How Safe is Your Car? New Car Accident Tests Reveal

Consumers who purchase luxury vehicles have an expectation of quality.  They also have expectations as to the safety of the vehicles.

Surprisingly – recent new crash tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety show that most midsized luxury cars flunk those tests.  In most cases – badly.  Only the Acura TL, Volvo S60, and Infiniti G scored good or acceptable ratings. “Marginal” or “Poor” scores were posted for the Acura TSX, BMW 3 Series, Lincoln MKZ, Volkswagen CC, Mercedes C-Class, Lexus IS 250, and ES 350, and Audi A4.

The new crash test was designed to mimic the effect of a 40 mile an hour crash where the front 25% of the car hits a stationary object – like a tree.  The good news is that these test results may lead to improvements in car design.

So which vehicles are the safest?

Not all cars have been tested using the new test just performed on midsized luxury cars.  Based on the four original crash tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety – here are the safest vehicles on the road (**notice that list now includes vehicles that performed poorly on the new test):


  • Fiat 500  built after July 2011
  • Ford Fiesta  sedan | hatchback
  • Honda Fit
  • Nissan Versa sedan
  • Toyota Yaris hatchback (only 4-door models)

Small cars

  • Chevrolet Cruze
  • Chevrolet Sonic
  • Chevrolet Volt
  • Ford Focus 4-door sedan/hatchback
  • Honda Civic 4-door
  • Honda CR-Z
  • Honda Insight
  • Hyundai Elantra
  • Kia Forte (only sedan models)
  • Kia Soul
  • Lexus CT 200h
  • Mazda 3  sedan | hatchback
  • Mini Cooper Countryman
  • Mitsubishi Lancer  (except Ralliart and Evolution models)
  • Nissan Cube
  • Nissan Juke
  • Nissan Leaf
  • Scion tC
  • Scion xB
  • Scion xD
  • Subaru Impreza
  • Toyota Corolla
  • Toyota Prius
  • Toyota Prius c
  • Volkswagen Golf  (only 4-door models)
  • Volkswagen GTI  (only 4-door models)

Midsize moderately priced cars

  • Audi A3
  • Buick Verano
  • Chevrolet Malibu
  • Chevrolet Malibu Eco 2013 models
  • Chrysler 200 (only 4-door models)
  • Dodge Avenger
  • Ford Fusion
  • Honda Accord (only 4-door models)
  • Hyundai Sonata
  • Kia Optima
  • Subaru Legacy
  • Subaru Outback
  • Toyota Camry
  • Toyota Prius v
  • Volkswagen Jetta sedan
  • Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen
  • Volkswagen Passat
  • Volvo C30

Midsize luxury/near luxury cars

  • Acura TL built after September 2011
  • Acura TSX sedan | Sport Wagon
  • Audi A4 sedan
  • BMW 3 series (only sedan models)
  • Lincoln MKZ
  • Mercedes C class
  • Volkswagen CC 2012-13 models (except 4-wheel drive V6)
  • Volvo S60

Large family cars

  • Buick LaCrosse
  • Buick Regal
  • Chrysler 300
  • Dodge Charger
  • Ford Taurus 2012-13 models
  • Hyundai Azera
  • Toyota Avalon

Large luxury cars

  • Audi A6
  • BMW 5 series (except 4-wheel drive and V8)
  • Cadillac CTS (only sedan models)
  • Hyundai Equus
  • Hyundai Genesis
  • Infiniti M37/M56 (except M56x 4-wheel drive)
  • Lexus GS 2013 models
  • Lincoln MKS 2012-13 models
  • Mercedes E class 2-door
  • Mercedes E class 4-door
  • Saab 9-5
  • Volvo S80

Small SUVs

  • Honda CR-V
  • Hyundai Tucson
  • Jeep Patriot with optional side torso airbags
  • Kia Sportage
  • Mazda CX-5 2013 models
  • Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
  • Subaru Forester
  • Volkswagen Tiguan

Midsize SUVs

  • Chevrolet Equinox
  • Dodge Durango
  • Dodge Journey
  • Ford Edge 2012-13 models
  • Ford Explorer 2012-13 models
  • Ford Flex 2012-13 models
  • GMC Terrain
  • Honda Pilot
  • Hyundai Santa Fe
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee
  • Kia Sorento 2012-13 models
  • Subaru Tribeca
  • Toyota Highlander
  • Toyota Venza

Midsize luxury SUVs

  • Acura MDX
  • Acura RDX 2013 models
  • Audi Q5
  • BMW X3
  • Cadillac SRX
  • Infiniti EX35
  • Lexus RX
  • Lincoln MKT 2012-13 models
  • Lincoln MKX 2012-13 models
  • Mercedes GLK
  • Mercedes M class
  • Saab 9-4X
  • Volvo XC60
  • Volvo XC90

Large SUVs

  • Buick Enclave
  • Chevrolet Traverse
  • GMC Acadia
  • Volkswagen Touareg


  • Chrysler Town & Country
  • Dodge Grand Caravan
  • Honda Odyssey
  • Toyota Sienna
  • Volkswagen Routan

Large pickups

  • Ford F-150 (crew cab models)
  • Honda Ridgeline
  • Toyota Tundra (crew cab models)

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