Ford and Volvo top list of safest vehicles

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety - Safest vehicles list for 2009


Posted on Nov 27, 2008

In all, 72 cars, trucks, and SUVs made the annual list of safest vehicles for 2009.  Ford and Volvo each had 16 vehicles selected by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety followed by Honda with 13 vehicles.

The number of 2009 safest vehicles selected are more than double 2008 models and three times 2007.  The increase has been helped with the growing adoption of anti-rollover technology.

The selected vehicles are tops in protecting people in front, side, and rear test crashes.  The vehicles are required to have electronic stabilization control (ESC) to qualify for the award.

Electronic stability control senses when a driver may lose control and automatically applies brakes to individual wheels to keep the vehicle stable and avoid a rollover. It helps motorists avoid skidding across icy or slick roads or keep control when swerving to avoid an unexpected object in the road.


A list of the insurance industry's safest new cars:

Large Cars:

- Acura RL
- Audi A6
- Cadillac CTS
- Ford Taurus
- Lincoln MKS
- Mercury Sable
- Toyota Avalon
- Volvo S80

Midside Cars:

- Acura TL
- Acura TSX
- Audi A3
- Audi A4
- BMW 3-Series (4-door)
- Ford Fusion (with optional ESC)
- Honda Accord (4-door)
- Mercedes C Class
- Mercury Milan (with optional ESC)
- Saab 9-3
- Subaru Legacy
- Volkswagen Jetta
- Volkswagen Passat

Midsize convertibles:

- Saab 9-3
- Volkswagen Eos
- Volvo C70

Small Cars:

- Honda Civic (4-door with optional ESC, except Si)
- Mitsubishi Lancer (with optional ESC)
- Scion xB
- Subaru Impreza (with optional ESC)
- Toyota Corolla (with optional ESC)
- Volkswagen Rabbit (4-door)

Mini Car:

- Honda Fit (with optional ESC)

Minivans:

- Honda Odyssey
- Hyundai Entourage
- Kia Sedona

Large SUVs:

- Audi Q7
- Buick Enclave
- Chevrolet Traverse
- GMC Acadia
- Saturn Outlook

Midsize SUVs:

- Acura MDX
- Acura RDX
- BMW X3
- BMW X5
- Ford Edge
- Ford Flex
- Ford Taurus X
- Honda Pilot
- Hyundai Santa Fe
- Hyundai Veracruz
- Infiniti EX35
- Lincoln MKX
- Mercedes M Class
- Nissan Murano
- Saturn Vue
- Subaru Tribeca
- Toyota FJ Cruiser
- Toyota Highlander
- Volvo XC90

Small SUVs:

SMALL SUVs

- Ford Escape
- Honda CR-V
- Honda Element
- Mazda Tribute
- Mercury Mariner
- Mitsubishi Outlander
- Nissan Rogue
- Subaru Forester
- Toyota RAV4
- Volkswagen Tiguan

Large Pickups:

- Ford F-150
- Honda Ridgeline
- Toyota Tundra

Small Pickup:

- Toyota Tacoma


Have you been involved in a head-on crash, side impact collision, or rear-end car accident?  If so, contact a Seattle, Bellevue, Tacoma car accident attorney to answer any questions you may have about a property damage dispute or personal injury claim against the at fault driver.  The Andrew Kim Law Firm, PLLC is here to assist you in any way possible.

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