Safest Cars For 2007

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, a non-prof car safety testing group funded by auto insurers, released their 2007 top safety picks yesterday.

Large car
Audi A6 manufactured in Dec. 2006 and later

Midsize cars
Audi A4
Saab 9-3
Subaru Legacy equipped with optional electronic stability control

Hyundai Entourage
Kia Sedona

Luxury SUVs
Mercedes M class
Volvo XC90

Midsize SUVs
Acura RDX
Honda Pilot
Subaru B9 Tribeca

Small SUVs
Honda CR-V
Subaru Forester equipped with optional electronic stability control

In a video press release, IIHS says manufacturers are improving car safety, noting that, “Increasingly, people don’t have to die in vehicle crashes.”— BEN POPKEN

Also Rans, inside.

Rear protection isn’t good

IIHS says, “These vehicles earned good ratings in front and side crash tests. They have electronic stability control, standard or optional. They would have won 2007 TOP SAFETY PICK awards if their seat/head restraints also had earned good ratings. Instead rear crash protection is rated acceptable, marginal, or poor (Honda reports that the seat/head restraints in the only Civic model with electronic stability control wouldn’t be rated good).”

Acceptable rear protection
Audi A3
BMW 3-series 4dr
Lexus IS 250/350

Marginal rear protection
Acura TL
Honda Odyssey
Lexus ES 350
Lexus GS 350
Toyota Camry
Toyota FJ Cruiser
Toyota Prius
Toyota RAV4

Poor rear protection
Honda Accord 4dr
Infiniti M35
Nissan Quest
Toyota Avalon
Toyota Sienna


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  1. thrillhouse says:

    I appreciate that there is a group out there conducting these tests and reporting honest, scientific results. It’s good that they note problems and that car companies respond. I’d like to think that this, in part, helps drive safety innovtion.

    Here’s where I have a problem:
    Cars are tested for numerous crash scenarios, their safety features picked apart. Some are heralded as ‘safe vehicles’, others decried as ‘unsafe’. But yet there is no such thing as a safety feature on a motorcycle. No airbags (tho I’ve seen some cool concepts on that), no stability control, no seat restraints, nothing but a helmet and thats not even required everywhere. I’m not hatin’ on motorcycles, I think they’re pretty cool. Looks like tons of fun. But here we’re running cars thru the ringer and ignoring motorcycles, but yet they are allowed on the same roads and highways as cars. Seems like a bit of an oversight to me.

  2. susan carpenter w/ the la times reviews motorcylces for a weekly automotive section of theirs. she covered the new honda gold wing a few weeks ago, which she specifically mentioned had an airbag available.

    she neglected to actually test the feature, however.

    it’s not your average harley or kawasaki, but if they’re starting to put airbags in those 2-wheeled rv’s, they may start making appearances elsewhere.

  3. DougDascenzo says:

    “Large car
    Audi A6 manufactured in Dec. 2006 and later”

    Is another talent of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety peering into the future?

  4. Ben Popken says:

    Doug, yes. Cars being sold in December have already been manufactured… and released to groups like the IIHS ahead of time for testing.

  5. Plasmafire says:

    I was wondering the same thing, how can we purchase a car made in Dec. 2006 when december is still 8 days away? Are car makers deliberately putting false manufacturing dates on their cars?

  6. MosH8ed says:

    Is there a list for the Least Safest Cars for 2007, you know, they types of cars you should avoid riding in at all costs?