Every year, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) identifies the safest cars on the road. The IIHS does their research well, and takes the exam seriously, giving the test a legitimacy that cannot be faked. As a result, if a car is named as one of the winners of the safety study, it becomes a huge selling point because everyone knows that it has passed some of the most difficult safety tests that can be conducted.
Here are 5 of the safest cars on the road:
- 2016 Audi A6
The redesigned 2016 Audi A6 managed to get top scores in all of the crash tests that the IIHS put it through, including the front, side, roof strength, and head restraint tests, as well as crash tests that moderately overlapped these areas. Even better, the A6 got top marks on the more difficult “small overlap” crash tests, which simulate hitting a tree or post with the corner of the car, an area that overlaps the front and side of the vehicle.
- Chevrolet Trax
The Trax shows the newer trend towards smaller, less expensive, and subcompact SUVs. It scored top marks in the basic crash tests, which scoped its ability to protect drivers in front, side, and rollover impacts, and also the car’s ability to restrain the driver’s head in an accident. The side airbag protected the driver’s head well in a side collision, and the knee airbag helped to prevent leg and foot injuries, one of the most common types of injuries in car accidents.
- Buick Encore
A similar vehicle to the Chevy Trax, though a little pricier, the Encore scored top marks in all of the basic crash tests, proving its safety in front, side, and rollover collisions, as well as an ability to protect its driver’s head in any accident. The Encore’s head restraint scores were increased by a good result in the small overlap test, which simulated a crash at the front corner of the vehicle. The front and side curtain airbags were built to provide tandem protection for the driver’s head, to prevent hitting harder parts of the inside of the vehicle.
- Kia Sorento
A mid-sized SUV, the Sorento scored top marks in all of the basic crash tests. It also scored exceptionally well for an SUV in the rollover tests, which require the roof to bear four times the vehicle’s weight before crumbling inwards. The 2016 Sorento has been completely redesigned from earlier models, so prior years might not have the same safety qualities.
- Nissan Sentra
One of the compact cars on the IIHS’ list, the Sentra also took top marks in all of the basic crash tests conducted. It scored especially well on the side collision test, when the side air bags provided exceptional protection for both the driver and the passenger.
At Hancock Injury Attorneys, we understand that safety on the road is crucial. If one of these safe vehicles, or any of the others on the IIHS’ complete list, does not completely protect you in a car accident, you should be compensated for your injuries by those who caused the accident.