Whether you're a street racer going 100mph on the highway or a soccer mom going 10mph in the carpool lane, we all want to feel safe inside our vehicle. A car accident can happen at any time whether it's your fault or not, so we need to know that our cars are equipped with the defenses necessary to protect the lives of yourself and your loved ones.
Luckily, there are organizations such as The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety that specialize in testing cars and making sure that they can handle any and every emergency. Every year they test cars and measure their protective capabilities, rating them based on how safe they are. Today we’ll use their ratings among other factors to list some of the safest cars you can buy in 2019.
Important Car Safety Features
When talking about car safety, there are a plethora of advanced safety features many modern-day cars utilize. Some of these car safety features include:
Lane Departure Warning
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Detection
Electronic Stability Control
Tire Pressure Monitoring System
Automatic Emergency Braking
Pedestrian Automatic Braking
Advanced Frontal Airbags
Top Safety Picks of 2019
These cars have been tested and given the Top Safety Pick+ by The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and given a 5 Star Safety Rating by The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). If you want to see a full list of every car approved by the IIHS click here, but these 5 sedans are our favorites:
This hybrid Honda comes standard with automated emergency braking, lane-keeping assist and LED headlights as taillights. All trims of this vehicle meet the requirements for the Top Safety Pick+ rating so you don’t have to spend extra cash to get all the latest safety features.
The base models of this car don’t meet the safety requirements to reach Top Safety Pick+, but the more expensive Limited trim of this car does. The Limited trim comes equipped with automated emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, pedestrian automated braking and LED headlights and taillights.
Like the Hyundai Sonata, if you want all the advanced car safety features this vehicle has to offer, you’ll have to go for the top of the line Optima SX. This car offers automated emergency brake, forward collision warning, LED headlamps with automatic high beams and a 360-degree exterior camera.
Subaru offers its bundle of driver assistance technologies called EyeSight and it comes standard on all trims. That means every Subaru Legacy sedan you find will have adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, automated emergency brakes and lane-keeping assist. Only the Limited trim comes with LED headlamps though.
The top of the line Camry XLE is the trim to receive the Top Safety Pick+ rating because it's the only trim with adaptive headlights. With that said, every single trim of the Toyota Camry comes standard with a lane-keeping alert, adaptive cruise control, automated emergency braking, lane-departure warning, automatic high beam headlights and 10 airbags.
There are many more cars on the road that are extremely safe and will protect you just fine, but these 5 get my recommendation as well as the recommendation of the IIHS and the NHTSA too. Make sure to check out all the cars listed, and feel free to leave feedback about your experiences with any of these vehicles.