To get the highest safety ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, cars must now safeguard passengers as well as the road itself. Safe cars are also responsible for the safety of those not in the vehicle.
To save you time, the Highway Hero Driving Academy staff has compiled a list of the five safest cars to drive (even if you buy a used one).
The Honda Civic doesn't compromise on aesthetics for increased safety. In addition to looking great, it's also very safe, according to the IIHS. The NHTSA also gave it a five-star rating. The Civic represents a significant step forward for Honda's vision of a future free of collisions. While driver-support and safety technology in any car does not replace a driver's need to remain aware and observant, it undoubtedly helps. The Civic has both a blind-spot display and a lane-keeping assist system.
When it comes to performance, the Subaru Crosstrek delivers. It can readily go off-road as an SUV due to the vehicle's high ground clearance for rugged terrain. Given that the dependable Crosstrek is on the IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus list and got five stars from the NHTSA, chances are you'll feel comfortable doing so. As standard, every Crosstrek is equipped for winter conditions with all-wheel drive and advanced driver assistance systems. A two-liter four-cylinder engine gets 28 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway, making it a great fuel saver. When you buy a pre-owned Crosstrek, you'll know you're getting great value for your money since models start at only $19,950.
The Toyota Corolla is ideal for folks who are always on the go, whether it's commuting or taking weekend road trips. As a result, it's a top safety selection by IIHS and a five-star winner by the NHTSA. It has a comprehensive set of safety measures within easy reach for drivers to use while operating the vehicle to reduce distracted driving. Per the IIHS, the 2019 model year Toyota Corolla is the safest model year for young drivers.
Equipped with Corolla's fuel-efficient 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine, it gets 28 miles per gallon in town and 35 miles per gallon on the highway. With starting costs as low as $18,300, your adolescent will not only want to drive one, but you'll also save money for their college fund by purchasing a used Corolla.
In addition to looking good, the Mazda 6 performs very well. On top of that, the car is designed to keep drivers aware whether they're in a parking lot or on the highway. As a result, plus-rated safety organizations IIHS and NHTSA have named it one of their Top Safety Picks. The Mazda 6 gets 26 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway thanks to its 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine.
The Volvo S60 combines luxury with safety. The IIHS named the S60 one of their Top Safety Picks in the Plus category so that you may cruise in luxury and comfort. In addition, the NHTSA gave it a perfect score of 5 stars. Driving an S60 is like having a second pair of eyes or a backup drive that you'll want to thank you for your safety. Thanks to features like cross-traffic warning, auto-braking, parking cameras, and blind-spot information.
Which of these cars would you prefer to drive? Besides safety, what are your top concerns when picking a car? Let us know in the comments!