Analyzing the safest Family Cars On The Market

Safest Family Cars On The Market


Choosing a car based on style, price and performance is easy. But when your car will be used to carry your family to and from school, sports, activities and more, safety is paramount, and required for complete product analysis. Even if you’re a safe driver, there’s no guarantee that everyone on the road around you is. That’s why we’ve gathered some of the safest family cars that have been top-rated for safety by industry organizations and others. These vehicles offer not only excellent collision detection and avoidance systems but are also built with advanced automotive technology that can better withstand impact. 




Among the best-performing sedans, when it comes to safety testing, is 2019’s Kia Optima, Honda Insight, Toyota Camry, Nissan Maxima, Toyota Avalon and Subaru Legacy. Standard and add-on safety features vary by make and model. Cars with adaptive or LED projector headlights were generally rated higher. Those that performed well in front- and side-impact crash tests were also considered safer. Many of these cars have special latch systems for child safety seats, which is considered a plus. Safety-related technology options can include collision warning systems, rear or surround camera systems, blind spot monitors and pedestrian detection systems. Of particular note:


  • Honda Civic is a long-time fan favorite. In addition to the sedan model, this car is also available as a 2-door coupe. Multiple safety features come standard including automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, automatic high beams, collision warnings, and road departure mitigation systems.
  • Subaru Outback has an array of safety features that come standard as well as numerous extra safety features that can be added. The standard EyeSight safety package features adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, lane keep assist and sway warnings. Add-ons include reverse automatic braking, headlight upgrades, lane change assist and rear-cross traffic alerts. 


Crossovers and SUVs


Crossover and SUVs continue to be popular with drivers, especially families with a lot of gear to lug around. Among those evaluated, 2019’s Subaru Crosstrek, Toyota RAV 4, Hyundai Tucson, Ford Edge and Hyundai Kona were among the best performing vehicles. Drowsiness monitoring for drivers, lane keep assist, collision warning systems, automatic high beams, pedestrian warning systems, rear and surround camera systems, rear cross-traffic alerts, parallel parking assistance and front/rear parking sensors are common safety features of crossovers and SUVs. Like cars, these vehicles are also subject to front and side-collision testing to ensure crashworthiness. Among the best is:


  • Mazda CX-5 has automatic low speed emergency braking and a surround camera system as well as blind spot monitoring that comes standard, along with traffic sign recognition. 
  • Subaru Ascent is a new entry to the field, and features the standard EyeSight package, rearview camera, and reverse automatic braking. It also received high marks on collision tests.


How Family Cars Are Rated for Safety


Organizations like the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) typically evaluate cars and trucks for safety, issuing their ratings on new makes and models every year. Cars are assessed for how well they withstand collisions as well as how well they can avoid crashes. Crash tests usually include several types of front- and side-impact collisions. A vehicle’s roof strength may also be considered, along with the effectiveness of head restraints and passenger restraints. Testing criteria may also include headlights, child safety seat restraint systems, safety cages and crumple zones. 


When it’s time to buy a new car, there are many things to consider. But if you’ll be driving around your family, safety comes first. And there are many safety features that the vehicles mentioned here come with, either as standard packages or add-ons. New safety technology  assists drivers in avoiding collisions with cameras, sensors and effective latch systems that securely hold child safety seats in place during a collision. Most cars, SUVs, and crossovers are fully equipped with numerous structural and tech enhancements. These cars have been designed from the beginning to keep passengers safer. 


Use the list of vehicles discussed here to build your own list of contenders for your next safe family car. While add-on safety features can increase the price of a vehicle and that’s certainly a consideration when making a large purchase like a new car, with effective negotiation, you may be able to secure a lower actual price for your vehicle than what’s on the sticker.

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