5 Safest Cars for 2011

It used be known that Volvos were known as the safest cars on the road – making them great for cheap auto insurance. They are still quite secure for passengers, this is true, but there are also a gaggle of other carmakers that are doing just fine making safe vehicles as well. Want to know which ones? Yeah, we thought you just might. Here are five of the safest cars for 2011, which is compiled based on data from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS).

You might wonder: how do they get this data? By actually crashing the cars and finding the results!

 

Volkswagen Touareg

MSRP: $44,450-60-565

4 Door, 5 Passengers

This is ranked as the safest large SUV on the market today. And that’s for a reason: it has very good performance in crash tests at all angles whether it be from the front, rear, side or during a rollover. It has an excellent stability control system, and more vowels in its name than are probably needed.

 

Ford Fiesta

MSRP: $13,320 – $17,120

4 Door, 5 Passengers

We could have a party, or a Fiesta, about Ford’s smallest car offering. But shockingly, the Fiesta is ranked as the safest small car on the road. And no, it’s not because of its hedgehog-like design. It’s because the Fiesta has excellent crash ratings, which are hard to come by on micro-cars.

 

Toyota Sienna

MSRP: $24,540 – $37,865

4 Door, Up to 8 Passengers

The Sienna is ranked as the safest minivan on the market by the IIHS. For a van, it received very good rollover ratings, plus it has electronic stability control. It might not win any design awards, but it will get you from point A to point B safe and secure! For many of us, that’s just the point!

 

Honda Element

MSRP: $20,525 – $26,020

4 Door, 4 Passengers

Inspired by an ice cube (or so we think) the Honda Element is actually rated quite well in terms of safety standards for a small SUV. Crash testing proved that the Element can handle the road (or imposing vehicle) elements. Maybe being totally square is the safest way to be after all.

 

Subaru Legacy

MSRP: $19,995 – $31,395

4 Door, 5 Passengers

The Subaru brand has gotten a lot of credit over the years for being safe vehicles because all wheel drive, which provides better traction, comes standard on its lineup. Also, the IIHS did its best to crash the Legacy into walls and such, finding that the sedan can handle collisions very well from all angles.

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