There are so many things to think about when buying a new car. Is this car good on gas? Do I need a two-door or a four-door? What is the trunk space like? Will I look cool driving this? In addition to all of these vital questions, hopefully you consider the vehicle’s safety ratings. A very important question is: How safe is this car?
According to the National Safety Council, between 2017 and 2018 there was approximately a 1% drop in fatal accidents on American roads. Could this be due to improved safety in newer vehicles? According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), newer cars are becoming increasingly good at protecting their occupants.
Your Grandparents Were Right
I don’t know if grandparents sign a secret contract with Toyota and Honda as soon as they officially become grandparents. I have a sneaking suspicion that this is possible, since it seems that every grandpa or grandma’s car of choice for their grandchildren are a Toyota or a Honda.
It turns out that their favouritism is not misguided. Toyota and Honda consistently put out vehicles that rank highly in safety tests. They do not completely dominate the list, however.
Safest Cars of 2019
- The 2019 Honda Insight. This vehicle received the 2018 Top Safety Pick from the IIHS. It excelled in airbag deployment safety and the car’s cabin “maintained its integrity well in collisions.”
- The 2019 Acura RDX. This vehicle earned ‘Good’ ratings across the board from the IIHS for ensuring occupant safety in the event of an accident. It also received the highest rating of Superior for Crash Avoidance and Mitigation.
- The 2019 Kia Sorento . This vehicle made the list with its high-performance headlights and also received a rating of Superior for Crash Avoidance and Mitigation.
- The 2019 Honda Pilot. Once again, this vehicle scored Superior in Crash Avoidance and Mitigation. We are seeing a theme here. Avoid crashes in the first place!
- The 2019 Toyota Avalon. This car rated Good overall for safety, and Superior for Crash Avoidance and Mitigation.
The New Wave
Clearly, what we are seeing here is a trend towards making a car that actually prevents an accident in the first place. It is fantastic to have a vehicle that will protect its occupants in the event of a crash. But, what is undeniably better, is a car that helps the occupants avoid the accident altogether. Undoubtedly, we will continue to see this trend and it could very likely become a requirement in the future for vehicles to have this technology.