Keep Your Loved Ones Safe and Drive One of the Safest Cars in 2018

Keep Your Loved Ones Safe and Drive One of the Safest Cars in 2018

If you're in the market for a new car and safety ratings are one of your main concerns, then you'll want to read this list of the safest cars in 2018 - after all, your family is important, so only the safest vehicles will do!


Did you know that you share the roads in the U.S. with 222 million other licensed drivers?

That's right. Furthermore, the State of Georgia alone is home to 5.75 million of them.

With so many other automobiles whizzing by the roads, your main priority is safe driving. You want to make sure you get yourself and the fam from Point A to Point B in the safest manner.

How do you that?

Well, one is to invest in one of the safest cars in 2018!

We've done most of the important research for you though. So, keep reading to learn more about the safest car brands and models.

First Things First: What Makes a Car Safe?

Every year, road crashes claim the lives of more than 37,000 people in the country. These accidents also result in a whopping $78,000-cost for every nonfatal but disabling injury.

Okay, so there's no motor vehicle that can 100% guarantee the safety of its operators or passengers. However, many of them boast of some of the latest tools and technologies that limit, even prevent injuries or loss of life.

That's what makes automobiles safe. That's what you want, whether you want to buy a brand new or a used car.

The good news is, certain organizations make it easier for us to find out which vehicles do the best job in this aspect. That includes the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) and the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety).

The NHTSA awards up to a five-star safety rating. The IIHS gives a Top Safety Pick + rating. Both "grade" motor vehicles based on their active-safety tech (think front brake capabilities), as well as crash protection and headlight performance among many others.

These said, consider NHTSA top-notchers and IIHS Top Safety Pick 2018 when you go shopping around for a new car. Below you'll find a sneak peek to some of these impressive and safe vehicles.

Hyundai: Leading the Pack of the Safest Cars in 2018

Hyundai leads the pack, especially with the IIHS Top Safety Pick+. The car brand took home half a dozen awards from this organization!

Sonata

Top safety scores go to the mid-size Hyundai Sonata Limited. It comes with upgraded (optional) active-safety features, including a bump to the LED headlights from the base's halogen version.

It'll cost you more to get this trim, of course. But once you see the leather-covered seats that also come with heating and ventilation, you may find the extra price worth it.

Go for the Ultimate package, and you'll enjoy an even more impressive active-safety tech list. This gives you automated emergency braking and automatic high-beam control. You also get adaptive cruise control and parking sensors with the upgrade.

Genesis G80

Another mid-sizer that took home safety awards, the Genesis G80 showed excellent collision avoidance during the rigorous IIHS tests. How so?

It comes with active-safety technology including front automated emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, and lane-departure warning. All those, plus its blind-spot monitor, adaptive cruise control, and rear cross-traffic alert further boosts its safety ranking.

To get the safest in headlight technology though, you need to upgrade to LED headlights. You can get these with the Ultimate package, along with many other convenience, comfort, and luxury features. There's the added multi-view exterior camera system as well as the infotainment system boasting of a gigantic 9.2-inch touch panel.

Santa Fe

Blind Spot Detection (BSD), check. Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA), check. Lane Change Assist and Lane Departure Warning, both check.

Those are only a few of the safety technologies that the Hyundai Santa Fe boasts of. But they're also some of what gives this SUV a top-notcher with NHTSA and IIHS.

Smart Cruise Control, Automatic Emergency Braking, and Electronic Stability Control are a few other safety tech the Santa Fe offers. As for camera systems, it comes with the rearview, multi-view, and rear parking sensors. There are plenty others, but you get the gist.

Santa Fe Sport

Another of the only three SUVs that took home top safety IIHS awards, the Santa Fe Sport is quite similar to the Santa Fe. You can get all the above-mentioned features and technology, along with many other add-ons.

The base model received a superior grade from the IIHS for its front crash prevention. This should already tell you how well it performs in safety.

Small and Light but Safety Heavyweights

If you're interested in a smaller car, you have a few TSP+ winners from Kia and Subaru. There's the Kia Forte Sedan and Kia Soul, for instance. You may also want to check out the Crosstrek, Impreza, and the WRX, all from Subaru.

Safest Midsizers

In addition to the award-winning Hyundai models discussed above, you should also take the time to check out a few from Subaru. Compare the Legacy and the Outback with your Hyundai options to figure out which one best suits your and your family's needs.

Other TSP+ winners in this category include the Toyota Camry and Kia Optima.

The Complete List of the Safest IIHS Automobiles in 2018

There are several other Hyundai TPS winners for 2018, and you can check them out in this list from the IIHS. You'll also find there more info about the other safest cars in 2018 that you should consider investing in.

In any case, your safety and the well-being of your loved ones should always be the number one priority when shopping around for an automobile. That's whether your budget can afford a brand-new one or you're opting for a used one or certified pre-owned.

If you're ready to take a closer look at any of the Hyundai top-rankers in the brand-new category, feel free to check out our new inventory page!

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