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The safest cars in a crash

 

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave these vehicles a "Good" rating in its crash tests. As a point of comparison, we've included in this list the vehicles that did poorly in the testing. If you're considering a different vehicle, you can check to see if it's been tested and how it scored at the IIHS site.

 
Best

Worst

Large luxury cars
1997-2003 BMW 5 Series
1997-2003 Buick Park Ave
2000-2003 Cadillac Seville
2003 Infinity Q45
1999-2003 Lexus GS
2001-2003 Lexus LS 430
2000-2003 Lincoln LS
 
Midsize luxury cars2000-2003 BMW 3 Series
2002-2003 Jaguar X Type
2001-2003 Mercedes C Class
2002-2003 Lexus ES 300
2002-2003 Lexus IS 300
2002 Saab 9-5
2001-2003 Volvo S60
2001-2003 Volvo S80
 
Large family cars

2000-2003 Buick LeSabre
2000-2003 Pontiac Bonneville
2001-2003 Oldsmobile Aurora
2000-2003 Ford Taurus
2000-2003 Mercury Sable

 
Midsize moderately priced cars1999-2003 Acura TL
2002-2003 Audi A4
2000-2003 Toyota Avalon
1998-2003 Volkswagen Passat
 
Midsize inexpensive cars2003 Honda Accord
2002-2003 Nissan Altima
2000-2003 Subaru Legacy
2002-2003 Toyota Camry
1995-2003 Chevrolet Cavalier
1999-2003 Oldsmobile Alero
1999-2003 Pontiac Grand AM
1995-2002 Pontiac Sunfire
Small cars2001-2003 Honda Civic
2002-2003 Mini Cooper
2002-2003 Mitsubishi Lancer
2002-2003 Suzuki Aerio
2002 Subaru Impreza
2003 Toyota Corolla
1998-2003 Volkswagen Beetle
1999-2003 Volkswagen Jetta/Golf
2002-2003 Volvo S40
2001-2003 Hyundai Elantra
1998-2003 Kia Sephia/Spectra
Midsize SUVs2001-2003 Acura MDX
2001-2003 BMW X5
2002-2003 Ford Explorer
1999-2003 Lexus RX 300
1999-2003 Mercedes M Class
2002-2003 Mercury Mountaineer
2001-2003 Mitsubishi Montero
2001-2003 Suzuki Grand Vitara
2001-2003 Toyota Highlander
2003 Volvo XC90
1995-2003 Chevy Blazer
1995-2001 GMC Jimmy/Envoy
1996-2001 Oldsmobile Bravada
Small SUVs

2002-2003 Honda CRV
2003 Honda Element
2003 Mitsubishi Outlander
2003 Subaro Forester


Large pick-ups2002-2003 Dodge Ram 1500
2000-2003 Toyota Tundra
1997-2003 Ford F150
Small pickups

1998-2003 Ford Ranger*
1998-2003 Mazda B Series*
1998-2003 Toyota Tacoma*

* Average ranking only

1997-2003 Dodge Dakota
1998-2003 Nissan Frontier
Passenger vans1999-2003 Honda Odyssey
1998-2003 Toyota Sienna

1996-2003 Chevrolet Astro
1997-2003 Chevrolet Venture
1996-2003 GMC Safari
1997-2003 Oldsmobile Silhouette
1997-2003 Pontiac Trans Sport/Montana


-- Updated: June 3, 2003
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