Modern motorists have different desires and expectations from their vehicles as automotive technologies rapidly advance. Still, one area in which drivers have always placed a great deal of emphasis is vehicle safety.
Much like every other aspect of the automotive industry, vehicle safety has also benefited from several recent advancements. As a result, vehicles are, for the most part, safer than ever.
If you want to know which vehicles are the safest in each segment, Nathan Bomey of USA Today recommends consulting the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the two leading experts on vehicle-based safety.
Safest Compact Car: 2018 Subaru Impreza
Over the years, Subaru has acquired something of a reputation in regards to safety, especially because of the standard all-wheel drive on most of its vehicles. One such vehicle in the Subaru lineup is the 2018 Subaru Impreza.
While there are plenty of safe compact cars on the market right now, the Impreza is the only one to receive all “Good” ratings across the board from the IIHS, earning it a Top Safety Pick+ rating. The Impreza is a perfect example of just how much emphasis Subaru places on safety.
Safest Mid-Size Car: 2018 Toyota Camry
The Toyota Camry continues to be one of the most popular vehicles on the road today. One of the key reasons the Camry has remained a mainstay on American roads is the safety that it provides to drivers and their passengers.
The IIHS awarded the Camry “Good” ratings in every one of its safety categories. This helped the Camry also to earn a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the organization.
Safest Small SUV/Crossover: 2018 Mazda CX-3
Mazda vehicles are best known for the spirited performance they provide to drivers. That doesn’t mean Mazda falls behind in safety, however, as most of its models earned high marks from both the IIHS and the NHTSA.
The 2018 Mazda CX-3 was named a Top Safety Pick by the IIHS, due to its excellent crashworthiness test results. The IIHS also rated the front crash prevention systems in the CX-3 as “Superior.”
Safest Mid-Size SUV/Crossover: 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe
The mid-size SUV segment is currently one of the fastest-growing areas of the automotive industry. A good choice in this segment is the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe, which earned a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the IIHS. Furthermore, the sportier variant of the Santa Fe, appropriately named the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, also received this same safety rating for 2018.
Safest Minivan: 2018 Honda Odyssey
Minivans are primarily used for family transportation, meaning they need to be some of the safest vehicles on the road. Honda kept this in mind when designing the 2018 iteration of its popular Odyssey minivan.
The result of their hard work is a Top Safety Pick rating from the IIHS. The Honda Odyssey also earned an overall Five-Star Rating from the NHTSA, the administration’s highest score.
Safest Pickup Truck: 2018 Honda Ridgeline
Honda appears for the second time on this list of safe vehicles with the 2018 Honda Ridgeline. While the Ridgeline might not be the most popular pickup in the country, the IIHS and NHTSA have rated it as the safest option.
The NHTSA noted that the Ridgeline had excellent front and side crash ratings. The IIHS came to the same conclusion with its own tests for the Ridgeline, resulting in a Top Safety Pick rating for the truck.
Even in an automotive environment that places more emphasis on safety than ever before, these select vehicle models stand out as the safest in their respective segments, making them desirable to many modern motorists.