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Provide a free, public service to guide consumers on the use of vehicle crash test and fatality data—to save lives.

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Since 2003 InformedForLife.org has helped over 1/2 million visitors find the safest vehicles!


      

On a typical day in the U.S. there are 17,000 motor vehicle accidents, injuring 12,000 people and killing 105.

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Choose your vehicle as though your life depends on it!



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Three Ways to See Safety Evaluations on this Website:


Lookup detailed safety assessment for any individual 2011-2018 vehicle by model-year and model name

Go directly to the listing of the safest one percent of vehicles. These vehicles meet more stringent safety criteria than IIHS and NHTSA combined!

Download the pdf file listing of all vehicles, displaying ratings and safety category [safest, least safe, reduced safety and  indeterminate safety]* 









Data are updated frequently. Latest update: May 12, 2018

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Lookup Safety Evaluations and Ratings for a Specific 2011–2018 Passenger Vehicle Here

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Click the down arrowsnext to Year, Make, Model, Styleand then press GO to see the safety evaluation for your vehicle.

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►2.) The safest vehicles are represented by the intersection of the circles


The safest vehicles are rated 5-STARS OVERALL by NHTSA, and meet TOP SAFETY PICK criteria by IIHS as defined for model-year 2017. These vehicles also have BETTER THAN AVERAGE WEIGHT COMPATIBILITY**. Note that some vehicles rated 5-Stars overall by NHTSA have frontal or side ratings of only 4-Stars or a rollover rating of only 3-Stars. These vehicles do not meet the safest criteria and have been excluded from the safest vehicles list. Also excluded from the safest list are those vehicles with a front crash prevention system rated below Superior by IIHS--- despite being categorized as TOP SAFETY PICK.


The Safest 1% Passenger Vehicles for Model-Years 2016–2018

 

  5,916 vehicles have been evaluated for model-years 2011–2018 [1% meet SAFEST criteria; 24% have REDUCED SAFETY; 35% are LEAST SAFE; 40% have INDETERMINATE SAFETY.]* .

Note that no vehicles prior to model-year 2016 meet the SAFEST criteria --- due in part to lack of front crash prevention system testing and headlamp performance testing.

