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Getting a car isn’t just about its appearance, performance, and options. Safety should always be one of the most important considerations when looking for a vehicle, though it can be hard to know which cars are built to best protect you in emergencies.

Some car brands spend considerable time and focus on the safety features, technology, and design of its vehicles. Do you know which car brands make the safest cars? Here are some of the safest car brands out there, based on the safety scores earned from U.S. News.


A brand that has built its reputation on safety, Volvo has been creating some of the safest cars for decades. Volvo is even promoting a new strategy and philosophy called “Vision 2020: Aiming at Zero,” which focuses on the goal of ensuring there will be no serious injuries or fatalities in its vehicles from the year 2020 and on, according to Volvo’s website.

Every model on the Volvo lineup comes with standard, top-rated safety features like city safety-technology that scans for vehicles and pedestrians, as well as Park-Assist Pilot which does the parking for you.


Innovative, all-electric car manufacturer Tesla is known for its futuristic designs, as well as its technological advancements. Tesla doesn’t skimp on safety either, releasing more and more models that come loaded with standard safety features like forward-collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control.

With advancements in autonomous driving already happening, Tesla is going to be making its cars safer than ever before. Rated high in not just safety, but customer satisfaction, Tesla brand has broken the industry mold in no time at all.


Mercedes-Benz creates a wide variety of vehicles but is best known for its sedans and coupes. One thing you’re guaranteed by Mercedes other than quality is advanced safety features.

Advanced safety features come standard on most Mercedes models, including crosswind assist, driver drowsiness monitoring, and forward-collision warning. Receiving rave safety reviews, many Mercedes models also come with Mercedes Pre-Safe technology, which prepares the vehicle for an accident by closing all the windows and tightening seatbelts.

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class, for example, received a Superior rating by the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) for its “standard automated emergency braking,” according to Car and Driver.


Debuting with its 2017 model year, Genesis is a newcomer to the market and a luxury brand belonging to Hyundai. According to U.S. News Cars, when Hyundai decided to go into the luxury car circuit, it knew it “had to exceed the competition.”

And Hyundai didn’t disappoint, with both Genesis models G80 and G90 earning perfect 10 safety scores by U.S. News, as well as great ratings from both the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) and IIHS. Genesis’ exceptional design and the multitude of safety features come standard with every model, with a few extra options available as well.


Audi manufacturers not only a wide variety of vehicle types but also provides quality and safety with each model. From luxury sports cars to SUVs, every Audi has been expertly designed and rigorously tested for safety performance.

According to CNN Business, a recent study conducted by the IIHS listed two Audi models among only 11 “in which no one died over a four year period.” Like most new Audi vehicles, a slew of standard features come standard, such as rain-sensing wipers and headlights, forward-collision warning with automatic braking, a rearview camera, and more.

In U.S. News safety tests, every Audi received high scores, with one-third of the vehicles receiving perfect scores.