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

 

On a typical day in the U.S. there are 17,000 vehicle accidents, injuring 12,300 and killing 100.

 

 

Choose your vehicle as though your life depends on it!

 
 
 

 

Look up Comprehensive Safety Assessment and Ratings for all 2011–2021 Passenger Vehicles Here

Click the down arrows next to Year, Make, ModelStyle and then press GO to see the safety evaluation for your vehicle.

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Data are updated frequently. Latest update: July 13, 2021

 

 


 

 The safest vehicles are represented by the intersection of the circles and are listed below
 

The safest vehicles have better than average VEHICLE WEIGHT COMPATIBILITY*, are rated 5-STARS OVERALL by NHTSA, meet TOP SAFETY PICK criteria by IIHS, have a NHTSA side-impact rating of 5-Stars, a rollover rating of at least 4-Stars, and a vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system rated at least 5 points by IIHS8,356 vehicles have been evaluated for model-years 2011–2021: 1% meet SAFEST criteria; 19% have REDUCED SAFETY; 35% are LEAST SAFE; 45% have INDETERMINATE SAFETY due to incomplete ratings data.**

 

Safest 1% for Model-Year 2021

Ranked by vehicle weight compatibility* (#1 = best)

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'''''''''' 1 ''''''''''''''' 2021 ''''''''''' AUDI Q8 SUV AWD 
  2   2021   MERCEDES-BENZ GLE-CLASS SUV 4WD 
  3   2021   SUBARU ASCENT SUV AWD 
  4   2021   VOLVO XC90 T5 SUV AWD 
  5   2021   VOLVO XC90 T5 SUV FWD 
  6   2021   VOLVO XC90 T6 SUV AWD 
  7   2021   VOLVO XC90 T8 SUV AWD 
  8   2021   BMW X3 SUV AWD 
  9   2021   BMW X3 SUV RWD 
  10   2021   CADILLAC XT6 SUV AWD 
  11   2021   CADILLAC XT6 SUV FWD 
  12   2021   CHEVROLET BLAZER SUV AWD 
  13   2021   CHEVROLET BLAZER SUV FWD 
  14   2021   FORD EDGE SUV AWD 
  15   2021   FORD EDGE SUV FWD 
  16   2021   FORD EXPLORER HEV SUV 4WD 
  17   2021   FORD EXPLORER HEV SUV RWD 
  18   2021   FORD EXPLORER SUV 4WD 
  19   2021   FORD EXPLORER SUV RWD 
  20   2021   HYUNDAI PALISADE SUV AWD 
  21   2021   HYUNDAI PALISADE SUV FWD 
  22   2021   LINCOLN AVIATOR SUV 4WD 
  23   2021   LINCOLN AVIATOR SUV RWD 
  24   2021   VOLVO XC60 T5 SUV AWD 
  25   2021   VOLVO XC60 T5 SUV FWD 
  26   2021   VOLVO XC60 T6 SUV AWD 
  27   2021   AUDI Q5 SPORTBACK SUV AWD 
  28   2021   AUDI Q5 SUV AWD 
  29   2021   MERCEDES-BENZ GLC SUV 4WD 
  30   2021   MERCEDES-BENZ GLC SUV RWD 
  31   2021   HYUNDAI SANTA FE HYBRID SUV AWD 
  32   2021   HYUNDAI SANTA FE HYBRID SUV FWD 
  33   2021   HYUNDAI SANTA FE SUV AWD 
  34   2021   HYUNDAI SANTA FE SUV FWD 
  35   2021   NISSAN MURANO SUV AWD 
  36   2021   NISSAN MURANO SUV FWD 
  37   2021   VOLVO XC40 T4 SUV AWD 
  38   2021   VOLVO XC40 T4 SUV FWD 
  39   2021   VOLVO XC40 T5 SUV AWD 
  40   2021   HONDA ODYSSEY VAN FWD 
  41   2021   CHEVROLET EQUINOX SUV AWD 
  42   2021   CHEVROLET EQUINOX SUV FWD 
  43   2021   FORD BRONCO SPORT SUV 4WD 
  44   2021   FORD ESCAPE HEV SUV AWD 
  45   2021   FORD ESCAPE HEV SUV FWD 
  46   2021   FORD ESCAPE SUV AWD 
  47   2021   FORD ESCAPE SUV FWD 
  48   2021   HONDA CR-V HYBRID SUV AWD 
  49   2021   HONDA CR-V SUV AWD 
  50   2021   HONDA CR-V SUV FWD 
  51   2021   HYUNDAI TUCSON SUV AWD 
  52   2021   HYUNDAI TUCSON SUV FWD 
  53   2021   LINCOLN CORSAIR SUV AWD 
  54   2021   LINCOLN CORSAIR SUV FWD 
  55   2021   MAZDA CX-30 SUV AWD 
  56   2021   MAZDA CX-30 SUV FWD 
  57   2021   MAZDA CX-5 SUV AWD 
  58   2021   MAZDA CX-5 SUV FWD 
  59   2021   SUBARU FORESTER SUV AWD 

 

 

 

 

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* VEHICLE WEIGHT COMPATIBILITY, measured by MULTI-VEHICLE CRASH FACTOR (MVCF), 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).

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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**SAFETY CATEGORIES:

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 not greater than 1.0 (driver fatality rate based on class/weight is not greater than the rate for the average passenger vehicle) and headlamp performance rated better than poor and vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system rated 5/6 (designated "superior" by IIHS which means frontal impact speed is reduced at least 10 m.p.h.). Due to the limited number of vehicles tested for Vehicle-to Passenger front crash prevention system at this time the score for this system is not a criterion for the safest 1%.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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

 

 
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