      NHTSA STAR RATINGS COMPATIBILITY IIHS RATINGS
Year Model—alphabetical within model-year Informed For Life Safety Category Overall Frontal Impact Side Impact Static Rollover Risk Class Test Vehicle Weight (lbs.) Multi-Vehicle Crash Factor** Frontal Impact-moderate overlap Side Impact Rear Impact Roof Strength Frontal Impact-small overlap: Driver side Front Crash Prevention         System Score*** Frontal Impact-small overlap: Passenger side (NOTE: limited availability rating) Headlamp Performance Rating****
SAFEST CRITERIA:
SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 4 or 5
< 1.00 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 5 or 6
better than POOR
2018 ACURA MDX SUV AWD
SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 4 SUV 4237 0.62 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 ? ACCEPTABLE
2018 ACURA MDX SUV FWD  SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 4 SUV 4237 0.62 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 ? ACCEPTABLE
2018 ACURA RDX SUV AWD  SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 4 SUV 3806 0.80 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 5 ? ACCEPTABLE
2018 ACURA RDX SUV FWD  SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 4 SUV 3806 0.80 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 5 ? ACCEPTABLE
2018 AUDI Q5 SUV AWD  SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 4 SUV 4114 0.66 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 5 GOOD MARGINAL
2018 CHRYSLER PACIFICA VAN FWD  SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 4 VAN 4378 0.85 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 ? ACCEPTABLE
2018 GENESIS G80 4 DR AWD  SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 5 CAR 4323 0.87 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 GOOD GOOD
2018 GENESIS G80 4 DR RWD  SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 5 CAR 4323 0.87 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 GOOD GOOD
2018 GMC ACADIA SUV AWD  SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 4 SUV 4295 0.59 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 ? MARGINAL
2018 HONDA ODYSSEY VAN FWD  SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 4 VAN 4327 0.87 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 GOOD ACCEPTABLE
2018 HONDA RIDGELINE PU/CC AWD  SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 4 PU 4216 0.73 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 ? GOOD
2018 HONDA RIDGELINE PU/CC FWD  SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 4 PU 4216 0.73 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 ? GOOD
2018 HYUNDAI SANTA FE SPORT SUV AWD  SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 4 SUV 3877 0.76 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 ACCEPTABLE GOOD
2018 HYUNDAI SANTA FE SPORT SUV FWD  SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 4 SUV 3877 0.76 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 ACCEPTABLE GOOD
2018 HYUNDAI TUCSON SUV AWD  SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 4 SUV 3449 0.99 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 GOOD ACCEPTABLE
2018 HYUNDAI TUCSON SUV FWD  SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 4 SUV 3449 0.99 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 GOOD ACCEPTABLE
2018 KIA SEDONA VAN FWD  SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 4 VAN 4583 0.79 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 ? GOOD
2018 KIA SORENTO SUV AWD  SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 4 SUV 4154 0.65 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 ? ACCEPTABLE
2018 KIA SORENTO SUV FWD  SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 4 SUV 4154 0.65 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 ? ACCEPTABLE
2018 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL 4 DR AWD  SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 4 CAR 4308 0.88 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 GOOD GOOD
2018 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL 4 DR FWD  SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 4 CAR 4308 0.88 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 GOOD GOOD
2018 LINCOLN MKX SUV AWD  SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 4 SUV 4489 0.53 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 GOOD MARGINAL
2018 LINCOLN MKX SUV FWD  SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 4 SUV 4489 0.53 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 GOOD MARGINAL
2018 MERCEDES-BENZ GLC-CLASS SUV 4WD  SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 4 SUV 4026 0.70 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 5 GOOD GOOD
2018 MERCEDES-BENZ GLC-CLASS SUV RWD  SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 4 SUV 4026 0.70 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 5 GOOD GOOD
2018 VOLKSWAGEN ATLAS SUV AWD  SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 4 SUV 4551 0.51 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 5 ? MARGINAL
2018 VOLKSWAGEN ATLAS SUV FWD  SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 4 SUV 4551 0.51 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 5 ? MARGINAL
2018 VOLVO XC90 T5 SUV AWD  SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 4 SUV 4516 0.52 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 ? MARGINAL
2018 VOLVO XC90 T6 SUV AWD  SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 4 SUV 4516 0.52 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 ? MARGINAL
2018 VOLVO XC90 T8 SUV AWD  SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 4 SUV 4516 0.52 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 ? MARGINAL
                                   
2017 ACURA MDX SUV AWD  SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 4 SUV 4237 0.62 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 ? ACCEPTABLE
2017 ACURA MDX SUV FWD  SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 4 SUV 4237 0.62 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 ? ACCEPTABLE
2017 ACURA RDX SUV AWD  SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 4 SUV 3806 0.80 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 5 ? ACCEPTABLE
2017 ACURA RDX SUV FWD  SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 4 SUV 3806 0.80 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 5 ? ACCEPTABLE
2017 CHRYSLER PACIFICA VAN FWD  SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 4 VAN 4378 0.85 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 ? ACCEPTABLE
2017 GENESIS G80 4 DR AWD  SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 5 CAR 4323 0.87 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 GOOD ACCEPTABLE
2017 GENESIS G80 4 DR RWD  SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 5 CAR 4323 0.87 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 GOOD ACCEPTABLE
2017 GMC ACADIA DENALI SUV AWD  SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 4 SUV 4295 0.59 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 ? MARGINAL
2017 HONDA RIDGELINE PU/CC AWD  SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 4 PU 4216 0.73 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 ? GOOD
2017 HONDA RIDGELINE PU/CC FWD  SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 4 PU 4216 0.73 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 ? GOOD
2017 HYUNDAI TUCSON SUV AWD  SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 4 SUV 3449 0.99 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 GOOD ACCEPTABLE
2017 HYUNDAI TUCSON SUV FWD  SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 4 SUV 3449 0.99 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 GOOD ACCEPTABLE
2017 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL 4 DR AWD  SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 4 CAR 4308 0.88 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 GOOD GOOD
2017 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL 4 DR RWD  SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 4 CAR 4308 0.88 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 GOOD GOOD
2017 LINCOLN MKX SUV AWD  SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 4 SUV 4489 0.53 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 GOOD MARGINAL
2017 LINCOLN MKX SUV FWD  SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 4 SUV 4489 0.53 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 GOOD MARGINAL
2017 VOLVO XC60 SW AWD  SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 4 SUV 4172 0.64 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 5 ? GOOD
2017 VOLVO XC60 SW FWD  SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 4 SUV 4172 0.64 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 5 ? GOOD
2017 VOLVO XC90 T5 SW AWD  SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 4 SUV 4516 0.52 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 ? MARGINAL
2017 VOLVO XC90 T6 SW AWD  SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 4 SUV 4516 0.52 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 ? MARGINAL
2017 VOLVO XC90 T8 SUV AWD  SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 4 SUV 4516 0.52 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 ? MARGINAL
                                   
