Safety is one of the most important considerations when shopping for a car. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, the ordinary American spends 17,600 minutes behind the wheel every year and it follows then that they want to be safe while at it. With the increase in road accidents, safety is more crucial today than it has ever been. Luckily, advances in automobile technology have made it easier for automobile companies to enhance safety standards of vehicles on the roads. Airbags, anti-lock brakes, electronic stability programs (ESP), ISOFIX child-seat mounts, telematics, Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) seen in the Kia models among others, rear-view cameras, backup sensors, blind-spot warning (BSW), Forward-collision warning (FCW) and Lane-departure warning (LDW) are just some of the many sophisticated features car manufacturers are integrating into their vehicles to enhance safety standards.
The safety testing results are now more standardized with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) being actively involved in safety testing for new car models on the road. This being the digital age, access to this information is easier for consumers and forms the basis of purchase decisions.
If you are shopping for a car in the market today, below are some of the top rated brands to consider:
According to the U.S. News, both the luxury midsize G80 and luxury large G90 rated highest in crash tests done by the NHTSA and IIHS. These models come with sophisticated safety features including pedestrian-detecting automatic emergency braking, warning for blindspot, rearview camera, rear cross traffic alert, multiple airbags, lane keep assist, lane departure warning and so much more.
For decades, Volvo has been synonymous with safety when driving and this hasn’t changed much. Looking at all safest cars lists, you will find Volvo there and for many good reasons. The company’s motto “Vision 2020: Aiming at Zero” promises zero fatalities and serious injuries in its cars from 2020 going forward. Some of the features on the latest models include the rear cross traffic alert, crash avoidance tech, multiple airbags, technology to detect pedestrians and cyclists, Pilot Assist, blind-spot warning, lane keep assist among others. From the S60 and S90, XC60 to the V90 most of these latest safety features are standard.
When talking car safety, you cannot fail to mention cars from this German automobile company. Mercedes is known for its excellence in safety design and it is no wonder several models rate in the top safety list by NHTSA and IIHS. Top rated safe models in this stable include the E-Class and X-class which features crosswind assist, forward collision warning with brake assist, Lane Keeping Assist, Electronic Stability Program, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring among other incredible safety technologies.
Tesla has to be one of the most recognized brands not because of its heritage but its knack for technology. This model is all about sustainability but safety is also a major consideration. It rates highly in all safety ratings and has impressive safety features including forward collision warning with automatic braking, adaptive cruise control, Autopilot and Enhanced Autopilot, blind spot monitoring among other features. Tesla has its eyes on disrupting the automobile industry in every way and this includes in raising the safety bar.
What comes to mind when thinking of Subaru models is speed but the company has invested heavily in the latest technology to make its models safer. The Subaru Legacy, Impreza and Subaru XV all rate highly in safety. In fact, Subaru has emerged the best in terms of safety and dependability in an American Customer Satisfaction Index and also the Most Trusted Brand by Kelley Blue Book. Some of the features intended to boost safety include the all-wheel drive for better traction, boxer engine to lower center of gravity and increases vehicle stability, Subaru’s EyeSight system incorporating, reverse automatic braking, lane departure warning, rear cross traffic alert, steering-responsive headlights and adaptive cruise control.
Other cars worth mention in safety ratings include the Mazda CX-9 whose Side Crash rating is 5 star Lexus, BMW and Audi. All these cars are designed and manufactured to provide the safest driving experience. They have undergone rigorous testing including crash tests to guarantee they meet the highest standards. Before making your car purchase, make sure you inquire about safety testing and certifications to keep yourself safe on the road.
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