20 Safest Car Brands (2017)

20 Safest Car Brands (2017)

Safest Car Brands
One of the most important things to know before buying a car is its level of safety. The level of safety can vary based on price, but we’ve attempted to normalize this in our ranking of the safest car brands in the World. These rankings were established utilizing data from IIHS, US News, Global Car Brands, and Kelly Blue Book.


As for our methodology, we first evaluated the general safety ratings given to brands by their customers. We also accounted for the IIHS safety pick ratings, road test scores, and reliability scores. There was plenty of data to evaluate, and we’ve transformed it into something easy for anyone of driving age to understand.

After you’ve read through the entire list, we’d love to get your feedback in the comment section. We want to hear your first person experiences with these car manufacturers from avoiding accidents, minimizing injury in accidents, and even dealing with recalls.

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Chevrolet safest car brands

#20. Chevrolet

Chevrolet is ranked number 20 with an overall score of 64 and a road test score of 73. They have a four-star safety rating from their customers. The Chevrolet cars come with a post-collision system offering, most of their vehicles come equipped with the system safety offering.

Most owners described their Chevrolet cars as classy and safe. Most of the owners love the SUVs which are used as family cars and are great for the family that spends their weekends carpooling to children’s sporting events.

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Acura RDX safest car brands

#19. Acura

The Acura brand has an average score of 64 and a road test score of 73 which was quite low. The brand has tried to develop vehicles with an exceptional safety performance compared to other brands. Approximately 73 percent of their brands got a five-star for overall safety rating. Moreover, most of their cars earned a Top Safety Pick making them one of the safest car brands.

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Scion FRS safest car brand

#18. Scion

This car brand is ranked number 18, having an overall score of 65 and a road test core of 62 which was quite good compared to the average reliability rating. They have tried to give their vehicles some safety offering to try save lives in case of accidents, they have a pre-collision safety system. An average of 45 percent of their vehicles come equipped with this safety system.

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Lincoln Navigator Safest Car Brand

#17. Lincoln

American manufacturer Lincoln has quite an impressive rating with the Top Safety Picking Rating. Lincoln has an overall score of 65 and a road test score of 75. The brand is ranked number 17. Customers described the vehicles as having plusher models that are well equipped. A number of the recent models possess competent ride and handling.

At least 33 percent of its model vehicles come with a blind-spot monitoring, which is a safety system, which is quite high compared to other brands of vehicles which have an average of 17 percent for their luxury brands.

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Ford Safest Car Brand

#16. Ford

The Ford car brand checks in at number 16 with an average reliability rating, overall score of 66 and a road test score of 74. The Ford vehicles were described by customers to have a firm crisping handle with a solid feel and an absorbent ride.

In addition to that, a large number of their vehicles have earned a five-star safety rating. Most of Ford’s vehicles come with blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control and rearview cameras for safety. Ford vehicles also come with pre-collision system all these are meant to ensure the safety of the passengers.

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Volkswagen Safest Car Brand

#15. Volkswagen

The Volkswagen brand has excellent reviews from it’s customers. They were said to have a firm and comfortable ride, along with supportive chairs. Volkswagens have agile handling which makes ranks them as one of the safest vehicles. Most Volkswagen vehicles are responsive, solid and fun-to-drive cars. This brand of vehicles is also equipped with an adaptive cruiser control for safety.

Volkswagen vehicles have earned a five-star safety rating, an overall score of 67, an average reliability rating and a road test score of 76; hence emerging as one of the safest vehicles in the World.

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Mercedes Benz Safest Car Brand

#14. Mercedes Benz

With quite an average reliability rating, an overall score of 65 and a road test score of 80, Mercedes Benz is ranked number 14. These luxurious vehicles are said to have an excellent crisp handling, an impeccable vehicle interior and they also come along with an advanced safety system for the user. In addition to that, the vehicles are said to offer a plush ride and quietness hence giving the user the best comfort and a great driving experience.

A significant number of these vehicles come fully equipped with pre-collision safety system, blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control and rearview cameras. Optional are features such as heads up display which will keep the driver’s eyes focused upwards through the windshield instead of glancing down at the dashboard.

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Mini safest car brand

#13. Mini

The Mini brand of vehicles is ranked as number 13 with an overall score of 68 and an average reliability rating. Mini also earned a Top Safety Picking + Rating putting it among the safest brands in the world. The vehicles are equipped with a pre-collision safety kit, adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, rearview cameras and blind-spot monitoring as safety system for its users. Most of its owners described the vehicles as classy and having an exquisite ride compared to other brands of vehicles.

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Volvo safest car brand

#12. Volvo

Volvo is a brand that most owners described as ‘traditionally known for safety’. The Volvo vehicles had an overall score of 68, an average reliability rating and a road test score of 77. It has also earned a Top Safety Picking + Rating and a five-star safety rating, hence it is one of the safest brands.

In addition to that, the vehicles are said to have amazingly comfortable seats, they are typically quiet and are secure and have good handling. Volvo also has its vehicles equipped with rearview cameras, blind-spot monitoring, lane-departure warning and an adaptive cruise control.

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Hyundai Safest Car Brand

#11. Hyundai

Hyundai cars are not only safe, they are very affordable vehicles. The styling, fit and finish of most of their cars is continuously improving and at the same time they are improving the safety of their cars.

