Top 20 Safest Cars of 2015

Safety is no longer a back-burner priority for new-car shoppers. Across most types of vehicle shoppers, it’s one of the top concerns.

Many families, as we recommend, start their shopping process by weeding out potential vehicles that simply don’t make the cut in occupant safety.

However, in 2015 that’s less straightforward than it’s been in the past.


20 ) Subbaru XV Crosstrek




The Subaru XV Crosstrek scored “good” in all areas, and a “superior” in the front crash prevention test. The optional eyesight system avoided a collision in both the 12 mph and 25 mph test. The child seat LATCH system scored “marginal” due to the lower anchors being too deep in the seat, and it being difficult to maneuver around the anchors. The roof was able to withstand 5.2 times the weight of the vehicle before crushing 5 inches, earning it a “good” rating. In the small overlap front test, the Subaru XV Crosstrek earned a “good” rating across the board. Driver space was well maintained, with a maximum intrusion of the lower interior of 12 cm. Measurements taken from the dummy indicated a low risk of injury in a crash of this severity.

It safety features includes Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (AWD),Vehicle Dynamics (Stability) Control (VDC)
Anti-Lock Brakes: 4-Wheel Disc integrates ( Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist Safety System), Brake Override system ensures that the engine power will be cut when both the brake and accelerator are pressed simultaneously. Air Bag System (SRS) w/7 airbags(Driver's side knee airbag,  Standard front side pelvis/torso airbags ,  Side curtain airbags that offer front and rear outboard seat coverage), Subaru Ring-Shaped Frame Reinforcement body structure, 3-Point Seatbelts, All Seating Positions,  LATCH System for Child Safety Seats, Anti-Theft Alarm & Immobilizer, Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS),IIHS Top Safety Pick.


19 ) TOYOTA Prius




The Toyota Prius scored a “good” in all areas except small front overlap, where it scored “acceptable”, and scored “advanced” in the front crash prevention test. The optional pre-collision system reduced impact speed in the 12 mph test by 5 mph, and 4 mph in the 25 mph test. The child seat LATCH system scored “marginal” due to other hardware that can be confused for anchors, the lower anchors being too deep in the seat, and the anchors being too difficult to maneuver around. The roof was able to withstand 4.2 times its own weight before crushing 5 inches, just reaching the threshold for a “good” rating. In the small overlap front test, the Toyota Prius scored “acceptable” overall, but scored a marginal in structure and safety cage. The driver space was not maintained well, with maximum intrusion of the lower interior of 22 cm at the lower hinge pillar. The parking brake pedal was pushed in toward the driver 19 cm. Upper interior intrusion measured 13-17 cm at the hinge pillar and instrument panel. The dummy’s head slid off the left side of the airbag, leaving it vulnerable to contact with the structure, and the seat belt allowed excessive forward excursion of the dummy’s head and torso.


18 ) VOLKSWAGEN GTI




The Volkswagen GTI scored “good” in all areas, and scored “advanced” in the front crash prevention test, according to the IIHS. The optional front assist (with autonomous emergency braking) reduced impact speed by 10 mph in the 12 mph test, and reduced impact speed by 1 mph in the 25 mph test. The roof was able to withstand 5.78 times the vehicle’s weight before crushing 5 inches, scoring it a “good” rating. In the small overlap front test, the Volkswagen GTI scored a “good” in all areas except the restraints and dummy kinematics, where it scored “acceptable”. The dummy’s head contacted the front airbag, but nearly slid off the left side, leaving it vulnerable to contact with the forward structure. Driver space was well maintained, with a maximum intrusion of the lower interior of 10 cm at the lower hinge pillar. Measurements taken from the dummy indicate that there was a low risk of any significant injury.


17 ) CHRYSLER 200




The Chrysler 200 scored “good” in all areas, and scored “superior” in the front crash prevention test, according to the IIHS. The full speed forward collision warning system avoided a collision at 12 mph, and reduced impact speed by 14 mph at 25 mph. The child seat LATCH system scored “marginal” due to the anchors being too deep in the seat, and difficult to maneuver around. The roof withstood 4.74 times the vehicle’s weight before crushing 5 inches, earning it a “good” score. In the small overlap front test, the Chrysler 200 scored “good” in all areas. Measurements from the dummy showed that there was a low risk of any injury in a crash of this severity. The dummy movement was well controlled, with the airbag and seatbelts keeping the dummy in proper position throughout the crash.



