Top 15 Safest and Most Dangerous Cars

mcdivitt-best-worst-carsThe Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently released an article discussing how improved vehicle designs are decreasing car accident fatalities. In the article the IIHS provided which vehicles had the lowest rates of driver deaths and which ones had the highest rates of driver deaths from 2011 and equivalent earlier models, 2009-2012, as follows:

Cars with Lowest Rates of Driver Deaths

1.Audi A4 4WDluxury carmidsize0 deaths
2.Honda Odysseyminivanvery large0 deaths
3.Kia Sorento 2WDSUVmidsize0 deaths
4.Lexus RX 350 4WDluxury SUVmidsize0 deaths
5.Mercedes-Benz GL-Class 4WDluxurySUV large0 deaths
6.Subaru Legacy 4WD4-door carmidsize0 deaths
7.Toyota Highlander hybrid 4WDSUVmidsize0 deaths
8.Toyota Sequoia 4WDSUVlarge0 deaths
9.Volvo XC90 4WDluxury SUVmidsize0 deaths
10.Honda Pilot 4WDSUVmidsize2 deaths
11.Mercedes-Benz M-Class 4WDluxury SUVmidsize3 deaths
12.Ford Crown Victoria4-door carvery large4 deaths
13.GMC Yukon 4WDSUVlarge4 deaths
14.Acura TL 2WDluxury carmidsize5 deaths
15.Chevrolet Equinox 2WDSUVmidsize5 deaths

Cars with Highest Rates of Driver Deaths

1.Kia Rio4-door carmini149 deaths
2.Nissan Versa sedan4-door carsmall130 deaths
3.Hyundai Accent4-door carmini120 deaths
4.Chevrolet Aveo4-door carmini99 deaths
5.Hyundai Accent2-door carmini86 deaths
6.Chevrolet Camaro coupesports carlarge80 deaths
7.Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew 4WDpickuplarge79 deaths
8.Honda Civic2-door carsmall76 deaths
9.Nissan Versa hatchback4-door carsmall71 deaths
10.Ford Focus4-door carsmall70 deaths
11.Nissan Cubestation wagonsmall66 deaths
12.Chevrolet HHRstation wagonsmall61 deaths
13.Chevrolet Suburban 1500 2WDSUVvery large60 deaths
14.Chevrolet Aveostation wagonmini58 deaths
15.Mercury Grand Marquis4-door carvery large57 deaths


The fatality numbers are taken from the federal Fatality Analysis Reporting System. For an interesting comparison check out the IIHS’s highest and lowest death rates by model from 1989, the first year they began publishing this information.

Interesting Statistics Regarding Car Models

The IIHA study looked at vehicle designs from 1985-2012. According to the IIHS article, there were almost 8,000 fewer driver deaths in 2012 than if vehicles had remained the same structurally as they were in 1985. Additionally, there were 28 driver deaths per million for 2011 models in 2012, compared to 48 million for 2008 models in 2009. Furthermore, as of 2007, there were no reports of models with fatality rates of zero. This year, there were nine.

Additionally, drivers of SUVs are less likely to die in a car crash as opposed to other types of vehicles according to the IIHS. As you may recall, in 2005, SUVs had a much higher rate of death due to their tendency to roll over. Six SUVs were included in the highest rates of driver deaths that year. This year, only one is listed in the top 15. The reasoning behind the increased safety—electronic stability control (ESC), which has drastically lessened the risk of rollover crashes in all types of vehicles.

This year mini and small cars made up a majority of the worst cars for fatalities. The main reasoning here—small cars can’t protect themselves from larger ones. According to the IIHS, death rates usually go down as the size of the car goes up.

Unfortunately, even if you have one of the safer vehicles, auto accidents happen. If you are in an auto accident and have been injured contact a Colorado accident attorney today. The Team at McDivitt Law Firm is here to work with you.

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