Safest Cars of 2019 and What Safety Features to Look out For

safest cars of 2019

Aside from appearance and performance, most car buyers would rank safety as one of the most important factors to consider when car buying.

We understand that keeping our families and pets safe depends on the safety of our transportation. But we may not fully understand what safety features to look out for. That’s why 1-800-THE-LAW2 is breaking down 2019 vehicles with the highest safety awards. We’re also highlighting features that can help you avoid accidents.

Below are the Kelly Blue Book (KBB) Top 10 Safety Rated Sedans of 2019. These ratings are based on National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) ratings.

The NHTSA, conducts safety tests to find how well the car will protect occupants during a crash. They use a 5-Star Safety Rating system for cars, trucks, SUVS and vans.

Top Safety Rated Sedans of 2019

#1 Chevrolet Bolt EV

#2 Honda Accord

#3 Honda Accord Hybrid

#4 Honda Fit

#5 Toyota Corolla

#6 Honda Civic

#7 Toyota Camry

#8 Toyota Camry Hybrid

#9 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

#10 Volkswagen Jetta

#11 Honda Insight

#12 Hyundai Sonata

#13 Kia Optima

Top Safety Rated SUVS of 2019

#1 Honda CR-V

#2 Honda Pilot

#3 Ford Expedition

#4 Audi Q5

#5 Audi Q7

#6 Mazda CX-5

#7 Honda HR-V

#8 Acura MDX

#9 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid

#10 Mercedes-Benz GLC

#11 Mercedes-Benz GLC

top safety rated trucks of 2019

Top Safety Rated Trucks of 2019

#1 Ford F150 SuperCrew Cab

#2 Honda Ridgeline

#3 GMC Sierra 1500 Crew Cab

#4 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab

#5 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab

#6 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD Crew Cab Pickup

#7 Toyota Tundra Double Cab

#8 Toyota Tundra CrewMax

#9 Ram 1500 Quad Cab

#10 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab

#11 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab

#12 Ram 1500 Classic Crew Cab

#13 Ram 1500 Classic Quad Cab

The the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) also selects their 2019 Top Safety Pick+. The IIHS also conducts vehicle safety tests to determine how well a car will protect occupants in a crash. The vehicles are also rated on warning systems, headlights, and front crash prevention. According to the IIHS these are the 30 safest cars of 2019:

Safest Small cars

  • Honda Insight
  • Hyundai Elantra
  • Kia Forte
  • Kia Niro hybrid
  • Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid
  • Subaru Crosstrek
  • Subaru Impreza 4-door sedan
  • Subaru Impreza wagon
  • Subaru WRX

Safest Midsize cars

  • Hyundai Sonata
  • Kia Optima
  • Subaru Legacy
  • Subaru Outback
  • Toyota Camry
  • Genesis G70
  • Lexus ES

Safest Large cars

  • Toyota Avalon
  • BMW 5 series
  • Genesis G80
  • Genesis G90
  • Mercedes-Benz E-Class 4-door sedan

Safest Small SUVs

  • Hyundai Kona
  • Mazda CX-5

Safest Midsize SUVs

  • Hyundai Santa Fe
  • Kia Sorento
  • Subaru Ascent
  • Acura RDX
  • BMW X3
  • Mercedes-Benz GLC
  • Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class

How can Car Safety Features Lessen Accident Injuries?

The size and weight of a vehicle can be a factor in occupant protection. Generally, larger cars offer more protection than smaller and lighter ones.

Some things the NHTSA looks for in testing include:

  • how well a vehicle will avoid a rollover and
  • how well safety technologies within the vehicle might help avoid crashes completely.


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The NHTSA has found most injury-causing collisions are a result of frontal or side crashes. Additionally, one-fourth of accidents resulting in death are a result of roll-overs. Data is collected around the seriousness of potential injuries to the:

  • head
  • neck
  • chest
  • abdomen
  • pelvis
  • legs

Cars are being manufactured with systems that can help you avoid or lessen a crash. These systems evaluate situations where you might be changing lanes into an unseen car and warn you. When shopping for a new car advanced safety features is something to consider. Here are some really great safety feature to look out for.

 Vehicle Safety Features

  • Electronic stability control – improves vehicle stability by detecting and reducing loss of traction
  • Automatic emergency braking – alerts driver of an imminent crash and helps them use maximum braking capacity
  • Lane Departure Warning – warns driver when the vehicle begins to move out of its lane
  • Forward Collision Warning – also known as a pre-crash system, is designed to prevent or reduce the severity of a crash
  • Blind Spot Detection – detects and warns you of vehicles you can’t see alongside your car
  • Pedestrian Automatic Braking – provides automatic braking when pedestrians are in the vehicles path and the driver hasn’t acted to avoid a crash
  • Side Air Bags – protect you from a side impact in the form of torso airbags or curtain airbags
  • Advanced Frontal Air Bags – uses occupant size, seat position seat belt use and crash severity to determine the power with which air bags will inflate
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System – warns you when tires are under-inflated and may create unsafe driving conditions

We’ve just addressed safety features, but it doesn’t end at purchasing a safe vehicle. Vehicle recalls are issued far too often and it’s important to stay informed for your safety and the safety of your loved ones.

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