely well compared to other cars, in terms of front crash prevention and the state of the driver’s survival space after a collision. Another key safety feature offered by Hyundai is the driver knee airbag, which is designed to minimize injuries sustained at the knee by the driver during a crash.
Toyota is definitely the cream of the crop from these picks. The IIHS has given many Toyota makes and models excellent ratings in nearly all of the categories they were tested in. From excellent side airbag deployment to a rollover sensor that prepares the car in the case of a rollover, Toyota has life-saving safety features as a standard in most all of its line of vehicles. Toyota was even rated as having simpler car seat locks, which is always a plus.