The Safest Cars for 2016

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The Safest Cars

These cars are perfect 10’s when it comes to safety. This year’s standouts aced the rigorous tests conducted by the nation’s two major safety testing authorities: the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The results also show that cars are getting safer; many categories boast several vehicles with top scores. As the tests change year to year, you can’t necessarily compare the safety scores of cars between model years, but you can compare different vehicles from within the same model year.

This year’s models come with more available active safety features than ever before. That means that they are not only designed to prevent collisions by warning drivers when there’s someone in their blind spot, when they are straying from their lane, or when they need to stomp on the brakes to avoid an accident; they will actively intervene to prevent or reduce injury or damage from collisions. Here’s a look at the cars with the top safety ratings among small, midsize, and large cars and their luxury counterparts.

Not all trim levels of a given car model are equally safe. For most vehicles, some Honda vehicles being notable exceptions, the most advanced safety technology is only available on top-trim models.

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