In 2018, Car and Driver reported that the 10 vehicles awarded both the top five-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) included the Genesis G80, Hyundai Sonata, Kia Forte sedan, Kia Optima, Lincoln Continental, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Subaru Impreza, Subaru Legacy, Subaru Outback, and Toyota Camry.
Another year means another group of cars to be rated. As automakers roll out 2019’s offerings, they will also boast a number of new features. Many features include safety benefits that can actually help drivers avoid crashes.
Safest Cars and SUVs for 2019
According to Kelley Blue Book, the top 12 sedans with the best safety ratings from NHTSA included:
- 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV
- 2019 Honda Accord
- 2019 Honda Accord Hybrid
- 2019 Honda Fit
- 2019 Toyota Corolla
- 2019 Honda Civic
- 2019 Toyota Camry
- 2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid
- 2019 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
- 2019 Volkswagen Jetta
- 2019 Hyundai Sonata
- 2019 Kia Optima
The top 10 sport-utility vehicles (SUVs) were:
- 2019 Honda CR-V
- 2019 Honda Pilot
- 2019 Ford Expedition
- 2019 Audi Q5
- 2019 Audi Q7
- 2019 Mazda CX-6
- 2019 Honda HR-V
- 2019 Acura MDX
- 2019 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid
- 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC
New Car Safety Features for 2019
NHTSA identifies four recommended driver assistance technologies that have met NHTSA safety standards:
- Forward Collision Warning — Forward collision warning (FCW) systems monitor the speed of the vehicle being operated, the speeds of vehicles in front of them, and the distance between the vehicles. An FCW system will warn a driver when they are driving too close to the vehicle in front of them at an unsafe speed, but the FCW system generally cannot take full control of the vehicle.
- Lane Departure Warning — Lane departure warning (LDW) systems alert drivers when they have drifted out of their lane. LDW systems use cameras to monitor lane markings, and a visual, audio, or other alert will warn a driver when they have drifted out of their lane.
- Rearview Video System — Rearview video systems (RVSs) or backup cameras provide video images of the areas behind vehicles. The RVS appears when a driver shifts a vehicle into reverse, and the field of view typically includes a 10-foot by 20-foot zone directly behind the vehicle.
- Automatic Emergency Braking — Automatic emergency braking (AEB) systems can detect possible rear-end crashes and alert a driver to take corrective action as well as supplements their braking. AEB systems can also automatically apply brakes in some cases.
Other safety equipment that NHTSA recommends checking for when purchasing a vehicle includes airbags, seat belts, and tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS).
Optional Safety Features That Are Becoming Standard in 2019
As auto manufacturers continue to roll out new models every year, certain features are becoming more expected to be included on most models. One feature that is becoming increasingly common is adaptive cruise control (ACC), which combines cruise control with a collision-avoidance system so speeds are automatically adjusted in gridlock.
Blind spot detection has proven helpful for drivers who may not have given the proper shoulder check. The Safety Exit Assist feature in the Hyundai Santa Fe that prevents children from opening rear doors is a major preventer of “dooring” crashes involving bicycles.
Tech Doesn’t Replace the Driver’s Responsibility for Safety
New safety features are helpful, but people still have an obligation to operate their vehicles safely. If someone else’s negligence caused a motor vehicle accident that results in you suffering serious injuries, make sure that you quickly seek legal representation.