New Study Reveals the Safest and Least Safe Cars

What Are the Safest and Least Safe Cars?

USA Today published a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety that reveals the safest and least safe cars: cars that could save you in a crash and the cars that cause the most driver death.

Price is a factor, but not for the reason you’d think. It is not poor workmanship that causes unsafe cars. Instead, it is the type of car—lightweight, small, sporty vehicles.

The safest cars, predictably, include two minivans, five SUVs, and three hatchbacks. It seems as if there is a sporty versus safe tradeoff that can’t be overlooked.

Here they are, from the top defenders to the top offenders. In the market for a new vehicle? This list is worth looking at.

Lexus RX350 - Safe


1. Mercedes Benz GL
2. Toyota Highlander
3. Volvo XC90
4. Lexus RX350
5. Subaru Legacy
6. Audi A4
7. Toyota Sequoia
8. Honda Odyssey
9. Kia Sorento

Hyundai Accent Hatchback - Not Safe


1. Kia Rio four-door
2. Nissan Versa
3. Hyundai Accent four-door
4. Chevrolet Aveo
5. Hyundai Accent two-door
6. Chevrolet Camaro
7. Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew
8. Honda Civic two-door
9. Nissan Versa hatchback
10. Ford Focus