Which Vehicles Have the Highest Safety Ratings for 2021?March 22, 2021
Shopping for a new car can be very overwhelming considering the number of vehicles that are manufactured each year. When choosing which vehicle to buy, consumers consider a wide range of factors, from the make and model to the cost to the features that come equipped in the vehicle. For some consumers, cost is a key factor, whereas 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 is going to protect them and keep them safe. Each year, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) compile a list of the safety vehicles, which helps consumers identify vehicles that meet their specific needs and that offer impressive safety features.
Because most new vehicles come equipped with a range of advanced safety features, a car must really stand out to receive top safety rating from the IIHS or the NHTSA. Even small changes can lead to significant improvements that can bump up the vehicle’s safety rating. For example, minor tweaks to features such as headlights resulted in over twice as many cars, trucks, and SUVs earning the highest rating from the IIHS. For years, vehicles were flagged by the IIHS for poor headlight performance, so manufacturers have created more effective headlights that give off less glare to oncoming drivers. According to the IIHS president, this is good news for consumers, as there are more vehicles to choose from that have high safety ratings. In addition, with the number of cars, trucks, and SUVs all earning high ratings, there is likely to be a vehicle that will meet the needs of most consumers. All drivers want to be safe. Drivers who have been involved in a car wreck are encouraged to reach out to a car wreck lawyer for assistance.
What are the 15 Safest Vehicles of 2021?
U.S. News and World Report compiled a list of the 15 safest vehicles based on crash test results from the NHTSA and the IIHS, as well as the advanced safety features that come standard in each vehicle, including forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and lane keep assist. The following are the U.S. News and World Report’s top 15 safest vehicles for 2021, in ascending order of safety:
- 2020 Honda Civic: Safety score of 9.7 out of 10 and an overall score of 8.4. This vehicle was a finalist for the 2020 Best Compact Car for the Money award. All Civic styles earned top safety scores from the NHTSA and the IIHS, and the model also received the highest marks for its crash prevention features. In addition, the Civic received a Good rating for its headlights.
- 2019 Kia Cadenza: Safety score of 9.7 and an overall score of 8.5. This is one of the top-ranked large sedans on the list. In addition to receiving a Top Safety Pick from the IIHS, it earned a perfect score in all six crash tests. The Cadenza also received a Superior score for front crash protection and an Acceptable rating for headlight strength and visibility.
- 2020 Volkswagen Passat: Safety score of 9.8 and an overall score of 7.4. The Passat earned a top score of Good in all categories and earned four out of five stars in the NHTSA’s rollover test. The Passat scored lower than other midsize cars because of its disappointing fuel economy, its appearance, and the feel of its interior.
- 2020 Subaru Legacy: Safety score of 9.8 and an overall score of 7.9. The standard all-wheel drive that the Legacy features gives this vehicle an edge over other midsize cars. After a recent redesign, the Legacy received a five-star rating from the NHTSA and perfect crash test scores from the IIHS. It also received the prestigious Top Safety Pick+ rating.
- 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid: Safety score of 9.8 and an overall score of 8.1. The high safety score, combined with the fuel economy estimates and reliability, helped make the Corolla Hybrid a winner of the 2020 Best Hybrid or Electric Car for the Money award. This vehicle earned five out of five stars from the NHTSA and scored a Good rating in all six crash tests conducted by the IIHS. It also received a Superior rating from the IIHS for front crash protection.
- 2020 Toyota Corolla: Safety score of 9.8 and an overall score of 8.2. The standard version of the Toyota Corolla Hybrid offers many of the same features for less money. It earned top crash test scores from the NHTSA and the IIHS, and a Superior rating from the IIHS for front crash protection.
- 2020 Nissan Maxima: Safety score of 9.9 and an overall score of 7.5. With a near perfect safety score and smooth, powerful V6 engine, the Nissan Maxima received a five out of five star rating from the NHTSA and a Good rating in all crash tests from the IIHS.
- 2020 Mazda 6: Safety score of 9.9 and an overall score of 8.1. This is one of the sportiest and safest midsized sedans on the market, earning five out of five stars in the NHTSA’s front and side crash tests, and four out of five in the rollover test.
- 2020 Hyundai Veloster: Safety score of 9.9 and an overall score of 8.2. This is one of the more affordable options among the top scoring vehicles. It earned a Good rating in IIHS crash tests and a Superior rating for front crash protection, as well as the Top Safety Pick+ designation.
- 2020 Mazda 3: Safety score of 9.9 and an overall score of 8.5. The high safety score, as well as the vehicle’s overall performance, makes it a top-ranked compact car. It was named a Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS and earned a Good rating in all crash tests.
- 2020 Honda Accord: Safety 9.9 and an overall score of 8.5. The stellar safety score, spacious interior, and above-average fuel economy made this a finalist for the 2020 Best Midsize Car for the Money. It was named a Top Safety Pick by the IIHS, received a Good rating in all six crash tests, and earned a Superior rating for front crash protection. It also received five out of five stars for safety from the NHTSA.
- 2020 Subaru Impreza: Safety score of 10 and an overall score of 7.6. This is one of the few compact vehicles on the list that offers standard all-wheel drive. It is also the most affordable car on the list with a 10 out of 10 safety score. It received the Top Safety Pick+ rating by the IIHS, a Good rating in all six crash tests, and a Superior rating for its crash test features. It also received five out of five stars for safety from the NHTSA.
- 2020 Kia Optima: Safety score of 10 and an overall score of 8. The perfect safety rating and easy-to-use tech 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 front crash prevention.
- 2020 Honda Insight: Safety score of 10 and an overall score of 8.1. The high safety rating, excellent fuel economy, and impressive standard safety features make this vehicle an excellent choice, particularly for those interested in a hybrid vehicle. It received five out of five stars from the NHTSA, and the IIHS designated it a Top Safety Pick+. It also earned a Superior rating for front crash protection and a Good rating for how well the headlights illuminated the road.
- 2020 Toyota Camry: Safety score of 10 and an overall score of 8.6. This vehicle received excellent scores overall, as well as good fuel economy, comfortable ride, and a comprehensive list of standard features, making it the winner of the 2020 Best Midsize Car for the Money award. It earned 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 wreck if the motorist does not follow the rules of the road. A skilled car wreck lawyer will assist victims, determine who is responsible for causing the wreck, and obtain the financial compensation the victims deserve.
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