The Safest Cars of 2017-18


Modern safety features and hi-tech devices are becoming fairly standard on most 2017 and 2018 cars. If they aren't standard, the manufacturer offers them as optional packages. That's all well and good, but this additional equipment doesn't always make a car safe. Fortunately, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration actually test cars and publish their results. We've taken a look at the test results to find out which are the safest new cars.

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Are there any micro cars with good safety ratings?

The 2017 hardtop two-door Mini Cooper got the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick when it was equipped with optional safety features. The 2018 model hasn't been tested yet. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) hasn't tested the 2018 or 2017 Mini Coopers; however, the 2016 got an Overall Safety Rating of four out of five stars. The NHTSA recommends getting the 2016 Mini Cooper with a Rearview Video System, Forward Collision Warning and Lane Departure Warning.

The 2017 Toyota Yaris iA got the IIHS Top Safety Pick, too. The 2018 model hasn't been tested. The NHTSA has tested the 2018 Yaris iA and gave it an Overall Safety Rating of five out of five stars. The NHTSA recommends getting a 2018 Yaris iA equipped with Electronic Stability Control, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Crash Imminent Braking and Dynamic Brake Support.

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Which small cars are the safest?

Chevrolet's 2017 Volt got the Top Safety Pick+ award. They haven t tested the 2018 Volt yet. The NHTSA tested the 2017 and 2018 Volt and gave both models an Overall Safety Rating of five out of five stars. They recommend getting the 2018 Volt with the optional Forward Collision and Lane Departure Warning safety features.

Hyundai's 2017 Elantra got the Top Safety Pick+ award when it was equipped with special front crash prevention safety features and upgraded headlights. The NHTSA gave the 2017 Elantra a five-star overall rating. They recommend getting the 2017 Elantra with the optional Rearview Video Systems. Neither organization has tested the 2018 models yet.

The 2017 Kia Forte was given the Top Safety Pick+ award when it was equipped with special front crash prevention safety features and upgraded headlights. They haven't tested the 2018 model yet. The NHTSA has tested the 2018 Kia Forte and gave it an Overall Safety Rating of five out of five stars.

The 2017 Mazda 3 sedan and hatchback/CUV were given the Top Safety Pick+ award when equipped with special front crash prevention safety features and upgraded headlights. The NHTSA tested the 2018 Mazda 3 hatchback/CUV and gave it a five-star Overall Safety Rating.

The Subaru did very well with their 2018 Crosstrek 4-door wagon, Impreza 4-door sedan, and WRX 4-door sedan. They were all given the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award. The NHTSA gave the 2017 Crosstrek, Impreza SW AWD, and Impreza 4-door AWD five-star Overall Safety Ratings. They haven't tested the 2018 models yet nor have they tested the WRX models. They recommend getting the Crosstrek and both Impreza models with the optional Forward Collision Warning and Lane Departure Warning safety equipment.

Toyota did very well with three of their 2017 models. The Corolla, Prius, and Prius Prime all were given the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award. The NHTSA has tested the 2018 Corolla and Prius and gave them both five-star Overall Safety Ratings. They haven't tested the Prius Prime yet.

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Which budget-friendly medium-sized cars are safest?

The 2017 Honda Accord 4-door sedan was given the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award. The NHTSA gave it a five-star Overall Safety Rating and recommended getting it with the optional Forward Collision Warning and Lane Departure Warning safety equipment.

The 2018 Hyundai Sonata 4-door sedan was given the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award. The NHTSA gave the 2018 Sonata a five-star Overall Safety Rating.

The 2017 Kia Optima was given the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award. They haven't tested the 2018 Optima yet. The NHTSA gave the 2018 Optima a five-star Overall Safety Rating.

The 2017 Mazda 6 was given the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award. The NHTSA hasn't tested it.

The 2017 Nissan Altima and Maxima both got IIHS Top Safety Pick+ awards. They haven't tested the 2018 models yet. The NHTSA has tested the 2018 Altima and gave it a five-star Overall Safety Rating. They haven't tested the 2018 Maxima yet. They gave the 2017 model a five-star Overall Safety Rating, although they recommend getting it with the optional Forward Collision Warning safety equipment.

The 2018 Subaru Legacy and Outback were both given the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award. The NHTSA hasn't finished testing the 2018 Legacy or Outback yet, but the 2017 models got five-star Overall Safety Ratings. They recommend getting them both with the optional Forward Collision Warning and Lane Departure Warning systems.

Toyota's 2018 Camry 4-door sedan and 2017 Toyota Prius V were both given IIHS Top Safety Pick+ awards. The NHTSA gave the 2018 Camry a five-star Overall Safety Rating. They haven't completed testing on the Prius V.

The 2017 Volkswagen Jetta was given the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award. They haven't tested the 2018 model yet. The NHTSA has tested the 2018 Jetta and gave it a five-star Overall Safety Rating.

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Which full-sized economy cars are the safest?

The 2017 Kia Cadenza received the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award. It has to be equipped with Kia's optional front crash prevention features and upgraded headlights, though, in order to qualify. The NHTSA hasn't tested the Cadenza yet.

Toyota's 2017 Avalon and received the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award. The award only applies to Avalons that were built after March 2017 and have headlights that come with the Limited and Hybrid Limited trims. The NHTSA has tested the 2017 and 2018 Toyota Avalon and Avalon Hybrid. They were all given a five-star Overall Safety Rating.

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