What Are the Safest Cars in 2019?

Not surprisingly, safety is one of the major concerns of consumers when buying a car. In 2015, a study conducted by Accenture (an independent research company) surveyed 7,000 drivers across seven countries to poll interest in safety mechanisms. The results showed that while car buyers are still heavily focused on the importance of automotive safety systems, they’re becoming increasingly excited over vehicles that offer more safety devices and technology for the driver, such as Driver Assistance and Advanced Communications.

  • 91% said they would use lane-changing warning systems
  • 83% prefer anti-lock brake systems
  • 73% want night vision and reversing sensors
  • 63% want fatigue warning device
  • 83% would opt for technology that automatically locates nearby businesses that could provide assistance when a vehicle breaks down
  • 75% would buy a car that automatically calls the nearest emergency center in the event of a crash
  • 73% would buy a car equipped with technology that could stop their vehicle completely and send an automatic emergency call if the driver suffers a medical attack
  • 83% of consumers would like advanced technology that warns of traffic, accidents, and delays

These more intricate features are no longer expectations of just those driving luxury vehicles. In-car technologies that are geared toward driver safety now have a mass market appeal and are weighed by most consumers during their car shopping. In this technology-driven age, manufacturers are considering these safety features in their vehicle construction as much as design, performance, and fuel efficiency.   

Child and Family Safety

We all want to feel safe as drivers in our vehicles - but more importantly - we want our passengers to feel safe, especially if they’re our families. There are currently 71 million children in America with 13 million new little ones arriving annually. With all of these lives as our precious cargo, it’s crucial to know which cars rank as the best for child safety.

U.S. News and World Report’s Best Cars for Families - 2019

Best Compact Car: Kia Soul

8.5 out of 10 safety rating

The Kia Soul receives accolades for its stylish and roomy design as well as its comfort. The Soul also boasts high safety and reliability ratings. Consumers like its smooth ride and braking power. Safety features include driver and passenger side and rear head air bags, child safety locks, traction control, brake assist, 4-wheel ABS and disc brakes, and electronic stability control.

Best Upscale Small Car: Mercedes-Benz C-Class

8.8 out of 10 safety rating

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class offers top-tier features: a comfortable and luxurious interior, high safety and reliability ratings, family-friendly features, and perfect handling. This car is powerful but performs smoothly and brakes easily.  

Best Midsize Car: Chevrolet Malibu

8.9 out of 10 safety rating

The Chevy Malibu ranks high due to its fun “infotainment” system, spacious interior, and above-average trunk space. It has high safety and reliability ratings as well as a plethora of user- and-family-friendly features. The Malibu has a smooth ride and handling as well as a stop/start feature that increases its fuel economy.

Best Upscale Midsize Car: Mercedes-Benz E-Class

9 out of 10 safety rating

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class has the best fuel efficiency in its class as well as a stellar combination of interior space, high safety and reliability ratings, and available family-friendly features. The E-Class is built with first-rate materials to perfect its sophisticated style, smooth ride, and strong brakes.

Best Wagon: Subaru Outback

8.5 out of 10 safety rating

People are loving the Outback’s quiet, smooth ride, ample space and cargo capacity (more than most wagons), as well as its all-wheel drive traction features when it hits slick surfaces. It also has a cool style, family-friendly features and a user-friendly infotainment system, and high safety and reliability ratings.

Best Hybrid: Lexus GS

8.8 out of 10 safety rating

The powerful GS has a beautiful interior, which is no surprise considered it’s built with the most premium materials out there. It has quick acceleration and regenerative brakes, high safety and reliability ratings, and excellent fuel economy estimates. It also boasts some of the best family-friendly features in its class.

Best Compact SUV: Honda CR-V

8.6 out of 10 safety rating

The Honda CR-V has the best features in its class: cargo space and a very roomy interior, precise handling, great fuel economy, family-friendly features, and high safety and reliability ratings. The acceleration is good and the brakes are smooth and responsive. The tech features have a user-friendly layout and are not overly complicated.

Best Large SUV: GMC Yukon

8.4 out of 10 safety rating

The GMC Yukon is known for its power and safety. It has composed handling, responsive brakes, abundant interior space, high safety and reliability ratings, and many family-friendly features. The Yukon is made with high-end materials and built to provide families ease of transport.

Best Minivan: Honda Odyssey

8.9 out of 10 safety rating

The Honda Odyssey's offers a smooth ride, agile handling, and many family-friendly interior features while also boasting power and strong acceleration. This well-made vehicle leads to long-term ownership, making it a great value. It has plenty of interior space and high safety and reliability ratings. The Odyssey offers multiple comfort and convenience features for the family on-the-go.


Safest Cars for Kids

The safest vehicles for kids according to Kelley Blue Book:

  • Acura MDX
  • Acura RDX
  • BMW X3
  • BMW X5
  • Buick Enclave

Best Cars for Family Travel

Consumer Reports has rated the following cars as the best for family travel based on their performance on road tests, government crash and safety tests, and in reliability ratings. These models represent a variety of vehicles, from small SUVs to luxury sedans, at a wide range of prices.

  • Chrysler 300
  • Chevrolet Traverse
  • Ford Flex
  • Honda Accord
  • Honda Odyssey
  • Hyundai Santa Fe
  • Subaru Forester
  • Toyota Avalon
  • Toyota Camry
  • Toyota Highlander

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