When you’re looking for a new car, you want the right color, the right engine, and the right features. One thing that some shoppers don’t necessarily think about is safety. What safety rating did this car receive from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)? Have there been any vehicle recalls?
If you’re shopping for a new car, this is a question that you should ask. Here’s a list of the top safest cars of 2011 in each category.
This car continues to dominate the large car category. The LaCrosse received five-star ratings in frontal and side-impact tests and earned four stars in rollovers. The LaCrosse comes standard with front, front-side, and side head-curtain airbags. Traction and stability control also comes standard.
This mid-sized sedan was given good scores in front and side impact tests during 2011; roof strength tests also scored well. The A3 features anti-lock brakes, hydraulic brake assist, and electronic pressure distribution as standard safety features. Side, head-curtain, front, and front thorax airbags are also standard.
The current model hasn’t been tested, but the Cruze received good scores in front and side impact crash tests. The only car in it’s class to come standard with ten airbags, the Cruze offers superior protection to passengers during a collision. The Cruze also comes with anti-lock brakes and stability control.
This year’s Sienna received high marks in several categories despite lack of formal testing. The Sienna offers side-curtain, front and side airbags for all three seating rows, and knee airbags for drivers. An additional, optional feature is the Pre-Collision system which can sense an inevitable crash and act accordingly.
The Touareg scored well in IIHS crash tests, making it the top safety pick for large SUVs. Standard features include anti-lock brakes, Electronic Brake Pressure Distribution, Anti-Slip Regulation, front and side-curtain airbags, rollover sensor, and rear view camera. Optional safety features include warnings when the vehicle veers out of lane and when a vehicle is in the blind spot.
This mid-sized SUV received perfect scores from the IIHS. The Q5′s Electronic Stabilization program helps keep the vehicle from rolling, but in the event that a rollover does occur, the SUV has rollover mitigation and roof rack detection. Multiple airbags protect all passengers. The Q5 also has a tire pressure and blind spot monitoring system, as well as, many features in the braking system to keep drivers safe.
This small SUV was also given a perfect rating by IIHS for it’s performance in frontal and side-impact crash tests. The Element received lower scores in rollover crash tests because the SUVs have a 20 to 21 percent chance of rolling in a one-vehicle crash. The Element has multiple airbags, a traction control system, advanced braking systems, and stability control on all models.
By choosing one of the safest cars on the market, you will keep your family safe and sound in the event of a crash. Take the time to research vehicles and gain some peace of mind.