Buying a new car in the US? Then you should read our article on the top 10 safest new cars to buy in the US and make sure you buy a vehicle that not only looks good but is safe for you and your family.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is an independent, not-for-profit organization that has a Vehicle Research Center in Ruckersville, Va which encourages auto manufacturers to build safer vehicles.
The organization is used by not only auto manufacturers but also insurance companies, as well as consumers. The organization has a vehicle ratings program which has been helping consumers choose the best cars (safest new cars to buy in the US) for nearly a decade.
CarFish.com brings you a comprehensive list of the top 10 safest new cars in the US according to the IIHS.
Our Top 10 Safest New Cars to Buy In the US
2014 Chevy Spark
In 2014, only one compact car has managed to earn the Top Safety Pick rating. It’s the latest Chevy Spark – the safest new compact car with an MSRP of $12,170. The Spark comes with many safety features: driver air bag, passenger air bag, side air bag, side head air bag, rear body air bag, rear head air bag, brake assist, traction control, daytime running lights, 4-wheel ABS, electronic stability control and front disc/rear drum brakes.
2014 Acura TL
The 2014 Acura TL, a midsize luxury/near luxury car, is equipped with anti-lock brakes, 4-wheel ABS, traction control, electronic stability control, multiple airbags, child safety locks, daytime running lights and integrated turn signal mirrors. In crash tests conducted by the IIHS, the TL earned a “Top Safety Pick” rating.
2014 Ford C-Max Hybrid
With features like front and side airbags, driver knee airbag, anti-lock brakes, traction control, electronic stability control, emergency brake assist, and rollover sensor, the 2014 Ford C-Max Hybrid is really a wonderful option. It comes with front shoulder belts with adjustable anchors that aim to fit the widest range of occupants, just like a family car should.
2014 Honda Civic 4-Door Sedan
Safety features of this small car include: front seat-mounted torso airbags, and rear and front head curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control and daytime running lights. The 2014 Honda Civic Sedan has earned a top safety pick+ rating.
2014 Hyundai Elantra
This small car was rated “Good” in categories like roof strength, moderate overlap front, side, and head restraints and seats. It received an “Acceptable” rating from the IIHS in the small overlap front category. The 2014 Hyundai Elantra comes with safety features like front seat-mounted torso airbags, and rear and front head curtain airbags, electronic stability control, daytime running lights and anti-lock brakes.
2014 Volvo S60
The midsize luxury car has been rated “Superior” by the IIHS in terms of front crash prevention and “Good” in categories like small overlap front, moderate overlap front, head restraints and seats, roof strength and side. The car managed to avoid a collision in the 12 mph IIHS test but in the in the 25 mph IIHS test, its impact was reduced by 2 mph.
2014 Toyota Highlander
The 2014 Toyota Highlander midsize SUV is a winner of the 2014 Top Safety Pick+. Apart from the side airbags, electronic stability control, daytime running lights and anti-lock brakes, it also comes with rollover sensor which is engineered to deploy the side curtain airbags when a rollover is impending, seat cushion airbag which prevents the front passenger seat occupant from sliding under the seat belt, and driver knee airbag which is built to reduce the risk of knee injuries.
2014 Mazda CX-5
This small SUV’s electronic stability control features a rollover stability control and other safety features are pretty much standard such as daytime running lights, anti-lock brakes, and side airbags. In terms of small and moderate overlap front, roof strength, side and head restraints and seats, the SUV was rated “Good” by the IIHS, from which it also received a top safety pick+.
2014 Nissan Altima
This 2014 Altima has a reasonably well-maintained driver space and the IIHS injury measures test indicates that in the event of a crash, injuries to the left of the lower leg are likely. However, it comes with more advanced safety technology than its previous models. Some of its safety features include lane- departure warning systems, standard or optional rear-view camera, traction and stability control, blind- spot monitors, and tire pressure monitors.
2014 Volkswagen Passat
This midsize car, apart from having the usual airbags and stability control features, also has a standard rear-view camera on the SE model and the higher trim levels. Its best safety feature is probably the level of visibility it provides with large glass areas and slim roof pillars that provide the driver with a view that’s almost panoramic.
We Care About Your Safety
At CarFish.com, we care about your safety just as much as you do. That’s why we have prepared this article on the top 10 safest new cars to buy in the US, so that when you visit your car dealer looking for the new car you can make the most informed decision. Below are some of the best car dealers in the US we recommend to purchase your new car from.
Buy your new car in Los Angeles – Goudy Honda
Purchase your new car in Carlsbad – Hoehn Honda
Find your new Toyota in Carlsbad – Toyota Carlsbad
Buy your new Honda in Auburn – Lundgren Honda
Purchase your new car in Easton – Baystate Ford
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