When you’re picking a family car, safety has to be your number one priority. But how do you really know which ones are safe? One idea is to find recommendations from recognized authorities with great experience in testing and assessing a new car model’s safety features. We’ve compiled the following lists based on recommendations made by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Kelley Blue Book (KBB), and results of the Euro NCAP.
To gain recommendation, a vehicle needs to have performed well in various crash tests, especially relating to its front, side, roof, head restraints, and headlights. Other criteria include the protection of adult passengers, child safety, pedestrian safety, and driver assistance systems. The cars listed below all made the cut:
- The 2019 BMW X5
After achieving a top rating in the Euro NCAP, the X5 earns a well-deserved place in this list, as especially as it also combines a great deal of luxury, brand recognition, and overall reliability.
- The 2019 Ford Expedition
KBB scored the Expedition an impressive 4.7 stars, owing not only to its impressive physical strength and stability in the full-size SUV category but also its dazzling array of digital safety features. No wonder it was a top pick for KBB.
- The 2019 Honda Insight
Turning now to the sedan category, the Honda Insight tops the list for the IIHS, and when you know about its features you can see why. Besides the standard Honda Sensing safety and assisted driver features like road departure mitigation and adaptive cruise control, the Insight blew its crash tests out of the water with unbelievably high scores.
- The 2019 Subaru Outback
It’s little wonder the Outback is among Subaru’s top-selling models when it comes so loaded not only with comfort but with safety features. The Outback contains Subaru’s signature driver-assist technology, EyeSight, including pre-collision braking, adaptive cruise control, pre-collision throttle management and more.
- The 2019 Hyundai Elantra
Blind spot detection, rear cross traffic alert, pedestrian detection with automatic emergency braking, lane assist, side impact beams, seven standard airbags (including driver’s knee airbag) — the list goes on. Of course, the Elantra became an IIHS Pick+ for safety!
Put safety at the top of your list when choosing a new family car. Choose well.