If you’re looking for a vehicle that’s budget-friendly and doesn’t sacrifice safety, these eight cars are a great place to start. They’re all either a Top Safety Pick or a Top Safety Pick+ on the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s list of midsized, moderately priced 2015 model-year cars. And they all are priced between $17,000 and $27,000.
Top Safety Pick winners must do well in five tests that measure how well a car performs in front, side, rollover and rear crashes. Top Safety Pick+ winners also must score an advanced or good rating for front-crash prevention.