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The Top 20 Safest Car Brands

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One of the most important things to know before buying a car is its level of safety. This level differs from one car brand to the next depending on the make of the car. This article is a ranking of the safest car brands in the world. It was ranking was reached through well thought out and researched methods. First the general safety ratings given to brands by their customers were considered in coming up with this list. The safety pick ratings are assigned to vehicles that offer crash-prevention technology and those that display high levels of protection. Different safety offerings given by manufacturers were compared as different manufacturers equip their models with safety offerings. The road test score and reliability score also factored in coming up with the list. Let’s take a look at the list.

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Chevrolet

This car brand was ranked number 20 with an overall score of 64 and a road test score of 73. They got a four-star safety rating from their customers. The Chevrolet cars come with a post-collision system offering, most of their vehicles come equipped with the system safety offering.

Many of Chevrolet’s cars were described as classy and safe. Most of their customers love the SUVs which are often purchased by people with large families and/or people who love outdoor activities.

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Acura

The Acura brand got an average score of 64 and a road test score of 73 which was quite low. The brand has tried to develop vehicles with an exceptional safety performance compared to other brands. Approximately 73 percent of their brands got a five-star for overall safety rating. Moreover, most of their cars earned a Top Safety Pick making them one of the safest car brands.

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Scion

This car brand was ranked number 18, having an overall score of 65 and a road test core of 62 which was quite good compared to the average reliability rating. They have tried to give their vehicles some safety offering that can save lives in case of accidents, including a pre-collision safety system. An average of 45 percent of their vehicles come equipped with this safety system.

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Lincoln

This car brand has quite an impressive rating, they have the Top Safety Picking Rating which is quite impressive. Lincoln has an overall score of 65 and a road test score of 75. The brand was ranked number 17. Customers described the vehicles as being luxurious and well-equipped. A number of the recent models possess competent ride and handling.

At least 33 percent of its model vehicles come with a blind-spot monitoring, which is a safety system, which is quite high compared to other brands of vehicles which have an average of 17 percent for their luxury brands.

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Ford

The Ford car brand was ranked number 16 with an average reliability rating, overall score of 66 and a road test score of 74. The vehicles were described by customers to have a firm crisping handle with a solid feel and an absorbent ride.

In addition to that, a large number of their vehicles have earned a five-star safety rating. Most of their vehicles come with blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control and rearview cameras for safety. Their vehicles also come with pre-collision system all these are meant to ensure the safety of the user.

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Volkswagen

This specific car brand got excellent descriptions from the customers. They were said to have a firm and comfortable ride, supportive chairs. Have an agile handling and a good fit and finish all which made them get ranked as one of the safest vehicles. Most of their vehicles are responsive, solid and fun-to-drive vehicles. This brand of vehicles are also equipped with an adaptive cruiser control for safety.

Volkswagen vehicles have earned a five-star safety rating, an overall score of 67, an average reliability rating and a road test score of 76; hence emerging as one of the safest vehicles in the world.

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Mercedes-Benz

With quite an average reliability rating and an overall score of 65 and a road test score of 80, Mercedes-Benz was ranked number 14. The luxurious vehicles are said to have an excellent crisp handling, an impeccable vehicle interior and they also come along with an advanced safety system for the user. In addition to that, the vehicles are said to offer a plush ride and quietness hence giving the user the best comfort.

A significant number of these vehicles come fully equipped with pre-collision safety system, blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control and rearview cameras.

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Mini

The Mini brand of vehicles was ranked as number 13 with an overall score of 68 and an average reliability rating. Mini also earned a Top Safety Picking + Rating putting it among the safest brands in the world. The vehicles are equipped with a pre-collision safety kit, adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, rearview cameras and blind-spot monitoring as safety system for its users. Most of its users described the vehicles as classy and having an exquisite ride compared to other brands of vehicles.

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Volvo

Volvo is a vehicle brand that most users described as ‘traditionally known for safety’ this is one of the reasons why it was ranked as one of the best. The vehicles had an overall score of 68, an average reliability rating and a road test score of 77. It has also earned a Top Safety Picking + Rating and a five-star safety rating, hence it is one of the safest brands.

In addition to that, the vehicles are said to have amazingly comfortable seats, they are typically quiet and are secure and have a good handle. The brand also has its vehicles equipped with rearview cameras, blind-spot monitoring, lane-departure warning and an adaptive cruise control.

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Hyundai

This brand has quite cheap and affordable vehicles. The styling, fit and finish of most of their vehicles is continuously improving and at the same improving the safety of their cars.

Hyundai vehicles have been ranked number 11 with an average reliability rating, an overall score of 70, a road test score of 76 and a five-star overall safety rating. In addition to that, the vehicles are equipped with a pre-collision safety system and an adaptive cruise control intended to help save lives in case of accidents which is more advanced compared to that of other vehicles.

