When buying a car, you’re likely to look at the style of the vehicle, how much it will cost, if it is easy to park, and its safety ratings. Every year, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety publishes a report called the IIHS Top Safety Picks.The safest cars on the road can be found on this list, which classifies vehicles with ratings that include poor, marginal, acceptable or good based on how the vehicle performs in crash test scenarios.
Among the IIHS Top Safety Picks, the safest cars on the road for families in 2013 include:
Receiving an IIHS Top Safety Pick award can be considered commonplace for many car manufacturers, but the IIHS also offers the more prestigious Top Safety Pick+ award for vehicles that perform especially well on all applied crash-testing models. The following fullsize and midsize sedans, SUVs and minivans receieved the IIHS highest safety award so can be considered the safest cars on the road nowadays.
Each of these family models earned the Top Safety Pick award in the large-family-car class of vehicles. With such a diverse list of makes and models, you have a large variance in price, cost to drive and mpg ratings to choose between. All the vehicles on the list have sedan-style bodies but vary widely in their interior and exterior options.
If you decide you want a slightly smaller vehicle, you can find more IIHS Top Safety Pick+ awardees in the midsize car category than in any other class, and they are all moderately priced. These vehicles, bestowed with the highest safety designation possible include:
Large SUVs and minivans also have several awardees in the list of IIHS Top Safety Picks. The safest cars on the road in these classes include Buick Enclave and GMC Arcadia, both of which can seat up to eight passengers. The list of IIHS awardees for large SUVs also includes the Chevrolet Traverse and the Volkswagen Touareg. Many of these vehicles will also have high resale value!
All in all, you can find dozens of vehicles representing all the major foreign and domestic auto manufacturers, and every possible vehicle-body style is on the list of IIHS Top Safety Picks, making it easy to select a stylish, efficient and family-friendly vehicle with excellent safety ratings.