Which Were The Safest Cars Of 2012?

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If you want to know about the safety of a car and it is an older model then you need to look into the past, with new vehicles of course you cannot do this, but the process is simpler. You can check out the crash test results and you can see the accident statistics.

So how are crash tests conducted?

Ratings are given to cars by using methods that are scientific. The tests are undertaken by ANCAP, which is Australian New Car Assessment Program and they take three different tests. One of the most important of these is the offset test as it shows how safe a passenger is if the vehicle crashes into an object that is hard while travelling at 64km/h.

ANCAP says that the passenger and driver should be able to survive a crash at this speed and their ratings are handed out based on the possibility of injuries. The minimum needed to pass is one star, however at this rating there is the chance of injury. The safest car will have a rating of 5 stars and injury will be lessened.

Real world data can be analysed too and this information will be gathered by the Australian Road Safety Authority.

Two vehicle crashes in Australia have been researched and the researchers then determined death of possibility of injury based on the statistics and cars were then given a safety rating.

Both of the methods do differ when it comes to different models of cars. However in general certain things came out of it.

The majority of cars which date back to the late 80s are unsafe as they lack safety features such as airbags, ABS brakes and seat belts that self-tighten.

Cars before 2000 also failed to get excellent safety ratings.

Old middle sized models from Japan are considered unsafe.

Old movers that were built before 1990 are also thought to be unsafe.

Cars from Europe are thought to safer than the similar ones from Japan in age when in the small size category.

When it comes to SUVs, the large Australian, European and Japanese cars do well for safety of passengers.

Vehicles in the category of SUVs and 4WDs do appear to be safe, with some being among the safest in the world. However one of the problems with these is the fact that you ride high. In actual fact it is similar to driving a light truck. If you do lose control when the road is wet then the chances are that you are less likely to gain control of it. Now let’s take a look at the safest cars of 2012 based on the above criteria:

Small cars: Chevrolet Cruze, Chevrolet Sonic, Chevrolet Volt, Ford Focus, Honda Civic 4-door, Honda CR-Z, Honda Insight, Hyundai Elantra, Kia Forte sedan, Kia Soul, Lexus CT 200h, Mazda 3 sedan and hatchback, Mini Cooper Countryman, Mitsubishi Lancer except Ralliart and Evolution, Nissan Cube, Nissan Juke, Nissan Leaf, Scion tC, Scion xB, Scion xD, Subaru Impreza, Toyota Corolla, Toyota Prius, Volkswagen Golf 4-door, Volkswagen GTI 4-door.

Midsize cars: Audi A3, Buick Verano, Chevrolet Malibu, Chrysler 200 4-door, Dodge Avenger, Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima, Subaru Legacy, Subaru Outback, Toyota Camry, Toyota Prius v, Volkswagen Jetta sedan, Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen, Volkswagen Passat, Volvo C30, Acura TL, Acura TSX, Audi A4, Lincoln MKZ, Mercedes C-Class, Volkswagen CC except 4-wheel drive, Volvo S60

Large family cars: Buick LaCrosse, Buick Regal, Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger, Ford Taurus, Toyota Avalon, Audi A6, BMW 5 series, Cadillac CTS sedan, Hyundai Equus, Hyundai Genesis, Infiniti M37/M56, Lincoln MKS, Mercedes E-Class sedan, Mercedes E-Class coupe, Saab 9-5, Volvo S80

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