Safest Cars for Families

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Top Ten Safest Cars

No one wants to take a chance with their family's safety on the road. Our list of the 10 safest family cars includes a wide variety of vehicles at different price points. All of them achieve excellent safety ratings in the most current and important crash tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Of course, the best way to stay safe is to avoid a crash altogether, and automakers are adding technology that helps cars do just that, including automatic pre-collision warning and auto-braking, lane departure warning, lane-keeping assistance, and even pedestrian detection. The effectiveness of these systems – how many situations they recognize and how quickly they react – sets the safest cars apart from those in the ditch. It's worth noting that these collision avoidance systems are sometimes included in an expensive options package. Where they're available, it's worth buying them.

Remember, too, that larger, heavier cars still survive better in crashes than smaller ones. That means big SUVs and minivans are likely to fare better than small sedans and hatchbacks in a crash (the IIHS doesn't test the heaviest SUVs, like the Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon, so we didn't list them in this slideshow). That's no reason to avoid a small sedan or hatchback. If that's what meets your needs, the ones in this slideshow are the safest you can find. 

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