The following is a list of the safest cars in the world for 2013, as determined by theInsurance Institute for Highway Safety. The list actually includes the Suzuki Kizashi,but its production was discontinued in November 2012.
10 Honda Accord
The Honda Accord is always considered to be one of the safest cars in the world.This year is no different. The Accord has been praised for its reliable handling andhigh level of safety. You can choose from the two-door or the four-door variety. Thetwo-door Accord boasts of a sporty look, but the four-door allows easier access tothe rear seats. It is now in its ninth generation though it has now been reclassifiedfrom a full-size car to a mid-size one with its interior space of just 119 squarefeet. The car scored highly in safety features, be they be in frontal driver, frontalpassenger, side driver, side passenger, side pole driver and rollover.
9 Chrysler 200 Four-Door Sedan
The Chrysler 200 is the company’s entry-level luxury mid-size vehicle. It firstcame out in 2011 as an update of the 2010 Chrysler Sebring. Its prototype wasthe Chrysler 300, which is probably why it is said to be a scaled down version ofthe latter. The model also has a two-door convertible version, but it is the four-door sedan version that has gotten raves for its safety and reliability. This vehicle,however, is not expected to stay long on the market as a second-generation model. It'sexpected in auto shows by the first month of 2014.
8 Dodge Avenger
The Dodge Avenger is a front-wheel drive, mid-size vehicle from ChryslerCorporation that it markets under the Dodge name. It originally came out as a two-door coupe in 1995 before the company halted its production in 2000. After eightyears, the model was reintroduced to the market but this time, it was built as afour-door sedan. Users can choose between a four-speed or six-speed automatictransmission. The suspension of the new Dodge Avenger has been revised quiteextensively to improve the quality of the ride, as well as its handling features.
7 Ford Fusion
The Ford Fusion is a mid-size car from the Ford Motor Company. It has been inproduction since 2006. The company had seen rough times in the past but it hasslowly but surely regained a foothold in the North American, and even worldwide,automobile market. The Fusion itself has had its share of setbacks, with recentversions getting recalled for engine fires. The total number of vehicles recalled was89,000, though this figure included those of the Escape. Models built after December2012, however, have easily exceeded safety standards.
6 Kia Optima
The Kia Optima is a mid-size four-door sedan from Kia Motors. It first came intoproduction in 2000 as a rebadged variant of the Hyundai Sonata. In 2011, the carwas completely redesigned. It was first unveiled during the New York Auto Show of2010 and it immediately drew raves for its sleek and sporty profile. This overhaul inaesthetics was then complemented by the introduction of several safety features andimprovements. This has allowed the Kia Optima to attain the highest safety grade forproduction vehicles.
5 Nissan Altima Four-Door Sedan
The Nissan Altima is a mid-size sedan from the Japanese automaker Nissan. Itinitially came out in 1993 as the continuation of the Bluebird line, which had been inproduction since 1957. In 2011, the Altima became the second best selling car in theUnited States. It also has a compact version, but it is the four-door sedan that got thehonor for its safety and reliability. Altima sedans built after November 2012 featuresseveral safety improvements to complement the car’s style and performance.
4 Subaru Legacy and Outback
The Subara Legacy is a mid-size car from the Japanese manufacturer Subaru. It hasbeen in production since 1989. It is the flagship car of the company and it competesdirectly with the Toyota Camry and the Honda Accord. There are also variantsthat feature high-performance and they are offered as an alternative to the BMWSeries 3, Audi A4 and the Alfa Romeo 159. It is now in its fifth generation and thecurrent look has been retained since 2010. Not much has changed since that year,though the company has constantly added minor improvements. Models built afterAugust 2012 have shown remarkable safety improvements, thus allowing the car tomake the list. The Outback model is also included. It was built based on the Legacyplatform and provides a safe and viable alternative in wagon form.
3 Acura TL
The Acura TL is a mid-size luxury sedan from Honda. It has been in production since1996 and was once the best selling model from Acura. It also was ranked once asthe second best selling luxury sedan, just after the BMW 3 Series. However, theAcura TL has been criticized for its styling the past few years and as a result, saleshave dropped dramatically by up to 50 percent. It is now in its fourth generation. Still,as it comes from the same people behind the Honda Accord, it has made the TL theonly luxury sedan to make the safest cars list.
2 Volvo S60
The Volvo S60 is a compact executive car from the Swedish automobile giant Volvo.The car has been in production since 2000, though only two generations havebeen released so far. The company has always marketed itself for its cars safetyfeatures and record. The S60 is no different, as it has easily passed safety standardinspections with flying colors. It received a five-star rating from both American andEuropean safety inspection agencies.
1 Volkswagen Passat
The Volkswagen Passat is a large family car from the German maker Volkswagen.It has been in production since 1973 and has seen six generations of design. Theones built after October 2012 have received excellent safety ratings for its handling,features and reliability.