When it comes to buying a car, some of the most important things to consider are its safety features. Knowing that your family is in one of the safest cars available is a very comforting thought, considering how much time we all spend out on the roads. Here’s a list of ten of the safest cars on the market for families, as determined from their National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety ratings:
Ford Taurus X: The Taurus X, previously known as the Freestyle, is a mid-size crossover SUV with top ratings from the NHTSA on side and front impact tests and the title of “Top Safety Pick” by the IIHS. It seats up to seven with a starting MSRP of $26,615. The Taurus X comes in either front or all-wheel drive with all models including side-curtain airbags with a rollover sensor. It gets 15 city and 22 highway mpg for the all-wheel drive model.
Buick Enclave: The Enclave is a new full-size luxury crossover SUV that received five stars in all frontal and side tests from the NHTSA. It comes standard with head-curtain airbags that protect outboard passengers in all three rows of seats. The Enclave seats up to eight passengers with a starting MSRP of $32,055. It is a luxury vehicle, so in addition to being one of the safest cars available for families, it comes with great features like climate control and a sunroof and skylight.
Kia Sedona: This minivan received a perfect five star rating from the NHTSA for all frontal and side impact tests and was also named a “Top Safety Pick” by the IIHS. It seats up to seven passengers with a starting MSRP of $20,695. It comes with stability control and full-length side curtain airbags. The Sedona is offered in both short wheelbase and long wheelbase models.
Subaru Tribeca: This crossover SUV also received all five stars on the government crash test ratings from NHTSA. It is available with a third row seat or without. With a third row seat the Tribeca seats seven passengers and starts out at $30,995. The Tribeca gets 16 mpg city and 21 mpg highway and comes standard with side-curtain airbags. This vehicle features a lower center of mass due to its horizontally opposed engine layout, thus leading to a lower rollover index.
Acura RDX: The RDX is a sporty midsize SUV with a luxury appeal. It seats up to five passengers, so it may not be practical for large families. It is one of the safest cars on the market with five star ratings in front and side impact crash tests from the NHTSA and the designation of “Top Safety Pick” from the IIHS. It comes standard with all-wheel drive and full-length side-curtain airbags with rollover sensors. The RDX doesn’t come cheap, with a starting price of $33,195, but with its “luxury” title come a lot of extra bells and whistles not available in most of the other vehicles.
Hyundai Santa Fe: This small crossover SUV seats up to five passengers and has a starting MSRP of $21,145. It scored top ratings on frontal and side impact crash tests from NHTSA and was named a “Top Safety Pick” by the IIHS. It comes with roof-mounted side-curtain airbags that cover both the front and rear seats. The Santa Fe gets17 mpg city and an impressive 24 mpg highway, and its small frame and design make it the perfect pick for city dwellers with limited parking spaces and maneuverability.
Honda Pilot: The Pilot is a mid-size crossover SUV with top NHTSA ratings in front and side impact tests. AMI Auto World named the Pilot the “World Family Vehicle of the Year” and it has been Car and Driver magazine’s pick for Best Large SUV from 2002-present. It seats up to 8 people and has a starting MSRP of $28,395. The Pilot offers third row seating with side curtain airbags covering all rows. This vehicle gets an estimated 16 mpg in city driving and 20 mpg highway for the 4-wheel drive model.
GMC Acadia: This crossover SUV has top ratings from the NHTSA in both front and side impact crash tests and comes with head side-curtain airbags and one year of OnStar service. Its all-wheel drive models get 16 mpg city and 22 mpg highway with a fuel tank capacity of 22 gallons. The Acadia’s fuel economy is better than that of any other eight- passenger SUV, according to GMC. The Acadia seats up to eight passengers with a starting MSRP of $30,470. If you’re looking for one of the safest cars around and like to stick to American-made, the Acadia is just right for you.
Honda CR-V: A big plus for this compact crossover SUV is its great fuel efficiency of up to 27 mpg highway. The CR-V seats up to 5, so it isn’t as spacious as some of the other family vehicles on the list, but its safety scores are tops with both the NHTSA and IIHS for front and side impact rating and overall safety. It comes standard with side-curtain airbags with rollover sensors and starts at a MSRP of $20,700 for the most basic package.
Hyundai Entourage: This minivan is available in only the long-wheelbase length, and packs an enormous amount of total interior space. It seats up to seven passengers and received five stars from the NHTSA for frontal and side crash tests. The Entourage comes with roof-mounted head-protecting airbags for all outboard seats and gets 16 mpg city and 23 mpg highway. We know the Entourage one of the safest cars around, but the 2008 model received the highest crash tests scores ever for a minivan from the IIHS, and with a starting price of $23,995, you can’t beat that!
These ten vehicles are some of the safest cars on the market, especially for families. Larger SUVs like the Chevrolet Suburban and Ford Expedition are also considered to be some of the safest cars around, but the smaller SUVs have better rollover ratings due to their lower center of gravity. If you’re looking for a new vehicle, get out and test drive some of these safest cars to see which one will work best for you and your family.