We ranked Hyundai vehicles at number 11 with an average reliability rating, an overall score of 70, a road test score of 76 and a five-star overall safety rating. In addition to that, the vehicles are equipped with a pre-collision safety system and an adaptive cruise control intended to help save lives in case of accidents which is more advanced compared to that of other vehicles.

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Honda safest car brand

#10. Honda

Honda vehicles are described as sporty and exciting, and at the same time secure. The SheBudgets team ranked Honda at number 10 with a road test score of 73, an overall score of 71 and an average reliability rating. A large number of its models have also earned a five-star safety rating and it has also earned the Top Safety Picking+ Rating. In addition to that, nearly 18 percent of its vehicle models come equipped with blind-spot monitoring and an adaptive cruise control to ensure the safety of its users.

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Kia safest car brand

#9. Kia

With a better than average reliability rating, an overall score of 72 and a road test score of 75, Kia vehicles are ranked number 9. The brand also has a high percent of its vehicles getting a five-star rating. The vehicles have a safety system that ensure the safety of the users, they are described as stylish and competent cars that are quite affordable to most people. The vehicles come equipped with adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, rearview mirrors that are well placed and a pre-collision safety system for the users.

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Toyota Safest Car Brand

#8. Toyota

The Toyota brand of vehicles has been described by users as efficient, solid and reliable vehicles that do fairly well. In addition to that, they have been come equipped with a safety system to ensure the safety of its users in case of accidents. Such safety systems include pre-collision safety system, blind-spot monitoring system, rearview mirrors for better view and an adaptive cruise control.

Toyota is ranked at number 8 with the best reliability rating, a road test score of 69 and an overall score of 72. The vehicles also earned a five-star overall safety rating.

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Buick Safest Car Brand

#7. Buick

Buick has improved the quality of their vehicles to the point that it has joined both the luxury and mid-tier brands. The brand has been ranked number 7 in our list of safest car brands with a better than average reliability, road test score of 76 and an overall score of 74. Most of its models earn a five-star overall safety rating and has also earned a Top Safety Pick + Rating. In addition to that, its models come with a pre-collision safety system, adaptive cruise control, rearview mirrors and blind-spot monitoring which act as safety system for the users.

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Mazda Safest Car Brand

#6. Mazda

Mazda has been ranked at number 6, with a better than average reliability rating, an overall score of 74 and a road test score of 74. In addition to that, the brand has earned a five-star safety rating and a Top Safety Pick + Rating. The brand has equipped their vehicles with safety systems as a means of precaution. The safety systems include adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, pre-collision safety system and rearview mirrors as safety systems for the vehicles.

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BMW safest car brand

#5. BMW

BMW is known for producing exquisitely classy luxury vehicles. BMW vehicles have an overall score of 76, a better than average reliability rating and a road test score of 85, which is quite high compared to other brands of vehicles. They have been described as focusing on comfort, refinement, technology, safety and fuel efficiency by its users. BMW has its vehicles equipped with safety systems such as blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, pre-collision safety system and rearview cameras all that are at advanced levels for safety measures.

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Porsche Safest Car Brand

#4. Porsche

Porsche has vehicles with high-performance handling, superb braking performance, controlled ride, thrilling exhaust note and beautifully crafted interiors; all which help to ensure user safety. The vehicles are also equipped with safety systems meant to protect them in case of accidents. Such advanced safety systems include adaptive cruise control, rearview cameras, pre-collision safety system and blind-spot monitoring.

Porsche has been ranked at number 4 with a better than average reliability rating, an overall score of 76 and a road test score of 84 which is very impressive. It has also earned a five-star safety rating and a Top Safety Pick + Rating.

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Lexus safest car brand

#3. Lexus

Lexus comes in close to the top spot at number 3. The brand attained an overall score of 76, the best reliability rating and a road test score of 74.

Lexus offers provides optional Lexus Enform Connect for road side assistance and emergency calls, LED cornering fog lamps, blind spot monitoring, vehicle stability control, backup cameras, triple beam headlamps, tire pressure monitoring, and vehicle proximity notifications as some of it’s advanced safety features.

Simply put, you can’t go wrong with a Lexus. You get excellence in comfort, power, style and safety in one.

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Subaru safest vehicles

#2. Subaru

Subaru produces affordable all-wheel-drive cars that are very practical. The vehicles have attained a road test score of 80, an overall score of 78 and a best reliability rating. In addition to that, the brand has earned a five-star overall safety rating and a number of its cars have also earned the Top Safety Pick Rating. Due to the high ratings, the brand has been ranked at number 2 as one of the safest car manufacturers in the world.

A large percentage of its vehicles are equipped with advanced adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring and pre-collision safety systems that are meant to ensure the safety of the users.

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Audi Safest Car Brand

#1. Audi

Our top choice for the safest car brand is Audi. The brand attained an overall score of 80, best reliability rating and a road test score of 83. This luxurious brand is known for its style and technology as well as its performance, Quattro all-wheel-drive and luxurious interiors. This brand of vehicles is equipped with highly advanced safety systems such as advanced cruise control, blind-spot monitoring and rearview cameras that are more advanced compared to other brands.

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