Purchasing a Used Car Soon? Check Out the Safest Cars of 2010 as Outlined by the IIHS

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2010 shows some interesting changes in models and makes of safest cars from the previous years. We have assembled our list of the Top 5 Safest Cars of 2010 using safety ratings and crash test results by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Whenever IIHScrash tests a vehicle, they rank it using a letter system. Here are the rankings, beginning at the best and ending at the worst: G (good) A (acceptable) M (marginal) and P (Poor). Each ranking is attributed to a certain specific bodily injury point, overall structure of the car, deployment of airbags, and even rollover, side, and rear impact tests.

5 Chrysler Sebring

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The Chrysler Sebring rated ‘G’ in all areas and categories, except it ended up with an ‘A’ in driver torso injuries during side impacts. Still, overall movement of the dummy was under control during impact and crash tests show no serious injury should occurduring most impacts. Daytime running lights, side airbags, head curtain bags(front and rear), and electronic stability control are all standard on the 2010 Sebring

4 Audi A3 /A4

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The Audi A3 and A4 keep their safety integrity from the previous years in 2010. Both models ranked an average of ‘G’ for frontal and side impacts, but the Audi A3 still ranks an ‘A’ in relation to leg/foot left leg injuries. Rear seat torso bags are optional, but side airbags and front and rear head curtain bags are standard. Crash test found that the crash test dummy’s head does hit the roof rail upon impact however it is with very slight shock. Even so, the Audi A3 and A4 continue to be extremely safe cars in 2010

3 Chevy Malibu

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The Malibu was redesigned in 2008, and 2010 shows an even safer vehicle than ever before. Electronic stability control, side airbags, both front and rear, head curtain bags, antilock brakes and daytime running lights all come standard. The Malibu ranked a ‘G’ average both in front and side impacts from the IIHS, along with getting a ‘G’ in rollover tests. It specifically received an ‘A’ in structure and safety cage integrity during side impacts and left foot/leg in frontal crashes. The Malibu also gets a high reliability rating, adding to the all around integrity of the vehicle and preventing dangerous situations on the road.

2 Honda Civic

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The 2006 redesign of the Civic brought more safety features to this long running model, and 2010 brings the Civic into even higher safety rankings. The Civic obtained a‘G’ in every ranking, except an ‘A’ in driver torso and structure/safety cage rankings. Side and front airbags come standard, along with front and side head curtain airbags. Antilock brakes, daytime running lights, and electronic stability control still come standard. Overall there was low risk of major injuries during impact from both front and side crashes. The Civic also proved well in rollover tests, with a ‘G’ ranking in this category.

1 Buick LaCrosse

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Buick makes the number one safest car on this list due to a number of factors. Side and front airbags for both driver and passengers come standard, along with daytime running lights, antilock brakes and electronic stability control. The LaCrosse ranked anoverall ‘G’ in both frontal and side impacts, with a ‘G’ across the board in every single category tested for. Crash tests show, at any impact, drivers were not in danger, or at low risk, of serious injury. Both driver and passengers were well protected and maintained plenty of room during and after impacts. The LaCrosse is a top 2010 pick for safety from the IIHS and other viable sources such as U.S. news and Motortrend. A high reliability rating also means less chances of incurring breakdown on the highway or in dangerous areas.

With even more choices in 2010 for a safer vehicle, we hope our list has helped you choose your next car. With the ever increasing amount of drivers and cars on our highways, it’s more important than ever to choose a car that is safe for both you and your family.

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