The safest cars of 2013

At least in America, car safety is one of the largest considerations for any person looking to buy a car, as the Consumer Reports National Research Center found that 65 per cent of people cited car safety as their top car-buying consideration.

Though you can buy safe tyres from accredited online dealers such as Click on Tyres, it is always assuring to buy the safest car on the road. So if you’re thinking of buying a new car this year, here are just a few that you may want to consider:

Volvo S60

One of Volvo’s leading cars, the second generation model has now been around for three years and last December, it won the Insurance Institute (IIHS) for Highway Safety’s top safety award.

In the tests, the car was evaluated on occupant protection in rollover, rear impact, and frontal crash situations. Out of the five categories, the car received four top marks along with a secondary score in one test.

To add to this, the Government of the United States also award the S60 a perfect 5-star safety rating; a worthy commendation for any vehicle.

Ford Fusion

Along with the Volvo S60, the all-new 2013 Ford Fusion also received top marks from the IIHS as it received a ‘Top Safety Pick+’ credit, the highest possible score for any car.

The 2013 Fusion features the all-new Personal Safety System, a network of components which work together to tailor the deployment of the front airbags during frontal collisions.

Steve Kenner, global director of the Automotive Safety Office said:

“Ford is thrilled to earn this new, highest safety distinction from IIHS, the Fusion is a leading example of exemplary vehicles being designed and produced by Ford to the highest standards of safety.”

Besides safety, the fusion also boasts a leading fuel economy and even technologies to help reduce stress whilst driving.

Volkswagen Passat

Awarded a Top Safety Pick award by the IIHS, the 2013 Passat attained top ratings in all crash results.

In the Euro NCap test, the car was given a 91 per cent rating in adult occupation along with a 77 per cent rating for child occupation.

Speaking of the car, Euro NCap said:

“The car scored maximum points in the side barrier impact, providing good protection for all body regions.

“In the more severe side pole test, protection of the head and pelvis was good and that of the chest and abdomen was adequate. Good protection was provided by the seat and head restraint against whiplash injuries in the event of a rear-end collision.”

Though these are three of the major cars to look out for if safety is the primary concern for your new vehicle, there are just a few others recommended by Forbes Magazine that you may want to look out for before you buy:

  • Honda Accord Sedan
  • Honda Accord Coupe
  • Kia Optima
  • Nissan Altima Sedan
  • Subaru Legacy
  • Subaru Outback
  • Suzuki Kizashi
  • Dodge Avenger
  • Chrysler 200
  • Acura TL