Safest Cars in 2015
No matter how skilled and cautious you are behind the wheel, there is always a risk that you will be involved in a collision when you drive your car. Unfortunately, auto collisions occur nearly everyday, especially in populated areas like Vancouver and Richmond.
However, with new safety innovations and technology being introduced to the auto market each year, cars have never been safer to drive than ever before. This not only keeps the occupants of the vehicle safe from suffering any major injuries, but can also greatly reduce the amount of damage taken by the car itself, which will reduce the cost of any auto body repair the vehicle may require. If you are searching for a new car, and are wondering which vehicles are among the safest out of the 2015 models, we have prepared a brief overview of the safest cars in multiple size categories to help you make your decision. Each car listed below ranked the highest according to the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) safety rating. The safety test rates cars according to crashworthiness — how well a vehicle protects its occupants in a crash — and crash avoidance and mitigation — technology that can prevent a crash or lessen its severity.
According to the IIHS test, the cars that met with the highest safety standards in the small car category are the 2015 Subaru Impreza 4 door sedan and the Subaru XV Crosstek 4 door wagon. Both of these cars received “Superior” ratings in terms of front crash prevention and the strength of the body itself.
Midsize Moderate Price
In this category, the IIHS awarded the 2016 Honda Accord 2 door coupe and 4 door sedan with the highest safety rating. Both models received top marks in terms of crashworthiness as well as avoidance and mitigation compared to other models in this category such as the Mazda 6.
In the luxury car category, the 2016 Lexus ES 350 and ES 300H (hybrid) models took the top spot in terms of crashworthiness and avoidance and mitigation. The Lexus models were closely followed by the 2016 Volvo S60 4 door sedan and V60 wagon, which received a rating that was a single point behind the Lexus models in the front crash prevention test.
The IIHS awarded no perfect scores to any of the models in this category, though there are three 2015 models released after March 2015 that managed near perfect scores. The top model in terms of crashworthiness is the 2015 Toyota Avalon 4 door sedan. However, both the 2015 Dodge Charger and the 2015 Chrysler 300 received higher marks in terms of crash avoidance and mitigation.
Three cars in this category took top marks for both crashworthiness and avoidance and mitigation. The highest marks went to the 2016 Acura RLX 4 door sedan, followed closely by the 2015 Hyundai Genesis and the 2015 Mercedes E Class.
Mid Size SUV
Three models in this category managed to receive the 2015 Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS due to their near perfect scores in terms of crashworthiness and avoidance/mitigation. The highest rated model is the 2016 Honda Pilot 4 door SUV, followed closely by the 2015 Nissan Murano and the 2015 Toyota Highlander.
Mid Size SUV Luxury
This category features the most cars with the 2015 Top Safety Pick award compared to any other category listed above. There are seven models that achieved perfect or near perfect scores on their collision tests, with the highest marks going to the 2016 Acura MDX, followed by the 2016 Volvo XC90, the 2016 Acura RDX, the 2015 Mercedes M Class, 2015 Volvo XC60, 2015 Lexus NX, and finally the 2015 Audi Q5 4 door SUV.
For more information about the IIHS safety tests and rating system, feel free to check out the IIHS website directly. You can also check out our website to learn more about how we can help you get the best quality auto body repair so you can get your car back on the road. You can also follow us on Facebook or Twitter to receive our latest updates.