Every year, the car industry makes vehicles that are a little more efficient, a little more tech savvy, and a little safer. This means you have plenty of options. but with the number of traffic accidents as high as ever, how can you be sure you’re buying the safest possible vehicle for you and your family? Read ahead to learn about some of the safest family vehicles for 2014, as chosen by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
Small SUVs give you enough room for the whole family, plus a little bit of space for cargo. According to the the IIHS, the safest new vehicles in this category include the Mazda CX-5, the Mitsubishi Outlander, and the Subaru Forester. When fully loaded, each of these cars provide anti-lock brakes, front and side airbags, as well as a variety of technological and performance specifications that make them safe to drive.
IIHS Pick+: Mazda CX-5, Mitsubishi Outlander, Subaru Forester
In the next size up, the IIHS selected the Toyota Highlander. This vehicle includes a number of safety features, such as front and side-curtain airbags, but perhaps its biggest virtue is the vehicle’s performance in roll-over and crash tests. The Highlander is one of the safest vehicles on the road, plus it boasts space for the whole family and then some.
IIHS Pick+: Toyota Highlander
Other IIHS Picks: Acura TL
Though SUVs have become more popular and more comfortable to drive, the Minivan remains the best balance of size, functionality, and efficiency for the average family. With seating for up to seven and a plethora of cargo and tech options, the Honda Odyssey also boasts safety functions that made it a Pick + for the IIHS. With daytime running lights, front and side airbags, and excellent performance in crash and rollover tests, getting groceries and picking the kids up from practice has never been safer.
IIHS Pick+: Honda Odyssey
We’ve focused on larger vehicles, but these aren’t the only IIHS picks. If a mid-size car is big enough for your family, the organization has also deemed the following vehicles as Pick +:
- Ford Fusion
- Honda Accord 2-door
- Honda Accord 4-door
- Mazda 6
- Subaru Legacy
- Subaru Outback
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