Auto safety testing has come a long way in the last decade, today’s modern cars offer more occupant protection and accident avoidance technologies than the older cars. That does not mean all cars are equal in terms of safety. There are models that perform better in dynamic tests, as well as crash tests conducted by government and insurance industry. For overall safety, here is a list of the top 10 cars with the highest chance of walking away after a major crash.
10. 2013 Dodge Dart
The 2013 Dodge Dart has high safety ratings in most tests, with the results being definitely boosted by the vehicle’s 10 airbags. The original version of the vehicle was in production from 1960 to 1976. For 2013, the Chrysler Group has released a new version. The four-door compact sedan has an FF layout and is based on the compact U.S. wide platform. The top of the line model has a 2.4-liter Tigershark I4 gasoline engine mated with a nine-speed ZF 9HP automatic transmission system.
9. 2014 Ford Focus Electric
The 2014 Ford Focus Electric is a five-door hatchback electric car from Ford Motor Company. The car is assembled in the company’s plant in Michigan. It is powered by a synchronous electric motor with 143 horsepower mated with an electric transmission. It has a 23 kWh lithium-ion battery and has a range of 122 kilometers. A plug-in 6.6 kW charger can be found on board.
8. 2013 Ford Fusion Energi
The 2013 Ford Fusion Energi boasts of advanced features that will help stave off accidents, like its monitors so that even the car’s blind spots will be covered. The Energi is a plug-in hybrid that first came out in 2013. It is a medium-sized four-door sedan that uses a non-turbo two-liter four-cylinder engine to assist the electric motor. It has an all-electric range of 34 kilometers with a top speed of 137 kilometers per hour. With a full tank of gas and a fully charged battery, it can go up to a thousand kilometers.
7. 2014 Honda Accord Coupe
The Honda Accord has been around since 1976 and has been applied to wagons, hatchbacks, coupes and crossovers. The coupe version was first introduced in 1993. The Accord itself is already now in its ninth generation, and the 2014 coupe takes pride because of its strong structure. The top of the line model has a 3.5-liter V6 engine mated with a six-speed transmission system of either manual or automatic versions.
6. 2014 Kia Optima
The Kia Optima has always been one of the safest sedan vehicles, and the 2014 version further improves on it by coming out with a blind spot detection system. The Optima can trace its roots back to 2000, though it has always been a medium-sized four-door sedan. The vehicle’s top of the line model has a 2.4-liter Theta II GDI I4 engine with 200 horsepower. There is also a 2-liter turbo version that carries a more massive 274 horsepower. It also comes in either an automatic or manual six-speed transmission system.
5. 2013 Nissan Altima
The Nissan Altima is the surprise of the list after missing out on the list of safest cars the previous years. It is now armed with blind spot monitor detectors and rearview cameras. The model first came out in 1993, though the medium-sized version only made its debut in 2002. It is now on its fifth generation, with a design based on the Nissan D platform. The top of the line model boasts of a 3.5-liter V6 engine that carries an impressive 270 horsepower. This engine is mated with the CVT transmission system. Also called the Teana, the car has assembly plants in Tennessee and Mississippi, as well as in China and Mexico.
4. 2014 Subaru Outback
The Subaru Outback has always been one of the safest family vehicles around, and the 2014 version is no different. This impressive off road vehicle is named after the remote and arid region in Australia and has been in production since 1994. It is manufactured and marketed by the Japanese automobile corporation called Fuji Heavy Industries, or FHI.
3. 2013 Volkswagen Passat
Though the Volkswagen Passat does not have the advanced safety options that are slowly becoming standard features in many vehicles, the car still rated highly in crash test scores. The Passat has been in production since 1973. It has also been marketed in other names, like the Dasher, Corsar, Carat, Magotan, Santana and Quantum. The current version is the sixth generation of the vehicle. Aside from its high safety score, the car is also renowned for its fuel efficiency, consuming only a bit more than three liters for every hundred kilometers travelled.
2. 2013 Volvo S60
The 2013 Volvo S60 is the typical Volvo, with high scores in crash tests and simulations. More than that, the car also has an advanced state of the art active onboard safety system. This will help keep you out of trouble to begin with. The car is actually already on its second generation. It comes with various engine choices, but the top model has a 3-liter T6 I6 gasoline turbo engine mated with a choice among a manual, automatic or Powershift automatic six-speed transmission system. The car shares the same platform as the Volvo XC60, which is number one on this list.
1. 2013 Volvo XC60
When Volvo built the 2013 XC60, it probably had the mantra of prevention is the best medicine in mind. It has a cutting-edge safety technology system that helps prevent accidents from occurring. This compact crossover SUV first came into production in 2008. The vehicle boasts of several different engine options, including a 3.2-liter petrol I6 engine. The engines are mated to a six-speed transmission system of either manual or SC automatic versions. Built and assembled in Belgium, the XC60 has been the best selling model of Volvo for four years now.
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