With the number of cars on the road increasing every day, the issue of safety on the roads and highways is always at the forefront of current designs and trends. It does not matter if you want to drive an SUV, compact, or luxury sedan, safety is a large factor informing the decisions of prospective car buyers.
The declining numbers of traffic fatalities point to the progress already made in the ever-changing field of vehicle safety. As for the safety systems that have taken a while to catch on, its effectiveness is proving itself. These systems are one of the biggest leaps forward the auto industry has witnessed as it enters the 2020s.
The cars that will be driven in the next year will be the cars that set the tone for the safety innovations of the next decade. Here are just a few of the safest cars on the road today.
You may not have known it, but Honda has another hybrid car in its line. The engine has won high praise for its efficiency if not for its engine noise. Its interior looks to be a big step up from the Prius.
However, it’s not just the engine that is turning heads. The Insight has a litany of safety features. This makes it a great choice for both value and safety.
The Soul has a sibling joining it in the pantheon of the safest automobiles. The Optima is plush inside and out and its crash-test ratings are second to none. And its multi-camera parking system is just one of its numerous safety features Kia has added.
It has always been fun to drive, with the all-wheel drive, impressive fuel economy, and one of the finest infotainment systems on the road. Add to the mix its spacious interior and top marks in safety and this car is a real no-brainer.
The Camry has been around for many, many years. There is a very good reason, with its traditional durability and ease of maintenance. It even has an added surprise for 2019, with its faster than it seems V8. But the real high marks for the Camry go to its safety features most of which are standard.
Subaru continues to impress with its line of safe cars that includes the Legacy. Earning a coveted perfect 10 from U.S. News and World Report, the Legacy boasts superior front end collision protection. And if you need a little extra horsepower, you can even get the engine maxed out to 256 horsepower, just in case.
Mercedes Benz E-Class
Luxury has always had a second name in Mercedes Benz. Safety is not the first thing that comes to mind, but perhaps it should be with luxury car companies, as well. The E-Class not only offers 10 safety features standard but also 13 that are optional. Drive in style and safety with this classy car.
While not the fastest car on the list, the Sonata has a nice interior and a quiet ride. Its high safety rating in U.S. News and World Report will make it a tempting choice for the budget-minded shopper looking for a safe, affordable car.
Over the years, it has been both stylish and fast, sometimes both at once. But safe? Who would have thought the Lincoln Continental, a name on the road since 1939, would be one of the safest cars available, after 80 years. An impressive effort.
But the best feature of all is its driver-assist system, which comes standard in all trims. Subaru continues to show why it is consistently aiming high and hitting more than it misses when it comes to safety and reliability.