16) MAZDA 6




The Mazda 6 scored “good” in most areas tested, but scored an “acceptable” in the small front overlap test. The Mazda 6 also scored a “advanced” in the front crash prevention test. When equipped with the optional forward obstruction warning, the Mazda 6 avoided a collision at 12 mph, but reduced impact speed by 0 mph at 25 mph. This system did not meet the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s criteria for forward collision warning. The child seat LATCH system scored a “poor” grade, due to the lower anchors being too deep in the seat, difficult to maneuver around, and too much force being required to attach. The roof was able to withstand 5.21 times the vehicle’s weight before crushing 5 inches, earning the Mazda 6 a score of “good”. In the small front overlap test, the Mazda 6 earned “acceptable” in most areas, and “good” in the chest and hip/thigh injury measurements. When measuring injury on the dummy, a high head acceleration occurred when the dummy hit its head on the steering wheel through the airbag. Measurements indicate that right lower leg injuries would also be possible. The dummy’s head remained in contact with the airbag, but its head moved toward the left side of the steering wheel and A pillar because the seat belt allowed excessive forward excursion of the head and torso. 




15 ) SUBARU LEGACY




Much like its cousin, the Subaru Outback, the Subaru Legacy scored “good” in all areas, and a “superior” in the front crash prevention test, according to the IIHS. The optional eyesight package allowed the Subaru Legacy to avoid a collision at both 12 mph and 25 mph. The roof was able to withstand 5.36 times the vehicle’s own weight before crushing 5 inches, earning it a “good” rating. The Subaru Legacy is equipped with a rollover sensor that deploys side impact airbags if a rollover condition is detected. In the small overlap front test, the Subaru Legacy scored “good” across the board. Driver space was well maintained, and measurements from the dummy indicated that there is was a low risk of any significant injury in a crash of this severity.


14 ) SUBARU OUTBACK




The Subaru Outback scored “good” in all areas, and a “superior” in the front crash prevention test, according to the IIHS. With the optional eyesight package, the Subaru Outback was able to avoid a collision at both 12 mph and 25 mph. The child seat LATCH system scored a “marginal” when tested, as the lower anchors were too deep in the seat and other hardware could easily be confused for the anchor. The roof was able to withstand 5.36 times the vehicle’s weight, earning it a score of “good”. The Subaru Outback is also equipped with a rollover sensor, which deploys side impact airbags in the event a rollover is detected. In the small front overlap test, the Subaru Outback scored a “good” in all categories, with a low risk of injury recorded on the dummy in a crash of this severity.


13 ) TOYOTA CAMRY




The Toyota Camry scored “good” in all areas, and “advanced” in the front crash prevention test, according to the IIHS. The optional pre-collision system reduced impact speed by 10 mph in the 12 mph test, and 5 mph in the 25 mph test. The roof withstood 4.78 times its own weight, earning it a “good” rating. The child seat LATCH system earned an “acceptable” rating. Points were deducted because the lower anchors were too deep in the seat, making it hard to hook up a child seat. In the small front overlap test, the Toyota Camry scored an average of “good”, losing points in the structure and safety cage section. The Camry scored an “acceptable” in this section because when the airbag deployed, the dummy’s head nearly slid off the airbag to the left, leaving the head vulnerable to contact with the forward side structure.


12 ) TOYOTA PRIUS V




The Toyota Prius V scored “good” in all areas, and “advanced” in the front crash prevention test, according to the IIHS. The optional pre-collision system helped reduce impact speed by 9 mph in the 12 mph test, and reduced impact speed by 7 mph in the 25 mph test. The roof strength test showed the Toyota Prius V could withstand 4.33 times its own weight before crushing 5 inches, scoring it a “good”. In the small front overlap test, the Toyota Prius V scored “good” in all categories. Driver space was maintained well, with a maximum intrusion of 9 cm at the parking brake pedal, and an upper intrusion of 3-5 cm at the instrument panel. According to measurements taken from the dummy, no significant injury was recorded, giving a low chance of injury in a crash of this severity.


