The 3 Safest Cars in the World
Volvo Leads the Way Again!
Cars are becoming safer every year and the people at Anderson Behel in Santa Clara, CA are loving it. In a country where 33,000 traffic fatalities take place every year, safety ranks high in the list of priorities for auto consumers. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) devotes itself to the improvement of safety standards by publishing data on crash tests and recalled vehicles as well as awarding grants to cities so they can address danger for pedestrians.
On the NHTSA SafeCar.gov site, the agency lists the results of its rigorous crash tests with breakdowns of ratings using a scale of one to five stars. Just because a car received a five-star crash rating overall doesn’t mean it notched perfect scores in frontal, side, and rollover crash tests. However, eight four-door sedans and hatchbacks of model years 2014 and 2015 notched perfect five-star ratings in each category, denoting exceptional performance drivers can expect if faced with collisions involving vehicles or objects on the road.
1. 2015 Volvo S60 (Pictured)
It wasn’t long ago that the name Volvo was associated with all things safe and family-oriented. It turns out that image is still warranted in the automaker’s cars for the 2015 model year. In fact, Volvo has delivered impressive power and fuel economy alongside safety ratings with its E-Drive powertrains in the 2015 S60 models.
2. 2014 Cadillac ATS
This compact four-door sport sedan from Cadillac landed its perfect five-star rating with top scores in the suite of NHTSA tests covering frontal, side, and rollover crashes. The 2014 Cadillac ATS ($33,065) can claim the feat for both its rear-wheel drive (RWD) and AWD models. Fans of the GM luxury brand will await word on the upcoming 2015 ATS Coupe.
3. 2014 Audi A4/S4
Volkswagen’s Audi brand performed the best out of any automaker with four-door cars in recent testing by the NHTSA. Both its 2014 A4 four-door sedan ($33,400) and S4 performance variant ($48,100) landed perfect five-star ratings in frontal, side, and rollover crash tests in FWD and AWD models. After winning 2014 World Car of the Year for its A3, it’s safe to say the state of the Audi brand is strong.