The Safest Cars In The World
Published: August 22, 2018
The safety rating of your car might not be something that weighs heavily on your mind, at least not while you’re cruising along in broad daylight with the sun shining and roads relatively clear. But cut to a dark, winding road in snowy weather conditions, surrounded by the worst drivers in the world, and you’ll probably be doing a bit more thinking about just how safe your vehicle is.
There are a number of things taken into consideration when a model is rated for safety, and these factors are all are tallied, giving the vehicle an overall rating. As the years have progressed, manufacturers have tried ever harder to get the highest rating possible. Good news for you, and certainly for when you are faced with those less than hospitable driving conditions.
If you’re in the market for a new car or are simply an automobile aficionado, these are the latest models that have achieved the highest ratings:
2017 Chevrolet Volt
The Volt is an impressive machine for a number of reasons, not in the least because it achieves an incredible level of fuel efficiency. Many hybrids suffer due to drivers being concerned about achievable range with the electric engine. The Volt stands apart in that the gasoline engine works to charge the electric engine on the fly.
Needless to say, The Volt has also achieved an outstanding safety score, ranking it as one of the safest vehicles on the road right now.
As far as top of the range compact pickups go, the Honda Ridgeline literally ranks as number one in the world. It is an outstanding machine in all regards, featuring a sleek interior, amazing technological enhancements and space enough in its load zone to haul just about anything you can throw at it. You can’t go wrong if looking for something that is as luxurious as it is sturdy.
The Ridgeline also returns after a brief absence from the Honda catalogues, and that time away seems to have been in order to get the safety scores up to impressive levels. The Ridgeline is now one of the safest models available for purchase in Canada.
Somewhat less pricey than others on this list, the Hyundai Elantra is a fantastic ride in all categories. It is referred to as compact, but that wouldn’t be obvious given how roomy it is inside. It has an impressive selection of internal technology advancements, and is just about perfect for everyday needs and smaller families.
The Elantra scores impressively in terms of being safe as well, and a buyer certainly won’t suffer any remorse when the roads turn challenging or the snow starts falling.
Hyundai Santa Fe
Another entry from Hyundai, the Santa Fe is a fantastic midrange SUV. There is seating for 7 including the driver, with plenty of room to go around, as well as enough interior luxury to have every passenger feeling comfortable.
Interestingly, a few major redesigns were done, taking the Santa Fe from not featuring on the top risk-free list, to being one of the safest SUV’s on the road today. An excellent choice for those who like to travel with their family not only in style, but also with the best risk protection available.
A stunning model to look, and likewise impressive to behold in terms of interior design, the Subaru Legacy ticks all the boxes. It boasts impressive fuel efficiency, as well as having enough power to keep those who enjoy a bit of speed satisfied.
The Legacy has always held a top spot on the list of being safe, and continues that trend with the latest model. You can’t go wrong with one of these in your garage.
Find The Right Balance For You
Nowadays, everyone seems concerned about road safety, and it’s not only the elderly or those with kids who are looking at safety ratings when making a purchase, but the younger generation too. Despite Canada having one of the lowest car-related fatality rates, with only 2,114 motor vehicle deaths recorded in 2013, and very little increase in the years since, safety has become a major talking point when buying a car. Each of these cars would be a good choice if you’re looking to keep you and your family safe. Of course, they are no small investment, and weighing up the pros and cons of each choice is essential.
Whichever model you choose, if it’s one of those featured on this list you know you’ll always be in good hands when road conditions are against you.