11 ) VOLKSWAGEN JETTA 




The Volkswagen Jetta Sedan scored “good” in all areas, and “advanced” in the front crash prevention test, according to the IIHS. With the optional autonomous emergency braking and optional forward collision warning installed, the Volkswagen Jetta reduced speed by 9 mph in the 12 mph test, and failed to reduce impact speed in the 25 mph test. The Volkswagen Jetta scored “good” in the roof test, with the vehicle withstanding 5.35 times its own weight before crushing 5 inches. The vehicle scored an average of “good” in the small front overlap test, with the restraints and dummy kinetics area being given a score of “acceptable”. This is due to the dummy’s head barely contacting the airbag before sliding off the left side, leaving the head vulnerable to the forward structure. The seat belt also allowed excessive forward movement of the dummy’s head and torso.




10 ) SUBARU IMPREZA




The Subaru Impreza scored “good” in all areas, and a “superior” in the front crash prevention test. The optional eyesight system avoided a collision in both the 12 mph and 25 mph test. The roof was able to withstand 5.2 times the weight of the vehicle before crushing 5 inches, earning it a “good” rating. In the small overlap front test, the Subaru Impreza earned a “good” rating across the board. Driver space was well maintained, with a maximum intrusion of the lower interior of 12 cm. Measurements taken from the dummy indicated a low risk of injury in a crash of this severity. The dummy’s movement was well controlled. The dummy’s head loaded the frontal airbag, which stayed in front of the dummy until rebound.


9 ) BMW 2 SERIES




The BMW 2 series scored “good” in all areas, and “advanced” in the front crash prevention test, according to the IIHS. With the optional driver assistance plus package, which includes collision warning and city braking, the BMW 2 series reduced impact speed by 10 mph in a 12 mph test, and 7 mph in a 25 mph test. The roof strength scored a “good”, with the vehicle withstanding 4.98 times its own weight before crushing 5 inches. The BMW 2 series scored an average of “good” in the small overlap front test. The structure and safety cage section only scored an “acceptable”. This was due to a maximum intrusion of 29 cm at the footrest, 28 cm at the left toepan, and a 7-8 cm intrusion at the upper hinge panel and instrument panel. Measurements taken from the dummy indicated low risk of any injury in a crash, and the side impact airbag had sufficient coverage to protect the head from contacting the structure. 


8 ) ACURA RLX




The Acura RLX scored “good” in all areas, and a “advanced” in the front crash protection test, according to the IIHS. With the optional advance package, which includes forward collision warning and collision mitigation brake system, the Acura RLX reduced impact speed by 7 mph at 12 mph and 25 mph. In the roof strength test, the Acura RLX scored a “good”. The vehicle was able to withstand 5.18 times its own weight before crushing 5 inches. In the small overlap front test, the Acura RLX scored “good” across the board. Driver space was maintained well, with maximum intrusion of the lower interior of 5cm and upper interior of 3cm. A low risk of any significant injury was indicated based on measurements taken from the dummy.


7 ) AUDI A6




The Audi A6 scored “good” in all areas, and a “advanced” in the front crash protection test, according to the IIHS. With the adaptive cruise control/braking guard installed, the Audi A6 reduced impact speed by 10 mph in a 12 mph test, and reduced speed by 1 mph in a 25 mph test. The Audi A6 scored a “good” in the roof strength test. The vehicle withstood 5 times its own weight before crushing 5 inches. In the small overlap front test, the Audi A6 scored “good” across the board. Measurements taken from the dummy indicated low risk of any significant injuries, driver space was well maintained, and the dummy’s movement was well controlled. The side curtain airbag deployed and protected the head from contact with the structure and outside objects.




