We list the 10 most safest cars from different brands with the richest portfolios of safety features and the best crash-test results currently on the market.
Let’s be clear, anyone behind the wheel is potentially dangerous. Nonetheless, accidents happen sometimes; maybe even at no fault of yours. That’s why Elon Musk made the cyber truck, unfortunately, that didn’t turn out so well.
Apparently, figuring out the safest cars isn’t so easy. Thankfully, that’s the job of The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and they’re more than happy to report for duty. Based on an evaluation of their crashworthiness, crash avoidance & mitigation, child seat anchors, and other safety features, these are the safest cars to buy from different brands in 2020, according to IIHS.
Coming off a four-year hiatus on the market, the Honda Insight was reintroduced in 2019. Derived from the Civic, another car in Honda’s lineup, the Insight scores high when it comes to its structural integrity, crash avoidance & mitigation, and child seat anchors.
It also has other standard safety features like daytime running lights; lane departure warning, and lane departure prevention. Recommended by IIHS as a 2020 Top Safety Pick+ the Honda Insight isn’t just a beautiful sedan, but it’s also a safe haven.
9-Mazda 3 Hatchback
The Mazda 3 hatchback isn’t the only model to feature as a top safety car from the brand. The sedan is also a top safety pick as well as the Mazda 6 sedan, Mazda CX-3 SUV, Mazda CX-5 SUV, and Mazda CX-9 SUV.
Mazda doesn’t seem to be as focused on investing into EV technology as other brands. It only recently announced its first-ever electric car currently in the works and due for release in 2021. The brand, however, could sway buyers with its safety features earning the highest rating of Good in all six crash tests by the IIHS.
Redesigned for 2020, the Subaru Legacy is a stunning sedan. It comes with a new 260-hp turbocharged engine option and an optional 11.6-inch tablet-style infotainment interface.
But beyond new features, it has standard active driver-assist features, and rates high for crashworthiness, crash avoidance & mitigation, and child seat anchors. It scored the top rating of “Good” in all six IIHS crash tests and a superior rating for the effectiveness of its crash protection features.
The 2019 Maxima got a thorough interior and exterior upgrade with a host of new features. So despite changes to the 2020 model being minimal, they have plenty of high-end features. It comes standard with driver-assistance features such as automated emergency braking, lane-departure warning, optional blind-spot monitoring, and its standard daytime running lights which earned it a plus on the IIHS Top Safety list.
6-2020 Toyota Camry
The 2020 Toyota Camry isn’t just a great midsize sedan, it’s a top safety pick as well. It could very well be Toyota’s best safety pick yet. Scoring a perfect five in all three crash tests by the NHTSA, it also earned the highest rating score in all six crash test categories from IIHS.
It’s an excellent all-around car with safety features such as rearview camera, lane departure warning, collision warning, emergency braking, pedestrian detection, and automatic high-beam headlights. Other interesting features include: surround-view parking camera system and reverse automatic emergency braking.
5-Lexus ES 350
The 2020 Lexus ES 350 is part of the seventh ES generation introduced in 2019, so no substantial changes were made in the latest model. It’s a car with impressive interior design, a crisp-looking infotainment system, and top safety priority.
While it falls short of the requirements for forward collision warning, it however avoided a collision in both the 12 and 25 mph IIHS tests. It also scored a superior rating on two driver-side small overlap frontal tests conducted by IIHS and Toyota as part of frontal crash test verification. The Lexus ES 350 isn’t just sporty, it’s safe!
4-Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan
With an impeccably crafted interior and previously optional features now standard, the 2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is certainly a great buy. It’s a compact luxury car that comes in sedan, coupe, and convertible trims.
Its safety features include an active brake assist that audibly warns a driver and apply brakes for front collision, a surround-view system that gives a 360-degree view of the car to avoid objects or pedestrians in tight parking spaces, and active blind spot assist. It scored high on both NHTSA and IIHS tests. Ironically, previous models featured on our list of the most dangerous European cars.
3-Tesla Model 3
Tesla changed the auto industry with its all-electric lineup. The Model 3 isn’t just stylish; it’s also safe. Safety has always been a priority for the Tesla brand, despite its failed presentation. While we wait for the Cybertruck, the Model 3 is keen on keeping us safe.
With a top score on crashworthiness, crash avoidance & mitigation, and child seat anchors by the IIHS, it’s right on track. But safety isn’t the appealing factor for buyers; all Teslas are appealing with their distinctive build and features. A top safety pick from the IIHS only adds to the appeal.
The 2020 Audi A6 has an attractive and comfortable refined interior. After a full redesign in 2019, 2020 model ranks top in midsize luxury sedans– and safety. It checked the boxes required by the NHTSA and IIHS and scored high on both tests.
1-2020 Genesis G70
As Genesis says, the G70 delivers unbridled exhilaration from the track to the street. A car that’s designed with an instinct for performance, this luxury sedan speaks volumes without saying a word. Good thing safety factored in the design of the G70.
It comes standard with forward collision-avoidance assist, blind-spot collision warning, and rear cross-traffic collision warning among other safety features. The G70 is also rated by IIHS as a top safety pick+.