11 Cars With the Best Safety Features

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Here Are Some of the Safest Cars on the Market

What makes an automobile safe? Is it active safety, which relies on using technology to avoid crashing? Or, is it passive safety, the car’s ability to protect occupants when a crash does occur?

In recent years we have seen great progress on both the active and passive safety fronts. Active safety advances have been particularly pronounced. Vehicles today can help steer themselves, maintain a safe following distance, brake automatically, and warn their drivers of nearby cars.

The following vehicles, ranging from economical compacts to luxury models, are some of the cars and trucks with the best safety features. They have each earned high overall scores in U.S. News evaluations and, unless otherwise noted, each of the following vehicles also earned the highest overall safety rating, the coveted Top Safety Pick+ designation, from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). To earn this rating, a vehicle must have Superior or Advanced crash avoidance technology, either as standard equipment or as an option.

Click through the following slides to see some of the safest cars you can buy today.