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Top 14 Safest and Top 25 Most Dangerous Cars on the Road in 2022

Top 14 Safest and Top 25 Most Dangerous Cars on the Road in 2022

Jun 2, 2022

As the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports, vehicle safety has changed “drastically” over the years, with today’s cars being safer than ever before.

Top 14 Safest and Top 25 Most Dangerous Cars on the Road in 2022

Thanks to advanced engineering, in-depth research, and analysis of crash data, newer vehicles are built better and have more safety features to protect you. Advanced technologies that have emerged in recent years give you even more safety options – you can choose what features are best to keep you and your family safe on the road,” the NHTSA notes.

What are the Safest Cars on the Road in 2022?

U.S. News & World Report recently released a list of the Top 14 Safest Cars on the Road for 2022. Their findings were determined based on which models received the highest safety scores. Safety scores are determined based on multiple factors, including:

  • Crash test results from leading safety agencies (including the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety)
  • The number of collision-avoidance features a vehicle has

Top 14 Safest Cars on the Road in 2022:

  1. Nissan Maxima: $37,840 | Safety Score: 9.9/10 | Overall Score: 8.1/10
  2. Genesis G80: $48,250 | Safety Score: 9.9/10 | Overall Score: 8.5/10
  3. Toyota Camry: $25,395 | Safety Score: 9.9/10 | Overall Score: 8.5/10
  4. Mazda 3: $21,150 | Safety Score: 9.9/10 | Overall Score: 8.6/10
  5. Honda Accord: $26,120 | Safety Score: 9.9/10 | Overall Score: 8.9/10
  6. Hyundai Ioniq: $23,600 | Safety Score: 10/10 | Overall Score: N/A
  7. Volvo S90: $52,850 | Safety Score: 10/10 | Overall Score: N/A
  8. Lexus RC: $43,545 | Safety Score: 10/10 | Overall Score: 7.4
  9. Acura TLX: $38,500 | Safety Score: 10/10 | Overall Score: 7.9/10
  10. Subaru Legacy: $22,995 | Safety Score: 10/10 | Overall Score: 8.1/10
  11. Honda Insight: $25,760 | Safety Score: 10/10 | Overall Score: 8.4/10
  12. BMW 5 Series: $54,200 | Safety Score: 10/10 | Overall Score: 8.5/10
  13. Genesis G90: $74,950 | Safety Score: 10/10 | Overall Score: 8.6/10
  14. Honda Civic: $22,350 | Safety Score: 10/10 | Overall Score: 8.7/10

A recent report featured via Business Insider further notes that a study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) suggests drivers are significantly more likely to die in crashes involving small cars rather than a large cars.

Smaller vehicles offer less protection for the driver in crashes, and their lighter mass means that they take the brunt of collisions with larger vehicles,” Joe Nolan, IIHS senior vice president of vehicle research, said via a press release.

The IIHS study also suggests:

  • 15 of the 20 cars from the 2017 model year with the highest driver death rates were either small cars or minicars.
  • Most of the safest models, when it comes to driver death rate, were luxury SUVs and large SUVs.
  • Some of the least safe models included:
    • Ford Fiesta
    • Nissan Versa Note
    • Fiat 500

However, as the Business Insider report noted, fatality data provided by the IIHS study is “imperfect.

The organization doesn’t take into account driving speed, road quality, or the distance one drives in a given day. However, when the IIHS ran the study again and accounted for mileage data, the results were similar – vehicle size remained a major factor, but death rates increased for sports cars and luxury cars, which aren’t driven much,” Business Insider said.

What are the Most Dangerous Cars on the Road in 2022?

A report from personal finance website ValuePenguin.com outlined the Top 25 Deadliest Vehicles on the Road in the United States. The report was based on an analysis of fatal crash data that was provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Through their analysis, ValuePenguin.com aimed to determine which cars, trucks, and SUVs were most likely to be involved in fatal crashes.

Top 25 Deadliest Cars on the Road in 2022:

  1. Ford F-Series: 10,845 total fatal crashes
  2. Chevrolet Silverado: 7,718 total fatal crashes
  3. Honda Accord: 5,079 total fatal crashes
  4. Toyota Camry: 4,734 total fatal crashes
  5. Ram pickup (all models): 5,897 total fatal crashes
  6. Honda Civic: 4,397 total fatal crashes
  7. Toyota Corolla: 3,430 total fatal crashes
  8. Ford Explorer: 3,332 total fatal crashes
  9. Nissan Altima: 3,267 total fatal crashes
  10. GMC Sierra: 3,245 total fatal crashes
  11. Chevrolet Impala: 2,804 total fatal crashes
  12. Ford Ranger: 2,476 total fatal crashes
  13. Chevrolet Malibu: 2,345 total fatal crashes
  14. Jeep Grand Cherokee: 2,304 total fatal crashes
  15. Ford Focus: 2,256 total fatal crashes
  16. Chevrolet Tahoe: 2,113 total fatal crashes
  17. Ford Mustang: 1,963 total fatal crashes
  18. Ford Taurus: 1,913 total fatal crashes
  19. Chevrolet Gmt-400: 1,851 total fatal crashes
  20. Toyota Tacoma: 1,763 total fatal crashes
  21. Ford Escape: 1,700 total fatal crashes
  22. Nissan Sentra: 1,561 total fatal crashes
  23. Ford Fusion: 1,550 total fatal crashes
  24. Honda Cr-V: 1,526 total fatal crashes
  25. Jeep Wrangler: 1,513 total fatal crashes