2016 HYUNDAI TUCSON SUV AWD  SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 4 SUV 3449 0.99 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 GOOD ACCEPTABLE
2016 HYUNDAI TUCSON SUV FWD  SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 4 SUV 3449 0.99 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 GOOD ACCEPTABLE
2016 LINCOLN MKX SUV AWD  SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 4 SUV 4489 0.53 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 GOOD MARGINAL
2016 LINCOLN MKX SUV FWD  SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 4 SUV 4489 0.53 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 6 GOOD MARGINAL
2016 VOLVO XC60 SUV AWD  SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 4 SUV 4172 0.64 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 5 ? MARGINAL
2016 VOLVO XC60 SUV FWD  SAFEST 1% 5 5 5 4 SUV 4172 0.64 GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 5 ? MARGINAL


*SAFETY CATEGORIES:

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A.) SAFEST: all crash ratings in top quartile and NHTSA static rollover risk 4/5-Stars (no greater than the average rollover risk for an SUV class vehicle) and multi-vehicle crash factor less than 1.0 (driver fatality rate based on class/weight is below the rate of the average passenger vehicle) and headlamp performance rated better than poor and front crash prevention system rated 5/6 (designated "superior" by IIHS which means frontal impact speed is reduced at least 10 m.p.h.) Note that the IIHS frontal impact-small overlap passenger side rating is a very recent test and ratings are only available for a very limited number of vehicles and therefore is excluded from the safety criteria at this time.

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B.) LEAST SAFE: any crash rating in the bottom quartile and/or NHTSA static rollover risk 1/2/3Stars (which is above the average risk for an SUV class vehicle) and/or multi-vehicle crash factor above 1.20 (driver fatality rate based on class/weight is at least 20 percent higher than the rate for the average passenger vehicle). Note: A vehicle is not classified as least safe if its only deficiencies are IIHS frontal crash prevention system score and headlamp performance rating.

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C.) REDUCED SAFETY: a vehicle that is not LEAST SAFE but has a least one crash rating between the top and bottom quartiles and/or multi-vehicle crash factor between 1.001.20 and/or IIHS frontal crash prevention system score less than 5 and/or IIHS headlamp performance rated poor.

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D.) SAFETY INDETERMINATE: any rating unknown, however, all known ratings meet the safest criteria.

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(For descriptions of vehicles used to perform crash tests use the search tool above to lookup individual vehicles.)

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** The MULTI-VEHICLE CRASH Factor is the ratio of the driver fatality rate for a vehicle based solely on its class and weight versus the average driver fatality rate for all passenger vehicles in multi-vehicle crashes (23 deaths per million registered vehicle-years). It is a measure of vehicle compatibility. The relative weight of a vehicle compared with one it collides with in a head-on crash is a critical determinant of the forces the occupants are subjected to, however, neither size or weight are evaluated in crash test ratings and must be assessed separately.

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*** The FRONTAL CRASH PREVENTION System evaluation conducted by IIHS assigns 1-to-6 points to vehicles equipped with frontal collision-prevention systems. The best score possible is 6 which requires a demonstrated reduction of impact speed of at least 22 m.p.h. Score = 5 demonstrated a reduction of at least 10 m.p.h. IIHS classifies scores of 5 or 6 as Superior. [In IIHS's 2018 report evaluating safety equipment they reported that auto-brake systems reduced front-to-rear crashes with injuries by 56 percent.]


**** Some vehicles offer multiple headlamps versions, depending on trim package and/or optional equipment and those ratings may be different than those shown above.



 



..►3.) Download pdf file showing safety assessment and ratings for all 20112018 vehicles

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