safest cars 2016

A 2016 Volvo XC60, one of the safest cars you can buy in 2016, according to AutoGuide’s list

AutoGuide has published a list of “The Safest Cars You Can Buy in 2016.” To come up with the list, AutoGuide chose only vehicles that have earned a “Top Safety Pick +” rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), as well as a five-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Both agencies crash-tested the cars. AutoGuide plans to update its list “as often as possible,” as IIHS and NHTSA test additional cars, because the two groups have not tested all 2016 models yet.

To qualify for an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating, a vehicle has to earn “good” ratings in the small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints tests, and an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention. To qualify for an NHTSA 5 star rating, cars need to earn five stars in frontal, side, and rollover crash tests, and do well in newer aspects of testing, including “side pole testing, using different sized crash-test dummies, collecting more crash data, offering a single Overall Vehicle Score per vehicle, and highlighting new crash avoidance technologies.”

Consumers can find 5-Star Safety Ratings on and on the Monroney labels (window stickers) that law requires be displayed on all new vehicles. Although its crash test program does not include the following, NHTSA does identify which vehicles have advanced technology safety features like Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), and Forward Collision Warning (FCW) to help consumers buy a safer car.

Which Cars Are Safest?

The AutoGuide list is separated into three parts: Non-luxury cars, luxury cars, and SUVs and crossovers. The starting list prices here are all from Edmunds. The models in AutoGuide’s three lists range from $17,680 for a Volkswagen Jetta, to $50,950 for an Acura LRX.

Here is AutoGuide’s list of the safest 2016 non-luxury cars so far:

  • Chrysler 200 ($21,995)
  • Honda Accord (coupe $23,875; and sedan $22,205)
  • Hyundai Sonata ($21,750)
  • Mazda3 ($17,845)
  • Mazda6 ($21,4495)
  • Nissan Maxima ($32,510)
  • Subaru Crosstrek ($21,5950) [Note: this is an SUV but appears in AutoGuide’s regular cars list.]
  • Subaru Impreza ($18,295)
  • Subaru Legacy ($21,745)
  • Subaru Outback ($24,995)
  • Toyota Camry (America’s best-selling car for the 14th year in a row) ($23,070)
  • Volkswagen Golf ($18,495)
  • Volkswagen Jetta ($17,680)

The safest 2016 luxury cars so far:

  • Acura ILX ($27,900)
  • Acura RLX ($50,950)
  • Audi A3 ($30,900)
  • Audi A6 ($46,200)
  • Hyundai Genesis ($38,750)
  • Infiniti Q70 ($49,850)
  • Lexus ES350 ($38,000)
  • Volvo S60 ($33,950)

Finally, here is the list of the safest 2016 SUVs and crossovers you can buy so far:

  • Acura MDX ($43,015)
  • Acura RDX ($35,370)
  • Honda CR-V ($23,745)
  • Honda Pilot ($30,145)
  • Hyundai Tucson ($22,700)
  • Mitsubishi Outlander (all-wheel drive only) ($22,995)
  • Lexus NX ($34,965)
  • Subaru Forester ($22,395)
  • Toyota RAV4 ($24,350)
  • Volvo XC60 ($36,600)
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