6 ) HYUNDAI GENESIS




The Hyundai Genesis scored “good” in all areas, and a “superior” in the front crash prevention test according to the IIHS. The optional tech package, which includes automatic emergency braking, allowed the Hyundai Genesis to avoid an accident at 12 mph and 25 mph. The roof was able to withstand 4.95 times the vehicle’s weight before crushing 5 inches, giving the Hyundai Genesis a “good” rating. In the small front overlap test, the Hyundai Genesis scored “good” across the board. No injuries were recorded on the dummy, the driver space was well maintained, and the dummy’s movement was well controlled. The airbag stayed in front of the dummy until rebound, and the side curtain airbag deployed and had sufficient coverage to protect the head from contact with the side structure.


5 ) VOLKSWAGEN GOLF




The Volkswagen Golf scored “good” in all areas, and scored “advanced” in the front crash prevention test according to the IIHS. The optional front assist (with autonomous emergency braking) reduced impact speed by 10 mph in the 12 mph test, and reduced impact speed by 1 mph in the 25 mph test. The roof was able to withstand 5.78 times the vehicle’s weight, scoring it a “good” rating. The Volkswagen Golf scored a “good” in all areas except the restraints and dummy kinematics, where it scored “acceptable”. The reason for the lower score in restraints was due to the seat belt allowing excessive forward excursion of the dummy’s head and torso. This led to the dummy’s head almost sliding off the airbag, leaving it vulnerable to contact with the forward structure. 


4 ) INFINITI Q70




According to the IIHS, the Infiniti Q70 scored a “good” in all areas, and a “superior” in the front crash prevention test. Using the optional forward emergency braking and forward collision warning systems, the Infiniti Q70 avoided a crash at 12 mph, and nearly avoided a crash at 25 mph, reducing impact speed by 22 mph. In the roof strength test, the Infiniti Q70 scored a “good”. The vehicle was able to withstand 4 times its own weight before the roof collapsed 5 inches. This rating does not extend to the V-8 model, as that model was only able to withstand 3 times its own weight, scoring it an “acceptable” rating. In the small overlap front test, the Infiniti Q70 scored an average of “good”, with “good” in all areas except structure and safety cage. In this area, the Infiniti scored an “acceptable” rating due to the driver’s door being pushed laterally 10 cm towards the driver, and the lower interior intrusion measuring 22 cm. 


3 ) LEXUS RC




The Lexus RC scored a “good” in all areas, and a “advanced” in the front crash prevention test, according to the IIHS. With the optional pre-collision system installed, the Lexus RC almost avoided collision at 12 mph, and at 25 mph impact was reduced by 8 mph. In the roof test the Lexus RC scored a “good”. The roof was able to withstand 5.18 times the weight of the vehicle before crushing 5 inches. In the small overlap front test, the Lexus RC scored “good” in all areas. Reports show measurements taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injury. Driver space was well maintained, with a maximum intrusion of 11 cm at the parking brake pedal and 8 cm at the lower hinge pillar.


2 ) MERCEDES E CLASS




The Mercedes E Class scored a “good” in all areas, and a “superior” in the front crash prevention test, according to the IIHS. The optional driver assistance package, which includes collision prevention and auto-braking, allowed the Mercedes E Class to avoid a collision at 12 mph and 25 mph. The roof of the Mercedes E Class was able to withstand 5 times the vehicle’s weight before crushing 5 inches, surpassing the minimum 4 to 1 ratio required to score a “good”. In the small overlap front test, the Mercedes E Class scored an average of “good”, with lower leg/foot and dummy kinetics scoring an “acceptable”. Driver space was maintained well, but dummy kinetics indicated injury to the left and right lower legs was possible in a crash, and there is a low risk of injury to the head from the A-pillar.


1 ) VOLVO S80


The Volvo S80 scored a “good” in all areas, and a “superior” in the front crash prevention test, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). When equipped with the optional collision warning with full auto braking system, the Volvo S80 avoided collision at 12 mph and was able to reduce impact speed by 13 mph when tested at 25 mph. The roof was able to withstand 4 times the vehicle’s weight before crushing 5 inches, earning it the highest rating in this field. In the small overlap front test very little, if any, injury was reported on the dummy. Driver space was well maintained, with a maximum intrusion of 4 cm, and the dummy’s movement was well controlled. 


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