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Honda

This brand of vehicles has been described as sporty and exciting, at the same time secure. Honda vehicles have been ranked at number 10 with a road test score of 73, an overall score of 71 and an average reliability rating. A large number of its models have also earned a five-star safety rating and it has also earned the Top Safety Picking+ Rating. In addition to that, nearly 18 percent of its vehicle models come equipped with blind-sot monitoring and an adaptive cruise control to ensure the safety of its users.

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Kia

With a better than average reliability rating, an overall score of 72 and a road test score of 75, Kia vehicles are ranked number 9. The brand also has a high percent of its vehicles getting a five-star rating. The vehicles have a safety system that ensure the safety of the users, they are described as stylish and competent cars that are quite affordable to most people. The vehicles come equipped with adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, rearview mirrors that are well placed and a pre-collision safety system for the users.

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Toyota

The Toyota brand of vehicles has been described by users as efficient, solid and reliable vehicles that do fairly well. In addition to that, they have been come equipped with a safety system to ensure the safety of its users in case of accidents. Such safety systems include pre-collision safety system, blind-spot monitoring system, rearview mirrors for better view and an adaptive cruise control.

They have been ranked at number 8 with the best reliability rating, a road test score of 69 and an overall score of 72. The vehicles have also earned a five-star overall safety rating.

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Buick

Buick vehicles have improved the quality of their vehicles to a quite competitive product line that has joined both the luxurious and mainstream brand. The band has been ranked number 7 in the list of safest car brands with a better than average reliability, road test score of 76 and an overall score of 74. Most of the company’s models earn a five-star overall safety rating and has also earned a Top Safety Pick + Rating.

In addition to that, its models come with a pre-collision safety system, adaptive cruise control, rearview mirrors and blind-spot monitoring which act as safety system for the users.

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Mazda

Mazda has been ranked at number 6, with a better than average reliability rating, an overall score of 74 and a road test score of 74. In addition to that, the brand has earned a five-star safety rating and a Top Safety Pick + Rating.

The brand has equipped its vehicles with safety stems as a means of precaution. The safety systems include adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, pre-collision safety system and rearview mirrors as safety systems for the vehicles.

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BMW

This brand is known for producing exquisitely classy vehicles that are quite secure and having features that have made it to be ranked as one of the safest brands of vehicles. The vehicles have an overall score of 76, a better than average reliability rating and a road test score of 85, which is quite high compared to other brands of vehicles.

BMWs have been described as focusing on comfort, refinement, technology, safety and fuel efficiency by its users. The brand has its vehicles equipped with safety systems such as blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, pre-collision safety system and rearview cameras all that are at advanced levels for safety measures.

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Porsche

This brand has vehicles with high-performance handling, superb braking performance, controlled ride, thrilling exhaust note and beautifully crafted interiors; all which help to ensure user safety. The vehicles are also equipped with safety systems meant to protect them in case of accidents. Such advanced safety systems include adaptive cruise control, rearview cameras, pre-collision safety system and blind-spot monitoring.

Porsche has been ranked at number 4 with a better than average reliability rating, an overall score of 76 and a road test score of 84 which is very impressive. It has also earned a five-star safety rating and a Top Safety Pick + Rating.

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Lexus

Lexus brand of vehicles has been said to produce reliable vehicle models that are safe, quiet and luxurious. The brand has been ranked among the best in the rank of safety vehicles at number 3. This is because the brand attained an overall score of 76, the best reliability rating and a road test score of 74.

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Subaru

Subaru has been said to produce affordable all-wheel-drive cars that are very practical. The vehicles have attained a road test score of 80, an overall score of 78 and a best reliability rating. In addition to that, the brand has earned a five-star overall safety rating and a number of its cars have also earned the Top Safety Pick Rating. Due to the high ratings, Subaru has been ranked at number 2 as one of the safest vehicles in the world.

A large percentage of its vehicles are equipped with advanced adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring and pre-collision safety systems that are meant to ensure the safety of the users.

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Audi

Audi brand of vehicles has been ranked as the safest brand of vehicles. The brand attained an overall score of 80, best reliability rating and a road test score of 83. This luxurious brand is known for its style and technology as well as its performance, Quattro all-wheel-drive, and luxurious interiors. Audis are equipped with highly advanced safety systems such as advanced cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, and rearview cameras that are more advanced compared to other brands.

 

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Written by Camille Moore

Camille has a master's degree from Saint Joseph University's Writing Studies program. Her writing has been published on several websites, and she enjoys writing articles and short stories in her spare time. You can follow Camille on Twitter @CamealAshley.