The 15 Safest Cars for 2020

2020 Kia Optima
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Safety Comes First With These Cars

Everyone shopping for a new car wants to choose something safe for themselves and their loved ones, but it’s not always easy to figure out which models make the safest choices. That’s where U.S. News comes in.

Our car reviews and rankings include a safety score of one to 10. Each car’s score is based on two factors: crash test results from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), along with the number of advanced safety features included as standard equipment. These technologies include things like forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and lane keep assist. 

A number of 2020 models achieved a perfect score of 10 out of 10, and several others scored 9 or above. Vehicles that score well for safety are solid candidates to consider while you’re shopping. It’s that simple. 

On the following slides, we’ve included the safest cars in our rankings, with the model with the highest safety score on the last slide. When multiple models had the same safety score, we broke the tie in favor of the model with the higher overall score in our rankings. Whether you’re looking for a compact car or a large sedan, you’ll likely find something for you on this list. 

Remember that our rankings are constantly changing as new models are introduced, and new data becomes available. Compare what you see here to the rankings for each model to get the latest information. 

Read on to explore the safest cars on offer for 2020.

This slideshow only covers the safest cars. Read our article on the safest SUVs if you want to learn more about safe sport-utilities.

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