When it comes to purchasing a car, safety features are one of the most
important things to consider. Automobile companies are rated annually
to determine how safe their vehicles are. There are two agents that
provide safety ratings for all vehicles.
These ratings are actually used by insurance companies to determine
premium rates based on test results and the probability that a certain
car may be involved in an accident. The National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway
Safety (IIHS) are the two agencies involved in rating vehicle safety.
How Are Cars Rated?
The NHTSA has been rating vehicles for over 50 years in an effort to
keep consumers safe. The organization uses a five-star safety-ratings
system, with one star being poor and five stars being excellent. NHSTA
is unique because unlike different agencies that provide safety
ratings, it rates the rollover resistance of a vehicle.
For the past 22 years, IIHS has been rating car safety on a scale from
poor to excellent. It’s testing focuses on crashworthiness and how
well a vehicle avoids crashes. The company looks over a very wide
variety of different vehicle makes and models.
Safest Cars on the Road
The following vehicles earned high marks from the Insurance Institute,
being awarded their highest rating.
Forbes reports that in the small vehicle category, the safest cars
- Kia Soul
- Kia Forte
- Subaru WRX
- Subaru Impreza
The midsize range vehicles that dominate the category are:
- Subaru Legacy
- Toyota Camry
- Subaru Outback
- Mercedes-Benz GLC
There are many categories listed in the report that Forbes puts out
every year ranking the safety of different vehicles. Other notable
mentions are the Lincoln Continental which is listed as a large luxury
car category, along with the Hyundai Santa Fe which was top rated in
the midsize SUV category.
Be sure to look at the safety rating of your car before you buy, keep
your family and yourself safe behind the wheel.