World’s Safest Family Cars

While many of us take safety on the road for granted, the reality is that automobile production companies put lots of time and effort into ensuring your car keeps you safe on the road (often without you even realizing).

When looking for a family car, safety should be any buyer’s primary concern. Safety for the driver is as important as safety for all passengers. Interior safety, exterior safety, responsiveness, and reactivity are all major concerns.

Many awards exist for car safety in the automobile industry, but none are as prestigious as Euro NCAP and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IHHS) Top Safety Pick+ and Top Safety Pick awards. The ten family cars listed below have all achieved high recognition from the both organizations. Here’s a look at some the family cars you should consider when looking for the best in safety.

Ford Fusion

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2014 Top Safety Pick+
IHHS2014 Top Safety Pick+
Euro NCAP rating: &#9733 &#9733 &#9733 &#9733

The Fusion’s sturdy structure and framework mean that upon frontal impact, the interior of the car does not deform, keeping you safe on the inside. The car is also fairly well-protected from side impact, and Ford has made an effort at protecting the driver’s knees upon collision as well.

Mazda 6

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2014 Top Safety Pick+
Euro NCAP rating: &#9733 &#9733 &#9733 &#9733 &#9733

The Mazda 6 features front seat side airbags, full-length curtain airbags, and front head restraints. The Touring and Grand Touring versions come with blind-spot and rear cross-traffic monitoring. However, the Grand Touring alone has Mazda’s Smart City Brake Support which uses an infrared laser sensor to detect impact, and reactively slows the car down automatically. It also comes with lane assist to keep the driver on track in case of drowsiness or distraction.

Mazda CX-5

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2014 Top Safety Pick+
Euro NCAP rating: &#9733 &#9733 &#9733 &#9733 &#9733

The additional Safety Pack gives you blind spot monitoring, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror and Smart City Brake Support. The Smart City Brake Support system comes standard in the CX-5 Akera.

Toyota Highlander

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2014 Top Safety Pick+

The Toyota Highlander comes with many standard safety features including, anti-lock brakes, brake assist, tyre pressure monitoring, front seat-mounted side torso airbags, and electronic brake force distribution. Some optional features include Vehicle Stability Control with traction control, and front- and second-row side curtain airbags.

Mercedes-Benz M-Class

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2014 Top Safety Pick+
Euro NCAP rating: &#9733 &#9733 &#9733 &#9733 &#9733

The Mercedes-Benz M-Class boasts two-stage front airbags, knee and pelvic airbags for the driver, as well as curtain and side airbags. Mercedes-Benz has also included an Attention Assistant which monitors the driver’s behavior and can alert the driver when it senses drowsiness. The steering wheel is kitted out with intelligent software that compiles a driver profile in the first twenty minutes of driving. It uses this data to identify erratic steering corrections the driver makes when drowsy and then prompts a message reading, “Time for a Rest?” with an accompanying coffee cup icon.

Chrysler 200 4-door

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2014 Top Safety Pick

The Chrysler 200 is packed with airbags to keep all occupants safe including driver airbag, passenger airbag, side head airbags, rear head airbags, and side airbags. Along with break assist, the Chrysler 200 also comes with 4-wheel ABS.

Kia Optima

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2014 Top Safety Pick

The Kia Optima received five out of five stars for crash safety from ANCAP. This is due to its six airbags and electronic traction and stability control. The Platinum model comes with a blind-spot warning assistant as well.

Volkswagen Passat

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2014 Top Safety Pick
Euro NCAP rating: &#9733 &#9733 &#9733 &#9733 &#9733

The VW Passat comes with a stability control system that helps the driver recover from skids on the road, particularly on rainy days. Occupants are also protected by its front-side and window airbags.

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

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2014 Top Safety Pick
Euro NCAP rating: &#9733 &#9733 &#9733 &#9733 &#9733

Over and above its stability control and anti-lock brakes, the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport comes with seven airbags: front, front-side, driver knee, and full-length side curtain airbags.

Volvo XC90

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2014 Top Safety Pick
Euro NCAP rating: &#9733 &#9733 &#9733 &#9733 &#9733

The Volvo XC90’s front end is specifically designed to absorb frontal impact and also to deflect pedestrians on to the hood of the car as opposed to underneath it in the event of collision. The XC90 also has dedicated crumple zones on its body; these are points designed to crumple on impact to absorb shock, thus protecting occupants. The roof is reinforced with ultra-high strength steel. The rear end of the vehicle absorbs impact as well, but also employs a WHIPS system which cradles the occupants if they are jolted from the rear in a collision.

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