11 Safest Car Brands of 2017

2017 Volvo XC60
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Explore the Brands With the Best Safety Scores in U.S. News Rankings

Safety is among the top characteristics people are interested in when it comes to new cars. Modern vehicles are far safer than the vehicles built even a decade ago. Engineering improvements for crumple zones and pedestrian safety have reshaped the cars we drive, and advanced driver assistance systems have harnessed the power of technology for improved safety.

We base our safety rankings on several safety rating sources, including the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). We combine these scores to create each vehicle’s safety score. For this list, we then averaged each brand’s scores for 2017. The top eleven are listed in the following slides.