safest cars

The 7 safest cars on the market in 2018

With advanced safety features and technology more readily available and affordable, now more than ever car manufacturers are really stepping it up.

Safety is clearly becoming the new standard, and car manufacturers are including safety features like crash avoidance, backup cameras, and blind-spot detection as standard features in their new models. But are insurers taking the same initiative? Since safety features help reduce the chances of accidents, drivers with safer cars should be rewarded with discounts, right?

Whether you’re looking for economy or luxury, here’s a look at seven of the safest cars and trucks that can help keep your premiums low when you insure with Elephant:

1. Subaru Impreza

2018 Subaru Impreza

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Like many models in the Subaru family, the Impreza is a top safety pick for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). It gets a good rating on all portions of the vehicle for crash-worthiness and a superior rating from IIHS for front crash prevention, so whether you’re avoiding trouble in the road or end up in an accident, everyone inside is well protected. Specific safety features include EyeSight Driver assist technology, which optimizes cruise control and sounds an alarm if you travel outside of your lane, as well as Pre-Collision Braking, blind-spot detection and a rear cross-traffic alert.

2. Subaru Outback

2018 Subaru Outback

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The IIHS gives the Outback similar ratings as the Impreza and it comes with all the same safety and driving features, making it a great choice if you just need a bit more room, especially in the trunk. Like all Subaru models, the Outback comes standard with all-wheel drive capability, so it’s also safer off road or in wintry or wet conditions.

3. Toyota Camry

2018 Toyota Camry

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Another top IIHS safety pick, the Camry scores a G or a G plus rating for crash-worthiness and it’s equipped with Toyota’s Star Safety system, which includes electronic brake-force distribution, anti-lock brakes, brake assist, stability control, and Smart Stop Technology. That all helps you keep the sedan on the road and stop in time to avoid issues. With 10 airbags, 3-point seat belts and LATCH options for child safety seats, everyone in the vehicle can remain secure.

4. BMW 5 Series

2018 BMW 5 Series

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Here’s another IIHS top pick when it comes to safety, and it scores almost as well as the first three vehicles on this list. The only exception is that the BMW 5 Series only garners an A for acceptable when it comes to child seat anchor ease of use, which isn’t surprising for a luxury vehicle. Some of the safety features on this car include brake assist, daytime running lights, night vision, traction control, blind spot monitoring and lane departure warnings.

5. Honda CR-V

2018 Honda CRV

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The Honda CR-V gets a G rating from the IIHS for crashworthiness and front crash prevention, though it’s headlights only garner an acceptable rating. Honda enthusiasts can improve the functionality of headlights with aftermarket parts though, and the CR-V’s all-wheel drive does help keep you stable on the road. Honda Sensing also supports drivers with intelligent road departure, collision mitigation and lane keeping systems.

6. Toyota Highlander

2018 Toyota Highlander

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The Highlander scores a G rating from the IIHS on all major components except headlights, which get an acceptable. Like the Camry, it comes equipped with Toyota’s Star Safety system, which includes six active features to help keep you in control of the vehicle. Smart Stop Technology helps you avoid crashes when possible, and the enhanced vehicle stability control makes it easier for drivers to safely command this robust SUV.

7. Honda Ridgeline

2018 Honda Ridgeline

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With the exception of ease-of-use for child seat anchors, the Honda Ridgeline scores a G on the 2018 IIHS safety feature report. LaneWatch, collision warning and avoidance systems and adaptive cruise control are just some of the safety features that come standard on this truck, and you can opt for four-wheel drive for added security if you plan on driving in rugged conditions.

Investing in a vehicle with top safety features and opting for add-ons, such as backup cameras, not only protects you when you’re commuting to work or driving with your family, but as an Elephant policyholder, it helps save on your premium.

Safe cars deserve better rates

This article is intended for informational purposes only. It does not replace or modify the information contained in your insurance policy.