Top 25 Deadliest Cars on the Road in 2022: Ford F-Series
Top 25 Deadliest Cars on the Road in 2022: - Toyota Corolla

Top 25 Deadliest Cars on the Road in 2022: - Honda Civic

Top 25 Deadliest Cars on the Road in 2022: - Ram pickup

Top 25 Deadliest Cars on the Road in 2022: - Toyota Camry

Top 25 Deadliest Cars on the Road in 2022: - Honda Accord

Top 25 Deadliest Cars on the Road in 2022 -Chevrolet Silverado

Similar to the findings from the IIHS study, ValuePenguin.com noted that cars are still involved in more crashes than any other type of passenger vehicle (despite the deadliest individual models being primarily pickup trucks and SUVs).

Additional findings include:

  • A total of 100,388 passenger cars were involved in fatal crashes over the course of the study.
  • Pickups and SUVs were involved in approximately equal numbers of fatal crashes (42,774, and 41,207, respectively).
  • Minivans were in just 11,006 fatal crashes.
  • The most commonly fatally crashed vehicle in California was the Honda Civic.

What are the Safest Cars (New and Used) for Teenage Drivers?

As we’ve noted in previous blog posts, teenage drivers are typically the most likely demographic to be involved in serious car accidents. A recent American Automobile Association (AAA) report found that drivers ages 16-17 continue to have the highest rates of crash involvement, injuries to themselves and others, and deaths of others in crashes in which they are involved.

Accordingly, let’s look at the safest new and used cars for teenage drivers.

Safest New and Used Cars for Teenage Drivers in 2022:

A report from Cars.com outlined some of the safest vehicle models for teen drivers. When considering which models to recommend, Cars.com looked at various factors, such as:

  • For used cars, each vehicle must have earned good ratings in several IIHS crash tests – moderate overlap front, original side, roof strength, and head restraint – as well as four or five stars from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (if rated) and above-average reliability scores from Consumer Reports member surveys.
  • Additionally, each used car must offer a standard electronic stability system and have a dry braking distance of fewer than 145 feet from 60 mph to be included on the list.
  • For new cars, the vehicle had to be rated a 2022 IIHS Top Safety Pick (or Top Safety Plus Pick).
  • Additionally, each new car must offer a standard vehicle-to-vehicle automatic emergency braking and average or better scores in Consumer Reports’ reliability rankings.
  • Finally, new vehicles must have earned top scores in handling and dry braking tests, (and all new vehicles with above-average insurance claims were excluded).

The list of Safest Used Cars for Teens was as follows:

Best Choices:

Small Cars:

  • Ford C-Max Hybrid (2014-15)
  • Mazda3 sedan or hatchback (2014 or newer)
  • Chevrolet Volt (2014)
  • Subaru Impreza sedan or wagon (2015, 2018-20)
  • Toyota Corolla Hatchback (2019 or newer)
  • Honda Insight (2019 or newer)
  • Subaru Crosstrek (2018 or newer)

Mid-Size Cars:

  • Subaru Legacy (2013 or newer; built after August 2012)
  • Subaru Outback (2013 or newer; built after August 2012)
  • Volkswagen Passat (2015, 2017)
  • Mazda6 (2014-19)
  • Toyota Prius v (2015-17)
  • Lincoln MKZ (2015 or newer)
  • Volvo S60 (2018)
  • Audi A6 (2016-19)

Large Cars:

  • Toyota Avalon (2015 or newer)
  • Hyundai Genesis (2016)
  • Small SUVs
  • Mazda CX-5 (2014 or newer; built after October 2013)
  • Honda CR-V (2015 or newer)
  • Hyundai Kona (2018, 2021)
  • Mazda CX-3 (2019)
  • Volvo XC60 (2017)

Mid-Size SUVs:

  • Ford Edge (2015, 2020; built after May 2015)
  • Nissan Murano (2015 or newer)
  • Chevrolet Equinox (2017)
  • GMC Terrain (2017)
  • Lexus NX (2015 or newer)
  • Hyundai Santa Fe (2017-19; built after March 2016)
  • Toyota Highlander (2014 or newer)

Minivans:

  • Toyota Sienna (2015-18)
  • Kia Sedona (2017)
  • Honda Odyssey (2017, 2020 or newer)

The list of Safest New Cars for Teens was as follows:

Best Choices:

Small Cars:

  • Mazda3 sedan or hatchback
  • Honda Insight

Mid-Size Cars:

  • Subaru Legacy
  • Kia K5
  • Subaru Outback
  • Lexus IS

Small SUVs:

  • Chevrolet Trailblazer
  • Mazda CX-30
  • Hyundai Tucson
  • Mazda CX-5
  • Ford Bronco Sport
  • Buick Encore GX (Essence trim)
  • Toyota RAV4 (XLE, XLE Premium, SE, XSE, Adventure, Limited or TRD trims)
  • Honda CR-V (Hybrid EX, Hybrid EX-L, Touring or Hybrid Touring trims)
  • Lexus UX (with triple-beam LED headlamps with auto-leveling)

Mid-Size SUVs:

  • Hyundai Santa Fe (built after July 2021)
  • Hyundai Palisade
  • Nissan Murano
  • Mazda CX-9
  • Toyota Highlander

Minivans:

  • Honda Odyssey

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