Safest and Most Dangerous Vehicles on the Road in 2016

Safety is a huge factor in vehicle purchases. Whether you are helping your teen find his or her first vehicle or are upgrading your own ride, safety features can reduce the likelihood of an incident and protect you and your passengers during an impact. If you or a loved one have suffered an injury as a result of being involved in an auto accident, contact our experienced Kansas City car accident lawyer for a free legal consultation.

The 5 Most Dangerous Vehicles on the Roads in 2016

An unsafe vehicle usually obtains poor ratings for what it can do to drivers and passengers in an accident. Price does not necessarily reflect safety value; here are some of the worst offenders you will find on the roads today (information taken from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the Highway Loss Data Institute). The crashworthiness ratings descriptors used in the ratings are poor, marginal, acceptable, and good.

  1. Mazda 5. The 2015 Mazda 5 is a small hatchback that makes the list for its poor front overlap and marginal side impact protection. The vehicle only provides adequate seating and head restraints. It does not offer much in the way of added safety features.
  2. Mazda CX-9. The 2015 Mazda CX-9, a midsize SUV, fared poorly in testing for small overlap front and as marginal for roof strength and head restraints and seats. Child seat anchors in the rear of the vehicle only earned a marginal rating.
  3. Kia Rio. The 2016 Kia Rio is a step up from the 2011—one of the deadliest vehicles on the road. In 2011, the compact car received poor side ratings. This was one of the most unsafe years for vehicles: the Kia Rio, the Nissan Versa, and the Hyundai Accent were involved in millions of fatal accidents.
  4. Hyundai Accent. Receiving a poor small front overlap, the 2016 Accent is a small vehicle that may not provide the protection you need.
  5. Nissan Versa. Also receiving poor ratings for small front overlap, the 2015 Nissan Versa rates slightly better than its previous year counterparts. 

The 5 Safest Vehicles on the Roads in 2016

Many of the new vehicles on the market today rate high for affordability and safety. All of the following vehicles received “good” ratings across the board as well as superior front crash prevention technology (see the full list for more information):

  1. 2016 Honda Civic. The new Civic already has a legacy as a safe and affordable vehicle.
  2. 2016 Subaru Outback. The midsized car is a favorite among individuals who want to travel everywhere without investing in a larger SUV.
  3. 2016 Toyota RAV4. The RAV4 has not had the best safety history, but the 2015 and 2016 models brought the small SUV on par with the best of the best in the marketplace.
  4. 2016 Nissan Murano. This midsized SUV is safe, and it has enough room for any family heading out on vacation.
  5. 2016 Acura MDX. The Acura holds its own in a category filled with luxury makes, including Lexus, Audi, and Volvo.

Finding a Safe Car

When you start looking for a safe vehicle, the data will only provide part of the story. Look for newer models as they tend to have higher safety ratings. Evaluate the safety ratings as well as consumer reviews. The right one for you will combine the features you want, such as gas mileage, cup holders, and child restraint features, with the safety additions you need to feel secure on the roadway. Top-heavy vehicles (such as SUVs and trucks) have become less likely to rollover in an accident, but they are still more likely to rollover than a vehicle with a lower center of gravity.

Whether you are in a certified safe vehicle or a riskier one, accidents can happen. If you are injured in a vehicle accident caused by manufacturing or another driver, contact Fowler Pickert Eisenmenger Norfleet. The Fowler Pickert Eisenmenger Norfleet firm is based in Kansas City, MO and has some of the most experienced and successful Kansas City personal injury lawyers in the city and state of Missouri.