Buying a new car can be very overwhelming given the number of vehicles that are manufactured each year. When choosing which vehicle to buy, consumers consider a wide variety of factors, from make and model to cost and the features included in the vehicle. For some consumers, cost is a key factor, while others want all the bells and whistles and are willing to pay for them. However, one factor that is a priority for most consumers is safety. They want to know that the car they are driving home will keep them safe and secure. The Road Safety Insurance Institute (IIHS) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) annually compile a list of safety vehicles that consumers can use to identify vehicles that meet their specific needs and offer impressive safety features.
Since most new vehicles come with a number of advanced safety features, a car really needs to stand out to get the highest safety rating from the IIHS or the NHTSA. Even small changes can result in significant improvements that can increase the vehicle’s safety rating. For example, minor changes to features such as headlights resulted in more than twice as many cars, trucks, and SUVs receiving the highest IIHS rating. Vehicles have been marked by the IIHS for poor headlight performance for years. As a result, manufacturers have developed more effective headlights that give oncoming drivers less glare. According to the IIHS President, this is good news for consumers as there are more vehicles with high safety ratings to choose from. Since the number of cars, trucks, and SUVs all deserve high ratings, there will likely be a vehicle that meets the needs of most consumers. All drivers want to be safe. Drivers who have been involved in a car accident are asked to contact a wrecked car attorney for assistance.
What are the 15 safest vehicles of 2021?
US News and World Report have compiled a list of the 15 safest vehicles based on crash test results from NHTSA and IIHS, as well as the advanced safety features that are standard in every vehicle, including forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking and lane assist. The following are the 15 safest vehicles in the US News and World Report for 2021 in ascending order of safety:
2020 Honda Civic: Safety rating of 9.7 out of 10 and an overall rating of 8.4. This vehicle was a finalist for the “2020 Best Compact Car for the Money” award. All Civic models received the highest safety ratings from the NHTSA and IIHS, and the model also received top marks for its crash prevention features. In addition, the Civic received a good rating for its headlights.
2019 Kia Cadenza: Safety Rating of 9.7 and Overall Rating of 8.5. This is one of the best large sedans on the list. In addition to receiving a Top Safety Pick from the IIHS, it scored perfect points in all six crash tests. The Cadenza also received a superior rating for front crash protection and an acceptable rating for headlight strength and visibility.
2020 Volkswagen Passat: Safety rating of 9.8 and overall rating of 7.4. The Passat received the top rating of “good” in all categories and four out of five stars in the NHTSA rollover test. The Passat fared worse than other midsize cars because of its disappointing fuel economy, appearance, and interior feel.
2020 Subaru Legacy: Safety Rating of 9.8 and Overall Rating of 7.9. The Legacy’s standard all-wheel drive gives this vehicle an edge over other midsize vehicles. After a recent redesign, the Legacy received a five-star rating from the NHTSA and perfect crash test results from the IIHS. It also received the prestigious Top Safety Pick + rating.
2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid: Safety rating of 9.8 and overall rating of 8.1. The high safety factor combined with the estimates of fuel consumption and reliability contributed to the Corolla Hybrid being named the winner of the 2020 Best Hybrid or Electric Car for the Money Award. This vehicle received five out of five stars from the NHTSA and achieved a good rating in all six crash tests carried out by the IIHS. It also received a superior rating from the IIHS for frontal crash protection.
2020 Toyota Corolla: Safety rating of 9.8 and an overall rating of 8.2. The standard version of the Toyota Corolla Hybrid offers many of the same features for less money. It received the best crash test results from the NHTSA and the IIHS as well as a superior rating from the IIHS for front crash protection.
2020 Nissan Maxima: Safety rating of 9.9 and an overall rating of 7.5. With a near-perfect safety factor and a smooth, powerful V6 engine, the Nissan Maxima received a five-out-of-five-star rating from the NHTSA and a good rating from all II crash tests.
2020 Mazda 6: Safety rating of 9.9 and an overall rating of 8.1. This is one of the sportiest and safest mid-range sedans on the market. It received five out of five stars in the NHTSA’s front and side crash test and four out of five in the rollover test.
2020 Hyundai Veloster: Safety Rating of 9.9 and Overall Rating of 8.2. This is one of the more affordable options among the highest scoring vehicles. It received a good rating in IIHS crash tests and a superior rating for front crash protection and the Top Safety Pick + award.
2020 Mazda 3: Safety rating of 9.9 and an overall rating of 8.5. The high safety rating as well as the overall performance of the vehicle make it a first class small car. It was recognized by the IIHS as a Top Safety Pick + and received a good rating in all crash tests.
2020 Honda Accord: Safety 9.9 and an overall score of 8.5. The excellent safety rating, spacious interior and above-average fuel consumption made this a finalist for the 2020 Best Midsize Car for the Money. It was recognized as a Top Safety Pick by the IIHS, received a good rating in all six crash tests and received a superior rating for front crash protection. For safety reasons, it was given five out of five stars by the NHTSA.
2020 Subaru Impreza: Safety Rating of 10 and Overall Rating of 7.6. This is one of the few compact vehicles on the list that offers all-wheel drive as standard. It’s also the cheapest car on the list with a 10 out of 10 safety rating. It received the Top Safety Pick + rating from the IIHS, a good rating in all six crash tests, and a superior rating for its crash test capabilities. For safety reasons, it was given five out of five stars by the NHTSA.
2020 Kia Optima: Safety rating of 10 and overall rating of 8. The perfect safety rating and user-friendly technical features made this a finalist for the “2020 Best Midsize Care for the Money” award. It received five out of five stars from the NHTSA and the highest rating of good in all crash test categories as well as a superior rating for the prevention of frontal crashes.
2020 Honda Insight: Safety Rating of 10 and Overall Rating of 8.1. The high safety rating, excellent fuel economy and impressive standard safety features make this vehicle an excellent choice, especially for those interested in a hybrid vehicle. It received five out of five stars from the NHTSA and was recognized as a Top Safety Pick + by the IIHS. It also received a superior rating for front crash protection and a good rating for how well the headlights lit the road.
2020 Toyota Camry: Safety rating of 10 and an overall rating of 8.6. This vehicle received excellent results overall, as well as good fuel economy, a comfortable ride and a comprehensive list of standard features. This made it the winner of the 2020 Best Midsize Car for the Money Award. It received five out of five stars from the NHTSA and the highest rating of good from the IIHS, as well as a superior rating for front crash prevention.
Even highly rated vehicles with superior safety ratings and advanced safety technology can be involved in a serious car accident if the motorist does not follow the road traffic rules. An experienced car wreck attorney helps victims determine who is responsible for causing the wreckage and receives the financial compensation the victims deserve.
Baltimore car wreck attorneys at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton represent all car accident victims
If you’ve been injured in a car accident, contact the Baltimore car wreck attorneys at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton as soon as possible. We will assist you with the application process, answer all your questions and concerns, and ensure the maximum financial compensation you deserve. Our dedicated legal team will not stop fighting for you until you are completely satisfied. To schedule a free consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
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